Charlotte Rottiers is currently working as a PhD researcher at the KU Leuven’s Faculty of Architecture in Ghent. She obtained her Masters degree in Art History at the University of Ghent in 2018 with great distinction. Afterwards, she followed a Bachelor in Eastern European Languages and Cultures and a Master in Urbanism and Spatial Planning. Her interests lie in architectural history, cultural and political representation combined with the formation of identity through art and architecture. Her current research investigates the role attributed to architecture and art in the deployment of the Belgian diplomatic network from the moment of its foundation until the outbreak of the second world war. The project is titled Housing the Nation Abroad. The Belgian Diplomatic Representation through Architecture, Furniture and Art, 1830-1939 and is supervised by Anne-Françoise Morel and Fredie Floré.