Jakob D’herde studied architectural engineering at the KU Leuven. His thesis focused on critical, but nuanced approaches to modernist estates and, by extension, other well-defined urban areas, from the perspective of resilience. His supervisors, Hilde Heynen and Wouter Bervoets, nominated this work for the Besix-prize in 2019.
Since 2019, he has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Architecture at the KU Leuven.
His current research project is entitled “Being replanted as an old tree … that’s not that easy .” On the Meaning of Home and Dignity for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, funded by the FWO (Flemish Scientific Research Fund) and conducted together with fellow Ph.D. student Wesley Gruijthuijsen (Geography) and with supervisors Hilde Heynen (Department of Architecture), Dominique Vanneste (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Veerle Draulans (Centre for Sociological Research).
His contribution to the project focuses on qualitative research of this negotiation through focus groups and in-depth interviews with both older people and their informal carers. In the light of CoviD-19, many issues concerning the Belgian eldercare have come to foreground, which the project tries to frame. His interests include, among others, participatory design, interstitial spaces, (improv) theatre, urban exploring and high-rise (social) housing. He is currently a National Contact of international architecture students’ association EASA (easanetwork.org).