Karel Deckers (°1975) is an architect who lives and works in the Brussels area. He has taught at the Politecnico di Torino (2003) and KULeuven in Interior Architecture at masters level since 2005. In 2015, he successfully defended his PhD dissertation on the ‘Unheimliche’ (the Uncanny) at the Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden. The doctorate looked at the role of the affective in Interior Architecture, thereby questioning values such as novelty and vanity. He has his own architectural practice in Brussels and regularly contributes articles for the Italian design Journal ‘Il Giornale dell’Architettura’, published in Turin.
Karel Deckers has two domains of interest: first: to bring forward pedagogic strategies that fully include the learners’ engagement, rather than merely instructing them; second: to investigate the role of the affective (such as anxiety, convictions etc.) in interior design. Karel is currently teaching in the Masters of Interior Architecture programme at St Lucas, which looks at public life and space from the perspective of the learner’s fascination. How can one’s passion be reflected in public space and what does it do to public space and vice versa? In so doing, the studio work questions the unspoken norms of private and public life, thereby appealing to the ethical dimension of interior architecture.
In his research, Karel Deckers aims to comprehend the nature of interior space: why can a mundane place become an enchanting one and vice versa? Which forces are at stake? How can we, as interior architects, intervene and ‘change’ the fragile characteristics of space without annihilating the inherent qualities?