AgwA is a Brussels-based architecture office led by Benoît Vandenbulcke, Harold Fallon and Benoît Burquel. Their projects focus mainly on public infrastructures and collective equipment in Belgium. Amongst these, reconversion projects in complex urban contexts are predominant. In these loaded surroundings, AgwA aims at clear spatial cuts which can be built in a very straightforward way. To achieve this, the internal resources of architecture are fundamental. Structures, construction materials, ample spatial systems and a precise contextual positioning are at the heart of their design strategies. AgwA’s architecture is simultaneously ordinary and exceptional. It proudly bears the marks of the construction and the traces of the design practice. This renewed engagement with reality is exactly where the critical potentialities and the societal relevance of their architecture emerge.
Contemporarily to their practice, AgwA architects are involved in teaching and research. Benoît Vandenbulcke obtained his PhD at UCLouvain and is assistant professor at ULiège. Harold Fallon obtained his PhD at RMIT about the practice of AgwA, is assistant professor at KULeuven Sint Lucas and guest professor at UCLouvain. Benoît Burquel teaches at ULB La Cambre Horta.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.