Denis Zastavni, PhD Arch.Eng., Ass. Prof.

Denis Zastavni

Denis Zastavni is a Dr. Arch. Eng. and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urbanism [LOCI] at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium where he lectures on structures, materials and technologies in architecture. He has worked as a structural engineer and architect for over ten years and still works as a consulting engineer on specific structures. His doctoral thesis was on Robert Maillart’s design methods, for which he received the Benvenuto prize in 2008. His main publications are on structural design, pedagogical approaches to teaching structure and technology, and Robert Maillart’s designs. He has a passion for research focused on structural design approaches and tools and on deepening his knowledge of Robert Maillart’s structural methods. With more junior colleagues he is currently applying these methods to masonry, concrete and timber structures and incorporating them into computer-aided design tools.

Corentin Fivet, PhD Arch.Eng.

Corentin Fivet

Corentin holds a masters degree in Architectural Engineering (2008) and a PhD in Engineering Sciences (2013) from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve. From 2008 to 2009 he was an intern in the architecture studio of Charles Vandenhove in Liège, Belgium. During his PhD in the Structures and Technologies research unit, he developed constraint-based graphic statics, a computerised environment for interactive structural design for which he was awarded the IASS Hangai Prize (2013). From 2008 to 2013 he also worked as a teaching assistant in a number of architectural design studios in the LOCI faculty (UCL’s architecture department) and has been invited to be a member of various studio juries. He was recently awarded a BAEF Honorary Membership and a WBI Grant of Excellence that will allow him to pursue a one-year post-doctoral fellowship appointment in Prof. John Ochsendorf’s Structural Design Lab at MIT, Boston. His main interests lie at the point at which architecture and structural engineering meet, with a particular focus on innovative and historical graphical methods for structural design.

Jean-Philippe Jasienski, Arch.Eng.

Jean-Philippe Jasienski

Jean-Philippe Jasienski graduated as an engineer architect from UCL, having undertaken a six-month exchange programme at the Universidad del Bío-Bío in Concepción, Chile. He currently works part-time at the LOCI faculty (UCL’s architecture department) as a research and teaching assistant. He has been working on a PhD in the Structure & Technologies research unit since 2012 with Prof. D. Zastavni, Prof. S. Huerta, Prof. L. Ney and C. Fivet. His PhD examines an extension of graphic statics to the third dimension, starting from a purely geometrical approach, which would allow a simultaneous conception of structure and space and produce new typologies of 3D structures. Jean-Philippe also teaches in architecture studios. Alongside his research and educational practice, he works at ARJM, a Brussels-based architecture and urbanism office.

Jean-François Cap, Eng.


Jean-François Cap graduated from UCL in 1990 with a masters degree in civil engineering (construction). Since then he has been working as a study and project engineer in civil engineering at SECO, where he is now a senior engineer. He is also head of the research and development unit there for computer-aided design. He has significant knowledge regarding structural design and analysis software development and finite elements applied to structural engineering. He has become a specialist in the field of large-scale civil works (bridges, viaducts, hydraulic and retaining structures etc.) in reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete and composite concrete and steel structures. Alongside his professional work, he has been teaching architectural and civil engineering students at UCL since 2001. He is in charge of courses related to the design of reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete and structural materials. He is also involved in various research projects being undertaken by the Structures and Technologies unit concerning graphical methods and concrete-related structures.

Jean-François Rondeaux, Arch.Eng.

Jean-François Rondeaux

Jean-François Rondeaux graduated from the UCL in 2006 with a masters degree in architectural civil engineering. In 2007 he began his training with the Delvaux engineering and architectural office in Louvain-la-Neuve where he worked on many projects for existing and non-existing buildings. He still works there freelance from time to time. After specialising at the RLICC in KULeuven, he worked for ORIGIN – architecture and engineering in Brussels and was involved in projects to restore several listed buildings in Belgium. Since 2011 he has been working as a full-time assistant at UCL-LOCI, where he is a member of both the library commission and the faculty council and helps professors deliver several classes (e.g. on building mechanics). He is currently working on his dissertation on the mechanical behaviour of ancient masonry buildings using graphic statics.

Damien Nyssen-Dehaye, Arch.Eng.

Damien Nyssen Dehaye

Damien Nyssen-Dehaye graduated from UCL in 2000 where he obtained a master’s degree in architectural civil engineering. Since then, he has been working in architecture for various firms in Belgium and abroad (Charles Boccara, Marrakech, 2005) and has specialized in the field of energy in buildings and sustainable development. From 2006 to 2008 he was strip leader of the self-managed   youth community center “Chez  Zelle” in Louvain-la-Neuve. Since 2009, he has been working part-time at the UCL Faculty of Architecture (LOCI)  as the scientific coordinator of the postgraduate training program “wood in construction work“, training designed to promote greater  and more thought-out  use of this material in construction. As part of the scientific part of this training program, he participated in a project to disseminate best practices in the use of wood for construction in order to guide designers at the outset of a proposed building using wood..

Aurélie Deschuyteneer, Arch.Eng.


Aurélie recently graduated from UCL in 2014 as an engineer architect. She is now working on the issue of structural robustness (the property of systems that enables them to survive unforeseen or unusual circumstances) through case studies. The aim is to explore the application of a geometric approach to assess the relevant elements of structural robustness in terms of design, and to compare them with the deterministic criteria found in literature. The purpose of this work is to lead to the definition of a PhD subject with the aim of characterising the levels of robustness of structures and buildings using interactive graphic indicators, continuing Corentin’s research. Aurélie also worked as a trainee at the Delvaux engineering and architectural office in Louvain-la-Neuve during the first year of her masters degree.