Precarious work in architecture

Symbol of Dear Architects,
2 May 2023
Globe Aroma, Brussels

Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) is organising a workshops series and lecture with a pop-up exhibition Intersections: Invisible in Architecture. The third workshop in this series is about the working environment of the architect, striking precarities and lost energies. Moderated by Paulien Gekiere (Dear Architects,) the workshop will take place in Globe Aroma, Brussels on 2 May 2023, at 18.30.

Paulien Gekiere penned an open letter, titled Dear Architects, in October 2022, calling attention to the precarious workspace conditions of architects. She graduated as an interior architect from St. Lucas, Ghent in 2012 and completed her master's in landscape and historic preservation at the University of Antwerp in 2014. She is currently working as a portfolio manager at aNNo architecten and as a guest lecturer in Management at the Master of Interior Architecture, KULeuven.

See also

Workshop 21.03.2023 Construction, at what cost?

Workshop 24.04.2023 Repositioning architecture culture from the margins

Pop-up exhibition 17.05-02.07 2023 Intersections: Invisible in Architecture


We ask all the workshop participants to send in a copyright free image when registering to the event. This can be a photo taken by you, a note, a found image. The flow of the workshops will be organised around these images. We hope they will evoke our visual imagination and encourage people to share their thoughts.

Our gatherings will take place in the safe space of Globe Aroma where people are free to express or not express themselves in the way they choose. The language will be determined by the participants, when necessary, we believe whisper translations will happen voluntarily. We foresee a maximum of 60 people joining each workshop, hopefully, some of whom join more than one session. Participation in the workshops is free and we will share food and drinks during the workshops.

In collaboration with illustrator Aya Akbib, the discussions will be visually narrated, respecting anonymity and authorship. The visual narrations together with the image galleries collectively built up throughout the workshops will be exhibited in De Singel from 17 May till 02 July 2023.

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Beeld / Image

We vragen de participanten van de workshop om een rechtenvrije afbeelding te uploaden bij het registeren. Dit kan een foto zijn, een nota, een eigen beeld,... Zet je eigen naam en credits in de bestandsnaam.

We ask all the workshop participants to send in a copyright free image when registering to the event. This can be a photo taken by you, a note, a found image.Please put your own name and credits in the filename.
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    Globe Aroma


    Moutstraat 26, 1000 Brussels


    free, but registration is necessary


    Vlaams Architectuurinstituut

Paulien Gekiere launches an appeal to the architecture sector. In October 2022, she wrote an open letter titled 'Dear architects, it's time for a system change'.
You can read it here.
(letter written in Dutch)