After six years as director and seventeen years of service, Sofie De Caigny has decided to leave the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi). De Caigny has led the organisation with great expertise and vision and has fostered its international growth as an inspiring and dynamic organisation.
Sofie De Caigny joined the Flanders Architecture Institute in 2006 and became director in 2018. Her appointment coincided with the merger of the Province of Antwerp’s architectural archives into the Vai’s existing operations. De Caigny oversaw the integration of the two functions during her directorship. For the fusion and its public outreach work, the VAi received the Flemish Community’s culture prize, the Ultima, in 2019. Sofie De Caigny also strengthened the VAi’s position on the international map during her tenure as Secretary General of ICAM (International Confederation of Architectural Museums). The national and international significance of the VAi’s collection was recently confirmed when the Prime Minister doubled its operating budget. For Sofie De Caigny, this means the time has come to focus more on architectural (historical) research and writing and teaching assignments. In this context, her teaching role at the University of Antwerp was recently broadened.
"The board and staff of the VAi thank Sofie for her years of dedication and commitment. We wish her every success with her future assignments."