Architect MSc in Conservation
Doctor in Architecture (KU Leuven)
Gisèle Gantois is an architect who specialises in the restoration and adaptive use of built heritage. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture at Sint-Lucas (now the University of Leuven) and a Master after Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at the University of Leuven.
Since 1999, she has had her own private architectural firm in which she tackles the small scale related to larger contexts. She has developed a special interest in the fragile, more hidden actual significances of built heritage alongside the acknowledged historical architectural, artistic, anthropological and archaeological characteristics. She is particularly fascinated by how locals and newcomers interact with small-scale heritage and how this impacts on the way they experience their environment.
She has been a teacher since 1991, currently in the studio of the International Master of Architecture at the University of Leuven, on the campus located in Ghent, Belgium (Resilient and Sustainable Strategies) where her main focus is on how heritage and (urban) landscape are closely entwined within a cultural, social and ecological meshwork as part of the highly urbanised cultural landscape in Flanders, Belgium.
She is conducting research to identify methods and tools to explore, detect, unveil and map this in order to preserve and manage cultural heritage in a different way.
Since 2004, she has also been a lecturer at the University of Liège (Ulg).