Gitte Schreurs (1992) graduated as an architect at the Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Campus Ghent in 2015. Her graduation project ‘Collective Structures’ received magna cum laude and was nominated for the Steel Award.

She has several years of experience as an architect in practice (2015-2018), which she combined with part-time academic research. Since 2018, however, she is a full-time doctoral researcher at the KU Leuven, Department of Architecture. Her research is funded by an FWO Aspirant Fundamental Research Grant.

Her PhD is entitled ‘Insight on the spatial reconfiguration of Vulnerable Industrial Waterfronts, defined by Climate Change and Economic Decline’ and has the Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn, New York, as its main case study. This doctoral project follows on the results of her graduation project ‘Collective Structures’ .
The objective of her research is to provide critical insights on the spatial aspects of transformation of vulnerable industrial waterfronts, taking into account a changing productive and environmental context. Her research focuses mainly on the post-industrial coastline of New York City with  comparative analyses of social, spatial and economic transformations and redevelopment of multiple areas. Her main case study is the Coney Island Creek area in the South of Brooklyn, which she studies in-depth at the intermediate scale, and uses as an exemplary case for the needed transformation of vulnerable post-industrial waterfronts in the city.

Gitte has been collaborating in several workshops and masterclasses in New York since 2014. She organizes summer schools in New York and teaches at KU Leuven, focusing on the topic of her research.
Additionally, Gitte is part of the follow-up committee of the NYhub .


Supervisory committee of the PhD:
Promotor: Prof. Dr. Kris Scheerlinck (KU Leuven),
Co-Promotor: Dr. Erik Van Daele (KU Leuven)
Doctoral committee: Prof. David Burney (Pratt Institute, NY), Prof. Dr. Caroline Voet (KU Leuven)


This PhD is funded by an FWO Fundamental Research Grant