Name: Lagae

First name: Johan

Function: Prof.

Affiliation: Ghent University, Dept. of Architecture And Urban Planning

Country: Belgium



CV: In 2002, Johan Lagae obtained his PhD degree with a dissertation on 20th century colonial architecture in the former Belgian Congo from Ghent University where he currently holds a position as full Professor, teaches 20th century architectural history with a focus on the non-European context and leads a research unit working on colonial/postcolonial architecture, building technology, urban planning and urban history in (Central) Africa; as well as on colonial-built heritage, on colonial photography, and on the relationship between architecture and bureaucracy. Together with Mercedes Volait (INHA, Paris), he co-chaired the European Community-funded COST-action IS0904 project ‘European Architecture beyond Europe’ (2010 – 2014). From 2003 till 2010, he was member of the editorial board of OASE and currently of ABE journal ( He has published widely published in academic journals, edited volumes and exhibition catalogues, and has co-authored and co-edited several books on architecture in Congo (for a full bibliography, see: He regularly participates in international conferences (SAH, EAHN, EAUH, ECAS) and has given guest lectures in a multitude of universities and scientific institutions (both in Europe, the US and Africa). Finally, he has been involved as a (co-)curator in several critically acclaimed national and international Congo- and Africa-related exhibitions.