Johan Lagae

Johan Lagae is a full Professor at Ghent University and currently teaches 20th century architectural history with a focus on the non-European context. He obtained his PhD degree in 2002 with a study of 20th century colonial architecture in the former Belgian Congo. He spent two months in 2007 as a Chercheur invité de la Fondation de France at the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) in Paris. He was on the editorial board of OASE for seven years. Together with Mercedes Volait (INHA, Paris), he led the European Community-funded COST-action IS0904 project ‘European Architecture beyond Europe’ from 2010 to 2014.

His research interests include colonial and postcolonial architecture; urban planning and urban history in (Central) Africa; colonial-built heritage; and colonial photography. He has published articles in Cahiers Africains, the Journal of Architecture and Third Text, among others. He has also authored and edited several books. Moreover, he has been involved as a (co-)curator in several national and international Congo- and Africa-related exhibitions.

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