Catherine Elsen

Catherine ELSEN


Catherine Elsen is Professor at University of Liège and former Research Affiliate at MIT. She holds a PhD in Engineering Sciences and MS degrees in Social Sciences and Architectural Engineering. Her research interests cover design processes and the impact tools and methods have on such processes.



Yaprak’s works unfold in two intertwined axes: pragmatic aesthetics and social design, both driven by ethnographic fieldwork and research through design. Through a politico-anthropological approach, her research and practice investigate the engagement between humans and non-humans for the ecological transition of the artificial.

Maxim Lamirande



Maxim Lamirande, a post-doctoral researcher, holds a BSc of Industrial Design and a MASc in Design and Complexity from the UdeM. They hold a PhD in Design & Innovation from the Open University. Their research focuses on amplifying the voices and lived experiences of users across the project development process.

Louise Masciarelli



Louise Masciarelli holds a degree in Architectural Engineering from ULiège. She conducts her thesis at the University of Liège and at Hasselt University (ArcK lab). Her research focuses on how architecture can contribute to the well-being of long terme patients in hospitals environments.

Audrey Mertens



Audrey holds a MS degree in Architectural Engineering from ULiège. After some field experience in architectural agencies, she returns to research and takes a step back from the profession through her thesis, studying the interactions between architects and their end-users.

Gwendoline Schaff

Gwendoline SCHAFF


Gwendoline Schaff is a PhD Candidate in Architecture at the University of Liège (Team11 & Inter’Act labs) and at Hasselt University (ArcK lab). Her research focuses on the architecture of home for older people and the relationships between housing and the wellbeing of the inhabitants in later life.

Lara Vigneron



Lara Vigneron is co-founder of WeLL (Wallonia e-health Living Lab) which supports innovation projects in the health domain. After a MS degree and a PhD in Engineering Sciences, she collaborate scientifically with Inter’Act throughout the development of participatory and user-centered solutions.

Çiğdem Yönder



As an enthusiast of co-creation, Çiğdem is currently studying the tools and methods operationalized for co-design and how they support designers and users interaction. By this investigation, she aims to improve the architectural service experience for both architects and their users/clients.

Past Members

Alessandro ACCONCIA, researcher: Living Labs and their transferability to business ecosystems

Clémentine SCHELINGS, post-doctoral researcher: Participatory processes, tools and assessment

Adeline STALS, PhD student and post-doctoral researcher: Parametric modelling in architectural SME’s

Master Theses Affiliates

BROSSOLET Côme : Acceptability of Smart Meters: a Users’ point of view

COLLIN Jacques : Materialization in digital architectural design. Integration of a design-manufacturing continuum in parametric design

CUNIN Maxime : The impact of architectural representations on conveying intent: A quantitative study

DELEFORTRIE Marion : User-centric methods and tools to foster user-awareness in architecture studios

DENAYER Philippe : Architecture & Space in rest homes: issues of feeling at home and appropriation

DESMET Guillaume : Lunar architecture: design recommendations and methodologies

DESSART Marine : Design process and heritage: challenges for architectural innovation

DURAND Chloé : Architecture and autonomy of seniors: study of the acceptability of different ways of living

DUVAL Maxime : Architecture and Comic Books: Evaluation of the use of comics for the transmission of architectural intentions

FANTOU Léa : Co-design in hospital architecture. The impact of different methodologies implemented with patients from two different medical centres

GAUTIER Adrien : Examination of the atmosphere of an industrial wasteland and its potential for the implementation of spaces dedicated to creativity

GUILLAUME Nathan : User-centred design with or without user feedback: the case of pedagogical environments

HENROTTE Pauline : New digital participatory mechanisms and their impact on city governance – Case study: the “Liège 2025” action

LARROQUE Hélène : Approaching the processes of designing spaces welcoming new ways of working: The lived experience of coworking spaces

LOYER Victor : Inclusive architecture: the case of senior patients with dementia

MAHLI Sophia : Natural light during upstream phases of the architectural design processes: Integration, representation and communication to clients

MASCIARELLI Louise : Third Places as Spaces for Participation: How can architecture support participation?

MERTENS Audrey : Bamboo construction : Qualitative indicators for housing – Case study in Bali, Indonesia

MERTENS Florence : Architectural atmospheres in schools – Phenomenological and participatory approach for architectural design

NOULIN Justine : How to adapt and design houses to flood risks? Case studies from UK and Belgium.

SCHELINGS Clémentine : Management and inclusion of diversity: the notion of architectural handicap. The case of users with Down syndrome.

SCHWAIGER Pierre : The quality of the construction experience at the service of the quality of the project: the case of single-family dwellings design

SERVAIS Arnaud : Scalable architecture at the service of ageing well at home

SPEKA Vlad : Potentialities of the video game media in support of participatory approaches

STYLIANIDIS Eleftherios : Decision support tool for the design of biomimetic facades

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