Research Professor, University of LeuvenBelgium
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Ann Heylighen is Research Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven). She leads Research[x]Design, an interdisciplinary team of architects/designers, industrial engineers, sociologists/anthropologists and historians. Their work focuses on embedding the spatial experience of people of various abilities, ages and perspectives in the architectural design process. They are currently studying what architects can learn from people with dementia about how the material environment may act in comforting people. Ann studied Architecture at KU Leuven and ETH Zürich and obtained her MSc in Engineering: Architecture in 1996. Her PhD (2000) resulted in the development of the DYNAMO (Dynamic Architectural Memory On-line) resource for students and practitioners. She has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at KU Leuven, Harvard and Berkeley, and became a Research Professor in 2006. Ann has received two significant awards from the European Research Council (ERC): a Starting Independent Researcher Grant (2007) for the project Architectural design In Dialogue with dis-Ability (AIDA); and a Proof-of-Concept Grant (2012) for Rent-a-Spatialist, a project to bring the AIDA results to market.