Contact info
ReUse, Department of architectural engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Architectural historian and professor in architectural history and conservation
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels

Research interest
19th and 20th century; construction, architectural and urban history; public building; industrial heritage; actors in construction

Research projects in the field of Construction History

Post-War Building Materials in Housing in Brussels (1945-1975). Dissemination of knowledge
Innoviris, 2015.
Construction History, VUB - Strategic Research Programs-Groeiers, 03/2014-02/2019.
Preserving historical urban warehouses by understanding their architecture and technology, FWO project, 2014-2017.
RETROCO. Understanding and conserving the post-war housing stock in Brussels (1945-1975).
Retrofit for Continuity,
Innoviris,  2013-2014.
Creating a typology of warehouses for Brussels and beyond, Innoviris, 05-09/2012.
Representative publications in the field of Construction History
I. Bertels, ‘Construction History in Belgium (2004-2014). From Attas to Zastavni’, in: A. Becchi et al (eds.) L’Histoire de la construction. Un Méridien européen/ Construction History. A European Meridian. Paris: Association francophone d’histoire de la construction, 2015, pp. 25-48.
I. Bertels and J. Dobbels, ‘Cataloging contractors know-how. An analysis of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century library catalogues of Belgian Industrial schools’, in: B. Bowen et al (eds.), Proceedings of the fifth International Congress on Construction History. ICCH2015: Construction History Society of America. Chicago, vol. 1, 2015, pp. 211-218.
I. Bertels and B. Tritsmans, ‘Stad en architectuur. Recente evoluties in het historisch onderzoek naar stedelijke architectuur in het negentiende-eeuwse België’, Stadsgeschiedenis, vol. 5/ 1, 2011, pp. 93-106.
I. Bertels, ‘Building Contractors in late-Nineteenth-century Belgium: from Craftsmen to Contractors’, Construction History, vol. 26, 2011, pp. 1-18.
I. Bertels, Antwerpen, Building the City (1819-1880), PhD Thesis, KULeuven, 2008.
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