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 Wesley Aelbrecht PhD

Wesley Aelbrecht


Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture

+44 029 2087 5962
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



Wes Aelbrecht is an architect, and an architectural and urban historian. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, K.U.Leuven; a B.A. in History of Art from K.U.Leuven; and a M.A. in Architectural History from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture funded by the AHRC and a Fulbright Fellowship. Before he turned to the history of cities and its architecture, he worked seven years in architectural and urban practices in Rotterdam, Madrid and Brussels. He previously taught as a Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Wes his research investigates visual representations of urban and architectural transformations, with a particular focus on urban photography in the twentieth century urbanized landscapes of America. Detroit and Chicago form the core of his research that ranges from early twentieth century slum clearances, to public and private building programs that followed WW II inside and outside of the city, to the large-scale renaissance campaigns of the 1980s. In his research, he adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on his research experience in architecture, and studies in art and architectural history, and focusing on architectural, literary, photographic and cinematic representations.







I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Representation of cities and architecture (in film, photography, comics, and others)
  • Histories of the city and large scale urban redevelopment projects (gentrification, regeneration, redevelopment, renaissance...)
  • Discourses of ruins, dirt, decay, and other rejected subjects and objects in architecture
  • Politics and architecture (participation and architecure, and urban governance)
  • Cultural and architectural histories of postwar modernism, social housing, the suburbs and new towns.