Curator and organiser
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

As in the previous years, LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture was charged by the commissioner, the Ministry of Culture, to act as the curator and organiser of the Luxembourg Pavilion.

The LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture is the country’s leading cultural institution for the dissemination of knowledge on the value of architecture and urban development. Since its inception in 1992 as the “Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie”, the non-governmental, non-profit making organisation promotes the notion of quality of the urban environment as a crucial value of today’s society. As a platform for exchange and action for the general public, ranging from the interested enthusiast and the committed citizen to the political decision maker and professional player, LUCA organises a broad cultural programme that reflects the diversity of its public: series of conferences and debates, temporary exhibitions, guided tours, educational workshops, the Luxembourg Architectural Award, the pavilion for the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, etc.

Its publications, its archives and its library of architecture containing nearly 8000 early and recent titles offer research materials and documentation tools. LUCA and its professional team work with many experts and partners and is, in this way, consolidating its place at the heart of the debate, looking to the future while reflecting the past and discussing the present of our built environment.

Professional team
Andrea Rumpf, Director
Eline Bleser
Lili Krack
Thomas Miller
Giulia Zatti

Board of Administration
Françoise Bruck, chairperson, architect
Pascale Kauffman, vice-chairperson, communication strategist
Guittou Muller, treasurer, architect
Claude Belche, engineer
Beryl Bruck, councillor of the government
Jos Dell, OAI president, architecture
Markus Hesse, professor at the University of Luxembourg
Nathalie Jacoby, interior architect
Norry Schneider, Transition Luxembourg, CELL coordinator

Nico Steinmetz, consultant, architect
Mathias Fritsch, consultant, architect

Delegated exhibition curator
Sara Noel Costa De Araujo

(Belgium, 1974)

Architect and scenographer, she is the founder and director of the architectural practice Studio SNCDA, based in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Sara Noel Costa de Araujo started working in 2000 as an architect after graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) in London. She first gained experience with Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna. From 2003, she worked as a project manager at Xaveer De Geyter Architects, where she was responsible for designing and implementing architectural projects within the agency. Since 2014, Sara Noel Costa de Araujo has been building an autonomous and independent practice based on her various professional experiences.

Studio SNCDA

Studio SNCDA has a special relationship with research, innovation, and the implementation of research projects. That is why every project, whatever its scale, is seen as a pretext to develop a new method to create a unique project. Over the years, this research has resulted in an independent « Gesamtcollage » project, which brings together thoughts about an autonomous and sustainable city system. The work of Studio SNCDA was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy), the Architecture Triennial in (Portugal), the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture (Luxembourg), the FRAC Orléans (France), and Etablissement d’En Face (Brussels).

Studio SNCDA et al. :
Sara Noel Costa de Araujo
Koenraad Dedobbeleer
Ester Goris
Arnaud Hendrickx

Ester Goris

(Belgium, 1971)

Ester Goris graduated as an architect in 1994 from the College of Science and Art, Sint-Lucas Brussels (Belgium). Until 2013, she worked as a project manager at the office of Xaveer De Geyter Architects, among others, on the Mies van der Rohe nominated projects ‘Chassé Park flats’ (NL) and ‘College of Europe’ (BE).

In 2007 she worked as a designer on two collections by Olivier Theyskens in the Nina Ricci studio in Paris. Since 2012, the work of Studio Staartster, which she founded together with Dagmar Pelger, has continued in Studio Ester Goris, where architecture and textiles increasingly coincide. An investigative approach to collaborations results in unique responses to a wide variety of commissions. Ester often works with and for artists such as Lieven De Boeck, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Valérie Mannaerts and Michael Van den Abeele… She teaches both disciplines at Ghent University, Syntra Brussels and, at her public school in Sint-Joost-Ten-Noode.


Arnaud Hendrickx

(Belgium, 1970)

Arnaud Hendrickx graduated as an architect in 1994 from the College of Science and Art, Sint-Lucas Brussels (Belgium).

After working for other architectural firms, he co-founded RAUW architects with Thierry Berlemont and Bart Callens. His current spatial artistic practice focuses more on artist collaborations, artefacts, installations, and exhibitions than on buildings. He teaches and researches the overlapping field of art and architecture as an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven, Campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels (B). Until 2018 he was an assistant professor at RMIT University, School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne (AU), where he also obtained his PhD with his thesis and exhibition ‘Substantiating Displacement’.

Koenraad Dedobbeleer

(Belgium, 1975)

As a visual artist, he was laureate at “de Ateliers” Amsterdam in 2000, and since, has been showing internationally.

Over the years, he has been developing a growing interest in architecture, which eventually led him to become a regular contributor of architect Kris Kimpe on several exhibition scenographies and other small-scale architectural interventions. With the latter, he co-founded the fanzine UP in 2006.

He granted the Mies van der Rohe Award for art in 2009. He was appointed professor of Sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2019.

Ministry of Culture

The Luxembourg Pavilion is commissioned and financed by the Ministry of Culture.

The Ministry of Culture develops and implements the government’s national and international cultural policy. In parallel with the implementation of the national policy for the protection and highlighting of cultural heritage, it develops artistic creation and supports the international promotion of artists and cultural actors. To this end, the Ministry maintains agreements with Luxembourg’s cultural actors, while developing and implementing support instruments such as the subsidy scheme, or social aid for independent professional artists and intermittent workers in the entertainment industry.

The cultural policy and its implementation are based on the 62 recommendations of the cultural development plan 2018-2028 on the one hand, and the coalition agreement 2018-2023 on the other.

LuXembourg – Let’s Make it Happen

The Luxembourg Pavilion is made possible also thanks to the financial support of Luxembourg – Let’s Make it Happen. Operating from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the LuXembourg – Let’s make it happen Promotion advises and coordinates the various stakeholders in the international promotion of the country with the aim of making the values and faces of Luxembourg known to the world.


Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Title of the exhibition

Ministry of Culture

Curator and organiser
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Delegated exhibition curator
Sara Noel Costa De Araujo (Studio SNCDA)

Studio SNCDA et al.:
Sara Noel Costa De Araujo (architect/scenographer)
Koenraad Dedobbeleer (artist)
Ester Goris (architect/textile designer)
Arnaud Hendrickx (architect/associate professor KUL)

Cultural programming and Emerging Talent Program
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Exhibition Architecture
Studio SNCDA

Valentin Bansac
Eric Chenal

LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture
Andrea Rumpf, Director
Thomas Miller
Giulia Zatti
Eline Bleser
Pascale Kauffman
Jean-Paul Carvalho
Maria Spada



Studio SNCDA
Sara Noel Costa De Araujo
Lisa Brugiere
Valentin Bansac

Structural Engineers
Bollinger + Grohmann


Venue coordinator
Alvise Pagnacco

Covid manager
Alberto Dei Rossi

Graphic design
Michel Welfringer
Fabrice Dehaeseleer
(Studio Michel Welfringer)

Website design
Michel Welfringer
Nicolas Rome

Accattone, Issue 7, May 2021
Editors: Sophie Dars, Carlo Menon, Galaad Van Daele
Designers: Ismael Bennani + Orfee Grandhomme (Uberknackig)

Financed by
Ministry of Culture

With the support of
LuXembourg – Let’s make it happen

“Time is Represented directly as a Linear Structure”, 2014
Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Courtesy of C L E A R I N G, New York / Brussels

Door knobs
“La cervelle est un organe etanche”, 2018
Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Courtesy of MANIERA

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