Nicolas Godelet is a Belgian polytechnic engineer and architect, born in Switzerland. Graduating from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL), he followed a complex course bringing together specialized studies in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, architecture, urban planning and landscape design, with a specialization in materiality and light. He studied architecture and its essential principles with, among others, Jean Stillemans and Yves Lepère, one of Louis Khan’s students, and with whom he will complete his final study project in Rotterdam (“Urbanism and architecture of megacities”). He then chose to specialize in wood microbiology and wooden architecture at the KUL Leuven, which he pursued through research in development and sustainable architecture in the research cell Architecture and Climate.
His first steps into China in 1996 increased his interest in Chinese culture and led to him taking Chinese language and Oriental writing courses in Belgium and France, with specialization in Jiǎgǔwén, an ancient form of Chinese writing. His multidisciplinary background and knowledge gained through travelling gives him a very broad vision of his profession, a vision which he has continued to expand throughout his career.
In 2002 Nicolas Godelet returned to China to participate in several conferences and architectural exhibitions, including seminars of the PLEA group, and to represent Belgium at the Europe-China Summit on Sustainable Urban Planning, Energy and Mobility, following a collaboration agreement signed by Li Ke Qiang and the President of the European Commission at the time, José Manuel Barroso.
In 2008 Nicolas Godelet created his own architecture and structure consulting firm in Beijing, NICOLAS GODELET 戈建 Architects & Engineers. The 20 person collaborative team brought together from various backgrounds is a perfect example of Nicolas’s multidisciplinary vision of his profession. Today the activities of the workshop extend also to Europe, with the creation of a new office in Belgium which aims to pursue a high quality of architecture by deepening the materials and energy research first initiated in China.
-Sustainability through the path of “landscape-architecture”
-Development of natural material techniques for architecture (wood or laminated timber or light metallic frame structure, hemp and lime concrete)
“Sustainable development, energy and planning/architecture”. Technical research mandated by Belgian government, for Australian World Meeting on Sustainability Institution: Architecture et Climat Research Center, University of Louvain UCL, Project Director : André Deherde
The “Randstad City”, study project on the circular city of Holland (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Utrecht-DenHaag).
Architecture and sustainability – Application on “Passive - Low carbon - Sustainable” principals in the fields of planning, landscape and architecture.
2015, Qinhua University, Beijing:
Architecture and planning department “Sustainable strategy and cityscape – immeasurable, participation, identity”.
2014, Chongqing National Conference:
Locality and planning strategy conference.“City scape – a path to sustainability. Study cases of Taigu and Pingyao city planning”.
2013, China EU urbanisation leadership program expert proposal
2011, Exhibition Organized for HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium:
"Belgian Architecture and arts”
PLEA 2011, Belgium:
27th International conference on sustainability, architecture, planning and energy. Main speaker with Sergio Los. A definition of sustainability through a interdisciplinary working process – case of Pingyao urban planning, architecture and landscape.
2011, Chengdu biennial:
“Locality and sustainable urban development”. Exhibitor and main speaker.
2010, Belgian Embassy:
“Urban sustainable development in China, creation of the city, from territory to architecture, ecology and identity”.
2010, SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO:
European and Belgium pavilion. “Urban sustainable development in China, creation of the city, from territory to architecture, ecology and identity.”
2009, Beijing University:
Belgium Week, “The ecological urban pattern”