I am a Ph.D. researcher at the Architectural Engineering Lab and at the Microbiology Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Driven by a novel approach across different fields of knowledge, I am especially interested in the biological adaptability of mycelium composites, structural lightweight design and additive manufacturing technologies. I passionately experiment with living organisms (mycelium and bacteria) to investigate their potential in architecture and design. Furthermore, I am also co-founder of GLIMPS, a design studio that investigates how local and sustainable materials can become the smart materials of the future. Interdisciplinary scientific insights were gained by working with bioengineers, materials scientists, mushroom producers and designers. Throughout this journey, a network of like-minded people, experts and companies emerged. I obtained a Master of Science in Architecture in 2012 from KULeuven - campus Sint-Lucas Brussel and did an internship during 6 months at L.A.V.A in Berlin. Back in Belgium, I have then been working for one of Belgium's renowned engineering offices for more than two years, Ney & Partners. I was project architect on several bridge projects, mainly 6 footbridges in Leiden, NL.