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About VK

Belgium's finest since 1952

What are we
about?

Understanding our clients' needs is our passion. We continually improve ourselves so we can offer you professional advice and innovative solutions.

VK Architects & Engineers is a design and engineering firm with more than 65 years of experience and know-how. As a multi-professional and interdisciplinary company, we offer a wide range of services within the design process. Our architects and engineers design buildings and spaces where people can heal, enjoy education, work or relax.

We are active in two main areas: Healthcare design and Building Engineering. In Healthcare Design we offer all disciplines: from master planning and space planning, over architecture and interior, to structural engineering, M&E engineering, infrastructure and environmental construction. Within the hospital world, VK is now a renowned partner with dozens of references and more than 1 million m² of hospital projects in the last decade alone.

In Building Engineering, our engineers and landscape designers are at the service of architects, building owners and real estate developers for master planning, planning, structural engineering, M&E engineering, infrastructure and environmental construction. VK has worked on a number of iconic buildings in this field and has many internationally renowned architects and developers among its clients.

In addition, VK also offers highly specialised expertise for all clients: fire safety engineering, acoustical engineering, sustainable design and facade engineering.

Our experts strive for an integrated approach in every project. A concept that integrates all disciplines, including the know-how of the users, offers advantages in all areas. Cost efficiency and time savings during the design and construction process, a consolidation of the architectural identity, maintenance-friendliness, flexibility, optimal comfort ... In this way, VK aspires to a sustainable result in the long term.

In whatever role, VK Architects & Engineers takes the interests of investors, builders, public authorities, designers and end users to heart. Our 300 experts are ready to make your construction project a success.

VK Milestones

1952
1952

Founder Hubert Van Kerckhove starts his professional activities and earns a solid reputation as a European reference in the development and engineering of industrial sites.

1964
1964

Van Kerckhove joins the Order of Architects, and focuses on the Belgian healthcare sector.

1990
1990

With Peter Van Kerckhove at the helm, VK enters a new phase of growth and internationalisation.

1999
1999

As a member of the design team for the Antwerp law courts, together with Richard Rogers and Arup, VK is taking an important step on the international stage.

2002
2002

Between 2002 and 2013, VK adds 4 Belgian greenfield hospitals to its portfolio for a total of 2830 beds.

2005
2005

As the engineering partner for the new NATO headquarters, VK confirms its role in leading projects on an international scale.

2009
2009

VK sets foot on Vietnamese soil, resulting in 3 greenfield hospitals in 10 years time.

2011
2011

Paul Corbeel becomes the head of VK for a new chapter of specialisation and expansion.

2012
2012

VK invests in advanced engineering disciplines, offering fire safety, acoustical, facade and parametric design.

2017
2017

Down2Earth takes a majority shareholding in VK to support the international story.

2018
2018

VK and Archetype Group join forces in the joint venture VKA Healthcare in order to offer high quality Healthcare Design in the Asian market.

Meet our
management!

Paul Corbeel

chief executive officer

Karel Verhaeghe

chief finance officer

Alain Bossaer

executive officer

Dirk Slabbinck

executive officer

What we
care about

Professional organisations

Within the world of architecture and engineering, we obviously closely monitor the professional publications and stay abreast of the latest developments in the most prominent professional organisations and business clubs. Our experts are also often guest speakers within these organisations.