About the Flanders Architecture Archives

The Flanders Architecture Archives is the national and international reference point for the architectural cultural heritage in Flanders and Brussels. It manages a prestigious and constantly growing collection of architectural archives from these two regions. In the context of the collection, the term ‘architectural archives’ is broadly understood to mean the following types of material: scale models, plans, photographs, prototypes, publications, product catalogues, audio-visual and digital material and intangible testimonies. This rich archive is a unique treasure trove for researchers and students, contemporary designers and the public. The Flanders Architecture Archives is an open house for anyone committed to the architectural cultural heritage of Flanders and Brussels.

The Flanders Architecture Archives is embedded within the operations of the Flanders Architecture Institute, of which it is a cornerstone. In this way, the spatial issues of the past, present and future are intertwined.

The Flanders Architecture Archives manages a collection of architectural archives with a distinct link to Flanders and Brussels. It actively seeks out interesting architectural archives, which it subsequently conserves, interprets and makes accessible.

The Flanders Architecture Archives is an open institution with an outward-looking viewpoint. It is open to researchers and students, contemporary designers and the public. Furthermore, the archive is embedded within an extensive network of conservation, research and educational institutions, both national and international, and has close links with various cultural heritage communities. In as many aspects of its operations as possible, the appropriate heritage communities have a clear voice and role. The Flanders Architecture Archives is an indispensable link, therefore, within the wider architectural culture of Flanders and Brussels.

The Flanders Architecture Archives raises awareness of the social importance and cultural value of architectural archives. This interest is only set to increase given the urgent need to prioritise the careful and sustainable use of space and the built heritage. To this end, the Flanders Architecture Archives establishes public projects and stimulates research initiatives in collaboration with various partners.

The Flanders Architectural Archives also adopts a service provision role and supports all actors who are committed to the cultural heritage of architecture, landscape, urban planning, construction and design.