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The disappeared organisations of Belgian architecture

Since the Palladio Society, founded in 1842 by a few students of the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts, which was the first association of architects in Belgium (the very first association of architects, the "Archiects' Club" having been founded in Great Britain in 1791), many associations of all types have been created.


Association des Architectes des Provinces de Namur et de Luxembourg (AAPNL)
This entity is mentionned among the partners of the Catalogue General du Bâtiment n°2 in 1951

Association des Architectes de la Province du Luxembourg (AAPL)
Professional Association member of FAB and UWA, created in 1956

Organization of architects created in 1994 (no longer in existence).

Actions Communes des Associations d’Architectes francophones et germanophones de Belgique (ACA)
At the end of 2004, this short-lived de facto association brought together a series of professional associations (AAAMs, AABW, A-B, ARAC, ARAHO, ARALg, SRAVE, UPA)-BUA to reflect on the reform of the Order. In 2005, it will present proposals for reform of the Order and will be at the origin of the creation of the "Groupe de Bouge" which will work for several months to establish the position of French-speaking architects in relation to the reform. On March 7, 2007, the French-speaking professional associations, meeting within the framework of the Actions Communes des Architectes, will decide to reorganize the French-speaking wing of the associative world (SAF) by creating two regional structures: a Association Wallonne des Architectes (AWA, which will become the UWA :

Union Wallonne des Architectes) and a Association Bruxelloise des Architectes (ABA, which will then become the AriB: Architects in Brussels).

Contact group on urban planning in Brussels, which brings together representatives of the councils and professional associations of the region and was set up in 1993 (but has since disappeared).

Architecture-Recherche-Communication (ARC)
An association of alumni of the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels, created in 1980, which organised architectural visits for many years and then disappeared at the beginning of the 2000s.

Created in 1984, the mission of this association, which brought together the FAB and the Order, was to coordinate and promote the international relations of its members in the field of architecture. It was abolished in 2000 (without ever really taking off) while a protocol was signed between the CNOA and the FAB to ensure together the representation of Belgian architects in international bodies (ACE and UIA), the CNOA bearing the costs. However, this agreement will be terminated in 2016 (the CNOA will abandon its representation within the UIA).

Architectenkamer van Vlaams-Brabant (AkVB)
New name adopted in 2001 by SKAL (Syndicale Kamer van de Architecten van Leuven).

Architectenunie (AU)
Association created by the merger in 1980 of the VAV (Vlaamse Architecten Vereniging) and the KMBA (Koninklijke Maatschappij der Bouwmeesters van Antwerpen), which was dissolved when the AVPL (Architectenvereniging van de Provincie Limburg) became NAV-PL and joined the structures of NAV and UNIZO.

Architectes Belges Indépendants (ABI)
Association created in 1974 to relay the specific demands of the independent status and which will disappear in 1981.

Architectes-Services (AS)
Service company, created in 1982, under the auspices of the FAB (and following the example of the BVA-Diensbetoon). It will offer grouped professional insurance contracts or a printing service for building site signs imposed by the Order. This generous initiative will unfortunately disappear, like so many others, in the 1990s.

Architecture en Scène
Reflection group which, among other things, organised debates at the Mirano in Brussels in 2010.

Architectuur Promotie Provincie Antwerpen (APPA)
Association created in 1992.

Association created in 1992.

Architektenvereniging van de Provincie Limburg (AVPL)
Professional association that will merge with the VAV (Vlaamse Architecen Vereniging) in 1980 to form the Architektenunie (AU). It still had 66 members in 1963.

Association des Architectes Wallons (AWA)
Ephemeral organization, created at the initiative of the ACA in 2007 and which will be at the origin of the creation, in 2008, of the UWA (Union Wallonne des Architectes).

Association Bruxelloise des Architectes (ABA)
Ephemeral organisation, created at the initiative of the ACA in 2007 and which will be at the origin of the creation, in 2008, of the AriB (Architects in Brussels).

Association Professionnelle des Architectes Belges (APAB)
Association which will publish the magazine "Le Document - Architecture Technique" from 1924 until at least 1934.

Association Royale des Architectes de Bruxelles (ARAB)
Association created in 1898, which was very active (it took part in the creation of the Centre de Documentation du Bâtiment in 1933 and published specifications) but which disappeared after the Second World War.

Association des Architectes de l’Académie de Gand
Association active in 1935.

Association des Architectes des Provinces de Namur et du Luxembourg
Professional association that disappeared in 1938

Association des Instituts d'Architecture de Belgique (AIAB)
Vereniging van de Belgische Architectuurinstituten
Bilingual association created in 1994, on the initiative of the Ytong firm: its purpose was to organize various events for architecture students (this was an initiative supported by a series of firms and federations of building material producers).

Association des Jeunes Architectes de Bruxelles
Association which was one of the founders of the FAB in 1905.

Association des Jeunes Architectes de Liège
Association which was one of the founders of the FAB in 1905 (see also: Société des Jeunes Architectes de Liège).

Association Syndicale des Architectes du Tournaisis
Association active in 1935.

Bond van Vlaamse Architecten (BVA)
Former name of the Beroepsvereniging van Vlaamse Architecten between its creation in 1975 and 2005.

BVA Dienstbetoon
A service company that was set up by the BVA (Bond van Vlaamse Architecten) in the 1980s. This service body was responsible for the activities and publications of the BVA (newsletter, standard documents, etc.).

Centre de Documentation du Bâtiment (CDB)
Visionary service founded in 1933 on the initiative of the ARAB, CSAB, SBUAM and UPA-BUA. This centre, located in a large mansion on rue de la Loi (which housed the headquarters of these associations), included meeting rooms, a conference room, a "matériauthèque", a plan reproduction service and, on the ground floor, a permanent exhibition of building materials and products.

Centre d'Information en Matière Architecturale (CIMA)
Service which was created in 1932 under the patronage of the FAB and in close liaison with the OREX.

Centrum voor Architectural Onderzoek (CAO)
Research Centre in Sint-Lukas, which in 1995 organised, among other things, a survey on internships at the request of the CNOA.

Chambre des Architectes de Belgique (CAB)
This association had 30 members in 1963 (not to be confused with the other CAB: the Compagnie des Architectes de Belgique).

Chambre Syndicale des Architectes de Belgique (CSAB)
A first association of this name was one of the founders of the FAB in 1905 and of the Centre de Documentation du Bâtiment in 1933. A second one, in particular, will make itself known by opening the door of a VAT control office in 1971 in order to claim, for the architects, the payment of VAT after it has been paid (and not when invoicing). It will be active for two years.

Collectif DISTURB
Brussels multidisciplinary collective (composed notably of teachers from ISA La Cambre) created in 2000 on the occasion of the debate on the Martini and Lotto towers. Its aim is to promote debate on architecture and urban planning in Brussels, to review procedures, to encourage participation and architectural quality and to revalue post-war heritage.

Compagnie des Architectes de Belgique (CAB)
Association created in Liege in 1979 but which will have a rather short life (not to be confused with the other CAB: the Chamber of Architects of Belgium).

Concertation des Architectes francophones et germanophones
Groupe de réflexion des architectes francophones, created in 2005 by representatives of the five francophone provincial councils and the main professional associations (FAB, ARAC, ARALg, ARAHO, AAAMs, CAB, CSAB, SCAB, UPA-BUA) to develop a common position of French-speaking architects on the reform of the Order, in reaction to the Flemish positions taken by NeRoA.

Concertation Permanente - Permanente Overleg (CPO)
Created on the initiative of the CNOA in 1995 with a view to coordinating the action of the Order and the associative world, this purely informative body will meet more or less regularly, depending on the motivation of the Presidents of the Order. Following the pre-scission of the Order in 2008, this function will be ensured on the Flemish side by the VPO (which already existed) and on the French side by the establishment of the Brussels and Walloon Chambers which will become purely ordinal as from 2016.

Conférence des Jeunes Architectes de Bruxelles
Association created in 1938 as part of the SCAB (whose headquarters it shares) and which will be dissolved in 1941.

Coordination-Logistique-Communication (COLOCO) Coördinatie-Logistiek-Communicatie
Consultation body between the Order and the FAB set up in 1993 to prepare the project to create a National Institute of Architecture (INA).

Fédération Bruxelloise de l’Urbanisme (FBU)
Association, created in 1989, which regularly organizes an architecture prize.

Fédération des Etudiants en Architecture (FEA)
Association created by French-speaking architecture students, in the wake of their action against Minister Lebrun's Grandes Ecoles project. This initiative will unfortunately not survive the entry into professional life of its leaders.

Forum des Architectes
Architects' opinion movement mainly active in Brussels and Brabant, born in 1990 as a reaction to the introduction of the visa and membership fee (he lodged a complaint with the Council of State). After having sent candidates to the Brabant Council for several years, it will disappear in 2004.

Front Wallon des Architectes (FWA)
A protest movement originating from Hainaut, which aimed to form a union of architects and which was created in 2010 by the architect Bernard Nizet (who a year before had launched an appeal to the "Rassemblement des Architectes"). The FWA made itself known through certain actions but did not last long (as is often the case with many of these initiatives).

Groupe d’Action et de Recherches (GAR)
Research Centre of the ISA Saint-Luc de Liège.

Groupe de Bouge
Group formed in 2005, at the initiative of the "Actions Communes des associations d'architectes de Belgique", which will work for several months to establish the position of French-speaking architects in relation to the reform of the Order.

Guilde de Saint-Thomas et de Saint-Luc
Created in 1863, in the wake of the creation of the Saint-Luc schools, it regularly published a bulletin and organised visits until 1913. It should be remembered that Saint Thomas is the patron saint of architects and Saint Luke is the patron saint of painters and sculptors.

Institut National de l'Architecture (INA) Nationaal Instituut voor Architectuur
In 1993, the President of the CNOA, Bert Robaye, launched the project to create such an institute which would bring together all the components of the profession (Order, associations, educational institutes and cultural bodies). To prepare this project, a consultation between the Order and the FAB, called COLOCO (Coordination-Logistic-Communication) will carry out a detailed survey of existing professional structures, but the INA will not see the light of day in the end.

International Relations of the Belgian Architects (IRBA or IBA)
The creation of this coordination group for the "Foreign Affairs of Belgian Architects" was intended to coordinate actions between the Order and the associative world and to get out of the litigation created by the NAV's desire to be involved in the representation of Belgium within, in particular, the ACE. This initiative (instigated by the President of the FAB) envisaged in 2007 will unfortunately be blocked by the positions of both sides and then by the Government Commissioner (introduced within CNOA by the Minister on the occasion of the reform of the Order).

Jeunes Architectes de Belgique (JAB)
Informal association created in 2008, on the occasion of the reception of trainees from the Council of Brussels-Capital and Walloon Brabant, which campaigned for the defence of young collaborators of architectural offices but ran out of steam after a few years of meetings (the "JAB-Cafés") and sporadic activities.

Konfrontatie met Moderne Architectuur (KoMA)
Association created in 1990.

Koninklijke Maatschappij der Bouwmeesters van Antwerpen (KMBA)
The company was founded in 1848 (under the name "Royal Society of Architects of Antwerp") and merged with the Vlaamse Architektenvereniging (VAV) in 1980 to form the Architektenunie (AU). This association still had 227 members in 1963 (+35 members for the KMBA Mechelen section).

Koninklijke Vereniging der Bouwmeesters van Oost-Vlaanderen (KVBOV)
Professional association founded in 1872, under the name "Royal Union of Architects of East Flanders" (URAFO). It still had more than a hundred members in 1963.

Les Architectes Réduits au Silence (ARS)
A movement of opinion and claiming to be neighbored which made itself known in particular by chaining itself to the car of Prince Laurent, on an official visit to Mons (at the beginning of the 2000s).

Ligue des Architectes et des Artisans du Bâtiment
Association that was active between 1907 and 1911.

Nationaal Architectenverbond (NAV)
Flemish professional association founded in 1953 which is still active but under the name of "Netwerk Architecten Vlaanderen".

Nederlandstalige Raden van de Orde van Architecten (NeRoA)
A de facto association created in 2004 following a cultural event organised in Ghent (by the Council of the Order of the Province of East Flanders, the Conference of the Presidents of the Flemish Provinces and the Flemish delegates to the National Council), during which it was unilaterally decided to split the Order of Architects into two distinct orders, one Dutch-speaking and the other French-speaking, which was the start of discussions on the division of the Order. It will be replaced, in September 2005, by another de facto association: the "Vlaamse Raad van de Ordre van Architecten feitelijke vereniging".

Partenaires de l'Architecture en Belgique (PAB) Partners in de architectuur in België
This non-profit organization, launched in 1987 on the initiative of the FAB and its president Pierre Sauveur, was intended to financially support the activities of the FAB by creating a link between the associations and advertisers. It was replaced in 1996 for the same purpose by PARQ (Partenaires pour une Architecture de Qualité).

Royale Union Professionnelle des Architectes de l’Arrondissement judiciaire de Tournai (RUPAT)
This disappeared association has been replaced by the ARAHO (Association Royale des Architectes du Hainaut Oriental).

Service pour les Architectes Wallons (SAW)
Launched by the Flemish NAV in 2007 when the French-speaking world of associations was trying to reorganize itself, this initiative was aimed at exploiting the market for services to architects that were insufficiently taken care of by the latter. It also aimed at giving NAV the national stature that would have enabled it to represent Belgium within the ACE (alongside the Order and the FAB). A "territoriality" agreement, finally concluded between the ACA and the NAV, will put an end to this attempt in 2008.

Société Belge des Urbanistes et des Architectes Moderniste (SBUAM)
Association founded in the 1930s, in the movement of the CIAM which will disappear in 1971 by integrating the SCAB.

Société Centrale d'Architecture de Belgique (SCAB)
An important association founded in Brussels in 1872, it will be very active in the associative landscape. In particular, it will organise the 1st congress of Belgian architects, which will be the basis for the creation of the FAB, of which it will be one of the founding associations. Following the disappearance, in 2004, of the SRBII (Royal Belgian Society of Engineers and Industrialists) (of which it shared the premises of the Hotel d'Arenberg), it will be hosted by the Maison des Architectes, but will however disappear in 2009.

Société des Architectes de Flandre Orientale
Society founded in 1888, under the aegis of the faculty of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.

Société des Architectes diplômés de l'Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (SADBr)
Company founded in 1936, which will be integrated in 2018 in the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta.

Société des Architectes du Centre (SAC)
Association created in 1905 in Hainaut. It had 29 members in 1963.

Société des Architectes du Congo Belge et du Rwanda-Burundi
A company that was active, at any rate, in 1955.

Société des Architectes Francophones (SAF)
Informal federation of professional associations that are members of the FAB, created in 1980, as a counterpart to the BVA (Bond van Vlaamse Architecten) as the French-speaking wing of the FAB, but which will however never have legal existence. Like the BVA, it had developed a service company (SAF Services) in the 1980s. It will disappear during the reorganization of the associative structures to be replaced by AriB (Architects in Brussels) and UWA (Union Wallonne des Architectes).

SAF Services
Service company created in 2001, at the initiative of the SAF.

Société des Ingénieurs-Architectes sortis des universités de Belgique
Society created around 1935.

Société des Jeunes Architectes de Liège
Association created in 1875 (see also: Association des Jeunes Architectes de Liège).

Société Palladio
It was probably the first association of architects in Belgium, founded in 1842 by a few students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and intended to promote architecture and defend the professional interests of architects.

Société Royale des Architectes d’Anvers (SRAA)
Professional association founded in 1848, which later became the KMBA (Koninklijke Maatschappij der Bouwmeesters van Antwerpen). It will be one of the founding associations of the FAB.

Stichting Architectuurmuseum (SAM)
This architectural museum project, launched in 1983, was unfortunately abandoned in 1992 due to lack of financial means.

Syndicale Kamer van de Architecten van Leuven (SKAL)
Professional association that will become the AkVB (Architectenkamer van Vlaams-Brabant) in 2001.

Syndicat National des Architectes de Belgique (SNAB)
Created in 1963, it was mainly known for years through its annual publications of demands, but officially continued until the death in 2002 of its President and founder, Igor Favichevitch.

Union des Architectes de l'Etat et des Services Publics (UAESP) Unie van Staats- en Overheidsarchitecten (USOA)
Founded in 1951, in 1988 it became the Union of Civil Servant Architects (UAF) which disappeared at the end of the nineties. Under the name Union of State Architects, it had 130 members in 1963.

Union des Architectes Fonctionnaires (UAF) Unie van de Architecten Ambtenaren (UAA)
It was founded in 1988 by the Union of State and Public Service Architects (UAESP) and will disappear in 1997 after several years of difficult existence.

Union professionnelle des Ingénieurs industriels et des Architectes de la SNCB  (UIASC)
Association created in 1988.

Union Royale des Architectes de Flandre Orientale (URAFO)
Association founded in 1887 which later became the Koninklijke Vereniging der Bouwmeesters van Oost-Vlaanderen (KVBOV).

Vlaamse Architektenvereniging (VAV)
A professional association that merged in 1980 with the Koninklijke Maatschappij der Bouwmeesters van Antwerpen (KMBA) to form the Architektenunie (AU). It had more than 150 members in 1963.

Vlaamse Overleg (VO)
This body, created in 1990, which regularly brought together representatives of the Order's councils and Flemish professional associations, was a first step towards regionalisation of the Order. It has since become the Vlaamse Permanent Overleg (VPO).

Vlaams Platform Architectuur Discipline (VPAD)
A platform for exchange between ordinary, associative and academic bodies, which organised a colloquium "Faculteit & Beroep Architectuur" in November 2013.

Vlaamse Raad van de Orde van Architecten feitelijke vereniging
Body that succeeds NeRoA (Nederlandstalige raden van de Orde van Architecten) in September 2005 in the context of the Flemish actions relating to the demerger of the Order.

Werkgroep Noord-Limburgse Architecten (WNLA)
Informal group for exchange and reflection created in 1986.