The mission of the bouwmeester (Chief Architect) and his team is to ensure the quality of urban space, both architecturally and in terms of urban planning and public realm  in the Brussels-Capital Region, thus driving forward Brussels’ ambitions in urban development. The Chief Architect is working in an independent position.


The bouwmeester’s main tool is organising design competitions:  a transparent and qualitative way of choosing projects and project designers. Well-organised thanks to the triple combination of an efficient programme, procedure and jury, competitions represent one of the best routes to architectural quality.

Research by Design

Some projects require a preliminary design study. The Research by design approach supports the definition of the project during the preliminary phases and highlights future possibilities for a site, programme or theme. As such,it is an important tool for introducing proactive and creative expertise in the political decision making on urban policy.

Quality chamber

The purpose of the quality chamber is to stimulate the quality of projects that are in the preparatory phase of planning permission. The quality chamber facilitates a professional dialogue between the architects, clients and the planning authority in order to bring about effective and transparent communication between the various bodies.