Design, the heart of research by design

Design is at the heart of research by design and makes a specific contribution to project quality. This tool, which is brought in as far upstream as possible, works in a contextualised way in collaboration with all the actors involved.
Research by design allows the debate to focus on specific elements of the project: volume, size, programme, etc. As such, the project becomes an iterative and evolving process, associating the development of an intention with a form. Research by design is less linear and seeks to adapt projects to their environments.
The City of Brussels is looking for teams applying the research by design method. With a view to, among other things:
  • Coming up with a new urban vision for a given area;
  • Anticipating highly critical future urban developments;
  • Inspiring/assisting City departments in their initial internal reflections on site redevelopment, taking into account a balance of priorities for these sites and for their contexts;
  • Raising awareness among the various urban development actors to decompartmentalise their practices. Every project, especially in the public sphere, has an impact beyond its primary function. It can be an opportunity to factor in several issues while positively impacting its surroundings.
The framework agreement will be concluded with a maximum of two participants.


  • Architect – Urban planner – Landscape designer with experience in research by design
  • Environmental skills


  • Quality of the approach to the mission – 50%
  • Quality and relevance of references and team – 30%
  • Feasibility – 20%


  • Invitation to submit a tender : 28.10.2022
  • Submission of tenders : 21.11.2022
  • Presentation of tenders to the jury : 02.12.2022
  • Award of contract and start of the mission : late 2022


  • The budget for the framework agreement is € 49.586,78 excl. VAT or € 60.000 incl. VAT.


  • For this mission, a grant of € 1.500 will be awarded to each team invited to tender that submits a regular bid but is not finally selected.

If you are interested in the work, we invite you to send an e-mail, before 12.10.2022 at 2 PM, to bouwmeester maître architecte at appel-oproep@bma.brussels, showing your interest, motivation and experience, and giving your contact details and/or those of the planned team (on a maximum of one attached A4 sheet).