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Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Ixelles
Monday-Friday | 9:00 -13:00 | 14:00 -17:30
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Rue Vanderlinden 22, 1030 Schaerbeek (Sint-Lukas)
Monday-Friday | 9:15 -12:00 | 13:00 -17:00

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and the limitation of staff available on site, access to the archives and conditions of use are restricted. Please take note before coming on site.

Conditions of access and use of the archives

CIVA holds archives and collections stemming from Belgian protagonists in the realm of architecture and landscape architecture in Belgium and abroad, such as Victor Bourgeois, René Pechère, Huib Hoste, Renaat Braem, Jules Buyssens, Victor Horta, Robert Puttemans, Paul Duvigneaud, Gaston, Maxime and Fernand Brunfaut. Our archives comprise architectural plans, maps, models, ancient photographs, written archives, pieces of furniture, textiles, costumes, stage sets, audio and audio-visual archives. The collection encompasses the archives of the Department of Modern Architecture and of the Garden, Landscape and Urban Ecosystem Department.

CIVA’s collections are constituted of archival records from the practice of architecture and landscape architecture, and from the field of urban ecosystems in Belgium. They include a wide variety of media: graphic archives (plans, drawings, sketches...), written archives (correspondence, personal papers, cost quotations, construction site supervision…), photographic documents, but also models, audio and audio-visual archives, furniture, wallpapers and fabrics. The main periods covered are the19th and the 20th centuries in Belgium. Our collections emanate from the integration in 2016, within CIVA, of the collections of the Archives d’Architecture Moderne (AAM), the Sint-Lukasarchief, the René Pechère Library and the Paul Duvigneaud Centre. We continuously enrich our collections with new acquisitions. Part of the collections remain property of the Archives d'Architecture Moderne. Their conservation is guaranteed by financial support from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. They are accessible to researchers, students, professionals and individuals. They are also valorized through exhibitions, publications, studies and various events organised by CIVA and by its partners. In January 2019, 4400 photographic negatives from the Kessels fonds were digitized and made available online, serving as a witness of Belgian architecture and landscape between the 1920s and 1960s. In total, some 500 fondsmake CIVA the most important archival centre of architecture and landscape architecture in Belgium.

The Modern Architecture Department holds collections related to architectural practice. Among its holdings, the fonds of  Victor Bourgeois, Huib Hoste, Renaat Braem, Jean-Jules Eggericx, Louis-Herman De Koninck, Gaston and Maxime Brunfaut, Antoine Courtens, Jos Bascourt, Alban Chambon, Henry Lacoste, Paul Hamesse, Akarova, Coulon & Noterman, the Structures Group, the Alpha Group, Jacques Cuisinier but also Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde.

The Garden, Landscape & Urban Ecosystem Department holds archives related to landscape architectural practice, amongst which the fonds of René Pechère, Jules Buyssens, JNC, Georges Neuray, Jacques Boulanger-Français, as well as archives from national and international institutions such as IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects), the International Committee of Historical Sites and Gardens ICOMOS-IFLA or the Association Belge des Architectes de Jardins et des Architectes Paysagistes - Belgische Vereniging van Tuin- en Landschapsarchitecten (ABAJP-BVTL). The department also conserves the archives of Belgian scientist Paul Duvigneaud, dedicated to ecology and urban ecosystems.

On the occasion of the International Archives Day, CIVA has the pleasure to announce the launch of the Network of European Landscape Architecture Archives (NELA). NELA is a network aimed at enhancing international cooperation between archive centres dedicated specifically to collecting, preserving, valorizing and diffusing landscape architecture archives. The CIVA archives collection, initiated by Belgian landscape architect René Pechère, is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe, and comprises about 50 fonds related to landscape architecture. 

Read the NELA Mission Statement here.

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