Brussels 2007 Conference Description

10-13 May 2007

Art Nouveau to Contemporary

—Grand’Place of Brussels courtesy of Commune Libre de l’Ilôt Sacré

Brussels was at the turn of the 19th century one of the most prominent cities where Art Nouveau architecture came to maturity. The city was and still is full of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, from individual residences to warehouses to public buildings.

The tour will include many of the most beautiful and representative of these buildings. The historical city center has been well preserved from the late middle ages. An architectural walking tour will take you around and explain how these beautiful buildings came to being.

NATO headquarters model. © SOM

Brussels is the host to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters. In 2004 an up-scale architectural competition was organized to build their new headquarters in Brussels. The winning design was done by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Together, SOM the designer and NATO the owner/user will give a vivid presentation of this major project from both a designer’s and an international organization’s perspective.

Antwerp and its surroundings have seen in the last years outstanding young architectural currents developing in its midst. Interesting adaptive re-use and bold new buildings have risen in this area of Belgium. The city has also attracted famous architects such as Richard Rogers and Michael Graves. Also, the city itself is quite unparalleled for its remarkable historical architecture.

Charles Croigny, AIA, Conference Organizer

Conference Hotel

The 305 room conference hotel is the located in the historical center of Brussels, near the Grand’Place.

Please note that in order to received the special AIACE conference rate for rooms at the Hôtel Métropole, attendees must complete the hotel form (DOC, PDF) and send it to the hotel.

Hôtel Métropole 31, place de Brouckère Brussels Tel: +32 2 217 23 00 Fax: +32 2 214 25 10 E-mail: Web site :

We have no additional notes on hotels but the conference organizer, Charles Croigny, AIA kindly provides these links:

Attendees are encouraged to make hotel plans as soon as possible. provides an option to show hotels on its mapping program. Métropole location: Select the tab "hotel" at the top of the map to reveal locations; a mouse hover over each number reveals the hotel name [sample].


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