Professional associations

As an architect you need to register to be able to call yourself 'architect'. After your registration you can contact several professional associations for instance on legal advice and support or information on the professional field.


Architects Registration Board of the Netherlands (BA)
In the Netherlands, as in most of the other EU member states, the title of architect enjoys legal protection. Under the Architect’s Title Act (Wet op de architectentitel) only people registered in the Register of Architects may carry the title of architect, urban designer, landscape architect or interior architect. The SBA is the official body which administers the Register of Architects, which was instituted by the abovementioned Act. 

So, registration in this register is very important if you want to use the title of architect. Clients, insurance companies and trade associations may make your registration a precondition.

Professional associations

They all strive for optimum conditions for the practice of their members’ professions by profiling and developing the professions and strengthening enterprise. Architects who are members can approach the associations for information about subjects such as legal relationships, employment matters, and the construction process. Most of these organizations also have online services with newsletters, links to members and vacancy departments.

Every profession has its own interest promoters:

BNA: Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architecten
BNSP: Beroepsvereniging Nederlandse Stedenbouwkundigen en Planologen
NVTL: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur
BNI: Beroepsvereniging Nederlandse Interieurarchitecten
BNO: Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers

Knowledge and information

The Netherlands enjoys a broad scope of agencies, networks and organizations which, whether or not subsidized by the government, provide for discussion about architecture and design. Partly because of this, there is a lively architectural climate in which everyone can take part.

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut focuses on architecture, design and e-culture. The institute organizes exhibits, conferences and debates, manages the collections and archives of the most prominent Dutch architects and urban planners, has an extensive library and bookstore and an international study centre. The NAi010 publishers produce a large number of publications, among them the Architectuur Jaarboek (Architecture Yearbook). 

Architectuur Lokaal
The aim of Architectuur Lokaal is to stimulate the quality of assignments and patronage in the building and administrators world. It does this by way of symposiums, courses and excursions. In addition, Architectuur Lokaal also publishes a newspaper by the same name and a handbook about architectural policy. It also coordinates meetings of the network of local architecture centres (among them ARCAM in Amsterdam, Casla in Almere, Aorta in Utrecht) and the Steunpunt Ontwerpwedstrijden (Design Support Competitions) is coordinated by it. Architectuur Lokaal also maintains a website with, among other things, the Calendar of The Netherlands and an international Architecture Address Book. 

Platform is the organisation providing information for cities and regions and has been founded out of a merger of KEI, Nicis Institute, Nirov and SEV. It is a place for research and experiment, a stage for new ideas and an inspiring network of people.

Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam (ARCAM)
ARCAM is an organisation which wants to broaden interest in architecture and which addresses current themes and developments in and around Amsterdam which require attention. It is an Information Centre with a large number of architectural books, magazines, folders, maps and a cuttings archive. ARCAM also organises lectures and exhibitions about topical themes in its own exhibition space, and acts as a coordinating centre for coordinating existing programmes and initiating new activities.

Academie van Bouwkunst
The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture organizes in association with ARCAM a series of 1·Lectures. The lectures are given on Thursday evenings and address themed subjects which are topical in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in the Netherlands and abroad. The lectures are open to the general public and are also intended for interested people outside the Academy.

Pakhuis de Zwijger
Pakhuis de Zwijger is an independent platform for inspiring meetings and unexpected crossovers. There is an extensive agenda with different themes that are often about the city and architecture.