The Flemish Government has appointed a new Government Architect for the next four years. Architect Leo Van Broeck will take up his post on 1 September 2016. Leo Van Broeck is a civil engineer and architect and cofounder of the Brussels architecture office Bogdan & Van Broeck.
Leo Van Broeck graduated as an architect from the University of Leuven in 1981. He started teaching there in 1995 before becoming a professor of architectural and urban design in 2006. He has also been involved as a guest tutor in various architectural programmes and public organizations. In 1997 he established the non-profit organization Stad en Architectuur. In 2007 he and Oana Bogdan founded the architecture firm Bogdan & Van Broeck, an office with a strong focus on research that distinguishes itself through active social engagement. In addition, since 2013 Van Broeck has chaired the Royal Federation of Architecture Societies in Belgium (FAB).
The core mission of the Flemish Government Architect is to promote the architectural quality of the built environment. The Flemish Government Architect and his team advise public patrons in the design and realization of buildings, public space, landscape and infrastructure. In addition, the Flemish Government Architect stimulates the development of visions and reflection, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral initiatives. The Flemish Government Architect acts as an advisor to the entire Flemish Government.