Royal Institute of Dutch Architects

About BNA

BNA, the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, is the sole professional association for Dutch architects. The goal of BNA is to stimulate the development of architecture and to support the practice of its members. Some 1000 agencies are united in our sector association.

Parkeergarage Katwijk
  • Promotes the expertise of the architect
  • Strengthens the position of Dutch architecture
  • Fosters professional development

The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (in Dutch ‘Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus’, or, in short, BNA), is the professional organisation of architects in the Netherlands.


Its predecessors, the ‘Society for the Advancement of Architecture’ and the ‘Association of Dutch Architects’ (of which H.P. Berlage was a leading figure) were founded in 1842 and 1908 respectively.

In the early years of the 20th century, a number of architects felt the need for closer association to strengthen their social position. Until then they worked as architects in private practice, without any formal ties to the construction industry. In 1919, the society and association merged to form the present Institute.

Royal Patronage
The Institute received royal patronage in 1957. The 150th anniversary of professional association was celebrated in 1992, and the royal patronage was prolonged for another 25 years in February 2012.

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mlehner@bna.nl
Mathias Lehner Programmamanager BNA International