Starting 1 October 2019, Floor van Spaendonck will be the new director of Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design. She succeeds Saskia van Stein, who, since 2014, was in charge of the Bureau and announced her departure in May to allow a smooth transition to the next period of the cultural plan. Bureau Europa is very grateful to Saskia van Stein for all of her work and dedication.
Floor van Spaendonck is no stranger to the world of architecture, design, and culture. She previously worked at Het Nieuwe Instituut (the national institute for architecture, design and digital culture, which was the successor to the Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) in Rotterdam) and until recently was the director of the Cinekid Festival.
In her broad cultural practice, Floor van Spaendonck has gained extensive and wide-ranging experience in architecture biennales, spatial planning issues, innovation processes, debates, research, cultural policy, and international cooperation.
Floor van Spaendonck continues to hold a variety of social and cultural positions, including memberships of advisory and supervisory boards, and is involved in various cultural projects in an advisory and developmental capacity.
As a presentation, debate, and knowledge institution for architecture and the broader design practice, Bureau Europa is in the next phase of its development. Starting from a dynamic architectural remit that covers Maastricht and the broader EU region, Bureau Europa managed to secure a place in the local, national, and neighbouring European agenda in the field of architecture, the spatial, the designed environment, and design.
The challenge now is to build on this, to strengthen Bureau Europa’s position with regard to design practice and future scenarios for Maastricht and the Euroregion, and to maintain a high level of public engagement.
This will include formulating strong ambitions for the coming years in the context of the new period of the cultural plan. By intensifying cooperation with its current network and attracting new partnerships and programmes, further impetus can be given to the agenda and the renewal.
This new phase also requires programming decisions and vision. The new director will draw up plans for this.
Consultations will be held with the municipality, province, and government, both about these plans and about financing that can support Bureau Europa’s ambitions.
The Supervisory Board of Bureau Europa is confident that Floor van Spaendonck will be able to put her knowledge, experience, and network to good use for Bureau Europa, starting with the new period of the cultural plan.
Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, was established in 2006 as NAi Maastricht, a branch of the former NAi in Rotterdam. Since 2013, the organisation has operated independently as Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design.
As a knowledge institution, presentation platform, and network organisation, Bureau Europa presents exhibitions, lectures, workshops, city tours, and other discursive activities in the fields of architecture, urban design, the designed environment, and design, for a generally culturally engaged public. From a social perspective, Bureau Europa wants to promote knowledge production and talent development within the cultural domain. These objectives materialise in cultural projects, both within the institute and in public spaces. Bureau Europa focuses primarily on the shared social agenda of Europe and the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.