New Faces in European Architecture

2 September 2006 – 21 April 2007
With the opening exhibition ‘New Faces in European Architecture: David Adjaye, Jürgen Mayer H., PLOT = BIG + JDS, SeARCH’, the NAi Maastricht presents an avant-garde of (young) European architects in the Kolommenzaal.

The Edible City

3 March – 22 June 2007
In the context of the first Bipolis, a manifestation on creative industry, NAiM/Bureau Europa, Z33 Hasselt and Het Domein Sittard collaboratively organized a project on the theme of food, with the working title ‘Food for Thought/Thoughts on Food’.

Jean Prouvé

12 May – 2 September 2007
The retrospective exhibition ‘Jean Prouvé, The poetry of the technical object’ is developed by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein in collaboration with the Design Museum Akihabara in Tokio and the Deutsche Architektur Museum in Frankfurt.
Project Jean Prouvé
2008 →

P.J.H. Cuyers: architecture with a mission

27 September 2007 – 3 February 2008
The architect P.J.H. Cuypers (1827-1921), master of the nineteenth-century architecture, is mostly known in the Netherlands for his large-scale projects such as the Rijksmuseum (1876-1885) and Amsterdam Central Station (1882-1889), but also for the enormous amount of churches he designed.

Dom Hans van der Laan: the human habitat

24 February – 25 May 2008
NAiM/Bureau Europa outlined a program on the fault line between architecture and design, with the interior as common thread. The first in a series of three exhibitions is titled ‘The Human Habitat’ presenting architect, designer, theorist and monk Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991).

State Alpha: on the Architecture of Sleep

29 June – 5 October 2008
Freud regarded the dream as the guardian of sleep. ‘State Alpha, on the architecture of sleep’ examined to what extent the same can be said about architecture. The exhibition stimulated visitors to reflect on how architecture organizes our sleep.
Project State Alpha
2009 →

Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House

4 November 2008 – 30 April 2009
'Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House' confronted very different living concepts with each other, ranging from the Domus Cosmographica to the Mauritshuis and the television culture of the the Big Brother House.

NL = New Luxury

22 May – 23 August 2009
More attention for the still unknown potential of product design. That is what curator Alexander van Slobbe wanted to achieve with the project 'NL = Nieuwe Luxe'.

Michele de Lucchi

6 – 16 November 2009
‘Cassette a forma di casa’ presents 20 wooden architectural models, sketches and photos of De Lucchi, providing insight into a more autonomous artistic ambition of the designer.
2010 →

Rien ne va Plus

12 September 2009 – 10 January 2010
'Rien ne va Plus' (Architecture in times of crisis) and'Reading Europe' (A collection of ideas on architecture and design) Result of a cooperation with magazine A10 for research into the possible assignment of architecture.

Changing Ideals 2 The Sequel

19 December 2009 – 19 February 2010
Under the title ‘Changing Ideals 2: The Sequel, NAiM / Bureau Europa presents current social developments in architecture and design.

Antibodies: the work of Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 - 2009

13 March – 6 June 2010
In 2010, NAiM/Bureau Europa presented the work of the Campana brothers, the most significant designers in present-day Latin America.
Project Antibodies


27 June – 26 September 2010
'Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X' was based on research by Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University) into the way architects publicized their views in self-initiated magazines in the 60's/70's.
2011 →

Out of Fashion: Maastricht Edition

14 May – 16 June 2011
This project showed how fashion houses, avant-garde designers and young, as yet unknown fashion designers utilize film, video and on-line media to give their designs form and to support their distribution and sales.

RE-Action! Sustainability through Social Innovation

17 July – 2 October 2011
REcentre, centre for sustainable design in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, presented several best practices from home and abroad, and compared these to eight projects from Maastricht and the region.
Project RE-Action!
2012 →

Common Grounds: vacant potential

5 November 2011 – 29 January 2012
The exhibition Common Grounds investigates the possibilities inherent to the temporary redevelopment of disused urban areas. Curator: Saskia van Stein

Alison & Peter Smithson: The Art of Inhabitation

17 December 2011 – 25 March 2012
'Alison & Peter Smithson, The Art of Inhabitation’ shows the work of the English architecture couple Alison (1928-1993) and Peter (1923-2003), being among the most prominent and controversial architects of the twentieth century.

ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism

3 March – 10 June 2012
NAiM/Bureau Europa presents ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism, an exhibition that uses the book ‘The Atlas of the Conflict’ by Malkit Shoshan as an anchor point.
2013 →

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

29 September 2012 – 9 February 2013
Exhibition in collaboration with Princeton University about the way Playboy magazine used architecture and design as important tools to shape a new identity for the American male.

Radical Locality; actual potential

8 June – 5 August 2013
Recently, Bureau Europa opened its doors for the first time in the Timmerfabriek with the opening of the threefold exhibition ‘Radical Locality; actual potential’ on Saturday 8 June 2013 (17h00 – 19h00). With this exhibition/manifestation Bureau Europa conducts from 8 June through 5 August research into the meaning of the local and the role of architecture in our globalizing world.

Exhibition PARKers

31 August – 8 September 2013
Exhibition in the Frontenpark: PARKers and cultural side programme. Nine temporary works of art, consisting of installations, sculptures and a performance, a film night with Lumière Cinema, location theatre with Nightscapes and a concert with bat detector together with Intro in situ.
Project PARKers

Black Transparency - The Right To Know In The Age Of Mass Surveillance

7 September – 3 November 2013
Exhibition by design and research collective Metahaven on the question how information is organised globally and what role the concept of transparency occupies within it.
2014 →

Mansholt, Landscape in Perspective

18 January – 20 April 2014
Against the background of the current reform of the European Common Agricultural Policy, Bureau Europa dedicates the exhibition 'Mansholt, Landscape in Perspective' to the way agriculture has determined the lay-out and shape of the Dutch landscape after 1945. Hallmark of the exhibition is the work of former minister of agriculture Sicco Mansholt,

COMING SOON: Real Imaginary Futures

24 May – 2 August 2014
On May 24 at 5 pm, Bureau Europa opened the exhibition COMING SOON. With landscape as a metaphor, the exhibition asks what lies at the heart of our contemporary utopias. From inspiration in the past and urgencies of the present, to projections of possible futures, the needs and virtues of our time (ecology, economy, social cohesion and technology) are extrapolated and implicitly worked into the exhibition and its parallel program.

Signed, Jo Coenen

27 September – 23 November 2014
On Saturday 27 September the exhibition Signed, Jo Coenen opens at Bureau Europa. Although his recent appointment as curator-director of IBA Parkstad shows his career is far from over, Coenen's 65th birthday marks the occasion for an exhibition focusing on his sketches.
2015 →


19 – 25 January 2015
During PASSAGEN – Germany's biggest design event – Bureau Europa, Dutch Design Exchange, and the Institute of Relevant Studies are organising the exhibition DOMESTIC AFFAIRS. We see this exhibition as an opportunity to hear a new voice of Dutch Design.

Werkplaats voor de nieuwe wereld / Workshop for the New World

1 May – 5 July 2015
What makes work worth the effort? How do our daily actions give meaning to our lives and to our physical environment?
2016 →


5 March – 10 July 2016
The exhibition The Next Big Thing is Not a Thing relates the evolving field of design to the science of anthropology. Using the gaze as a metaphor, the exhibition surveys the evolution of the design discipline and examines new fields of knowledge and critical practices. The exhibition questions the underlying myths within design, deconstructs its emerging signs, and examines how technology determines the future landscape of design.
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