Lecture EPFL


Lecture at the EPFL about the Composite Presence exhibition.

Tuesdat 23.11.21, 17.30H.

Bovenbouw at EPFL

Urban Grace


Lecture series organized by Giancarlo Floridi and Cino Zucchi with contribution by Dirk Somers.

Monday 22/11/21, Politecnico di Milano, Milano.

Design by thinking of other designs


Participation in lecture series ‘Design-by-thinking-of-’ organised by Office Winhov Architects.

Wednesday 10/11/21, 19.30H, Amsterdam.


Institution Building


“Institution Building”, an exhibition organised bij CIVA, hosts in the chapter Preservation the Refurbishment of the Royale Belge building in Brussels (amongst other projects).

Institution building by CIVA

Ingressi Milanesi


Introduction to book launch & exhibition “Ingressi Milanesi” by Dirk Somers and Dirk De Meyer

Thursday 07/10/21,

Vandenhove, Rozier 1, 9000 Ghent

Designers’ Saturday


Dirk Somers is head of the Jury for the ‘Best Interior Award’ at the Designers’ Saturday 2021 in Oslo.
New Norwegian National Museum, 10/09-12/09, Oslo

Designers’ Saturday

Nomination for Brussels Architecture Prize 2021


The Werfstraat Brussels project is nominated for the Brussels Architecture Prize 2021, category “small intervention”.

Your vote is highly appreciated!

Brussels Architecture Prize – Vote

Some answers to your design questions – Bovenbouw Architectuur


Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur) as part of the informal talk series
for the Contemporary is always over
Maybe there is architecture after ambiguity…?

UTS School of Architecture

Thursday 12th of August, 7.00pm



At the Biennale Architettura 2021, Bovenbouw Architectuur presents the exhibition ‘Composite Presence’ in the Belgian pavilion. By means of 50 reference projects, curator Dirk Somers shows the contemporary city in Flanders and Brussels in all its complexity.

Thursday 5th of August

Towards a new European practice


Series of round-table discussions organised by Architecture Workroom Brussels on Architecture and Transition and Landing the Green Deal with Dirk Somers, amongst others.

Thursday 10/06/2021 at 13H

The Belgian Pavilion has opened!


Our scenography ‘Composite Presence’ for the Flemish architecture Institute has opened in Venice. This fictional model landscape simulates the potential to improve weak urban surroundings by an intense interplay between the middle ground of city architects and quality chambers on the one hand and designers on the other hand.

Play for Today: The Performance of Architecture


Dirk Somers was invited as a guest critic to David Kohn and Bushra Mohamed’s Diploma Unit 19 at Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Conversation piece


“Dirk Somers of Belgian practice Bovenbouw talks to Louis Mayes about the role of drawing, and the importance of viewing a sketch as a problem for discussion as much as a solution”

Future home for Bovenbouw


Bovenbouw Architectuur is in the process of creating a new home.

Can we Live Together?


The British Council and Sto invites Dirk Somers as one of panelists in the online panel event on the topic “Can we Live Together?”

Q&A with Bovenbouw


Online lecture on Bovenbouw for the University of Sheffield

Lecture for the Oslo Association of Architecture


Online lecture for the Oslo Association of Architecture

Thinking figuratively


Thinking figuratively, online lecture organised by Archipel.

Alternative Histories Dublin


New showing of Alternative Histories at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion square, Dublin.

Writers and architects at Bozar


Flemish authors Charlotte Van den Broeck and Walter van den Broeck discuss their latest books in which architects play a central role. They are joined by a number of architects and architecture experts to reflect on this: Matilde Everaert and Dirk Somers. Bozar, Brussels.

Bovenbouw wins Royale Belge


Bovenbouw Architectuur, working in collaboration with Caruso St John Architects, have won the competition to convert the former headquarters of AXA into a complex that includes apartments, offices, coworking and conference facilities along with a hotel and fitness centre.


Design: Dirk Somers and Wim Boesten in collaboration with Caruso St John Architects


Photograph: Séverin Malaud

De Groene Lente


A Care Home, De Drie Platanen, Ostend wins the public award “De Groene Lente”, category neighborhood park.


Biennale Architettura 2020


The Antwerp-based office Bovenbouw Architectuur has been appointed as curator of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2020 in Venice.


Biennale Architettura 2020


Photograph: We Document Art