Philippe Samyn

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Philippe Samyn
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Born 1 September 1948 Edit this on Wikidata (age 69)
Europa Building - Seat of the European Council, Brussels

Philippe, Knight Samyn (born 1 September 1948, in Ghent) is a Belgian architect and civil engineer whose style is characterized by extensive use of glass, wood and steel to build often monumental structures. He is also known for his discovery of "The volume and displacement indicators for an architectural structure" in August 1997.


Philippe Samyn started his education in Ghent, before moving to Brussels with his family. He was interested in art, architecture, sciences and technology from an early age.

He holds a degree in civil engineering from Brussels Free University (ULB) in 1971, a Master of Sciences in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1973, a degree in urban planning from the ULB (1973), a postgraduate in management from the Solvay Business School (1985) and became Doctor of Applied sciences for the University of Liege in 1999.

He begins his consultant activity as an architect and engineer in 1972 and founds Philippe Samyn and Partners in 1980.

His archives are regularly transferred and available for consultation:

  • For hand-written, graphic and iconographic documents and models at National Royal Archives of Belgium (Rue du Houblon, 28 -1000 Brussels - +3222741500).
  • For pictures and original films at Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts of Belgium (Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale, 1 - 1000 Brussels - +3225502211).

Philippe Samyn is Commander of the Order of Léopold and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts of Belgium, he is personally ennobled with the grant of hereditary nobility to Knighthood by HRH King ALBERT II on 13 July 2012. His motto is: "Reperire, Invenire, Creare".

Philippe Samyn and Partners[edit]


Philippe Samyn and Partners is a partnership of architects and engineers founded in 1980 which currently employs about fifty associates. The team carries out integrated projects, from landscape design to furniture, including engineering. It is based in the neighborhood of the Prince of Orange, south of Brussels. The partnership is certified ISO 9001 - 2008 (since 2000.01.01), ISO 14001 - 2004 (since 2007.12.27) and VALIDEO (since 2009.06.24)


  • Philippe Samyn, statutory manager
  • Denis Mélotte, engineer architect
  • Antonio Quinones, secretary-general
  • Ghislain André, architect
  • Johan Van Rompaey, engineer architect
  • Jacques Ceyssens, architect
  • Quentin Steyaert, architect
  • Benedetto Calcagno, architect
  • André Charon, architect
  • Åsa Decorte, architect
  • Mehdi Chtourou, architect

Major works in progress[edit]

(*: in joint venture)

Main build work[edit]

(*: in joint venture)

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