Opened in November 2018, the NRW Architecture Archives preserve heritage items from architecture, interior design, landscaping, urban development and structural engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia. The archives protect, record and systematise items such as drawings, plans, photos, models, documents and other media. The institution’s staff prepares these scientifically and make them accessible to both researchers and interested members of the public alike.
In addition to visitors with special interest in architecture, the NRW Architecture Archives also target the general public. Hence, the archives are open to everyone. As well as historical themes, the agenda always includes current topics of architecture, design or urban development. Special events and exhibitions are organised at regular intervals.