MAO preserves and archives works from prominent architects and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, constituting a rich history of creative ideas, vision and production. MAO organizes and shares this seemingly unlimited source of inspiration and exploration of architecture and design through its many compelling exhibitions and publications and its diverse programme. It serves as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and dialogue for and among a wide range of visitors. Since 1972, the museum has organized the Biennial of Design (BIO), the oldest European design biennial, which enjoys a tradition spanning over 50 years, with a strong international presence and positioning. MAO is also the coordinating entity of the first pan-european architectural platform Future Architecture.