Over the last decade the IABR has developed into an important international platform that presents the state of the art in architecture, specifically in urbanism and urban design.

The IABR has a two-tier board: a Supervisory Board and an Executive Board.
The Supervisory Board provides a monitory role and grants the Executive Board the authority to run the organization.

The role of the Executive Director is to design, develop and implement strategic plans in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. His role involves decisions about policy and strategy, all fund raising as well as the responsibility for all fund raising and the day-to-day operation of the organization.

The IABR abides by the Code Cultural Governance.

Every two years and on the recommendation of the Executive Board the Supervisory Board appoints a Curator, or a team of Curators.
The Curator conducts research to substantiate and expand on the brief and theme as put forward by the Board in order to present concrete plans for the main exhibition and the public program of the Biennale. The Curator subsequently shepherds the organization towards the realization of the plans.

advisory board
The Advisory Board is composed of curators of earlier biennale editions and advises the Board of the IABR. The Advisory Board possesses expertise in fields covering the full range of the IABR's activities and provides guidance on particular projects and larger strategic initiatives.