Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Congratulations to MIARD students Claudia Cañizares, Thomas Galvan, Livia Stacchini.

These designers are invited by Kenniscentrum Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam to publicly present and exhibit their speculative projects of future spaces of consumption as part of Hogeschool Rotterdam’s externally funded research project ‘Retail Innovation Rotterdam’. Creating 010 is a transdisciplinary design-inclusive Research Center enabling citizens, students and creative industry making the future of Rotterdam.

The designs by Claudia, Thomas and Livia include: a vision for using recycled plastic as a currency in a city, a shopping center for robots and humans, and a fast-food restaurant serving insect kebab from its in-house insect farm.

Each student will obtain a substantial production budget and be an official part of the final research outcome presentation of Retail Innovation Rotterdam in 2018.



Congratulations to MIARD students Claudia Cañizares, Thomas Galvan, Livia Stacchini. These designers are invited by Kenniscentrum Creating 010,... Lees verder

Time: Wednesday, November 15 at 18h Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam. Large project space, 4th floor. Admission: Free

This talk will present research where questions of interior and interiority are posed in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity and pedagogy through: a practice of designing with a curatorial inflection attending to arrangements (and rearrangements) of spatial, temporal and material relations; a practice of supervising PhD creative practice research candidates; and a practice of teaching interior design.


Suzie Attiwill is associate professor, Interior Design, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Since 1991, her practice has involved exhibition design, curatorial work, writing and teaching. Previous roles include: artistic director, Craft Victoria; chair, West Space Artist Led Initiative; chair, IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association) and executive editor, IDEA Journal. Recent publications include: ‘interiorizt’, The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (2013); ‘urban + interior’, IDEA Journal (2015); ‘Framing – ?interior’, Practising with Deleuze. Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy (2017).


Caption for image: Cover, The Interior, 1991 – a magazine produced by the Interior Design program, RMIT University

Time: Wednesday, November 15 at 18h Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam. Large project space, 4th floor. Admission:... Lees verder

The MIARD T4 design studio ‘Showing and Producing Architecture’ run by Marta M Roy Torrecilla, is focus this trimester on exhibit design -and more precisely on exhibiting architecture- as a spatial practice to display and produce content. An essential part of the course is the contribution the students will do in November for the exhibition ‘Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association’ curated by Riet Eeckhout and Arnaud Hendrickx at deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus in Antwerp.

If at the heart of any exhibition is the notion of communication, coming October 25th session will take the form of an open discussion forum where students will have to reflect on their curatorial strategies and the intended message of their designs. Marina Otero Verzier, Director or Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, will share her experience and knowledge on exhibition models, curatorial practices, social experiments, as well as their legacy and political implications. https://research-development.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/seminar-architecture-exhibitions-and-politics-temporal

BIO Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, where she leads research initiatives such as ‘Automated Landscapes,’ focusing on the emerging architectures of automated labour, and ‘Architecture of Appropriation,’ on squatting as spatial practice.

Otero is the curator of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018. And with the After Belonging Agency, she was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, which addressed the implications of architecture in contemporary processes of displacement and identity construction. From 2011-2015 Otero was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, a global network of research laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment, which was launched by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in 2008.

Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation, Design Trust, and the FAD Thought and Criticism Award, has been published in different books and journals. Otero has co-edited Promiscuous Encounters (GSAPP Books, 2014), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (Dpr-Barcelona, 2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016).

She currently teaches at ETSA Madrid and Royal College of Art in London. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. She completed her PhD at ETSAM in 2016. Her thesis ‘Evanescent Institutions’ examines the emergence of a new paradigms for cultural institutions, and in particular the political implications of temporal and itinerant structures.

The MIARD T4 design studio ‘Showing and Producing Architecture’ run by Marta M Roy Torrecilla, is focus this trimester on exhibit design... Lees verder

Drawing Ambience Exhibition, Opening October 24

MIARD Exhibition, Opening November 28 MIARD deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus student workshops, September 20 MIARD students exhibit new design work as part of a parallel series of exhibits and events with the international exhibition ‘Drawing Ambience’ holding 50 drawings of the Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association collection.

The exhibitions take place at deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Antwerp. Flanders Architecture Institute, deSingel International Arts Campus in collaboration with KULeuven and Piet Zwart Institute, MIARD. Curation and scenography: Riet Eeckhout and Arnaud Hendrickx

More information found on the Flanders Architecture Institute website

Drawing Ambience Exhibition, Opening October 24 MIARD Exhibition, Opening November 28 MIARD deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus student workshops,... Lees verder

Location: Het Nieuwe Institute

Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00

Designers: Sofia Angelopoulou, Alejandra Calderón, Maria Duarte, Merle Flügge, Nancy Katri, Samira Müller, Agnese Pellino, Sanne van der Ploeg, Bhoomchaya Prakongpetch, Nao Sakamoto, Matteo Sandigliano, Jadranka Sic Gamarra, Katarzyna Skorupska, Michaela Vilucchi

“You are asked to remember that we are in a moment after Architecture (…), and to work accordingly.” Thus MOS Architects challenge the current with their manual  “Office Policy.” For the fourteen graduation projects on display at the fifth floor of Het Nieuwe Institute, we ask you to remember we are past ‘interior architecture’ and to look accordingly.

During this exhibition, international designers from the Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD], Piet Zwart Institute, present projects that acknowledge “the multiplicity of genres, which we should playfully subvert,” to quote MOS Architects once more. Together, the projects are contributions to sketch new, expanded disciplinary narratives.

Whether serious proposals or intellectual dreamscapes, satirical reversals of roles or poetical explorations of materials and means of production, these projects all share the inclination to subvert. They question standard perceptions of design, architecture, social and cultural contexts; a line is more than a border.

This exhibition is a gathering of multidisciplinary design research projects that engage with contemporary positions on ‘the interior’ and the production of space. Here design as research is viewed as circulating along numerous pathways and scales, from the local to the global, from objects to observers, from attitude to architecture – carving a multifarious space to consider other forms of practice.

Please visit our exhibition website

Location: Het Nieuwe Institute Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00 Designers: Sofia... Lees verder




The Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD] is inviting applicants for a newly established position as a postgraduate teacher of design with a strong focus on contemporary spatial and artistic practice with a multidisciplinary approach. An interest in materials, objects and craft is a plus.

We offer an international, professional and critical educational environment. The job involves a high degree of responsibility, contributory influence and the opportunity to make your mark working with talented students and staff on the production of space and design research.  We value good collegial collaboration with scope for mutual inspiration and professional conversation.  The post holder reports directly to the Course Director, and she or he would work collaboratively with other tutors within our integrated curriculum structure.

Our international program offers students a unique Master level multidisciplinary design-research education with a critical and experimental focus on the complex and developing field of Interior Architecture. For more information on the program visit: pzwart.nl/interior-architecture-research-design

Responsibilities Include 

Development of a multidisciplinary postgraduate design-research project. Design studio leadership. The teacher meets with students one-day a week from January to June (7 months) Organize relevant guest lecturers, critics, public talks, collaborations and/or excursions that are course related Productive, collegial teamwork, active participation in program activities Course administration, program staff meetings and coordination with staff Co-supervise yearly activities related to publication and exhibition Supervision, assessments, archiving course and student work Contribution to the growing reputation and profile of the program

Qualification Requirements  

Experience teaching at a postgraduate level Curriculum Vitae A portfolio of professional practice and a teaching portfolio (with samples of course and student work) A brief letter of motivation: teaching methods and pedagogical position Diploma at a postgraduate level Excellent English language proficiency is required Ability to handle research projects and other managerial functions Contact information of two professional references Letters of recommendations are a plus Work permit to be employed in the Netherlands

Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specializations and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment. For more information on the Piet Zwart Insitute: http://www.pzwart.nl

Salary and employment conditions  

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam) offers a temporary contract of FTE 0.2, with the possibility for extension. The salary range is HBO-CAO grade 12 (€ 4,122.09 minimum and € 5,301.29 maximum gross per month) for fulltime employment, exclusive of 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Our fringe benefits include excellent training facilities, an attractive pension scheme, and allowance for a proper work/life balance. It is possible to negotiate offsetting travel costs for the appropriate candidate.


Please send your Qualification Requirements: motivated letter, curriculum vitae, professional and teaching portfolios, references, educational diplomas, letters of recommendation and Dutch/EU work status, documentation for compliance with the qualification requirements listed above before 15 JUNE 2017 to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl. All documents must be in English.

A review committee will look at applications and invite short-listed candidates for interviews in July 2017. Position begins December 2017. – For questions please contact: Susana Pedrosa t: +31 (0)10 794 47 16 Or Petra van der Kooij t: +31 (0)10 794 74 05

Image credit: Agnese Pellino, Berlin excursion, TOMÁS SARACENO STUDIO VISIT


Rotterdam, 13 April 2017

“There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious 2011 anthology Toward a New Interior. It’s a statement and a publication that mark the increased critical interest which, in the past few years, has been directed at interior spaces and their attendant design strategies. A graduate course taking part in this re-evaluation of the interior is the Piet Zwart Institute’s two-year Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme in Rotterdam. On the occasion of the re-titling of the course – the “R” and “D” previously stood for “Retail Design” – Disegno speaks to MIARD’s course director, Alex Suárez, about the new remit, ethos and ambition of the course.

“The programme has a funny history,” says Suárez. In the five years MIARD has been in operation, he explains, “retail design became a very small component of a much larger interior architecture agenda. Little by little, we’ve realised that the name didn’t fully represent or reflect the type of students we had, the type of projects they were doing, or the expertise of the staff.” In keeping with the resurgence of critical discourse emerging in the field of interior spatial practice, the course responded by changing its name in January 2017, and by tweaking its curricular structure. “It’s been an organic, bottom-up change,” says Suárez. “It came about through conversations with staff and alumni, and an acknowledgement of the type of students we’ve attracted. What we do at MIARD is really more of a multi-disciplinary design research practice.”

The bulk of the curriculum will remain as it has been since the course’s foundation in 2011, with subtle revisions that reflect a more open-ended and cross-disciplinary approach. Three curriculum threads comprise the syllabus of the two-year programme. The first is Design Projects, the practice-based core of the course in which the students, numbering 14 to 15 per year, work on design projects in their own studio spaces provided by the Piet Zwart Institute. They are also free to make use of eight workstations – focused on interaction, audio, publication, material, fabric, drawing, business, and research – with the support of specialised technicians. “The different stations and the technical help in the workshops are really incredible,” says Suárez. “When you start at MIARD, one of the first things that happens is an introduction to the stations – we want the students to make the most of these internal resources.”

The second strand is Critical Strategies. “We think it’s very important for our students to consider the critical position of their work in a larger historical and theoretical context,” says Suárez. “In the context of interior architecture and interiors, there are very few masters programmes that really have as part of their agenda trying to contribute to the discourse.” By this token, MIARD has changed its third curricular strand, formerly Visual Communications, to Multiple Media. “We thought the visual was not fully representative the type of media that our students were working with,” says Suárez. “Multiple Media really expands the conventions available to the interior practitioner.”

The conventions of interior architecture are circumscribed by adjacent and overlapping fields. “Traditionally, interior design has borrowed heavily from architecture: the histories, theories, drawings, and the modes of representation. If you look at interior design curriculums out there,” Suárez says, “a lot of the projects are also grouped by typology: retail design, hospitality and residential.” Such classifications are not present at MIARD. “Those typologies are something we want to challenge by looking at the interior space multidimensionally and also at multiple scales: from the local to the global; from architecture to object and beyond.”

Delivering the programme is a roster of international tutors and lecturers with a broad range of skills and specialisations including architecture, interaction design, graphic design and design criticism. MIARD’s core curriculum is also augmented by national and international guest lecturers, who often visit in conjunction with joint projects. One such project coming up in October 2017 is the traveling exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association – MIARD will be one of three partners to respond to the show when it comes to Antwerp. The ethos informing MIARD’s programming is “making public”. For the five past years, for instance, students have shown projects at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. They have also exhibited on several occasions at Het Nieuwe Instituut, one of MIARD’s closest institutional partners, in addition to yearly graduation shows.

After following the three curricular strands, students will spend the final six to seven months of the programme working on their graduation project with they guidance of their tutors. This project can take many forms, in keeping with the experimental remit of the course. “One of our current students is a filmmaker,” says Suárez. “Her films are highly spatial in that they deal with the cinematic experience of the interior as a way of designing space.” Other students push the limits of what comprises a thesis. “We have a student with an amazing talent for drawing and representation, who is fascinated by Jacques Tati’s critique of modernity and technology. This student has appropriated Tati’s critique for modern times and is making a satirical comic looking at the smart house.” Another current student is producing her thesis in the form of a memoir set in 2071, looking at the significance of artificial intelligence in 2017. “There still so much to contribute to the practice of the interior and to its disciplinary canon,” says Suárez by way of summary.

Upon completion of the course, MIARD alumni have taken accordingly diverse professional routes. “I’ve seen alumni go into more typical roles, like working in top architecture and interior architecture offices,” says Suárez. “But mainly, what I’ve seen is diversity. We’re a very international program, so some go home and set up their own practices there while others stay and do so locally. Others go into research, working for offices here in the Netherlands such as Bureau Europa and Droog. Some go into exhibition design, and a couple continue along the academic route and do PhDs.” Local and international institutional affiliations also help develop the students’ network and other multidisciplinary forms of design practice. “We have an ongoing collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut,” says Suárez. “But the collaboration happens on different scales, with our current students also doing internships there.”

“I hope that our students leave with a very international, diverse experience and a set of advanced skills,” says Suárez. Key to this diversity is not only the fact the the student body represents approximately 20 different countries at any one time, but also the freedom to approach interior space through a multiplicity of media. “I hope the students will also leave with an acknowledgement that they can be a relevant and critical voice in the field and expand the boundaries of the profession.”

The call for applications to MIARD is open until 15 May 2017.

Image: MIARD alumnus Wojciech Gawronski’s graduation project, Objects in this room are closer to nature than they appear, 2016. Image courtesy of MIARD

Link to article

Rotterdam, 13 April 2017 “There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious... Lees verder

Nowadays, interior architects have to deal with a world in continual transformation, made of challenges in real estate, technology, socio-politics, ecology and economics.

Designers are therefore called to broaden their professional horizons in order to face today’s complex problems and anticipate a future role for their discipline. Run by the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Master’s in Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) was conceived precisely to satisfy the demands of this ever-changing world, offering students in-depth post-graduate training focused on the intricate and dynamic sector of interior architecture.

By re-examining the conventions of interior architecture, MIARD aims to overcome the sector’s traditional disciplinary boundaries, with the objective of spawning new prospects for the creation of space. Thanks to its multidimensional nature, the research project is simultaneously active on a number of didactic paths and a variety of scales, from local to global, from objects to architecture. This cross-disciplinary and proactive educational and design structure produces an open and intellectually demanding atmosphere that seeks to cultivate highly innovative designers for the 21st century.

Visit link for the full article: http://www.domusweb.it/en/advertisement/2017/02/01/master_interior_architecture_miard_at_the_piet_zwart_institut.html

Nowadays, interior architects have to deal with a world in continual transformation, made of challenges in real estate, technology,... Lees verder

Date: February 22, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

Point Supreme’s stubborn commitment to reality ends up in the production of accurate and constantly updated lists of things including all sort of elements: islands, chairs, fruits, animals and mountains. These visual lists operate at all scales, making no difference between rooms and cities, trees and forests, stones and mountain ranges. Point Supreme’s lists combine interiors and exteriors, public and private, geography and architecture. Within these lists different scales are combined in order to describe the contemporary metropolitan condition: subjects move in the cities followed by their personal collection of objects and public spaces are the product of the accumulation of these different personal collections. The city described by Point Supreme seems to be made of innumerable components. Public and private spaces have no clear boundaries within these careful lists: the house is a museum and the museum is a house, the table is a public space and islands are tableware (expert from Systematic Surrealism by Pier Paolo Tamburelli in ‘Athens Projects’, Graham Foundation, Chicago 2016)

Point Supreme was founded by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo. Point Supreme regularly publishes self-initiated studies and projects for Athens, the city where they are based. Their research and projects for the contemporary city was exhibited in the Greek Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. That year they were included by popular Greek newspaper LIFO among the 20 most influential personalities in Greece. They are currently nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and are included in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory for 2015. ‘Athens Projects’, the first book dedicated to their work was published as part of the Treatise Series in 2015 by Graham Foundation in Chicago.



Point Supreme, Totems, Pavillon De L’ Arsenal, Paris, 2017, photo by Yannis Drakoulidis


Date: February 22, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free Point Supreme’s stubborn commitment to reality... Lees verder

Date: February 8, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

From the first written records of design analysis until the recent past, the discussion of design has revolved around the relationship of form, function, and interpreted meaning. Meanwhile, material was seen as something neutral that merely awaited the application of a formal idea. This can be observed in the lag between the development of a new material and the discovery of its potential: for example, in architecture, the Greek stone temples echoed elements of wood construction, and cast iron structures originally took the motifs of stone carving. Form had its own development and momentum, often independent from that of material. This legacy carries on in some “iconic” buildings and products; the form is the central reference, the message of the work. This lecture suggests a different narrative in which design begins from the properties and transformations of “raw” material.

Several points will be examined:

How did the philosophical and scientific discoveries of the Enlightenment change the way people looked at and altered material? How can the effects of these scientific discoveries be read in design prototypes and architectural examples of the 20th century? How did post-minimalism or the Fluxus movements in art contribute to this new investigation into material? How are the new heroes of architectural/design philosophy (Deleuze & Guattari/Manuel de Landa/James Gordon) championing the energetic potential of material over the arbitrary superficiality of form in design? How are contemporary designers engaging in this dialogue with material in different ways, crafting an idea in the material/energy (that is, the medium) itself?

Tamar Shafrir is a writer and designer based in Rotterdam. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a lecturer on design and critical writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Sandberg Instituut. Her writing has been published in magazines including Domus, Volume, Dirty Furniture, Disegno, and MacGuffin, as well as books including Printing Things, Open Source Architecture, SQM: The Quantified Home, and Symbolic Exchange. In 2013, she co-founded the studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima in Genova. Their projects have been exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, V&A, and Istanbul Design Biennial.

Image: Pol Bury, “Monument dédié à 12 000 billes”, 1971

Date: February 8, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free From the first written records of design analysis... Lees verder