Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Thematic Projects

Thematic Projects

Over the course of two years, students will take four Thematic Design Projects that are the core of the curriculum. These projects explore and open-up themes relevant to the field of interior architecture and other related and contemporary forms of design practice. Thematic Design Projects are lead by either a core tutor, a team of core tutors, and/or guest tutors, who come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.  Whether an architect, designer, interior architect, or other, these specialists offer advanced insights into contemporary design practices and issues relevant to the professional field.

The Thematic Design Project structure offers students a framework for reflection, discussion, joint research and production. In other words, a theme serves as a conceptual platform for exploring and scrutinising specific interior and built environment practices and broader design challenges. This module aims to develop the students’ understanding of their work in relation to others in the professional field and to help them define their design practice/profile and creative interests.

Complementary courses, public events, excursions and guest lectures are integrated with the design projects to provide historical, theoretical, technical, material and industry knowledge and expertise.

Please visit our Publications list  for previous Thematic Projects.