Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Interior Architects today are faced with a changing world of new realities, technologies, socio-political, environmental and economic challenges; consequently the practice of the designer needs to expand, react and determine future roles.

Upcoming event: Master Interior Architecture: Design and Research - Piet Zwart Institute Open House

During our annual Open House on Saturday February 10 2018 staff and students of the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design will be presenting and available for questions across the 4th floor of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Wijnhaven 61 where they will be in the company of colleagues of Master Education in Arts, and Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, and Master Media Design: Lens-Based. Wijnhaven 61 is also a home to the workshop facilities of the Piet Zwart Institute. The one-hour tours around the Academy are available now and are held at 4pm on Tuesday’s. You can sign up for a tour through

During the Open House staff and students from the Master Fine Art programme will be present for questions and presentations and hold Open Studios at the course's own location at Karel Doormanhof 45, 3012 GC Rotterdam.

A detailed programme of our Open House event on February 10th, 2018 will appear shortly on the Piet Zwart Institute website.


Programme Description

Our distinguished international programme offers students a unique Master level design-research education with a critical and experimental focus on the complex and developing field of Interior Architecture.

Interior Architects today are faced with a changing world of new realities, technologies, socio-political, environmental and economic challenges; consequently the practice of the designer needs to expand, react and determine future roles. For this reason, we question the conventions of Interior Architecture across disciplinary edges in order to create new perspectives in the production of space. Design as research is viewed as multidimensional, circulating along numerous pathways and scales, from the local to the global, from objects to architecture and beyond. Students are expected to be independent and forward thinking. Our multidisciplinary and proactive approach to design education creates a sense of openness, possibility and intellectual rigor to nurture innovative 21st century designers.

The international student community at MIARD works closely with a notable staff of architects, interior architects, designers, artists, researchers and experts from a variety of disciplines. Our staff provides a diverse and stimulating educational culture for students to advance their knowledge, professional network and career opportunities.  We also maintain an active public programme including events that showcase our community, projects and publications. Public talks, symposiums, and conversations are complimented by national and international exhibitions and excursions. Every year, prominent practitioners from diverse disciplines are invited to talk and work with our students and staff.

A unique quality of our programme is the concept of making public. We exhibit and promote student work, and participate in professional events and external collaborations with renowned institutions. Recent work by students and alumni has been exhibited at Salone del Mobile Milano, Het Nieuwe Instituut, TENTLondon among others.  Our projects have earned international press in publications such as Domus, Dezeen, Archinect, and Designboom.  MIARD was recently published as a ‘leading international Master programme’ in Frame Magazine book Masterclass: Interior Design, Guide to the World’s Leading Graduate Schools.

Students work in state-of-the-art facilities and are provided spacious design studios to work on their projects. In our building, students have access to production ‘stations’ that are equipped with analogue and digital technologies with highly-skilled technicians available to help realize their work. Finally, we are located in the center of Rotterdam, a post-industrial, culturally diverse global and creative city renowned for architecture, design and the arts. And as a contemporary programme, we operate from the point of view that design education today must be adaptable to a variety of external forces to remain relevant and forward thinking.

Please visit Piet Zwart Institute site for more information.

Practical Information for this course

*The programme was formerly titled: Master Interior Architecture + Retail Design [MIARD]

Cover project: The Schizophrenic Interior and the Aesthetics of the Imaginary - Relics of a Post-AI-Revolution by Merle Flügge (photo by Sander van Wettum).

MIARD 2018 Lecture Series

This lecture series is a new initiative by Andrea Bagnato and Füsun Türetken to encourage conversations on design-led research and to present a range of voices across disciplines. All lectures are free and open to the public, and will take place at Piet Zwart Institute (Blaak 10, 3011 TA Rotterdam).

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