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Piet Zwart Institute

Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design

The Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design [MIARD] at the Piet Zwart Institute is a postgraduate program and part of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. MIARD is an accredited program structured over two years; students earn a Master Interior Architecture (MIA) degree.

Our international course situates itself in applied-research, experimentation, critical reflection and the professional field of interior architecture. We provide an educational platform to train and support designers to be critical and progressive in the field of interiors and to expand the boundaries of the profession. The programme embraces a contemporary and multidisciplinary approach to foster the creative practice of the designer, his or her ideas and creative fascinations.

Students work closely with a distinguished international staff of architects, interior architects, designers, scholars and specialists from other disciplines. MIARD teachers, guest lecturers and collaborators provide a stimulating educational culture for students to expand their knowledge, skills, professional networks and future career opportunities. Students’ work on their design projects in spacious studios throughout the year. They have access to production “stations” equipped with analogue and digital technologies and expert technicians are available to help the students realize their projects.

MIARD plans opportunities to publically exhibit and promote student work and expose students to international networking platforms. We participate in professional design and architecture events as well as other external collaborations. Recent work by MIARD students and alumni have been exhibited at Milan Design Week, Biennale Interior, Dutch Design Week, TENTLondon, Łódź Design Week and their design projects have earned international press in publications such as Domus, Frame, Dezeen, Archinect, and Designboom, among others. Additionally, Frame Publishers recently invited MIARD as a ‘leading international master program’ to be included in the book entitled, Masterclass: Interior Design, Guide to the World’s Leading Graduate Schools.

We are based in the center of Rotterdam, an international city renowned for architecture, design and the arts. And as a contemporary and young program, we operate from the point of view that today education must be adaptable to a variety of external forces to remain relevant and forward thinking.


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