Interiors Buildings Cities

Interiors Buildings Cities is concerned with making buildings, in places, for people. It conceives of the city at each scale as a work of architecture and hence the responsibility of the architect, with the relationships between them being understood directly, through experience.

Graduation studio Maastricht City of Stone, students: Cameron Walker / Marjolein Maatman

The writer Walter Benjamin described the city as ‘the interior of the collective’ establishing it as a deep and intricate space of threshold, capable of enfolding both the intimacies of such individual experience and the mediating territories of collective public life. Taking this as a point of departure the chair explores the architectural territory that ranges between the extended, public interior and the intimate, knowable city.

Focus and approach

Working from critical understandings of existing situations, between inside and outside, students materialise architecture across these different spatial scales. Creating coherent places that embody the concerns of contemporary society and culture in a direct, immediate and inclusive manner, in order to make them both perceivable and available to the citizen.

Each course and project places emphasis on different aspects and components of this larger endeavour and whilst they can be taken individually, they together establish a continuous field of investigation, allowing students to develop and refine ideas within a rich and rigorous architectural framework, defined through experience and underpinned by a cohesive historical and theoretical discourse. The projects that result are ambitious in their detailed consideration of the rooms and spaces we individually and collectively inhabit, as contiguous parts of both the larger spatial and tectonic order of a building and the  urban condition in which it is situated.

Programme

Collectively concerned with situation, continuity and the ways in which buildings are both made and used over time, the MSc1 course, The House in the City, considers detailed material and spatial programmes for proto-typical city buildings, which might complete an urban block, create an urban interior or renegotiate an urban edge.

The MSc2 course, Thinking through Making, also encompasses parallel design research investigations into thinking about, making and representing architecture, up to and including 1:1 scale.

The Graduate Studio, MSc3 and 4, establishes the Chair’s principal themes for each year, through its ongoing reflection upon The Urban Institution; exploring their representative, spatial, social and political roles and their impact on the life and form of the city at each scale, from the interior outwards. 

Each of the Masters courses is run as a series of parallel studios that bring together academics and leading practitioners. Interiors Buildings Cities values direct experience of architecture, undertaken together and a mandatory excursion may therefore be part of each programme.

Programme fall semester 2018 (pdf)

Staff

Prof. Daniel Rosbottom, drs. Irene Cieraad, Sereh Mandias, ir. Susanne Pietsch, Mark Pimlott, ir.drs. Eireen Schreurs, Dirk Somers, ir. Mechthild Stuhlmacher, ir. Leontine de Wit, ir. Jurjen Zeinstra 

Additional information

Additional information about the projects and student work can be found here.

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:
MSc 1
MSc 2*
MSc 3

* The MSc2 semester of the Architecture track consists of 9 credits of compulsory courses and 21 credits of electives, of which at least 12 credits for an approved MSc 2 Architecture design project. See also the MSc 2 design projects page for information about the MSc 2 projects including examples of student work.

Coordinator MSc 1 and MSc 2

Ir. Susanne Pietsch

Coordinator MSc 3 and MSc 4

Ir. Sereh Mandias