Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA)

Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA)

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

March 18, 2021
Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA)

Application deadline: April 13, 2021
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Interior spaces are nowadays laboratories of modernity. Whether it is through renovation projects, commercial spaces or art installations, the interiors have become an endless arena for experimenting with cultural, social and environmental agendas that transform the contemporary condition from within. 

The Master in Interior Architecture (MAIA) is a 2-year professional programme that prepares its students to master the progressive diversification of interiors in the contemporary world, characterized by cross-disciplinary approaches, from design to visual art, from audio-visual culture to digital reality. The programme envisions Interior Architecture as the crossing point between the spaces, objects, and media that construct contemporary societies, addressing urgent issues such as environmental impact, renovation of existing heritage, spaces of shared economy and construction of inclusive communities. In reaffirming the central role of physical spaces, MAIA explores how Interior Architecture operates at the intersection between physical interiors and the parallel narratives of mediated interiors, such as those of publicity, cinema or online media. 

Professional projects
Full-size projects form the backbone of the course structure: MAIA students regularly work in cooperation with international designers on professional projects carried out for companies or institutions, leading to a professional career of international impact. The Interior Architecture department has an established reputation of regular collaborations with Salone del Mobile in Milan, Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, HEAD’s catwalk Fashion Show in Geneva, and with brands such as AesopHermès or USM.

Collaborations & network
MAIA exposes its students to a network of influence and international impact. The programme includes permanent cooperation with the Joint Master of Architecture (JMA) of the schools of Geneva, Fribourg and Burgdorf, and with École Camondo in Paris. Beginning September 2021, the third edition of the programme features temporary collaborations with Volume Magazine and and Scènes de Nuit, an ongoing research project on night and architecture.

MAIA is organized into 4 thematic semesters that envision interior design as a multidimensional practice, articulating the diversity of objects, spaces and media that configure contemporary interiors via many methods and scales, from analogue to digital, and from local to global. The design studio is the core of the program, supplemented by technical courses and theory seminars, as well as interdisciplinary workshops that help students develop a bold and visionary new way of thinking, inspired by creativity and innovation.

MAIA 1: Objects, Space, Scenography
MAIA 2: Sustainability, Environment, Society
MAIA summer: Creative Residency, Leadership 
MAIA 3: Heritage, Materiality, Digital Media
MAIA 4: Entrepreneurship, Personal Project

M A I A students work with a notable community of interior designers, architects, product designers, curators, filmmakers and experts from different disciplines, constructing interior spaces that are articulated with the parallel narratives of magazines, films, exhibitions or publications. This transversal approach creates an arena of experimental condition that proves challenging for teachers, students and real users. 

Lecturers, speakers & guests include: India Mahdavi, Principal at India Mahdavi Interior Design. Paris / Youri Kravtchenko, Principal at YKRA Interior Design. Geneva / Andrea Dalmas, Principal at Ciszak Dalmas Interior Design. Madrid, Hong Kong / Leonid Slonimskiy, Principal at Kosmos Architects. Geneva, Moscow / Philippe Rahm, Principal at Philippe Rahm Architectes. Paris / Line Fontana, Principal at Fagart & Fontana Architectes. Paris / Ana Luisa Soares, Principal at Fala Atelier. Porto / Ahmed Belkhodja, Principal at Fala Atelier. Porto / Simon Husslein, Principal at Husslein Design. Zurich / Javier G. German, Architect, Sustainability Expert. Thermodinamic Interactions. Madrid  / Vera Sacchetti, Design Critic and Curator. Foreign Legion. Basel / Lilet Breddels, Director of Volume Magazine. Rotterdam / Arjen Oosterman, Editor in-chief of Volume Magazine. Rotterdam / Charles Heller, Researcher and Filmmaker. Principal at Forensic Oceanography. Geneva / Kai Reaver, Digital Technologist and Theorist. Oslo / Michael Jakob, Architecture and Landscape Theorist. Geneva / Bas Princen, Artist and Photographer. Zurich

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