June 1, 2021 - Piet Zwart Institute - The 2020 MIARD graduate exhibition
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June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021

Piet Zwart Institute

Ceci Sariol, Sim Society (still), 2020. Graduation project, MIARD.

The 2020 MIARD graduate exhibition
Willem de Kooning Academy, Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, MIARD

Piet Zwart Institute
Wijnhaven 61
3011 WJ Rotterdam
the Netherlands


Visit the online exhibition here

Participating alumni: Mirela Atanassova, Jitivi Banthaisong, Saskia de Fabritiis, Ingmar König, Philippa Lorenzen, Hedvig Maria Koertz Mikkelsen, Rick Nemeye Van Wijk, Ceci Sariol, Mao Zhang   

Curated by: Golnar Abbasi and Natasha Marie Llorens 

The Master in Interior Architecture: Research + Design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam is proud to present the work of nine of its 2020 graduates.

The nine projects on view in this online exhibition were produced in the middle of a crisis so disorienting that it was not immediately clear how many different times we would all try to get back to normal. A year later, their work is presented on a platform that, we hope, honors the complexity with which they responded to that moment and the courage it required of them to continue to produce.

The context for this exhibition is obvious. For MIARD’s MA candidates, this context required a constant negotiation between offline and online, between the room and the screen. It required a reconceptualization of the “interior” on an unprecedented scale and temporal intensity. This context continues to require translation between the logic of each individual MA candidate’s design process and flatness of the online space in which we are all obliged to appear to one another.

The 2020 MIARD graduation show—like the work it presents—takes place in two dimensions at once. It takes place between a room in a repurposed building in Rotterdam and an online space designed by Studio Folder. The viewer will see a number of installations set up throughout a large windowless room. The space was filmed using a 3D camera and then installed as a navigable 3D space online. Each installation was conceived by the alumni in collaboration with the curators to represent the logic of the graduation project. The installation does not present the work itself but rather a translation back into real life space of project that was made to be shown and defended online at the end of the summer term in 2020. To explore a project, click the hotspot to see fragments of each candidate’s work.


Website design and development: Studio Folder and Angelo Semeraro

Graduation Supervisors: Golnar Abbasi, Ephraim Joris, Natasha Marie Llorens  

Graduation Committee Chair: Alex Augusto Suárez  

External Expert: Lotte Van den Audenaeren  

MIARD Coordinator: Zoraïma Hupkes 

Diorama direction and assistance: Golnar Abbasi, Zoraïma Hupkes, Ingmar König, Philippa Lorenzen, Hedvig Maria Koertz Mikkelsen, Rick Nemeye Van Wijk  

Building: Odeon Building, a former theatre and cinema in Rotterdam built in the 1920s. Since then, it has served as a school, sports hall, community centre, and freelance studio spaces. It is about to be demolished in summer of 2021. 

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