April 3, 2019



Another edition of INDESEM is on its way! From 10 - 17 May 2019, 80 students from all over the world will work on a design project accompanied by lectures from and discussions with renowned architects and theorists.


INDESEM, International Design Seminar, is a biennial, founded by a group of students in 1962 and re-initiated by Herman Hertzberger in 1986. The seminar was born from a desire to experiment with architecture and urban planning, while exploring beyond the boundaries of the curriculum. INDESEM has had the honour of hosting internationally acclaimed architects such as  Aldo van Eyck, Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Steven Holl, Wiel Arets, Winy Maas, Jean Nouvel, Peter Cook, Renzo Piano, Ben van Berkel, Adriaan Geuze, Daan Roosegaarde and Greg Lynn, as well as theorists such as Saskia Sassen, Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler, Neil Leach and Michael Speaks. Some even participated in the seminar or organised it themselves.


The programme of INDESEM consists of lectures, excursions, debates and a workshop, all organized around a contemporary theme. Every edition aims to raise awareness about this theme and its consequences for the architectural practice. Speakers with different opinions will be invited to share their thoughts, creating an environment in which students, tutors, architects and theorists engage in conversation and discussion about the current and future position of the architect.




This Year’s Theme: Beyond the Echo Chamber


echo chamber

noun: echo chamber; plural noun: echo chambers

  1. an enclosed space where sound reverberates.

  2. an environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.


Architects build a vocabulary by harvesting information in a multidisciplinary context. Nowadays the amount of available knowledge is endless. This challenges us as designers, architects and urban planners to position ourselves within this changing context.


By whom or what are your influenced as an architect? What is it, that you want to express with your buildings? How far do you want to reach? Who is it you’re designing for? These questions can be interpreted in a very broad way and there is not just one right answer, but they are important to dwell upon. The event forms a critical stage to confront students with their echo chamber, the extent to which it is perforated or segregated, and to (re)define it, based on critical discussions.


Speakers that have thus far been confirmed:

Herman Hertzberger, Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Saskia Sassen, Winy Maas (MVRDV), Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Fala Atelier, Stefan Metaal, Eko Prawoto, Elma van Boxel (ZUS), Ronald Rietveld en David Habets (RAAAF), Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow), Dick van Gameren and Federica Sofia Zambeletti (KoozArch).


Participation/ Entry Competition

Unfortunately there is a limited capacity for participating. The 80 best entries will be selected and invited to participate in INDESEM 2019. Once selected, the participation fee will be €95. This fee will include participation in the workshop, an excursion, accommodation and meals.


Want to participate? Find the entry competition here


Good luck! 




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