The interior architecture programme aims to train students in a creative, student-oriented learning environment to become versatile interior architects who go on to promote the faculty’s ‘Design for Life’ philosophy in society.
This is done by imparting to students throughout their programme, in a way which takes account of the interaction between practice (the profession and creativity) and reflection (concept and design programme), academic and professional skills that reflect the profile of the programme, based around four areas: Adaptive Reuse, Retail Design, Display Design and Residential Interiors/Furniture.
The Faculty of Architecture and Art aims to lead the field in Flanders and Europe and to work with students,
lecturers and researchers on making the built environment better and more attractive. We aim to design with
engagement, dedication, empathy, generosity and plenty of enthusiasm. We aim to design for everyone.
The faculty’s motto is ‘Design for Life’. Improving the user’s quality of life – psychologically, aesthetically and
ecologically – is central to this. The faculty aims to offer its students, lecturers and researchers a setting in which
they can develop to a level of excellence in an international context, with a clear sense of social responsibility and
regional engagement. The interaction between practice (the profession and creativity) and reflection (concept and
design programme) is central to this. In other words, our programmes combine hand, head and heart.
The main objective of the interior architecture programme is to train students in a creative, student-oriented
learning environment to become versatile interior architects. This is done on the basis of four core competencies:
design, research, communication and entrepreneurship. The programme covers four areas: Adaptive Reuse, Retail
Design, Display Design and Residential Interiors/Furniture.
True to the university’s ideal of Bildung – the endeavour to form the student’s entire personality – the programme
also aims to pursue this general education. But of course it also aims to teach the students the professional skills
that are expected of a future interior architect.
By focusing on various social developments and future challenges, the programme aims to further raise the profile of its existing expertise and play an innovative role in a regional, national and international context. It aims to offer its students, lecturers and researchers a setting in which they can develop to a level of excellence, with a clear sense of social responsibility.
The interior architecture programme has a great deal of expertise in both education and research. Its research activities are highly developed and of international quality. By focusing on various social developments and future challenges, the programme aims to maintain this innovative role in an international context.
Thanks to the close link with research, especially in the master's programme, and the focus on four specific areas, the programme also seeks to pass on research findings to our graduates. We also want to make this expertise even more visible in a regional and national context in future, by making a concrete contribution through the provision of services to improving the immediate living environment (e.g. the adaptive reuse of historic religious buildings). Relevant exercises are frequently worked through in the design studio at both bachelor’s and master’s level, with results that merit wider practical use. In this way we aim to establish the reputation of our programme even more clearly.
The faculty and its programmes focus on the following goals:
- Excellence: We aim to safeguard the existing standard of education and develop further in order to achieve excellence. We are developing our recently expanded research activities with two goals in mind: (1) to generate an autonomous knowledge centre around a number of socially relevant issues in order to (2) offer substantiated, focused and excellent education.
- Internationalisation: Our excellence in research and design will extend the programmes’ and research groups’ existing international network. It will be further underpinned by the international recruitment of and collaboration with students, lecturers and researchers. The international profile of the faculty and its programmes will be further developed.
- Social responsibility: Design education always focuses on a particular audience and particular users. The activities and projects of students, lecturers and researchers, and hence of the faculty, have a social relevance. This social relevance and visibility allow the faculty to assume its responsibility in numerous fields, including culture, the arts, social relations, education and the economy.
On the basis of these goals, the interior architecture programme aims to take various actions in education and research in order to become a key player in Limburg with respect to all aspects of these disciplines within five years. Within Flanders, it aims to be of significant importance in a few specific research fields. The faculty wants to further develop an exceptional knowledge concentration for some of these fields, gaining an international reputation and even becoming an acknowledged centre of expertise.
In the years ahead, the faculty plans to profile itself even more strongly in Flanders, Euregio and the world. The research activities that will be developed will give rise to exclusive expertise that will also become very important for the identity of the education. International benchmarking is always important here.