Joost Grootens ↓

Head of department and design tutor

Joost Grootens studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. As a graphic designer he is self-taught. His studio designs books in the fields of architecture and urban space, specializing on atlases and map design, for international publishers and academic institutions.

He has won numerous prizes for his designs, including the ‘Goldene Letter’ and two Gold Medals in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition in Leipzig. In 2009 he was awarded the Netherlands’ most prestigious design award, the Rotterdam Design Prize. In 2010 I swear I use no art at all, a monograph about his work, was published by 010 Publishers.

Joost Grootens is head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also lectured or been a visiting critic at institutions throughout the world including KADK in Copenhagen, ETH and ZHdK in Zurich, écal in Lausanne, ISIA in Urbino, RCA in London and ENSAD in Paris.

Simon Davies ↓

Design tutor

Simon Davies moved to the Netherlands in 1991 shortly after his graduation from the department of graphic design at Leicester Polytechnic (UK). In 1994 he graduated from the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and then established himself as an independent graphic designer in Rotterdam. He has worked on commissions for many cultural figures and institutions and produced books and catalogues such as Hugh Maaskant: Architect van de vooruitgang (2003), Maak een stad: Rotterdam en de architectuur van J.H. van den Broek (2005) and Valéry Proust Museum: White Cube Fever (2011). He designed and edited the books Krijn de Koning (2007) and Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice (2008). Several of his book designs have been included in the annual selection of the Dutch Best Verzorgde Boeken (Best Book Designs), and his work has been selected for the Concours International d’Affiches at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont, France and Beijing Typography 2009. In 2007 he was awarded the prize for the best designed architecture website of the Netherlands organized by ArchiNed in conjunction with the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

He is currently engaged as designer for Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. He was a tutor at Post-St. Joost, the postgraduate course in graphic design at the St. Joost academy of art and design in Breda between 1999 and 2008, where, between 2001 and 2003 as head of department, he created the exhibition I, we, they. The Post-St. Joost method of design education (Osaka and Tokyo, Japan). He is currently a member of the design advisory committee of the Dutch Creative Industries Fund. He has been a member of the Rotterdam council for art and culture (RRKC), a member of the selection committee of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) and the Rotterdam Art Foundation (RKS).

Gert Staal ↓

Thesis supervisor

Design writer, critic and editor. Started writing in the early eighties and in 1987 he co-edited the first comprehensive survey of modern Dutch design, Holland in Vorm, a book accompanying six parallel exhibitions on design in the Netherlands since 1945.

After having worked as a staff editor for two major Dutch newspapers for almost 15 years, he joined the newly founded Netherlands Design Institute, a government-funded organisation that claimed a pioneering role in questioning the (early) effects of the digital revolution on the design field and on modern culture and society.

Since 2000 he works as an editor-at-large, commissioned by publishers, designers, architects and cultural organisations. Recent books on jewellery designer Ted Noten (2015), the 100 year history of Dutch furniture company Pastoe (2013), and essays contributed to a catalogue on the work of Aldo Bakker (2015) and a publication on colour, Colour in Time (2011) mirror the broad scope of subjects in his current writing praxis. As an editorial advisor to Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam he writes and edits both policy documents and texts for exhibitions on topics such as the architecture of Herman Hertzberger, Designing Scarcity (with works by MA DAE students), Glass, the New Material Award (won by an MA DAE student) and the Temporary Fashion Museum (2015/16) in which his essay on the changing ethics in the fashion industry – Hacked (2015) – was also part of the installation.

He has been an advisor for several cultural institutions in the Netherlands, including the Mondrian Fund, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, and the Council for Culture.

Kim Bouvy ↓

Coordinator and design tutor

Kim Bouvy is a Dutch artist working with photography and texts that focus on the ‘Condition Urbaine’. She obtained a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Documentary Photography at the Academy Sint Joost (NL). Her work is characterized by precise photographic and textual observations of public spaces often devoid of people. Her publications and installations consist of large series of still images, in which the landscape – whether ‘natural’ or urban – is never neutral, like photography itself. To her the notion of ‘common ground’ seems to have become more relevant than ever, now that physical distances dissolve, and communities and experiences tend to individualise in the abstract digital space we inhabit. Public spaces can be read and possibly understood as important witnesses of the social, political and economical decisions that define our time in history.

She published Phantom City (2010) a photo novel about Rotterdam; Niemandsland – Berlin without the Wall (2003) and Uit-Zicht (1999). Her work has been exhibited in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Sweden, USA and China. Parallel to her artistic practise, she has been working as a freelance curator, writer, producer and tutor in the fields of photography, art, design and architecture for different cultural institutions and several academies in the Netherlands. She has lectured about her work internationally.

Koehorst in 't Veld ↓

Design tutors

Toon Koehorst and Jannetje in ’t Veld, who share a background in both graphic design and culture and media studies, set up their studio as an editorial design practice. They produce exhibitions, books, concepts and research for museums, publishers and other institutions. The driving force behind the projects is their interest in history, place, and the principles of display. In many projects design is complemented with editing, writing and curating, as was the case in several exhibitions on materials, developed for Het Nieuwe Instiuut, Rotterdam.

Koehorst in ‘t Veld, based in Rotterdam, initiated the international exhibition and platform Means of Production on emerging practices in contemporary graphic design. Current and past clients include: De Ateliers (Amsterdam), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), De Hallen (Haarlem), Filmacademie Amsterdam, FRAME Magazine, nai010 Publishers, Rijksmuseum Twenthe (Enschede) and Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam).

Koehorst in ’t Veld received several awards for their book designs including an AD&D award and two Deutsche Architektur Museum Architecture Book of the Year awards. Both Jannetje in ‘t Veld and Toon Koehorst are regular lecturers and guest-teachers.

Mijksenaar ↓

Design tutors

Mijksenaar is an Amsterdam-based design agency that specializes in wayfinding systems and signage. Its projects are found in major transport hubs like airports and stations all around the world, but also in museums, and healthcare and leisure environments, helping millions of people find their way every day. Several tutors, connected to the Information Design department, work at Mijksenaar wayfinding experts.

Rijk Boerma
Rijk Boerma (art director and partner) has over 30 years experience in wayfinding and signage design. His portfolio includes large-scale projects in public transport and airports and more detailed projects for hospitals, parking garages and offices. He published several articles on wayfinding in public buildings and is a visiting graphic design lecturer at AKV St. Joost (NL). In recent years he was a jury member of the annual Infographics Awards and the Dutch Design Awards.

Annemarie van den Bos
The focus of project manager Annemarie van den Bos’ work lies with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, for which she is also the account manager at Mijksenaar. She obtained a BA in Graphic Design at Academie St. Joost (NL) in 1986. She is a Summer School lecturer at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and several Dutch design academies.

Fenne Roefs
Information designer and senior project manager Fenne Roefs works on a variety of projects, combining her knowledge and experience in graphic design, cognitive psychology and ergonomics. She holds a Master in Cognitive Ergonomics at University Maastricht and a BA Graphic Design (Royal Academy of Art, the Hague). She published regularly on the subject of graphical user interfaces and is a visiting lecturer in Environmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

Clement Van Vyve
Clement Van Vyve studied Information Design at London College of Communications (UAL) were he was awarded the Brand Union scholarship in 2011. He worked within organizations such as the Atelier de création graphique of the Musée du Louvre in Paris and Coast Design in Brussels. At Mijksenaar wayfinding experts he was involved in projects for Dutch Railways, Geneva International Airport as well as Qatar Railways.

Jiska van Veen
With her multi-disciplinary background in human movement science as well as industrial design Jiska developed a broad knowledge on ergonomics and user - environment interaction. She is a regular lecturer at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Evironment and several other design institutions. Jiska has gained international experience in working with people in different fields such as architecture, industrial and graphic design, and healthcare. Projects vary from larger transport hubs of Dutch Railways to several projects for Schiphol Airport.

Frans Bevers ↓

Design tutor

Frans Bevers currently works as an independent curator, designer, consultant and tutor. Until 2012 he was co-director of OPERA Amsterdam, a design firm working in the field of interior architecture and exhibition design founded in 1981. The studio produces major exhibition designs and large-scale museum interiors as well as retail, office and interior designs for the health sector. Through the years OPERA Amsterdam worked for clients such as: Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, British Library, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace (London) National Museum of Korea (Seoul), National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Museum of World Culures (Göteborg), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden), Hema (Amsterdam), Tempoteam (Amsterdam), AMC Emma Children’s Hospital (Amsterdam).

Next to a range of nominations, award-winning projects include: Inside Festival Barcelona, 2011 (Ceramic Study Galleries Victoria & Albert Museum), Dutch Design Award, 2004 (Hema pilot store), Lensvelt-De Architect Interior Prize, 2001 (National Museum of Ethnology).

He was tutor and head of the department of Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1979-2007), and lectured at Parsons School of Design (NYC), Shanghai Normal University (Shanghai), East China Normal University (Shanghai), University of Illinois (Chicago). Recently he joined the teaching staff of the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague). As a passionate cyclist he published Dagboek Amerika (2015). Pijn in het Peloton (together with Pieter Cramer) is due to be published in the summer of 2017.

Vibeke Gieskes ↓

Writing supervisor 2015–2016

Vibeke Gieskes is an editor, curator and project manager in the field of architecture and urban planning. The close and intertwining relationship between thinking and making in reflecting and producing our built environment, has become her main subject. She started working at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, followed by positions at the Architecture Center Utrecht, Meyer and Van Schooten Architects and Architectuur Lokaal, an institute supporting quality in spatial policy.

Since 2004 she runs her own office. She has curated the International Watercities exhibition at the 2nd Biennale of Architecture (2005) in Rotterdam; edited Herman Hertzberger's book Space and Learning (2008), compiled and edited the publication The Future of Architecture (2013) and was involved in the development of a cultural district in the city of Tilburg as interim-director of Studio Veemarktkwartier (2009). She also teaches writing and architectural theory and history at different schools such as the Academy of Architecture and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, both in Amsterdam.

Vibeke Gieskes studied Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, History of Architecture and Theory at the Université Lumière II and the Ecole d’Architecture in Lyon.

Femke Herregraven ↓

Design tutor 2015–2016

In her work Femke Herregraven traverses the domains of global finance, information and geopolitics. She explores which new material base, geographies and value systems are carved out by contemporary financial technologies and infrastructures. Projects exist online and in the form of drawings, prints, sculptures, video and installations. Her work has been presented at Dark Ecology, Serpentine Marathon and Transmediale, and was exhibited at T293 (Rome), Bureau Europa (Maastricht), V&A (London), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris), SMBA (Amsterdam), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Carroll / Fletcher (London) and Future Gallery (Berlin).

She holds a BA from Artez Academy, Arnhem and an MA from the Sandberg Institute. She also tutors at Artez Arnhem and Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Richard Vijgen ↓

Design tutor 2015–2016

Richard Vijgen investigates new strategies to find the big stories in big data through research and design. The work of his studio is deeply rooted in the digital domain but always connects with physical or social spaces. The design and production of interactive data visualisations and data installations can range from the microscopic to the architectural scale. Code, pixels and 3D printers are used to describe the world. He also writes about digital culture.

Studio Richard Vijgen works with clients and institutions around the world. His projects were published by Wired, Gestalten, The New York Times and Rhizome, and were nominated for the European Design Awards and the Dutch Design Awards.

Jennifer Pettersson ↓

Design tutor

Swedish-born Jennifer Pettersson has been based in Amsterdam since 1998, where she graduated from the audiovisual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She makes radio and television documentaries and produces video installations. Many of her projects are about people who either follow their dreams, with unexpected consequences, or get trapped in their dreams. Her work includes the film Life is somewhere else (2006) about a group of people whose lives are put on hold, and Displaced (2008), a portrait of international aid workers.

She is one of the producers of 1 Minute, a series of short radio documentaries that was awarded the Special Prix Europa in 2008. In 2013 she was among the team of laureates to receive the Zilveren Reissmicrofoon (best Dutch radio program of the year) for Plots, a series of strange, true stories on one theme. Her story The wondrous adventures of the Omerovic Family, about refugees coming to Holland but refusing to be helped, was nominated for De Tegel, a Dutch prize for investigative journalism.

For the last ten years she has been teaching at several art academies and advised for different art and film funds.

Arthur Roeloffzen ↓

Design tutor

Arthur Roeloffzen designs books, magazines, posters and exhibition graphics for various cultural institutions, such as Archiprix, Baltan Laboratories, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, Historisch Museum Deventer, Perdu, ProoffLab Magazine, Utrecht Manifest and Sonic Acts Academy. As well as for artists, architects and designers such as Chora, Simon Davies, Tal Erez, Information Design Studio, Aliki van der Kruijs, Serge Onnen, Jacqueline Schoemaker and Studio Makkink & Bey. Many of these collaborations include editorial and research processes.

He studied Graphic Design (BA) at the ArtEZ Academy of Arts in Arnhem and Artistic Research (MA) at the University of Amsterdam. His Amsterdam-based studio works for publishers such as nai010, Onomatopee, and University of Amsterdam. His work has appeared in Graphic Magazine and he lectured at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles