INDESEM (International Design Seminar) is a biennale, founded by a group of students in 1962 and reinitiated in 1986 by Herman Hertzberger. The biennale is hosted at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology. INDESEM has had the honor of hosting internationally acclaimed architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Adriaan Geuze, Rem Koolhaas, Wiel Arets, Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, Daan Roosegaarde, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Steven Holl, Greg Lynn, Peter Cook and Renzo Piano, and theorists such as Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler, Neil Leach and Michael Speaks.

The programme of the INDESEM seminar week consists of lectures, excursions and a workshop, all organized around a specific contemporary theme. Every edition of the seminar aims to raise awareness about this theme and its consequences for the architectural practice. The seminar provides an environment in which students, tutors, architects and theorists engage in conversation and discussion about the current and future position of the architect within society.
Previous INDESEM editions explored a vast range of themes, such as the position of the architect within the ever increasing available knowledge, (2019 – Beyond the Echo Chamber), the influence of the increasing population (2017 – Crowded), the impact of emerging digital fabrication technologies on the practice of architecture (2015 – Re.Craft), the frictions between scales in architecture (2013 – Scale Matters), the reduced influence of the built environment as a platform for human interaction (2011 – Losing Ground) and the architectural perception through senses other than the purely visual (2009 – Point of View).

Previous Speakers

Daniel Libeskind


Rem Koolhaas


Aldo van Eyck
Ma Yansong

MAD Architects

Jean Nouvel


Francine Houben


Winy Maas


Herman Hertzberger


Renzo Piano
Ben van Berkel

Founder/Principal Architect UNStudio & Founder UNSense

Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Kees Kaan

KAAN Architecten

Reinier de Graaf


Wiel Arets


Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects

Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban Architects

Greg Lynn


Daan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde

Peter Cook

Peter Cook Architects

Bruno Latour


Anthony Vidler


Adriaan Geuze

West 8

Saskia Sassen


Massimiliano Fuksas


Momoyo Kaijima

Atelier Bow-Wow

History of INDESEM

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