INDESEM (International Design Seminar) is a biennale, founded by a group of students in 1964 and reinitiated in 1985 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 David Chipperfield, Aldo van Eyck, Daniël Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, Francine Houben, Norman Foster, Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Steven Holl, 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).

History of INDESEM

Lectures from the Archive

INDESEM ’87 – Herman Hertzberger
INDESEM ’96 – Rem Koolhaas
INDESEM ’96 – Daniel Libeskind
INDESEM ’09 – Winy Maas