The OPEN DAY will take place on Friday 25 January 2019 from 10.00 - 18.00. This is the perfect moment to wander around our buildings and have a look at all departments, including the Preparatory Course, Orientation Course and DOGtime (part-time bachelor education). DOGtime runs special opening hours: 14.00 – 19.00.

You don't need to register to visit.


FedLev building


Location: Assembly Hall

Fresh and semi-fresh publications from Rietveld students and alumni.

Studium Generale: 
Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Fabulating Alternative Imaginaries in Art and Life

Location: Auditorium

Studium Generale Rietveld invites you to ‘take a walk on the wild side’, and to regard ‘fabulation’ – in the sense of ‘fabricating the real’, world-making or 'speculative fiction’ – as an artistic, social and political capacity. By making use of the fictional, critical fabulation in art, literature or theory can produce or uncover visions, histories and stories that are radically discontinuous from official and dominant narratives about our lives and living together – the effect of this on our consciousness and imaginaries can therefore be very real or liberating. By bringing the unthinkable and silenced into representation, fabulation can be a way or methodology to enter the wild side: a space for what lies beyond current systems and structures of rule. Studium Generale Rietveld wants to take you into this ‘wild beyond’, welcoming alternative histories and other regimes of wanting, being and becoming. How do we find each other in this wild space? Who and what do we find there? How can we live, move, perform, make things, and produce knowledge in it, and represent our own stories, histories and futures? 

Library Rietveld & Sandberg
Xavi's Books

Location: Basement

The Library Rietveld & Sandberg presents an exhibition of Xavier Fernandez Fuentes’s books; books he made and books he collected. 

Xavier was an alumnus from the Graphic Design department (class of 2008) and ran the academy’s bookbinding workshop from 2008 until his passing in 2017. Xavi’s Books shows the complete output of Xavier’s publishing imprint, Centerfold Editions, as well as a selection from his extensive personal book collection.

He was passionate about books on a wide range of topics, from photography and art to cats and ’80s cars. Some titles will be donated to the collection of the Library Rietveld & Sandberg, while others will be for sale during the final day of the exhibition. All proceeds will go to the Ingeborg Douwes Centrum, an organisation providing psychological care to cancer patients.

Rietveld building

Architectural Design Symposium

Location: Room 203, second floor

The Architectural Design department invited seven speakers on occasion of the Open Day to introduce their practice. Many of these speakers teach in the department, while others have been invited since their work is connected to the aims, aspirations and interests of the department. Together, these speakers reflect the curriculum of Architectural Design at the Rietveld Academie, encompassing both the permanent framework of the programme, the guest lecturers and special workshops that students can expect when they join the department.

Moderator: Mark Minkjan

13:00 - 13:05 Welcome by Arna Mackic, head of Architectural Design
13:05 - 13:50  Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
14:00 - 14:20 Marga Weimans
14:30 - 14:50 Adeola Enigbokan


15:10 - 15:30  Marie Ilse Bourlanges
15:40 - 16:00 Jan Konings
16:10 - 16:30 Elmo Vermijs
16:40 - 17:00 Uri Gilad

In the department on the first floor (room 116) students are present to show their work and talk to visitors. 

Rooftop band

Location: Rooftop, main entrance

All day open sessions of selected musicians from the Rietveld. With a.o. Oskar Frere-Smith, Ossip Blitz, Aivaras Atsiradau, Florian Lutz, Meis Vranken, Efrem Angela, Emma Burkel, Daniel Slats and Ilona West.

Except for the following hours:
13.00 - 14.00: Kelder Thirty-One, Jazz ensemble 
15.30 - 16.00: Fem, Punk band

The Large Glass

Location: Ground floor 

11.00    Blowing glasses (demo)
13.00   Pulling the longest straight glass thread ever (demo)
15.00   Drawing with hot glass (open for participation)
17.00    Blowing glasses (demo)

Information Desk

Location: Entrance

Floor plan and general information about the Open day 2019. 

General information by Student Office on student administration, tuition fees, admissions & procedures, preparatory courses, housing and visa. Furthermore, information by the Student Counselor about studying with a disability, finance and student life.

Consultation Talks & Portfolio Storage

Location: Basement

First round of the admission: Assessment of the portfolio during a consultation talk with a teacher. There is also a storage for portfolios enabling you to have a further look around.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graduation Show Posters 1987–2018

Location: Basement

From '90s boy bands, signatures, world maps, peckish beaks, and magic mushrooms, visit the basement of the Rietveld (RV) Building to view the physical archive of the Academie's graduation posters, the earliest from 1987 and the most recent from last year. Produced using an array of print methods across time—Screen Printing, Book Printing, Offset, Digital—these posters are visual marks in the illustrious history of the Academie.

Rietveld Pavilion
Comfor + Ball

Location: Rietveld Pavilion
Opening hours: 12.00 - 18.00.
At 13.00 and at 16.00 there will be special performances with four more performers.

Feel & share & make

Comfor + Ball is a rice ball making workshop orchestrated by Bin Koh, Sumin Lee and Wooryun Song with intervening performances that challenge different sensory levels through taste, visual components and sound. 

Benthem Crouwel building


Location: 7th floor
Opening hours: 14.00 - 19.00

− Presentations and Open Studios by DOGtime students 
− Portfolio consultations by DOGtime teachers 
− Conversations with students, teachers and alumni
− DOGtime Open Office for practical information 


Ceramics department workshop:
IT CRaCKeD! - Portraits of emotions

Location: Ground floor

Students from the Ceramics department are following the workshop during the Open Day. Visitors can participate for half an hour or an hour. 

In the workshop students make an expressive portrait in clay. The famous sculpture “Mourning over the Dead Christ” (a masterpiece by early Renaissance sculptor Niccoló dell ‘Arca from 1463) will be used as a reference and source of inspiration.

Orientation Course

Location: Room 615, sixth floor

Draw like a super hero

VAV - moving image 

Location: Basement

One take workshop by alumnus Vava Stojadinovic for first year students and is open for public to watch. 

The department also shows films in the basement of the Benthem Crouwel building and on the first floor of the Rietveld building, where you can also visit the studios of students.

Would you like to know more about the academy before your visit? Have a look at our brochure.