‘Living and Things’

Interview with Louise Schouwenberg, Design Academy Eindhoven / Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam


  • Jurjen Zeinstra TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


The Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), which evolved from its forerunner the Akademie Industriële Vormgeving Eindhoven, has played an important role in design education in the Netherlands since the Second World War. The academy has been considered one of the most important design schools in the world since the 1990s and, as a result, attracts an increasing number of foreign students, particularly for the Master’s courses. After the departure of Gijs Bakker, the founder of the DAE Master’s programme, Jan Boelen, Joost Grootens and Louise Schouwenberg took over responsibility. Since 2010, Schouwenberg has headed the department of Contextual Design, which focuses on product design in a broad sense. Schouwenberg successively studied psychology, sculpture and philosophy and is the author of many publications, including a monograph about artist Robert Zandvliet (2012) and two on designer Hella Jongerius (2004 and 2010). In addition, she curated several exhibitions for, among others, Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam, the TextielMuseum Tilburg and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Author Biography

Jurjen Zeinstra, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Jurjen Zeinstra studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft and has been editor of the architectural magazines OASE and Forum. Together with Mikel van Gelderen he founded Zeinstra van Gelderen architecten, that has realized projects on various scales. Currently he works in the Department of Architecture as acting Associate professor in the Chair of Architecture of the Interior, where he teaches design. He initiated the program ‘Culture of Care’ in 2012 and has edited Amsterdam Places; Interiors, Buildings and Cities in 2013.