Corpo-real is a 2-year full time Masters course in Interior architecture. We provide a Lab based community in Zwolle where we investigate the corpo-real. In the word corpo-real ‘corpo’ stands for bodies in general and ‘real’ for the reality that they relate to.

Corpo-real provides a communal resident programme with space and time for students to initiate innovation and emancipation within the professional field of Interior architecture. To be able to confront recent and future changes. We understand that what worked well in the past is not sufficient for the future. And that many of this is too big to confront with existing methods. We therefore encourage students to make good use of other disciplines’ knowledge through collaboration within and outside ArtEZ.

We work with research methods from different disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, theatre, and music.


Master Interior architecture

Corpo-real starts from a unique and innovative view on the profession of Interior architecture. The structure of the course focuses on a broadly researched, individually specific and independent attitude, based on the various researching attitudes that prevail within the professional field.

Students are offered an environment in which they can develop a research-driven spatial design practice geared towards an unknown future.

Find more information about open days, visiting days, application or language requirements: www.artez.nl.

Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the past 300 years.

Gerd Leonhard _ futuristgerd.com


Corpo-real believes Interior architects need to identify societal trends and address these through design. They examine behaviour and interrelations in spaces where people live and develop strategies to respond to changing needs them.

The context to which an Interior architect relates include political-, cultural-, historical- and economic dimensions on a local, international and global level. The context is always changing and evolving to include new or recurring themes that help define our environment. This environment is increasingly global and complex. Significant recent developments demand new answers. Developments like:

  • Social spaces: bodies of local and sharing communities, creating free places where new insights may occur;

  • Economical spaces: the common good economy;

  • Spaces of inclusion: migration as a source of growth and connection, about being radically inclusive;

  • New bodies of technologies spaces: the interface between human and technology.

To address this constantly changing environment we need visionary designers and interior architects. Corporeal sees its graduates as significant innovators in the professional field, initiators who help develop the field from within studios, as independent contractors or through research programmes.


Our students and alumni are curious and take on an investigative role. They keep asking questions, have an open mind and are free in their thoughts and ideas. They are trained in using methods and tools of anthropologists, urban designers, it-specialists, etc., within an interdisciplinary environment.

They always continue to learn and develop themselves through (self) reflection and are passionate to share their skills and knowledge with others.

I am the space where I am.

Noël Arnaud _ writer



Ingrid van Zanten, head Corpo-real

As an interior architect Ingrid was involved in many different projects working for museums, theatres, libraries, offices, health care institutions and housing. Both within studios as in self directed firms.

Since 2001 she has been involved in educating interior architects; first as a tutor in interior architecture, but soon also as the head of the bachelor programme. In 2010 together with Eric de Leeuw, she designed the curriculum for the master programme in interior architecture at ArtEZ.

Core teaching team

  • Eric de Leeuw, tutor finals
  • Irene Müller, tutor case-study
  • Marie-Leen Ryckaert, lecturer theory
  • Lila Athanasiadou, moderator Corporeal discourse 1618
  • Jorn Konijn, curator in residence January 18

Previous guest tutors, mentors, external critics, lecturers, experts

  • Nicole Maurer
  • Jacob Voorthuis
  • Mojra Vogelnik-Škerij
  • Klaas Sietse Spoelstra
  • Paul Toornend
  • Ludmila Rodrigues
  • Arjan Scheer
  • Karin Hedlund
  • Andrew Yau
  • Pieter Schreurs
  • Almer Toby
  • Dorothee Jennekens
  • Caroline Kruit
  • Francesco Messori
  • Marcel Klever
  • Lotte van Laatum
  • Fritz Faust
  • Cilia Arens
  • Hanna Schraffenberger
  • Mark Proosten
  • Rob Bollen
  • Maartje Folkeringa
  • Jean-Paul Kerstens
  • Peter van Assche
  • Ira Koers
  • John Lonsdale
  • Margriet de Zwart
  • Alexander Rublek
  • Patrick Putz
  • Harry Kurzhals
  • Roemer Pierik
  • Rob ten Napel
  • Helen de Leur
  • Ton Matton
  • Fons Kooymans
  • Ana Rocha
  • Kristian Korreman
  • Joren van Dijk
  • Henk Döll
  • Andres Ambauen
  • Berry van Egten
  • Aat Vos
  • Ynte Alkema
  • Tine Groen
  • Ellen Schild
  • Piet Vollaard


Design site



  • Ingrid van Zanten


  • Christiaan de Bruijne
  • Nico van Maanen
  • Ingrid van Zanten
  • Eric de Leeuw