Hogeschool Rotterdam
Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hogeschool Rotterdam
Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst
Directiekade 23
3089 JA Rotterdam

N 51° 54' 55.61'', E 51° 54' 55.61''
Alenka Milward

e: info@ravb.nl
t: +31 107944855
Chris Van Langen
Head of Architecture and Urban Design
Degree programmes
Master of Architecture
Master of Urban Design
Faculty profile

The Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design (RAvB) trains its students to become architects and urban designers who are both professionally competent and socially aware.The Academy offers four-year Master’s programmes leading to qualification as an architect (M.Arch) or urban designer (M.Urb).

The Academy offers tailor made study tracks. You will be challenged to develop your own vision as a designer within your professional field. You will also learn to use your design skills as a research instrument.

Education at the Academy is small in scale, as a result of which you will have personal contact with the teaching staff. The horizontal organisation is particularly striking: students can put together their own programme and students in lower and higher years of the programme are taught alongside each other, so they can also learn from each other. Teaching within the study programme is supplemented by input from guest lecturers and speakers from the world of practice. It is therefore a programme by designers for designers.

The Rotterdam Academy is situated in the monumental head office of the former ‘Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (Rotterdam Dry Dock Company) and is part of the RDM Campus, centrally located in the city ports area of Rotterdam. RDM Campus is an industrial location where students and companies collaborate in an open environment and offers plenty of space for innovation, experiment and practical research.

120 students (0 Bachelor, 120 Master, 0 PhD), 5% of foreign students.

Student Activities

Design exhibitions of student projects, lectures, field trips and student activities.


Assistance can be provided on request.

Admission Requirements

Please contact the Rotterdam Academy for more information.

Tuition fees

EUR 1.771 per year for EU students in 2012-2013

EUR 10.400 per year for non-EU students in 2012-2013

Application Deadline

1 May

Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture (M.Arch), four-year programme part-time, Master, 120,
Master of Urban Design, Master of Urban Design (M.Urb), four-year programme part-time, Master, 120,

If you come to study at the Academy, you will be combining your
work with a study programme. The Master’s programmes leading
to qualification as an architect or urban designer compromise
academic study elements and practical elements. You will work for
an architectural or urban design firm for three to four days a week,
in addition to which you will attend classes at the Academy on one
evening and one day each week.

The curriculum is devided into four years:

– 1st year: the first-year programme aims at further development of the visual ability, completing general knowledge and technical skills and making you aware of your own attitude towards designing.

– 2nd and 3rd year: in this fase of the study students can put togehter their own programme. You are stimulated to examine and deepen your own interests and fascinations within your field of profession.

– 4th year: this is the graduation fase where students work individually on their graduation project. You formulate your own thesis and search for a mentor and external critics. This fase aims at completing your design skills and your position as an architect or urban designer.

The Academy was founded on the basis of the idea that in the training of architects and urban designers no boundary can be drawn between the role of the designing and building “maker” and the reflective and critical “thinker”. Even today, the focus is still on training designers to be able to think and act, to explore existing possibilities and to develop creative solutions.

The programme focuses on Bachelor’s degree graduates who are keen to further deepen and develop their design skills. The programmes combine an academic study with practical work experience. The knowledge, skills and attitude developed within the Academy can be put directly into use in practice; and vice versa, the professional skills you gain from working in practical situations can be applied within the academic study element of the programme.

Practical element
Thanks to the diversity and the character of the Rotterdam’s world
of design practice, you can choose a workplace that suits you
and that allows you to push your own boundaries. Working as a
designer and simultaneously studying at the Rotterdam Academy
provides training leading to qualification as an architect or urban
designer who has both feet on the ground. In the workplace, you
will be confronted by everyday reality. The Academy actually gives
you the scope to experiment with new instruments and methods.

Study element
The design teaching forms the core of the study element and is
supported by the theoretical and skills-based teaching in the form
of lectures and laboratory sessions. You will work in small groups
with other students in different phases of their studies to allow all
the students concerned to gain the maximum benefit from each
other’s knowledge and skills.

Carreer and title
Graduates are rewarded with the qualification as an architect (M.Arch) or urban designer (M.Urb) and can register immediately in the register of architects or urbanists. They are qualified to work national and international as an architect or urban designer and are able to collaborate with other disciplines in the design-, plan- and execution process. You can to work independently on projects in an office as a designer or start your own office.


The Academy collaborates with the research centre Sustainable Solutions RDM, which is located in the same building. The readerships within this research centre focuses on sustainable and innovative solutions in the markets Building, Powering and Moving. Together with the readership Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism the Academy develops design projects within the domain of sustainable spatial development.