Av. de Chateleine 7
Architecture d’intérieur


A conference organized by HEAD – Genève
Master Interior Architecture (MAIA)
Interior Architecture Department

The conference aims to bring together a series of transversal personalities who will address the subject of non-human architecture. From simple greenhouses to botanic facilities, data centres and automated interiors, never before in history has architecture produced so many interiors for the non-human, challenging disciplinary notions on tectonics, light and comfort, and entire regulatory frameworks. Once designed for and with the human, contemporary interiors have instead become exponentially complex materialisations where the politics of our present moment are played out. Ultimately, who are they for?

Titled Interior ecologies, this conference will examine the glossaries that characterise contemporary ecology and their implications for interior architecture. From the postmodern concept of sustainability in the 1980s to that of the Anthropocene in the 2000s, and from the contemporary paradigms of the Post-human to the Capitalocene and the Cthulucene in the 2010s, a series of lectures and round tables will explore the entanglements between interior spaces, environments and media through successive decentralisations: from the old totalitarianisms that humans have built amongst themselves for centuries (inclusivity) to their position in relation to non-humans (ecology), and finally their relation to machines and their outputs, both real and virtual (technology).

Interior Ecologies calls for a vision where the non-human will be central, empowering the agency of traditionally obliterated actors. This involves not only solutions to environmental challenges, but above all the study of the ecosystemic relations between non-living and living organisms (including humans) as crucial for the discipline of interior architecture.

Please find the full program in the PDF below:

2022.11.24_Programme_colloque 2022_HD

Scientific Comitee: Javier F. Contreras, Philippe Rahm, Vera Sacchetti

Scientific Deputy: Roberto Zancan

Space Design of the conference: Robin Delerce

Organization: Javier Fernandez Contreras, Valentina De Luigi, Robin Delerce, Lucie Landenbergue, Phi Nguyen, Cécile-Diama Samb, Vera Sacchetti

With the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS)

Special thanks to Jean-Pierre Greff, Director, HEAD – Genève

Media Contact: Sandra Mudronja: sandra.mudronja@hesge.ch

Image credits: Central Park, Taichung, Taiwan / Philippe Rahm architectes, Mosbach paysagistes, Ricky Liu & associates, Photographe: Philippe Rahm architectes

Scènes de Nuit Conference at the Quinzaine de l’Urbanisme

Scènes de Nuit investigates the role of night in the construction of contemporary cities and societies, illustrating how architectural theory and media are still associated with sunlight and diurnal paradigms. From the dominance of day-time photography in publications to the absence of dedicated nocturnal biennials, architectural media has, albeit with a few exceptions, uncritically inherited the pre-modern diurnal episteme that preceded the invention of artificial light in the 19th century. Ultimately, is architectural representation diurnal by default?

Scènes de Nuit aims to examine and question the absence of night in architectural representation, discourse and agency by addressing the technologies, networks and forms of design deployed in nocturnal spaces and their associated communities. The project engages with both local and global audiences through a broad network of practitioners and theoreticians in architectural design, as well as experts from different fields, such as sociology, arts, philosophy and media studies, which are relevant for understanding the intersections between space, night and society at large.

Scènes de Nuit presents nocturnal encounters that foster reflection upon the spaces, activities and rituals found in night culture, using evening events, ephemeral scenography and publications as its main display platform. Research is conducted in various formats, temporalities and dimensions, focusing on night space-types through, but not limited to, nocturnal exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances, parties and screenings. The project suggests that there is no difference between both format and content, between the production of nocturnal knowledge and the fabrication of night.

The project was funded by the strategic fund of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (Fond Stratégique de la HES-SO) and by HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art & Design, HES-SO).

Find more info here.

Interior Ecologies Conference at the Quinzaine de l’Urbanisme

A conference conducted by the MAIA students during the Quinzaine de l’Urbanisme at the Pavillon Sicli, Geneva.

From simple greenhouses to botanic facilities, and from data centers to automated interiors, never before in history has architecture produced so many interiors for the non-human, challenging disciplinary notions on tectonics, light, comfort and entire regulatory frameworks.

Interior Ecologies explores the entanglements between interior spaces, environments and media through successive decentralizations: from the old totalitarianisms that humans have built amongst themselves for centuries (inclusivity); to their position in relation to non-humans (ecology); and finally their relation to machines and their outputs, both real and virtual (technology).

Once designed for and with the human, contemporary interiors have instead become exponentially complex materializations where the politics of our present moment are played out. Ultimately, who are they for?

Find more info here.

Nocturnal History Of Architecture _ Interior Architecture Conference

For centuries, architectural theory, discourse and agency have been based on day and solar paradigms. References to night in Vitruvius’ De architectura, largely considered the founding text of western architectural theory, are residual and the same absence can be identified in the Renaissance treatises by Leon Battista Alberti or Andrea Palladio. It was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that the successive invention and institutionalization of artificial light in private and public spaces gradually transformed the agency of night in the architectural discipline. Never mind that leisure is mostly associated with night or that work activities increasingly occur in night shifts. Today we sleep one hour less than one hundred years ago. We keep working at night, socializing at night, living at night: time has become elastic. Since the invention of artificial light, the urban environment has seen human activity expand and intensify, forever transforming the means of material and cultural production. From casinos to nightclubs, movie theaters to corner shops, the identity of contemporary human beings and their domestic, professional and cultural spaces are inseparable from night.

By analyzing and studying “night scenes”, Nocturnal History of Architecture hopes to show how night is not only an area of precarity and insecurity (haunted), but also a laboratory for the development of new forms of living. The colloquium organized by the new Master in Interior Architecture at HEAD-Gen.ve proposes to use the lens of different environments and typologies that, throughout history, have shaped our notions of architecture, space and life. The seminar traces a path from ancient to early modern times, and from modernity to present time, using the nocturnal spaces that have determined current notions of architecture to question those same concepts. Over the course of four sessions, the colloquium will generate productive frictions and offer opportunities to expand our understanding of what architecture at night was and can be.


Lecture by Comte/Meuwly, architects (Geneva, Zurich)
Monday 20th of May 2019, from 12.15 to 1pm
HEAD – Genève
Room Georges Addor, Building E
Av de Châtelaine 5

TALKING HEAD : Pierre Yovanovitch

Talking Heads with Pierre Yovanovitch, Interior Designer, Paris
In conversation with Jean-Pierre Blanc, Director Villa Noailles, Festival de Hyères, and Youri Kravtchenko, architect and professor, Interior Architecture department HEAD – Genève

HEAD – Genève
Bâtiment H
Av de Châtelaine 7
 6.30 pm

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Extreme luxury tempered by a restrained, purist sensitivity defines the “Made in France” signature of interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch whose projects stand out for their refined sense of architectural scale over ostentation and fickle design trends.

Since 2001, prestigious commissions include a 5-star hotel in the heart of Paris, a 17th century château in Provence, high-end contemporary residences in New York as well as the scenographies of a number of international exhibitions. Each commission is conceived as a one-off project tailored to the space as well as the personality and lifestyle of the client.

A true sense of strength and sobriety characterizes a Pierre Yovanovitch interior, achieved through a masterful interplay of harmonious volumes and strict lines softened by lighting and authentic materials – wood, stone, marble, metal. All floors, lighting fixtures and furniture are made to measure, working with an elite network of artisans. An eclectic, curated selection of works by international designers underscores the couture approach. Sobriety, balance, comfort and modernity are his key words. The ultimate perfectionist, Pierre Yovanovitch conceives each project as a work of art.


MIDIS ARCHI : Jan De Vylder

Lecture by Jan De Vylder, architect
Monday 25th of March 2019,  from 4 PM to  5 PM
HEAD – Genève
Room Georges Addor, Building E
Av de Châtelaine 5

Jan De Vylder (born in 1968) is part of the office of three Flemish architects: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck and Jo Taillieu, who met while studying at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. The trio is profoundly rooted in the social and cultural fabric of Flanders. After being a professor at TUDelft (NL) Sent Lucas FAK Faculty of  Architecture and Arts (B), Mendrisio (CH), EPFL(CH), today Jan De Vylder is teaching his studio at ETH Zurich (CH).

With his office based in Gent, they have won many awards such as the Belgian Building Awards in 2010  and recently have been published with Archives Journal of Architecture 06.2018 Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, on their works.

A forestage for the Swiss contribution to the Prague Quadrennial 2019 – Contemporary hybrid and artificial landscapes

Monday 29th  April, from 18:30 to 20:00

HEAD – Genève
Design Room, Building H
Av de Châtelaine 7 – 1203 Geneva

Conference in English

Speakers: Leo Fabrizio, KOSMOS , Fragmentin
Moderation: Michael Jakob, Javier Fernandez Contreras

Pro Helvetia and HEAD – Geneva, Department of Interior Architecture, jointly organize a round table prior to the Prague Quadrennial 2019 (June 6-16, 2019). The contribution of Switzerland, commissioned by Pro Helvetia, focuses on the theme of contemporary hybrid and artificial landscapes.

In the evening, the team of artists and architects who will represent Switzerland at the next Quadrennial, Fragmentin & KOSMOS, will be in conversation with Leo Fabrizio, artist-photographer and author of the series ARCHETYPAL LANDSCAPE. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Jakob, teacher at HEAD and hepia, and Javier Fernandez Contreras, head of the department of interior architecture at HEAD.

The conference will focus on the field of (interior) architecture by illuminating this subject from different angles that address current sociocultural and artistic themes, such as artificial landscapes, scenography of natural and artificial landscapes, artificial landscapes and natural interiors.

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the most important platform for scenography in the world. Founded in 1967 and held once every four years, it explores aspects of scenography as a transdisciplinary field where the performing arts, visual arts and architecture meet and converge. At the heart of the Quadrennial is the section «Countries and Regions», in which artists from over 60 countries are offered a unique opportunity to present new forms of scenography. Pro Helvetia is responsible for Switzerland’s contribution to the Quadrennial. For the next edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, that takes place from 6 to 16 June 2019, Pro Helvetia have commissioned, by way of a competition, the team of artists and architects Fragmentin & KOSMOS to mount the project «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes»


TALKING HEADS : India Mahdavi

In conversation with Javier Fernandez Contreras, architect head of interior design department and Valentina de Luigi, deputy of the department.
Tuesday 19th of February 2019,  from 18:30
Cube, Bâtiment H
HEAD – Genève
Av de Châtelaine 5

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Diplômée en architecture (DPLG) et design industriel, graphisme et mobilier, india mahdavi ouvre son studio de création en 2000, rue Las Cases à Paris, dont elle fait, en quelques années, un véritable écosystème. Elle ouvre successivement un showroom qui présente son mobilier signature, comme les iconiques fauteuil Charlotte ou le tabouret Bishop, et une boutique de petits objets qui rend hommage aux savoir-faire artisanaux des quatre coins du monde.

Polyglotte et polychrome, india mahdavi célèbre l’art de vivre comme une récréation joyeuse et colorée, à travers des projets d’hôtels, de restaurants, de résidences privées et de scénographies dans le monde entier. Parmi ses projets architecturaux les plus iconiques, l’intérieur le plus « Instagrammé » au monde, le restaurant londonien Sketch qui a reçu nombreux prix ou la boutique RED Valentino à Londres.

Intimacy Exposed: Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom

HEAD – Genève
Building H
Av de Châtelaine 7

Conferences in english

Confirmed keynote speakers: Roberto Zancan (Lecturer, HEAD – Genève), Alexandra Midal (Professor in history and theory in design, HEAD – Genève), Philippe Rahm (Lecturer, HEAD – Genève), Michael Jakob (Lecturer, HEPIA andHEAD – Genève), Joel Sanders (Professor Adjunct, Yale University, New Haven), Louise Lemoine et Ila Beka (Filmmakers, Paris), Renaud Haerlingen (Founder of Rotor Deconstruction, Bruxelles ROTOR : Field Reporting), Catherine Ince (Chief Curator,Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Mariana Siracusa (Founder and Curator, SPAZIO Gallery, Milan Hygiène populaire), Ignacio G. Galan (Assistant Professor, Barnard + Columbia Colleges, New York), Eva Gil Lopesino, (Architect, Founder of elli [architecture office], Madrid), Pierre Schaefer et Béatrice Deslarzes (Artistes,Fondation Bea pour Jeunes Artistes, Vessey), Maria Maddalena Margaria (Editor-in-Chief at Inner Magazine ), Andrés García Pruñonosa (Architect, University Polytechnic Valencia)