Rietveld Academy publishes research on Gerrit Rietveld’s academy building

The Gerrit Rietveld Academy is pleased to announce that the ‘Conservation Management Plan’ (CMP) is available online. This is the conservation management plan for the 1966 Gerrit Rietveld-designed academy building.

This plan provides guidance on future plans, including preservation, how to deal with the building to keep it vital for future art education.

This publication stems from extensive research into the architectural and cultural-historical significance of the academy building. The academy received a prestigious grant from the Getty Foundation for this research and the development of the CMP as part of the ‘Keeping It Modern‘ programme, which aims to help professionals and communities preserve 20th-century buildings.

In addition, the role of ‘heritage guardian’ has been created. This is an expert who ensures that any decision taken regarding the building is in line with the CMP and takes into account its architectural and historical significance.

Maaike Lauwaert, chairman of the Board of Governors: “It is a privilage to learn and work in this iconic building. The building has a strong architectural programme, you might say, but every year we see that it nevertheless leaves a lot of room for students and staff to help shape the building, to bend it to their will. The CMP is an in-depth study of this building but also contributes to thinking about vulnerable modernist heritage of educational buildings in the Netherlands and abroad. This makes it an incredibly valuable study and a guide for now and for future generations. With this, we want and can preserve this beloved building as an ideal place for art education.”

Read the CMP here.

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