The main building was designed by architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld between 1950 and 1963 and completed in 1966. It is the largest building he ever designed. There was a long period of preparation between commission and completion, during which important developments took place in Rietveld’s design style. Rietveld did not live to see the building completed, passing away while construction was still in progress. The building was occupied by the Applied Arts School in 1967. When the school became part of the higher professional education system in 1968 and was awarded the status of an Academy for Fine Arts and Design, its name was changed to the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in honour of the architect. Much of the building underwent restoration in 2004.
The 3rd floor of the building currently houses the departments for the Propaedeutic Year, the DOGtime propaedeutic evening programme and the Orientation Year. The Inter-Architecture, Graphic Design, Photography, and Image and Language departments and the computer and photography workshops are located on the 2nd floor. Fashion, Moving Image (VAV), Image and Language, Lectoraat Art & Space (LAPS) and Public Rietveld are based on the 1st floor and the ground floor houses Jewellery Design, TxT (Textiles), Glass, the library and the wood and metal workshops. The ground floor is also home to the canteen, the Tool-o-Theek, the reception, the caretaker's office and the office of the canteen manager and the Head of Facilities. In the basement level are numerous workshops: Cadcam, graphics, silk screen printing and textiles, the print room and the binding room.
This new building was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects and built in 2003 as an expansion of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The south-west and east façades are clad with 16,000 cast glass panels.
The DOGtime department is located on the seventh floor of the Benthem Crouwel building. The computer teaching room and the two-year Master's programmes in MAD and Fashion are on the sixth floor. The fifth floor houses the new recording and editing studios: the loan section, sound studio, video editing suite and computer lab. The third and fourth floors are home to the Fine Arts department, and the Design Lab department and staff section (accounting, facilities and archiving) are located on the second floor. Most staff offices are situated on the first floor, along with the Student Service Desk. The ground floor houses the Ceramics department and a glazing workshop and kiln.
Various departmental theory and project rooms and the analogue film and animation workshops and located on the basement level.
The building at Overschiestraat 188 was opened in September 2015 to accommodate part of the Fine Arts Department and much of the Sandberg Instituut. It also houses reservable project spaces and a drawing room.
These maps show who is where in the current buildings of the academy. The shuffles are drawn up for each study year. Soon, the layout of the new situation will be published here as well.