Programs in Design and Architecture | IE

Programs in Design & Architecture


Design transforms our lives, shaping how we interact with our environment on a physical and emotional level. Our design and architecture programs are a journey through the design process, from idea to implementation.

As our urban environments and virtual behaviors evolve, a more humane future depends on design that challenges our understanding and adapts to the changing needs of our world. It is the key to a better future.

Our programs are a journey through the design process, from idea to implementation, from the pixel to the cities. We solve challenges at all scales.

Discover how to produce sustainable creations solutions that have a strategy with a clear sense of purpose.

Our physical and virtual environments are changing fast, exciting new career opportunities are opening up and world-leading employers are looking for people whose skills and knowledge are ahead of the curve.

That is why we have created our programs in Design & Architecture which:

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Want to be on the forefront of the evolution of urban and virtual environments, adapting a more human-centric approach and using creativity to solve challenges at all scales from the pixel to the city.


A hands-on experience that puts theory into practice to address the problems facing society, with a trans-disciplinary approach and a faculty of expert practitioners.


A leading light in creativity and innovation that revolutionizes design, architecture and the urban and the virtual environment through a human-centric approach.

Why is this pathway and IE University the right choice for you?

Hands-on knowledge

Learning by doing is at the core of our design and architecture programs. Put theory into practice and learn how to apply cutting-edge technologies, and experiment with the latest digital fabrication equipment and manual tools through the Fab Lab. Work on real-world challenges to find interactive, real-world design solutions in collaboration with strategic partners in every program.


Innovative problem-solving

Discover how to take a creative and critical approach to solve critical challenges around you and learn how to address client pain points effectively. You will also partner up with UNSense, an innovative branch of UNStudio, as one of the program mentors.


Tech for sustainable design

Design is at the forefront of the fight against climate change, with the focus on developing sustainable solutions that are both profitable and fit for purpose. You’ll learn how to use innovative technologies to fully realize your design vision.


A global outlook

Design and architecture programs are a multicultural haven, hosting a highly international student population. You will benefit from the diverse mix of cultural backgrounds and perspectives, preparing you for the realities of the market today.


Learn from the best

Our dynamic faculty of world-class academics and industry veterans come from some of the top design, architecture and real estate companies in the world, including CBRE, Hines, Union Investment, Foster + Partners, VITRA, MUJI, MVRDV and more. You will benefit from their extensive experience, vast inside knowledge of industry trends, and sector-specific insights.


Real-world experience

We have numerous partnerships with world-class institutions, giving you specific skills and the real-life experience of life working in top design firms, architecture studios or other relevant institutions.

Reach your potential through our programs

Our array of bachelor’s, master’s and dual degree programs are perfectly suited to broaden your knowledge base, sharpen your technical skill set and set you on the path to career success. Your academic journey will transform you and open you up to a whole new professional network. You will emerge as a fully formed and innovative design and architecture professional, ready to take on the challenges of modern society with creative flair and an eye towards sustainability.



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Where we'll take you

Design and Architecture have never been static fields, but the pace of change is faster than ever. The good news is there are plenty of opportunities to develop and grow across the range of functions, from management roles to roles requiring highly specialized technical skills.

Our focus on technique, sustainability, innovation and technology will turn you into a triple threat, highly competitive to leading companies and recruiters around the world. With our programs, you will gain a mindset that will shape you into a flexible, resilient, critical thinking problem solver with the capacity to add value to any project, design or investment. Coupled with extensive training in highly-desired management and entrepreneurial skills, you will unlock infinite professional opportunities.

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Career services adapted to your profile

Our Talent & Careers team is committed to our community and provides many opportunities for your professional development.

From personalized career advice and guidance to kickstart your professional future, organizing dozens of helpful events and forums, to developing close collaborations with world-leading employers, we are dedicated to connecting you to the real industry and helping you boost your career. Through these initiatives, hundreds of companies visit IE University each year, presenting thousands of new opportunities to IE University students. 

The Talent & Careers team in Design & Architecture makes these resources available to you, but your experience depends on how you take on these opportunities.


Throughout your program at IE, you will be coached by experts from the IE Talent & Careers department on a variety of topics. These will be highly technical sessions related to how to prepare an effective CV, writing a cover letter, networking effectively and how to achieve your professional goals.

You will also be advised on the resources available for students through the IE Talent & Careers department, as well as liaise with external industry professionals in events such as the Talent Forum and have access to an international job portal.

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Depending on the program within this career pathway, you can access exchanges, international experiences like the Immersion Weeks or the Real Estate On the Spot, Business of Design or NextGen Series where top experts in the field come to the classroom to share their professional journeys.

You will also have access to participate in over 150 student-led clubs such as the Real Estate Club, Family office Club, Smart Cities Club, or even start your own.

A Glimpse into who you could become...

Simon's Story

Ryan's Story

Anurag's Story

Fatima's Story


Simon: Program Manager at Hines

Originally from Belgium, Simon studied the Master in Real Estate Development Full-time. He describes himself as an impact-driven Architect & Urban Thinker passionate about the concept of Smart Inclusive Cities and the rethinking of Urban Systems for a more livable future.

Currently holding a privileged position sitting at the intersection of different worlds within the Built Environment. Recipient of numerous awards along his career he is self-motivated, entrepreneurial and curious having worked in 4 countries, looking to impact our world!


Ryan: Director at Hamad Medical Corporation

Originally from Australia, Ryan Theodore studied the Global Master in Real Estate Development. Ryan is a strong believer in continual education, and professional and personal development. With this in mind, after two decades of architecture experience and further education at MIT and LSE, Ryan enrolled in the GMRED hoping to move forwards in his career path, by providing him with a holistic view of real estate through the breadth of learning opportunities.

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Anurag: Team Principal at Aster eSports

Anurag Phalke, a Bachelor in Design student studying in Segovia, is inspired by hands-on collaborative classes, international friends and the picturesque setting that surrounds him.

Take a peek into a typical day in his life, why he is enchanted by Segovia and how the IEU experience is expanding his horizons.


Fatima: Architect and Project Lead

Fatima Abel, an architect at Scott Brownrigg Architects based in London, is full of enthusiasm. She describes her Master in Business for Architecture and Design experience at IE University as a life-changing experience in a dynamic atmosphere.

Find out what she has to say about her career path and experiences in the field of Architecture and Design.


If you're ready to start shaping your future, your journey starts here.

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Our Campus Experience

With three locations in Madrid and Segovia, our campuses are a blend of cultures, welcoming over 7,000 students from more than 140 countries every year.

Our campuses in Madrid, IE Tower and Maria de Molina, provide you numerous opportunities to network with multinationals in one of the world’s leading financial hubs. At the Segovia campus, history and tradition meet innovation with our state-of-the-art classrooms.

No matter which campus you choose, you will be surrounded by a diverse range of peers, professors and perspectives that will enhance your learning experience


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