The School

Redefining design education

IE School of Architecture and Design redefines design education based on pedagogical and technological innovation,  project-based learning and environmental responsibility. In an international and entrepreneurial environment, the IE School of Architecture and Design seeks to bridge the traditional gaps between academia and the professional world and to connect architecture and design with the broader society.

Create meaningful environments

Architecture and design can be global and local at the same time. Understanding global challenges while focusing on a user-centered design approach is key.

Our Mission

Our School is an innovative, international institution, which embraces expanding roles for architecture and design to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

OUR COMMITMENT FOR YOUR LEARNING

IE School of Architecture and Design sees architects and designers as unique professionals who find opportunities where others run into obstacles. With this skill set, they know how to approach challenges by using a variety of perspectives and tools—allowing them to envision future designs and projects. It’s the spatial understanding and three-dimensional imagination of IE University architects and designers which set them apart from the rest.

Aiming to do more than simply empowering students to envision future designs and projects, IE School of Architecture and Design goes above and beyond, by teaching students to bring those ideas to fruition in a sustainable manner. In today’s evolving world, the expanding roles of architecture and design both demand an interdisciplinary approach.

OUR VISION

  • We believe that architects and designers are unique professionals who see opportunities where others see obstacles. They can approach problems with an understanding of many viewpoints, by using multiple techniques and tools. They can envision the future. This ability to understand space and imagine things in three dimensions differentiates designers from other professionals. However, it is not sufficient to envisage future projects and designs; one must be able to sustainably bring them into fruition. We often work in teams and through the process of analyzing, testing, refining, innovating and testing again; we are able to come with the best, sustainable solutions.

OUR TEACHING METHODOLOGIES 

The present-day business world is what drives IE University’s top-notch teaching methods. With its variety of programs—each with different learning objectives and diverse methodologies—IE School of Architecture and Design implements an interdisciplinary approach in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.

All our methodologies are based on the idea of family resemblance—the belief that all things are connected by a series of overlapping similarities. What’s more, our programs follow our unique learning-by-doing teaching strategy, which is further enhanced by IE University’s Liquid Learning Model.

Our undergraduate programs rely heavily on studio-based learning combined with hands-on workshops, study trips, lectures and discussion groups. Centering around the use of technology, our many programs and workshops, such as our FabLab, help facilitate effective teaching and student experimentation. Similarly, technology is what keeps IE School of Architecture and Design at the forefront of the latest developments in the field, while also fostering creativity and flexibility. Made up of researchers and professionals with diverse backgrounds, our highly skilled faculty serve as a direct way for our students to stay on the cutting edge of education.

The same applies to our graduate students. IE University’s top-notch faculty members enable students to link academic content to real-world experiences through workshops, group work, tutorials and diverse learning formats, such as lectures and study trips. Each method, depending on the nature of the program, incorporates our project-based learning-by-doing approach. Typically through group work, students come up with the best and most sustainable solutions by implementing different processes, such as analysis, testing, refining, innovation and retesting.

Learning activities in the student's day-to-day

   

Who

when

With whom in my class?

Simultaneously: we all coincide in doing the same activity

We do not coincide in doing the same activity

The entire class

Lectures ‌, Conferences Forums ‌, Simulations

Only my workgroup

Discussion seminar ‌, Team Projects ‌, Company/Institutions Projects ‌, Workshops Working on the final Business Plan‌, Group coaching

I work individually with a specific learning activity

Pre-Program Course ‌‌, Surveys/polls‌, Exams, Class Exercises Individual Assignments ‌, 1 on 1 Feedback Sessions ‌, Peer to peer Feedback ‌, MOOCs (Video) ‌, Capstone/Thesis/Dissertation

DISCOVER OUR PROGRAMS

Get an up-close-and-personal look at the new way of learning. Find out how much further you can go with our highly innovative programs.

Master in Business for Architecture and Design

This Master bridges the gap between advanced design and the essential management skills needed to succeed in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry today. A program that addresses the design implication of business decisions.

PROGRAM

Graduate

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

15 months

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Master in Real Estate Development

It is a one-year advanced degree aimed at understanding the breadth and depth of the development process. With a foundation in the economic, financial, strategic, and legal aspects of real estate development throughout the world, this comprehensive course goes beyond traditional subjects of the field.

PROGRAM

Graduate

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

10 months

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Master in Strategic Design of Spaces

The Master in Strategic Design of Spaces is a forward thinking post-professional program that not only examines the profund changes ocurring in environments for work, retail, hospitality and learning, but also explores the tools and knowledge needed to innovatively design these spaces for the future.

PROGRAM

Graduate

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

10 months

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Global Master in Real Estate Development

This holistic degree has been designed to cover financial concepts such as investment and real estate management, with a focus on sustainability. Leading companies in the sector will guide explorations of every facet of residential and commercial land use, offices, hospitality, and the logistics of case studies.

PROGRAM

Graduate

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

15 months

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Academic excellence

Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in future leaders.

To be a top school means striving for excellence in many ways. The people who make up our School are outstanding academics and professionals with a love of teaching, who are also experienced professionals in diverse roles. They are always seeking new ways of sharing and creating knowledge.  Our use of technology for teaching and experimenting, as in our FabLab, means new ideas, flexibility and keeping up to date with the latest developments in the field.

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