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.


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.


  • 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.


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.

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.

About IE School of Architecture and Design