IE School of Architecture & Design Newsletter - June 2019
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     "The alternative to good design is always bad design.
      There is no such this as no design."

          – Adam Judge

Building Smart Cities: Tech Giants as City Development Leaders

24-29 June 
Different Times and Locations

Global tech players are redefining work, mobility, and leisure.
Cristina Mateo, Executive Director of IE A&D, will discuss how daily urban experience is being affected by this, and how our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations. 
Register for your preferred location and find out more below:
     24 June @ WeWork 71 Robinson (Singapore) 6.30PM
     25 June @ WeWork Tower 535 (Honk Kong) 7.00PM
     27 June @ JustCo Seoul Finance Center (Seoul) 7.00PM
     29 June @ Makati Shangri-La (Manila) 10.30AM

The Power of Design
1 July - 6.00pm
Spanish Embassy (Tokyo)

How can design achieve multiple goals or attack a pressing problem in a sustainable way?

Martha Thorne, Dean of IE A&D, and Dr. Hitoshi Abe, Principal at Atelier Hitoshi Abe and Professor in the School of Architecture & Design at UCLA, will share their visions around this topic. 

Find out more and register

IE Summer School Programs
1-19 July
IE Madrid & IE Segovia

IE A&D is running two tracks at the Undergraduate and the Graduate IE Summer School programs that will take place from 1 to 19 of July.

In the Graduate Summer School program, students will reveal the operations and processes that fuel creativity to redefine businesses. Find out more

The participants from the Undergraduate program will develop a project that links the virtual and the physical implementing the tools and technologies from the IE FabLab. Find out more

Cities Transformation: The Bilbao Case
2 July - 6.00pm

Juan Alayo, professor in the Master in Real Estate Development and well-known consultant on strategic urban projects, will talk about the keys to the transformation, the actors, the investment and sources of funding of the urban regeneration of Bilbao.

Find out more and register

Smart Cities or Intelligent Cities: Where do we Want to Go? 

3 July - 7.00pm
Taj Lands End (Mumbai)

The term Smart Cities is often used to mean implementing technology to make cities more efficient. But in today’s fast-changing world, do we want cities just to be efficient or should we be looking at more profound changes?

Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, will talk about technological advances for cities and how we can make our cities smart, but also intelligent, livable and responsive. 

Find out more and register


Jeanne Gang @ Hay Festival 2019

The Hay Festival 2019 that will be held in Segovia between September 20 and 22 for the 14th year with IE University and the IE Foundation as the main collaborators and academic partners.

One of the many highlights of this year’s edition will be the presence of architect Jeanne Gang, the founding principal of the architecture and urbanism practice Studio Gang and the only architect on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019.

A conversation between her and our Dean Martha Thorne will provide a unique opportunity to get to know one of the world’s leading architects today.
Find out more here

IE Resilient Cities: Chicago

Following our series of monthly resilient cities, David Goodman talks about his hometown: Chicago.
A city that, in order to tackle the problems that arose since its establishment in 1837, utterly transformed the ground, the sky, and the water system around the city itself.
Find out more about this resilient city

Bachelor Students

Bachelor in Design: Final Reviews

Both first and second year Bachelor in Design students concluded the 2018-2019 academic year with the showcase of their design studio final projects.

Expert guest juries such as Igor Bragado, Clara Hernández, Stefano Fusani, and Mario Suárez joined us in an engaging discussion to review students' work from the course Intro to Design Studio II, taught by Álvaro Martín and Arantza Ozaeta, and Design Studio II taught by Héctor Serrano.

Read more

IE BAS Student Shortlisted in the International Finsa Award

Lorenzo Uribe, 2nd-year student in the Bachelor in Architectural Studies, supervised by professor Matan Mayer, has recently received a shortlist mention for his submission for the International FINSA Award for Architects and Designers 2019.
Harbour, Lorenzo’s project, presents a wooden structure at Liverpool’s Waterfront creating a viewing platform that imitates vertical elements to allude to the way in which the structural ribs of a ship’s hull are arranged while it is being constructed.

Find out more here
Congratulations, Lorenzo!

IE Graduations

Students from the Bachelor in Architectural Studies and the Master in Real Estate Development will celebrate the completion of their studies with family, friends and professors on July 5 and 19 respectively. 

Congratulations, Classes of 2019! We look forward to these special dates!

Featured Alumni

IE A&D @ Global Alumni Weekend 2019

IE A&D hosted the first School Reunion during the last edition of the IE Global Alumni Weekend in Madrid. 

We asked alumni from our different programs and backgrounds how they imagine their hometowns in the future. The different replies vary from the integration of urban life, mobility, the internet of things and big data, to sustainability and much more!

Watch what they said here

During the weekend we took part in different activities such as:
  • Letizia Caprile, alumni from the IE Bachelor in Architectural Studies, shared how her experience at IE has impacted her professional life with alumni from the other five Schools at IE.
  • Cristina Mateo, Executive Director of IE A&D, talked about the global tech players that are transforming the urban life.
  • and Jacob Benbunan, Professor in the IE MSD and CEO of Saffron Brand Consultants, shared the topic of his book Disruptive Branding (co-written with two of his colleagues at Saffron) and showcased the secrets behind some of the most successful brands.

Stay tuned to our newsletter next month to find out the success stories of two of our participants at the IE GAW: Letizia Caprile, IE BAS alumni and Founder and Creative Director at KAURA Studio, and Pietro Perego, IE MBArch alumni and Co-Founder and Architecture Project Leader at iarchitects.

Carlo Ratti featured @ Cámara Abierta

Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT and founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati, lectured at IE A&D last April.
While in Madrid, he was featured in 1minutoCOM for Cámara Abierta 2.0 (TVE) where he talked about the cities of the future, sustainable architecture and he reflected on the relationship between the internet and urbanism.
Watch it here from minute 11
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