The Master in Business for Architecture and Design trains professionals for a future that does not differentiate between business and design, not between physical and digital, and in which action, collaboration and multidisciplinarity are the rule.
Madrid - Amsterdam - Online
Blended (Face-to-face periods in Madrid and Amsterdam, plus Interactive online classes)
Architects and designers stand out as creative and analytical thinkers, that can contribute with powerful solutions to some of the complex problems of our time. But developing this potential in full, requires a vision and a set of skills that go far beyond their realm. Impact in spatial design implies understanding how economy works, how companies create and manage value through ideas, people and processes, how industry problems can be transformed into business opportunities, how clients and companies engage with each other, or how technology and innovation can empower organizations.
The MBArch is a unique learning experience where design professionals expand their core capacities with management, entrepreneurship and innovation expertise, preparing themselves to become the creative leaders of the future.
Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.
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A WORD OF WELCOME
Dear Prospective Student,
One of the most exciting and promising conditions of our time is change. Deep transformations are taking place in the world of design in general, in architecture, engineering and construction, as well as in other industries related to cities and the built environment.
In the past, the traditional approach to design gave little attention to anything beyond the act of creating physical spaces. Today, our impact as professionals increasingly depends on widening our vision, identifying new business opportunities, fresh approaches to problem-solving and renewed ways to create value through design. It also resides in understanding how to work across disciplines with innovation-driven rather than authorship-driven teams, in communicating well, applying principles of management, finance and strategy wisely and embracing technology and agility in organizations. To affect positive change and gain relevance, we need to develop a vision for creative leadership that represents this mindset, the shared territories and the mutual empowerment between business and design. A vision that helps us to define, communicate and leverage our unique value for society as a group, and our differentiation as individuals to make great things happen.
Optimal Years Work Experience
COMPANIES WHERE OUR STUDENTS AND COLLABORATORS HAVE LEADING ROLES
10 reasons to join this master
The belief that cutting-edge design can only come from architects who remain untouched by the constraints of business or finance is now obsolete.
FOCUS ON DESIGN MANAGEMENT
Those trained and working in architecture, interior design, engineering, and other roles related to design often feel a need to gain a deeper understanding of business contexts. The MBArch fuels the creative process of design, from the perspective of contemporary management. This integrated approach fosters an environment of professionals with a holistic vision.
BECOME A DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR
It’s not enough to think up creative new ideas. Acquiring the knowledge, tools, and techniques of entrepreneurship is essential if you want to develop these ideas and create an impact. The various learning experiences in the MBArch—from the Venture Lab to courses such as Entrepreneurial Management—provide solid practical training in this area.
UNDERSTAND YOURSELF AND BECOME A LEADER
With our approach, you are always at the center. Through educational activities aimed at honing your interpersonal and professional abilities, we help you define your career path and goals, as well as to analyze yourself on a personal level. By understanding your strengths and potential limitations, you can be strategic in pursuing what interests you most.
LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS FACULTY
Our team of professors and lecturers is composed of experienced academics who understand the realities of the professional world. We also rely on an outstanding international team of practicing professionals who are trained to use an innovative, practical, and fresh approach to learning. Many subjects are taught by professors from our globally ranked IE Business School.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORK-STUDY BALANCE
We are the leaders in blended education.The unique structure of the program combines online classes and face-to-face sessions in Madrid and Amsterdam. The format and balance of the academic activities will allow you to combine your professional life with the requirements of the program.
PARTICIPATE IN THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN LECTURE SERIES
This series of lectures and conversations explores the "back of house" of successful companies and firms. Top professionals share their journeys and useful advice on how to implement the best practices for success. Students actively engage with lecturers about the transformation of our industries and how to be effective leaders.
BENEFIT FROM AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH
Throughout the program, we implement diverse teaching methods that correspond to the needs of today's students and, even more importantly, to a well-defined set of objectives. The MBArch combines case-method, collaboration, project-based learning, debates, research, lectures, and travel within one cohesive experience.
JOIN IE'S CAREER DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM
IE Talent & Careers is the best partner for your professional development. We help current and former students to take full advantage of their professional opportunities, providing them with impactful advising, learning resources and development tools. We also provide recruitment solutions for companies and institutions with access to more than 70.000 IE professionals worldwide.
EXPERIENCE TWO IDEAL LOCATIONS
You'll take courses and participate in activities in Madrid and Amsterdam: two vibrant and distinct cities that are renowned for great architecture and design. They are at the forefront of innovation, culture, and education, and we take advantage of everything that’s going on in the two capitals to keep the program at the vanguard of the industry.
FORM PART OF A VIBRANT DESIGN-DRIVEN CULTURE
IE School of Architecture and Design shares the DNA of IE University, which was built by and for entrepreneurs. This positioning has made us grow as an independent institution which empowers innovation. As a result, we remain a reference in the creation of new paths in education and in developing an active and diverse community known for excellence.
The essence of the Master in Business for Architecture and Design and the pillars of our vision for the future.
BUSINESS AND DESIGN, STRONGER TOGETHER
Expanding the impact of design requires challenging the status-quo of the built environment. We leverage the power of business perspectives to observe its dynamics, identify opportunities and propose new ways to solve problems. MBArch Students and faculty constantly test and debate their initiatives, extracting conclusions and restarting the cycle. This process builds an ecosystem that is a reference for its expertise in the intersection of business and design.
A VISION FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
Those trained in design disciplines have a solid foundation and skills that are increasingly relevant and needed by today's world. However, in order to be fully effective, architects, designers, and engineers need other knowledge and abilities to empower them and transcend traditional boundaries. A multifaceted and collaborative approach, driven by business and innovation with inputs from other fields, will open new doors, preparing you to serve and lead in previously unconquered territories.
DESIGN FOR THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The MBArch is focused on transcending the design boundaries of the built environment through a profound understanding of the opportunities implied in its creation and management. Our program focuses on design, entrepreneurship and management expertise. Innovation resides in constant change. Therefore, we encourage students to challenge the status quo, experiment and share their evolving ideas to advance the field.
The Values of Innovation
At IE, we embrace change and see opportunities rather than challenges. We hope that you’ll adopt this attitude, too!
CHANGE IS OPPORTUNITY
COLLABORATION MAKES YOU GROW
IMPACT & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
DIVERSITY EMPOWERS PEOPLE
TECHNOLOGY: A GAME CHANGER
PURPOSE IS THE BEST GUIDE
During the second half of the program, students of the Master in Business for Architecture and Design develop their final project in the Venture Lab.
They integrate much of the material covered throughout the entire program, and through their own research, discussions and creativity, they shape and plan new business ventures. Preparing, writing, and presenting a business plan is a useful final project, not only for those who are looking to launch their own businesses but also for those who perform any management role that demands opportunity identification and execution.
A special panel of experienced professionals gives valuable feedback on each project. Many of our students have even taken a step further and put into practice the business venture they developed during this program, turning ideas into reality.
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IE Leaders in Blended Education
Renowned for its marked focus on the entrepreneurial spirit and its humanistic approach, IE’s world-class faculty is comprised of entrepreneurs, executives, academic experts and authors. Many of these professionals have had executive positions in start-up companies or multinationals or have been published in top journals. As professors, they bring intellectual diversity and practical insights into the classroom to create challenging and enriching programs.