Master in Architecture - Study Plan

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Our innovative master’s in architecture

Our innovative Master in Architecture combines a year-long thesis project, led by Thesis Chair Ben van Berkel, along with advanced design and construction courses, and an intensive Design Management Module, where you’ll begin to chart your individual professional path.
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Study Plan

Our innovative Master in Architecture combines a year-long thesis project, led by Thesis Chair Ben van Berkel, along with advanced design and construction courses, and an intensive Design Management Module, where you’ll begin to chart your individual professional path.

TERM 1 - APPROACHES

Jump Start

Thesis Project Module 1 (4 ECTS)

Students conduct research on their proposed topic, and determine the scope, site, and program for their final design project, working with our expert faculty.

Sustainable Strategies

ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO (9 ECTS)

A comprehensive design studio, dealing with complex, contemporary challenges in the urban setting, with special attention dedicated to the challenges of sustainability as well as the legal, economic, regulatory and social contexts in which architects work.

Sustainable Techniques

ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP 1 (4 ECTS)

Students learn to integrate structural, mechanical, and environmental systems.

Sustainable Urban Development

ADVANCED URBANISM WORKSHOP (3 ECTS)

TERM 2 - APPLICATIONS

Design Applications

THESIS PROJECT MODULE 2 (6 ECTS)

In the second phase of the Thesis Project, students begin to define the primary design elements of their projects, dealing with site conditions, building systems, materials and, all applicable regulations. This course will be held in Amsterdam, led by Thesis Chair Ben van Berkel.

Technology Applications

ADV. CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP 2 (4 ECTS)

This workshop supports the technical development of the Thesis Project, providing individualized feedback on structural, mechanical, and environmental systems.

Creativity & Organization

DESIGN MANAGEMENT MODULE (4 ECTS)

This course explores the interface of creative work and the organizations set up to perform it.

Strategy

DESIGN MANAGEMENT MODULE (3 ECTS)

Begin to develop your own business strategy in architecture and the design professions.

Project Management

DESIGN MANAGEMENT MODULE (3 ECTS)

You’ll focus on the supervision, preparation, and management of projects.

TERM 3 - SYNTHESIS

Synthesis

THESIS PROJECT MODULE 3 (20 ECTS)

Here’s where you pull it all together. In the third and final module of the Thesis Project, students integrate the work of the previous phases, preparing and presenting a comprehensive architectural project, with all relevant documentation necessary. This
project serves as both a synthesis of all the student’s acquired knowledge and a stepping stone to his or her future as a professional in architecture and the related fields.
Final review of the work will be conducted by our expert faculty along with Thesis Chair Ben van Berkel, and leading Spanish professionals and other invited guests.

Our students talk

“I believe in a hopeful architecture, one based on trust and on proximity with the nature that surrounds us; one in which the idea of community and the common good are pillars of the discipline, accessible to all. I believe in an architecture that is valued not only for what it is, but also for the social interactions, relations, and behaviors it can provide.” Giancarlo Mazzanti,Founding Principal, El Grupo Mazzanti

Work with leaders in the field

In order to address the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, architects require a range of different experiences and a broad spectrum of expertise.

We’ve assembled an international, multidisciplinary team of practicing architects, scholars, and entrepreneurs who are just as passionate about transforming the future as you are.
Profile - Ben Van Berkel Ben Van Berkel

Founder and Principal Achitect at UNStudio, Thesis Chair, Master in Architecture Amsterdam

Profile - Giancarlo Mazzanti Giancarlo Mazzanti

Architect, Founding and Principal at El Grupo Mazzanti, Bogotá

Profile - Dana Behrman Dana Behrman

Urban Designer Associate at UNStudio

Profile - Jurgen Heinzel Jurgen Heinzel

Architect Associate at UNStudio

Profile - Fernando Rodriguez Fernando Rodriguez

Architect, Founding and Partner at FRPO Architects

Profile - David Goodman David Goodman

Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at the IE School of Architecture and Design
Director of the Bachelor in Architectural Studies

Profile - Tomohisa Miyauchi Tomohisa Miyauchi

Architect and Professor of Architecture

Profile - Marcela Araguez Marcela Araguez

Architect and Professor of Architecture

Profile - Joseph Pistrui Joseph Pistrui

Founder of Nextsensing Initiative Entrepreneurial Management