Master in Strategic Design of Spaces

Unleashing the power of design to transform business
The world today is often described as volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). In this ever-changing context, design emerges as an important tool to overcome complex challenges and to resolve difficult problems. Technology has impacted our lives more than at any time in history. Faced with new ways of working and thinking about physical space, we need to seamlessly integrate our physical world with the digital. That is where design comes in!



10 months






Full Time



In this program, you will discover how to implement innovative design changes that impact behavior and align with an organization’s goals. This will include enhancing functionality, brand strengthening and boosting productivity and satisfaction, while also  providing sustainable solutions.

Design solutions should take a holistic approach to create spaces and experiences that align with an organization’s goals. This means all solutions should be interconnected, omnichannel, and future-proof. By taking this approach, we can harness the power of technology and drive innovation while also allowing for flexibility, enhancing productivity, and ensuring the wellness of the user and environment.

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This is a University Private Degree from IE Universidad*, and taught in IE School of Architecture and Design. More information on what earning a University Private Degree from IE Universidad entails.

*IE Universidad is a University officially recognized by the Spanish education authorities, allowed to grant both Official University Degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees), which are specifically regulated and accredited by Spanish Ministry of Education and University Private Degrees (Master), which are specifically designed by the University towards the professional application of their studies and the constant update of higher education, preserving the educational standards of excellence of IE. Both types of degrees are equally backed by the rigor and prestige of IE University.


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Dear Prospective Student,

There are new complexities in the way we work, shop and learn; the technology we use, increased competitiveness, new forms of communication and collaboration, globalization, sociological shifts and sustainability are some of the issues to be examined. The Master in Strategic Design of Spaces has been conceived to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to strategically tackle new challenges emerging within the definition spaces which are shaping the future of society.

The program focuses on, but is not limited to, three types of spaces- work, retail and learning- where we spend a large part of our everyday lives. They are also the three fields where the most dramatic changes are occurring in terms of change, technology and cutting-edge innovation.

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Integrating design strategies, technology, user needs and corporate objectives

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The Design Lab

As part of the Master in Strategic Design of Spaces, students have the chance to participate in the Design Lab. In this lab, they develop their final projects with real companies.

Students are given a real business problem by client mentors. Conducting research and developing recommendations is core to prepare a strong proposal.

Finally, students present the results to the client and apply the feedback to their proposal. The best project will receive the Architecture and Design final project prize.


  • Gensler
  • Scott Brownrigg
  • JLL
  • Colliers International

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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.

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12 dec 2019

Developing Leadership Skills in the Digital Age – New York

Join us for this Master Class with Dr. Nick Van Dam

University Club of New York 19:00, New York, United States Of America, English

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