Master in Strategic Design of SpacesImpact by using design to unite the digital and physical worlds of today and tomorrow

How we undertake all our daily activities is, literally, being transformed by technology. How and where we work, how and where we shop and how and where we learn have been impacted by the digital revolution. These changes, in turn, lead to new patterns of behavior, new ways of communicating, new ways of collaborating and new ways of approaching daily tasks. But the revolution doesn´t stop there. All of this has an effect on physical space.




10 months






Full Time



This master looks beyond the traditional boundaries of design-oriented programs and delves deeply into the new sociological and technological shifts that are transforming the way we define and design innovative spaces.  The program is aimed at those who are looking to strategically develop people-centered, flexible and sustainable environments for today and tomorrow.

Thanks to the combination of the Design Studio methodology, where students collaboratively tackle real world projects, along with courses in technology and sociology, students will be able to see and understand the relationship space -physical and virtual – people and technology. This master focuses on work, retail and learning environments, three main types of spaces where change is occurring and that have the greatest potential for innovation.

Students will have first-hand experience and the chance to network with professionals in the field by visiting top studios and attending the IE Architecture and Design special lecture series.

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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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