Master in Strategic Design of Spaces

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The faculty of the Master in Strategic Design of Spaces includes a combination of academics and practitioners from IE School of Architecture & Design and IE Business School.

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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ProfileGuzmán de Yarza

Director Master in Strategic Design of Spaces
Head of Workplace Strategy & Design at JLL Spain

Guzmán de Yarza

Director Master in Strategic Design of Spaces
Head of Workplace Strategy & Design at JLL Spain

Guzmán is currently the Head of Workplace Strategy & Design at JLL Spain, one of the leading real estate consultancies in the world having presence in 200+ offices in more than 80 countries. From this position he is assessing some of the most innovative companies and corporations in ways in which they can improve their performance through interventions in their working environments. He is currently working in some large scale projects such as the new HQ for Groupe Renault Spain or the Workplace Strategy & Change Management for a new 45.000 m2 building in Barcelona that will be hosting 2.800+ employees of the Catalan Government.

Before joining JLL he was one of the four founders of the architectural firm J1Arquitectos, an award-winning office of architecture based in Madrid where he was involved in the designing of residential and commercial buildings, educational facilities and other typologies including interior design and master planning.

Some of his works were awarded and published internationally in media like Arquitectura Viva, The Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture, C3 in Korea, Dezeen, Architizer and many other online and offline magazines around the world.

As a scholar he is currently the Academic Director of the Master in Strategic Design of Spaces by the IE School of Architecture and Design, and international graduate program designed in partnership with the Royal College of Art in London that is educating professionals in the design strategies of the spaces that foster innovation. He also runs a Design Studio in the second year of the bachelor in architectural studies.

Guzmán obtained his PhD at the Polytechnical School of Madrid in February 2016, with the thesis “José de Yarza García, European links within spanish peripheral modernity”, which was awarded with Cum Laude.

Jacob Benbunan

CEO of Saffron Brand Consultants

Space as Brand

Javier Bernad

Communication and marketing executive and Founder of Speak & Span

Presentation and Communication

Ignacio Calles

Head of mobile business company Ideup!

Digital Environments

Izaskun Chinchilla

Founder and Architect at Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

Research, Engagement and Social Impact

Guzmán de Yarza

Director Master in Strategic Design of Spaces
Head of Workplace Strategy & Design at JLL Spain

Manuel Jiménez Hidalgo de Torralba

Air Nostrum Chief Operating Officer

Negotiation and Decision Making

Laura Maguire

Professor and Executive Director of Doctoral Programs for IE Business School


Cristina Mateo

Executive Director of IE School of Architecture and Design. Ph.D, Sociology

Carmen Morales

Partner and General Manager of Almagesto

Organizational Behaviour for Innovation

María Elvira Muñoz Beraza

Director Interior Design CE, Buildings + Places, EMIA. AECOM

Design for Business Lab / Final Thesis

Jeremy Myerson

Director of the WORKTECH Academy

Design Ethnography
Field Work
Social Design Lab

María Nesdale

Director of the Community studio in Gensler's London office

Design for Learning Lab
Final Thesis

Primo Orpilla

Co-founder and director of the Studio O+A

Workplace Design in the Silicon Valley

Diego Romón

Partner of PDPTalentum

Negotiation and Decision Making

Philip Tidd

Head of Consulting, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Gensler

Introduction to Workplace Consultancy

Kursty Groves

Workplace Innovation Consultant. Adjunct professor at the IE University

New Trends in Spaces for Innovation

Andreas Erbe

Co-funder of Swisscom BrainGym

Design Thinking Methodology

Grace Eun

Project Designer at Clive Wilkinson Architects

Workplace Design in the Silicon Valley Professor

Andrea Caruso

Co-founder of Ciszak Dalmas
Co-founder La Clinica Design

Intro Design Studio I