Bachelor in Architectural Studies Make meaningful environments

The Bachelor in Architectural Studies prepares students to transform the world and to make meaningful environments. With a project-based approach to learning and a diverse body of faculty and students, the program synthesizes creative, technical, environmental, and social considerations, and is driven by a forward-looking and entrepreneurial spirit. We teach our students to master the essential tools and skills of the architect, while simultaneously encouraging them to think broadly and creatively about how these tools and skills might be used in the future.

DURATION

5 Years

LANGUAGE

English

LOCATION

Segovia and Madrid

Intake

September

Thanks to IE School of Architecture and Design’s international recognition, this bachelor’s degree has an exclusive internship program that will allow you to gain invaluable work experience in some of the most prestigious studios worldwide.

This program provides access to the one-year Master in Architecture, which is required in order to achieve professional licensure in Spain and the European Union.

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Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

To be an architect is to see possibility where other don’t, to imagine things differently, and to have the tools and the discipline to turn even the most outlandish ideas into tangible reality. To be an architect is to engage the world, and to change it. That’s why we’re here. And that’s what you’ll learn to do in the Architecture degree at IE University.

Our program will prepare you to think and act both globally and locally, and to see opportunities where others merely see crisis. Indeed, we see the current moment as an exciting one, as the beginning of a new way to practice architecture, and as an unprecedented moment for innovation in architecture education. We want to produce the next generation of leaders in architecture and design – those who will show us a range of paths out of or current crisis, suggesting new ideas for the future.

So, how do we do that? First, we give you the technical, creative, and entrepreneurial tools you’ll need to make a difference. Our Design Studio sequence will teach you to engage problems in the real world, and to propose new visions; our series of Experimentation Workshops will open you up to new modes of working, and new media; our Integration Workshops will introduce the technical complexity of the contemporary architectural project; our Fabrication Lab and sequence of digital coursework will give you hands-on experience, and out Alternative Practices semester will show you a range of different ways to apply your architecture training to the world around us.

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Program Overview

An integrated approach to learning and connecting to the real world.

A CULTURE OF MAKING

This program allows you to use the latest digital technology from your very first year. Our digital fabrication lab lets you translate your ideas directly from paper or the computer screen to physical reality, using our laser cutter/engraver, color 3D printer, and CNC milling machine. As you experiment with these advanced tools, you will push the boundaries of what´s possible in architecture, while learning valuable technical skills. We combine these digital tools with more traditional modes of fabrication, with an extensive array of  woodworking tools.

A highly creative environment

Students are immersed in a vibrant studio atmosphere where they can develop their creativity in a dynamic working and learning environment. Thanks to the time spent in the Design Studio, you will have the chance to really interact with and learn from your peers and professors. Furthermore, our studios are equipped with the latest digital tools, ensuring that you are fully prepared to work with the most up-to-date technology from the very first year.

Architects with an entrepreneurial spirit

Design, management and visual and verbal communication skills are essential for the contemporary architect. The know-how to run a studio or business, lead projects and teams, and communicate your vision to others is relevant to become a leader in the design professions. This entrepreneurial spirit drives our program, and distinguishes our graduates in a highly competitive field.

A Combination of In-depth Architectural Fundamentals with a Wider Reach

A firm understanding of the fundamentals and the application of architecture to society are key to life as an architect. This knowledge, combined with a design approach, an entrepreneurial mindset, and advanced management and communication skills will make you stand out as a versatile architect, capable of creating innovative environments and spaces.

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Why study the Bachelor in Architectural Studies at IE University?

Master in Architecture

This one-year Master program takes a step forward into advanced design and the management skills needed to succeed in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry today. It is an advanced program that builds on students’ previous knowledge of theoretical and practical principles.

The program involves rigorous research and project-based work, and you are constantly encouraged to develop and apply an entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout the year you will work on a thesis project comprised of 3 modules, and will also take part in an advanced design studio and a construction workshop. The Master in Architecture will enable you to enhance your creativity and organization skills, your strategic vision and also help you develop and demonstrate your project management skills in an advanced level.

Upon completion of the Master, you will be fully equipped with the skills and expertise needed to work as a versatile and fully-rounded architect and design entrepreneur. This is necessary to access the regulated profession of architecture in the European Union.

To commence this Master program you will need at least 300 credits in Architectural Studies.

Program Recognition

The Bachelor in Architectural Studies was called a "hidden Gem in Global Architecture Education” by Design Intelligence magazine in 2010.

A place to learn by making

The Fab Lab is a fundamental part of what we call the culture of making. It is a place where students can experiment with both digital and traditional tools. Testing, analyzing, refining and testing again are key steps in the design process.

For design students it is really important to know how to bring an idea to life. Proposals are tested through the creation of prototypes to ensure that what they have in mind really works as planned. There are two parts to the Fabrication Lab,  one which uses digital tools (CNC router, laser cutters, 3D printers) and the other which uses more traditional carpentry and shop tools, allowing students to make their ideas tangible.

Students will participate in workshops where they will acquire a wide variety of technical abilities and where they will learn how to use different machines and tools safely.

Our staff will be available throughout the whole process, giving advice to students while they develop their projects, and guiding them when confronted with difficulties in the different stages of their creations.

Student Projects

IE School of Architecture and Design students work in the studios, classrooms, FabLab, the library, exterior spaces and even throughout the city in Segovia.

They tackle problems that range in scale from micro to macro, from the graphic design of our academic calendar to proposals for cities. The process is about the conceptualizing the challenge at hand, researching, collaborating, imagining, proposing, testing, evaluating and proposing again – all this with a critical-thinking mindset to create a better world.