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THE DEGREE

Create meaningful environments

THE DEGREE

Create meaningful environments

This bachelor’s degree is aimed at those who are passionate about architecture and aspire to create innovative and meaningful environments.

The program surpasses the boundaries of conventional architecture degrees by combining design, management, and entrepreneurship. Together, these elements provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to build a unique profile capable of driving innovative projects and successful teams.

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

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

1
Education with breadth and depth

Our Bachelor of Architectural studies combines the core architectural coursework with additional modules dedicated to design entrepreneurship, experimentation, management, and alternative modes of professional practice. This rich combination of experiences will prepare you to respond to the complex challenges of the future, and to set your own professional path.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

2
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 be encouraged to engage in dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, and innovation.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

3
Backed by the IE School of Architecture and Design

IE School of Architecture and Design places emphasis on design, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. Architecture students will be part of a community of students and professionals encouraged to take a creative approach to architecture and design, think critically when confronted with a challenge, and not be afraid to think outside of the traditional boundaries.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

4
International guest speakers

Every year, the IE School of Architecture and Design brings outstanding figures in the industry and beyond to give talks on their fields of expertise. They present fresh ideas to the school and bring pioneering new design approaches to the challenges posed by contemporary society.

Five Reasons to study this degree

A sure path to success

5
A global perspective

The Bachelor in Architecture is among the most international architecture programs in the world, with a learning environment and content that give you a truly global vision. You will study in a diverse community of students and professors, and will be able to take advantage of study abroad and international internship opportunities.

The Pillars of Architecture
at IE University

Creating meaningful environments

Benefit from an academic combination that goes beyond the traditional. Management and visual and verbal communication skills are essential for the contemporary architect. You will learn how to define strategies, organize projects, lead teams, and communicate your vision to others. These skills, combined with a design approach, will make you stand out as a well-rounded architect that creates innovative solutions.

 

Be in touch with top studios worldwide. Relating classroom learning with a real world work environment is one of the top goals of the internship program. Students have a chance to interact and learn from influential professionals from top studios in the field during the second semesters of your second, third, and fourth year. Destinations throughout the world include not only architecture and design firms, but also magazines, museums, and NGOs.

 

Work in an ideal space to experiment. This program allows you to combine the latest digital technology and more traditional carpentry tools right from your very first year. Our Fab Lab lets you translate your ideas directly from the screen to physical reality, using our laser cutter/engraver, color 3D printer, and CNC milling machine. Also, you’ll have the chance to make your ideas visible through the classic hands-on carpentry tools. In this way, you’ll push the boundaries of what’s possible in architecture, while learning valuable technical skills.

 

Take an engaged and alternative approach. The Bachelor in Architectural Studies takes an integrated approach to your learning. Our faculty includes architects, visual artists, designers, and engineers. They bring different perspectives to your studies and help enrich your understanding and expressive abilities. The program also enables you to present your ideas to panels of experts from various creative fields, providing you with the essential skills to successfully propose, analyze, and implement your work.

What are Architectural Studies at IE University?

Study Plan

The hunt for knowledge

Location

If you choose to study the Bachelor in Architectural Studies, then you will study the first three years in Segovia and the last two years in Madrid. Then, you will study one more year both in Madrid and in other European city.

COMPONENTS CREDITS
Basic Courses 60
Core Courses 204
Elective Courses 30
Final Project 6
Credits needed to graduate 300

FUNDAMENTALS
Your journey into the world of architecture begins as soon as you arrive on campus. A coordinated sequence of Design Studio and Graphic Communication courses will teach you a vocabulary of architectural operations, and the tools to represent them properly in architectural graphic language. You will also study the latest digital tools, and will ground your studies in a broader context with an introductory course in architecture history.

 

In your applied math and physics coursework, you’ll prepare yourself for the structural and environmental calculations you will undertake later, and will come to understand the principles that underpin the technical component of architecture. In addition, you will have the chance to work on real-life projects by applying for one of our IEU Labs, like the d-Lab, which will allow you to participate in the design and construction of real projects near our campus in Segovia.

1st Semester

  • Design Studio I: Idea and Form
  • Graphic Communication I
  • Applied Mathematics in Architecture I
  • IE Module – Introduction to Management

2nd Semester

  • Design Studio II: Form and Material
  • Graphic Communication II
  • Architectural Geometry I
  • Architecture Histories and Contexts
  • Applied Physics in Architecture I
  • IE Module – Interpersonal Skills

Annual

  • Digital Tools and Operations

USES
In your second year of study you will broaden your focus to include building technologies, with an introduction to the world of building construction, structures, and environmental technologies. You will also begin to address the city and the region in your introduction to Urban Studies coursework.

 

All these concerns are synthesized in Design Studio, where you will explore how architectural elements and operations can create different experiences, and how architecture can accommodate-or even generate—new uses.

 

You will also start the Experimentation and Design Entrepreneurship workshops, and develop your creativity by stepping outside the boundaries of architecture to work in photography, film, and site-specific art. In this year you will explore entrepreneurship and discover that it goes beyond starting your own studio.

1st Semester

  • Design Studio III: Experience
  • Architectural Geometry II
  • Applied Mathematics in Architecture II
  • Construction Systems and Applications
  • Structural Types I
  • Experimentation Workshop I

2nd Semester

  • Designs Studio IV: Program
  • Structural Calculations I
  • Environmental Systems and Strategies I
  • Introduction to Urban and Regional Studies
  • Applied Physics in Architecture II
  • Design Entrepreneurship Workshop

ENCOUNTERS
Design Studio in third year deals with an exploration of building systems and materials, and also with the challenge of working within existing built contexts. You’ll strengthen this work by broadening your knowledge of structures and environmental technologies. In your Architecture History and Theory coursework, meanwhile, you will experience a global approach to architecture, with a survey of architecture across centuries and cultures.

 

For the next two years, you will continue your practical experience by having the chance participate in our international internship program, and to work directly with leading architects and designers in the field.

1st Semester

Design Studio V: Technique
Construction Systems and Applications II
Architecture History and Theory I
Structural Types II
Urban Strategies I
Experimentations Workshop II

2nd Semester

  • Design Studio VI: The Existing
  • Structural Calculations II
  • Environmental Systems and Strategies II
  • Constructions Systems and Applications III
  • Architecture History and Theory II
  • Design Entrepreneurship Workshop II

ENGAGEMENTS
With your shift to the Madrid campus, your studies will increasingly come to focus on the city as a central element of study. Design Studio will deal with collective housing in the urban context, and with the role of architecture on the scale of the broader territory. This work will be linked with real-world global challenges, as part of the IE Module. Urban Management and Urban Strategies will complement this focus.

 

During your fourth year you will also have a chance to learn the latest digital technologies and continue to deepen your understanding of building structures and foundations. In Architecture History, meanwhile, you will analyze, appreciate, and evaluate the development of modern architecture from the Enlightenment to the present day.

1st Semester

  • Design Studio VII: Aggregation
  • IE Module – Ethics
  • Professional Deontology
  • Construction Systems and Applications IV
  • Architecture History and Theory III
  • Urban Management
    Experimentation Workshop III

2nd Semester

  • Design Studio VIII: Territory
  • Advanced Architectural Graphics
  • Advanced Structures and Foundations
  • Architecture History and Theory IV
  • Urban Strategies II
  • Design Entrepreneurship Workshop III

APPLICATIONS
In your final year in the bachelor degree, you will begin by exploring the broad range of areas in which architects can apply their skills, through our unique one-class-at-a-time Alternative Practices sequence, in which students participate in a series of short design workshops, each focusing on a different area of expertise, such as Landscape and Environment, The City, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Design, or Digital Studies.

 

In second semester, you will undertake a complex and comprehensive architectural project, with special emphasis on real-world challenges and building constraints. The second semester also features the Capstone Project, an individually-driven research project that serves as a culmination of your academic and intellectual experience. You will follow your own area of interest in architecture, and will work with a faculty advisor to develop research on that topic.

1st Semester

Alternative Practices:

Landscape and Environment
Digital Studies
Management and Entrepreneurship
Design
Urban Infrastructure

2nd Semester

  • Design Studio IX: Synthesis
  • Advanced Technical Studies
  • Capstone Project

Note: this information is subject to change. Please contact the Admissions Department for the updated curriculum.

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