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Renowned international architects focus on sustainability at IE University

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IE School of Architecture & Design began the month with a new edition of its architectural integration workshops. Aimed at the School’s undergraduate students, these workshops aim to combine the technical knowledge acquired in the classroom with the realities of the profession through lectures given by renowned international architects. In this 2017 edition, participants in the workshops included architects like Michael Murphy from the Boston-based MASS Design Group, Silvia Fuster and Evan Bennet founders of VAMOS Architects based in New York, and the award-winning architect and urbanist Markus Jatsch, partner of London-based firm Martha Schwartz Partners.

“More than ever before, architects must now work on multiple levels, taking into consideration urban context as well as the architecture of the building itself, not forgetting its environmental impact,” explains David Goodman, Director of the Bachelor in Architecture of IE School of Architecture & Design. “These workshops enable our students to make the connection between these different dimensions of architecture to develop a new vision and key skills of the architectural process, while getting to know more about the realities of the profession first hand from brilliant international experts.”

The four world famous architects also participated in a round table that formed part of the “On Stewardship” workshop series organized by IE School of Architecture and Design, held at IE’s Segovia campus. The experts presented their vision of their profession and unveiled some of their current architectural projects underway in different parts of the world. The projects all have a special focus on innovation, sustainability and respect for the environment. The event was attended by Martha Thorne, the Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, and David Goodman, the Director of the Bachelor of Architecture.

Many experts agree that 21st century architecture should be more efficient, sustainable and innovative. Hence IE University has organized the “On Stewardship” series, with talks held on both the Madrid and Segovia Campuses by experts like Belinda Tato, Co-Founder of Ecosistema Urbano, Angela Brady, an Irish architect and former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and German engineers Matthias Shuler and Anja Thierfelder, promoters of Transsolar, whose exhibition “Lightscapes” was greatly admired in the 2016 edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture.