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A unique Bachelor in Architectural Studies

The study plan for the Bachelor in Architectural Studies at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in Architectural Studies aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in Architectural Studies will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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Bachelor in Architectural Studies Study Plan

YEAR 1

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO 1: IDEA AND FORM
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION 1
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE 1
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURE HISTORIES AND CONTEXTS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO 2: FORM AND MATERIAL
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION 2
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY 1
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED PHYSICS IN ARCHITECTURE 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

ANUAL

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DIGITAL TOOLS AND OPERATIONS
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 2

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE 2
Type Core
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY 2
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 3: EXPERIENCE
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
EXPERIMENTATION WORKSHOP 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES 1
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
STRUCTURAL TYPES AND CALCULATION 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 4: PROGRAM
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED PHYSICS IN ARCHITECTURE 2
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
INTRODUCTION TO URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 3

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 5: TECHNIQUE
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
URBAN STRATEGIES 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
EXPERIMENTATION WORKSHOP 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 6: THE EXISTING
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS 3
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
STRUCTURAL TYPES AND CALCULATION 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 4

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Global Challenge
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Professional Practice
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
Architecture History and Theory 3
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
Construction Systems and Applications 4
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
Design Studio 7: Aggregation
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
Urban Management
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Architecture History and Theory 4
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
Advanced Structures and Foundations
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
Design Studio 8: Territorry
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
Urban Strategies 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
Design Entrepreneurship Workshop 3
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
Advanced Architectural Geometry
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 5

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Alternative Practices: Landscape and Environment
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Alternative Practices: Reserarch
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Alternative Practices: Digital Studies
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Alternative Practices: Design
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Alternative Practices: The city
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Design Studio 9: Sinthesis
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 15
Syllabus
Advanced Technical Studies
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus
Capstone Project
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Components
Credits
Basic Courses
66
Core Courses
228
Final Projects
6
Credits needed to graduate
300

*This study plan may be subject to change.

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THE JOURNEY TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES IN A NUTSHELL

First Year

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.

Second Year

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.

Third Year

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.

Fourth Year

In the fouth year, 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 Impact. 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.

Fifth Year: 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.

COMPETENCES

GENERAL COMPETENCES

  • Possess knowledge of the history and theories of architecture as well as the history and theories of art, technology and social science related to architecture.
  • Possess knowledge of the role of the fine arts as an influential factor in the quality of architectural design.
  • Possess knowledge of urban planning and techniques applied to the planning process.
  • Understand the structural design, construction and engineering problems of construction projects as well as the techniques used to solve them.
  • Gain knowledge of the physical problems that arise with regard to buildings, as well as the different technologies they use and the purposes they serve, in order to ensure that buildings are comfortable and protected against the elements.
  • Possess knowledge of industries, organizations, regulations and procedures in order to successfully complete construction projects and to incorporate building plans into planning processes.
  • Understand the relationships between people and buildings and between buildings and their surrounding environment, as well as the need to connect buildings with the spaces surrounding them as a function of needs and on the human scale.
  • Possess knowledge of the role of entrepreneurship and management in completing architectural and design projects.
  • Understand the different job opportunities available for architects and the application of architectural tools to different related disciplines.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • Ability to apply graphic knowledge to the representation of spaces and objects.
  • Ability to create and represent objects’ visual features and to master proportions and design techniques, including computer techniques.
  • Sufficient knowledge of spatial representation systems applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of shape analysis, shape theory and the laws of visual perception applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of metric and projective geometry applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the graphic surveying techniques used during all stages of the process, from hand-drawn notes to scientific reconstruction, applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the principles of classical mechanics, statics, mass point geometry, and vector and tensor fields applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the principles of thermodynamics, acoustics and optics applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, electricity and electromagnetism applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the fundamentals of topography, hypsometry, cartography and land modification techniques applied to architecture and urban planning.
  • Applied knowledge of calculus, analytic and differential geometry and algebra.
  • Ability to devise, calculate, design and build foundations, incorporating them into buildings and urban complexes.
  • Ability to apply technical standards and building codes.
  • Ability to conserve building structures, foundations and civil engineering work.
  • Ability to conserve completed construction work.
  • Ability to evaluate construction work.
  • Ability to devise, calculate, design and build structural elements, incorporating them into buildings and urban complexes.
  • Ability to devise, calculate, design and build internal partitioning systems, carpentry work, staircases and other finishing work, incorporating them into buildings and urban complexes.
  • Ability to devise, calculate, design and build building envelope, roofing and other building shell work, incorporating them into buildings and urban complexes.
  • Ability to devise, calculate, design and build utilities, sewage treatment and heating and air conditioning plumbing installations, incorporating them into buildings and urban complexes.
  • Ability to conserve building shell work.
  • Ability to design transformative building- and urban-level electrical utilities and audiovisual communication, acoustic conditioning and artificial lighting installations.
  • Ability to conserve installations.
  • Sufficient knowledge of solid, continuous media and soil mechanics, along with the plasticity, elasticity and resistance of heavy construction materials.
  • Sufficient knowledge of conventional construction systems and their weaknesses.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of construction materials in terms of their manufacture, diagnosing problems with them and their use.
  • Sufficient knowledge of industrialized construction systems.
  • Knowledge of professional ethics, professional associations, the structure of the profession and civil liability.
  • Knowledge of administrative, management and professional certification processes.
  • Knowledge of how architectural firms are organized.
  • Knowledge of measurement, evaluation and expert appraisal methods.
  • Knowledge of on-site health and safety planning.
  • Knowledge of real estate management.
  • Ability to overcome architectural barriers.
  • Ability to address challengers related to implementing passive environmental conditioning, including thermal and sound insulation, climate control, energy performance and natural lighting.
  • Ability to catalog constructed and urban assets and to plan their protection.
  • Ability to design, implement and develop basic and final designs, drafts and preliminary plans.
  • Ability to design, implement and execute urban development projects.
  • Ability to design, implement and carry out construction project management.
  • Ability to create functional programs for buildings and urban spaces.
  • Ability to carry out interventions on heritage buildings, conserving, restoring and rehabilitating them.
  • Ability to exercise critical architectural judgment.
  • Ability to conduct safety, evacuation and building protection projects.
  • Ability to draft civil engineering projects.
  • Ability to design and conduct urban construction projects as well as urbanization, gardening and landscaping projects.
  • Ability to apply standards and municipal bylaws.
  • Ability to conduct environmental, landscaping and environmental impact mitigation studies.
  • Sufficient knowledge of general shape and composition theories as well as architectural styles.
  • Sufficient knowledge of general architectural history.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the methods used to study symbolization processes, practical functions and ergonomics.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the methods used to study social needs, quality of life, habitability and basic housing programs.
  • Sufficient knowledge of environmental protection, sustainability and energy-efficient and green design principles.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Western architectural, urban planning and landscaping traditions as well as their technical, climactic, economic, social and ideological foundations.
  • Sufficient knowledge of aesthetics as well as the history and theory of fine arts and the applied arts.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the relationship between cultural patterns and architects’ social responsibilities.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the fundamentals of vernacular architecture.
  • Sufficient knowledge of urban sociology, theory, economics and history.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the methodological bases of urban, regional and metropolitan planning.
  • Knowledge of civil, administrative and urban planning regulations; building codes and sector-specific regulations relevant for working as a professional architect.
  • Knowledge of viability analysis and supervising and coordinating integrated projects.
  • Knowledge of real estate appraisal.
  • Knowledge of the tools used to create and manage urban plans at all levels.

TRANSVERSAL COMPETENCES

  • Identify the main cultural identity traits that characterize today’s world by understanding the most significant cultural moments throughout history.
  • Behave professionally in accordance with the core principles and ethics of the profession.
  • Manage unforeseen situations by being able to adapt to organizational changes.
  • Use knowledge of the discipline to analyze and evaluate current situations.
  • Form a part of interdisciplinary and multicultural teams to achieve shared goals in a diverse environment.
  • Work actively in an international context.

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