ie MADes students will split their time between Madrid, seen here, and Barcelona
The field of architecture has undergone more shifts in the last decade than perhaps in the entirety of its history. The post-9/11 world --- and now, perhaps, the post-Tahrir world --- has brought with it numerous global challenges that architecture has been forced to grapple with. These challenges are, of course, not always reducible to mere design terms, and so architects must rethink their course of action. In attempting to do so, they must reformulate their praxis in two key aspects: sharpen their professional skill set, vis-a-vis a continued engagement with new, expanding technological systems; and hone their knowledge of the cultural substrate that underly the rapid shifts and complex problems facing architectural design today.
This is the mission that the newly established IE Master in Architectural Design program has set before it. The ie MADes is a post-professional full-time program that seeks to extend architectural design and practice across all arenas of contemporary life. The unique curriculum covers a lot of ground in the 1 year needed to complete the degree, drawing pertinent studies and resources from the IE University and IE Business School that flesh out issues of urbanism, management, and entrepreneurship, among others.
A faculty composed of distinguished Spanish and international architects/tutors actively working throughout the world will inject the architectural study with a global and interdisciplinary focus not found in many architecture schools. The program will be presided over by a panel of academic advisors, including Stan Allen, Josep Lluís Mateo, Lu Wenyu, and Sarah Whiting (see full list of advisors below), who are responsible for the leading research and work currently being done in the profession.
The curriculum will unfold with rotations in both Madrid and Barcelona, giving students the chance to absorb the cultural, architectural, and urbanistic lessons each city has to offer. During the school year, outlets for discussion and debate will take the form of Open Lectures and Conversation series, bringing together students, tutors, lecturers, critics, specialists, activists, and even the general public to reflect on matters of architectural culture and production. This is just one of many ways students are prepared to "exercise their profession" in the immediate future.
IE Master of Architectural Design
Who should apply?
Architects at the beginning of their professional careers who wish to lead or play a prominent role in multidisciplinary teams working on architectural and urban design.
Architects looking for a significant reorientation in their praxis and skills.
Architects seeking to develop and lead their own
Building and Energy Technologies
Jorge García de la Cámara
Iñaki Ábalos (Abalos + Sentkiewicz Architects, Madrid/Cambridge MA)
Stan Allen (Stan Allen Architects, New York)
Branko Kolarevic (Faculty of Environment Design, University of Calgary)
Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai Architects, Mumbai)
Josep Lluís Mateo (Mateoarquitectura, Barcelona/Zurich)
Agustí Obiol (Bomainpasa, Barcelona/Madrid)
Michael Speaks (College of Design University of Kentucky, Lexington KY)
Lu Wenyu (Amateur Architecture Studio, Hangzhou)
Sarah Whiting (School of Architecture Rice University, Houston TX)