Architect of the Year Awards

Written on November 21, 2011 by Mariana Romero in News

Last Tuesday 15th of November BD magazine celebrated the Architect of the Year Awards (AYA). IE School of Architecture & Design sponsored the “Class of 2011″ award which was aimed at the best recent graduates from UK. The award was given to Cara Shields from University of Strathclyde, by Juan Lago-Novas, Director of Master in Architectural Management & Design. The award consists of a scholarship applicable to the next edition of the master program starting February 2012. It was a though race, the “Class of 2011” gathered amazing candidates. Cara won the selection based on the personal interview and the social commitment of her project.

It was an outstanding event, gathering top architectural practices from UK. IE School of Architecture & Design was fortunate to be the only school present. Thanks once more to the team at BD & the participation of all candidates. We look forward to welcoming Cara to IE!

Click here to see the AYA finalists & here to see the Class of 2011 finalists.


At Hong Kong: Marketing your design, not your ego

Written on November 10, 2011 by Mariana Romero in News

Near 10 535 km away from home, IE School of Architecture & Design will address a group of local architects & designers in Hong Kong. Next Monday 14th of November, Prof. Juan Lago will give a workshop to local architects about “Marketing your design & not your ego” for near 4 hours. This topic is one of the essentials of the master program, covered from day 1, however more intensively seen over Module 2 of the master named: “The Architect as a Business Person”. The workshop will be given thank to our friends at the InnoCentre, a hub for design and innovation in Hong Kong. We think amazing things can happen in this cross-cultural interaction, with one thing in common among cultures: the drive for architectural excellence.

Here is a brief of the session:

This workshop will give students an understanding how branding, marketing and communications can assist  design offices to meet their design and commercial goals.  It looks at the tools that are available to professionals to communicate with their market place and how these should be used to respond to the very specific needs of the professional firm. It looks at the relationship between the market, the marketing process and the architectural strategies that particular firms may wish to pursue.


Mind the Gap! at the Van Alen Institute, NY

Written on October 11, 2011 by Mariana Romero in News

Last Wednesday, October 5th, IE School of Architecture & Desgin held a great debate about the gaps between what is needed for the success of an architecture practice and what is thought normally at school. IE intends to address these gaps, as more than design skills are essential to thrive. With the help of the Van Alen Institute, the debate included leading local architects, academics and media organizations in New York. IE was represented by Javier Quintana – Dean of IE School of Architecture, Martha Thorne – Associate Dean of IE – Executive Director of the Pritzker Price, Juan Lago – Academic Director of the Master in Architectural Management & Design, Jose María Churtichaga – Associate Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design.

It was a HUGE success! Thanks to our friends at the Van Alen Institute!

Photos from the event are at the below link – password is IE (note that it may give you an error the first time you try the password, so try a second time and you should get in).



A day of a student

Written on September 13, 2011 by Mariana Romero in News

Managing your personal agenda, (with colleagues located overseas), is one of the challenges students engage in within their master program.  Stef Claes, a current student of the master, shares how he takes up this test. Take a look at his “A day of a student” premier and his feedback of the program’s dynamic below.

“The one-of-a-kind program forms the perfect link between my training as a design-based architect and my future career ambition to become a leader in the architectural discipline. The international composition of the student body creates an inspiring educational energy in addition to having access to world-renowned academics. I found the combination of online sessions with on-site periods to be truly unique. The format of online interaction between professors and students makes the year at IE all the more enriching. The master program more than met my expectations.” – Stef Claes, Belgium

Special thanks to Stef!


Ready for the 2012 Architect’s Backstage Lecture Series

Written on July 11, 2011 by Mariana Romero in News

As you know, the Master in Architectural Management & Design celebrated its launch with a keynote given by Andrew Phillips, Director at David Chipperfield Architects, that described the key factors for a successful interface between the architect studio and its customer. As he underlines “great buildings are due to the result of the implication and motivation of all the stakeholders in a same project, clients, manufacturers and the proper design team.” David Chipperfield Architects is one of the top architectural practices involved in a specific module in the master called “The Architect’s Backstage,” where students have the chance to understand the back office work of outstanding architectural practices that make them case studies of success in design and management. We are honored to share with you the list of the terrific guest speakers of the Architect’s Backstage for the class of 2012 starting next February:

  1. Jason Pomeroy > Broadway Malyan (www.broadwaymalyan.com)
  2. Peter Oborn > AEDAS (www.aedas.com)
  3. Duncan Swinhoe > GENSLER (www.gensler.com)
  4. Victor van der Chijs > OMA (www.oma.eu)
  5. Andrew Phillips > Davic Chipperfield Architects (www.davidchipperfield.co.uk)
  6. Ted Strand > Solomon Cordwell Buenz (www.scb.com)
  7. Manon Janssens > Zaha Hadid (www.zaha-hadid.com)
  8. Kristine K. Fallon > Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. (www.kfa-inc.com)
  9. Robert Greenwood > Snøhetta (www.snoarc.no)
  10. Ross Wimer > SOM (www.som.com)
  11. Richard Mateu > Foster and Partners (www.fosterandpartners.com)
  12. Paul Davis > Paul Davis + Partners (www.pauldavisandpartners.com)

The Master in Architectural Management & Design program, first of its kind to bridge advanced design and business management, run by IE School of Architecture. The master started this 31st of January with a keynote conference on customer relationship by Andrew Phillips Director at David Chipperfield Architects.

A group of architects representing 10 different nationalities embark on an educational journey in the quest to bridge management & design. The countries represented in the class are Germany, Canada, Colombia, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, UK, Russia, Syria, and Uruguay. The 2011 class is getting ready for their onsite period in London this summer. They will embark on the third module of the master that addresses the design implications of business strategies through practical exercises. It also provides advanced design skills and state-of-the-art software knowledge to be applied in a multidisciplinary integrated practice. In London, as part of the Architect’s Backstage series, students will have lectures with architects representing top practices such as Foster and Partners, AEDAS, Broadway Malyan, GENSLER & Zaha Hadid Architects. Each one of these practices excels in coupling their management and design strategies and will share with students their experience in the necessary back office work to achieve outstanding design. 

To read more about the 2011 class click here.

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