It is quite controversial that in general terms 80% of architects are entrepreneurs. This potentially could be the highest share in comparison to other professions. Yet if you think about it, it is still true that architects don’t receive special training in managerial skills & that the market is already is prepared for an evolution. IE School of Architecture & Design is keen in being at the edge of this reinvention. In 2010 IE was ready to launch its unique Master in Architectural Management & Design, a blended format program that combines online & onsite periods taking place in Madrid & London in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. Since then IE has been leading debates with top practitioners worldwide about bridging the gap between management & design.
Great leaders such as OMA, SCB, Aedas, Zaha Hadid, SOM, Foster & Partners are part of the structure of the master program, among others top tier global practices in a module called “The Architect’s Backstage” (brief video below). Each one of these practices excels in coupling their management and design strategies and share with students their experience in the necessary back office work to achieve outstanding design. IE School of Architecture & Design started an unexpected shift in education that has been recognized by the Design Intelligence Report of 2010 where it is ranked as “Hidden Gem of Global Architecture” (among few non-US schools to receive mention).
More after the break.
Now the School is celebrating the Mini Venture Lab Challenge, which is for those that are somehow already bridging management & design in their practices. Those entering the challenge have the mission to compete by a 3 minute video of their “elevator-pitch” about a business idea that they want to develop in the architectural field. The competition is open until August 6th, 2012 & gives the opportunity to qualify for a scholarship of up to 8 050€ applicable to the tuition fees of the Master in Architectural Management & Design. To read all about it, follow this link to the competition’s website.
Scoop on the master class:
The first intake of the Master in Architectural Management & Design was celebrated on February 2011. It was a diverse group of architects from countries such as Germany, Canada, Colombia, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, UK, Russia, Syria, and Uruguay. The second intake, celebrated on February of this year kicked off with 15 different countries represented by nationalities & 7 additional countries are represented by residence. This means that in the class of 18 students, 22 markets are being present. These countries are USA, Venezuela, Brazil, UK, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Jordan, Syria, UAE, Azerbaijan, Russia, India, and Australia, among others. Students in average are 30 years old & have 5 years of work experience.