**This article is sponsored by the Barcelona Institute of Architecture.
Good design is more than ever a key social and cultural asset. In order to provide students and practitioners with the tools needed to direct activity in the challenging context of the current professional climate, a new center for research, practice, and dissemination of contemporary architecture has recently opened in the city of Barcelona. The Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) is positioned to become an international referent for architecture, particularly with the launch of its post-professional Master’s degree program, the MBIArch, directed at architects that want to develop higher levels of conceptual, design and practical skills.
CURRICULUM: Through an innovative, highly demanding interdisciplinary curriculum that covers Architectural Design, Digital Media, Urban & Territorial Studies, Energy & Building Technologies, as well as History, Theory, and Criticism, the MBIArch bridges professional training, critical analysis and practical know-how, combining theory, case studies, fieldwork and studio production.
FOCUS: The MBIArch addresses a series of crucial concerns for architecture as a field of study and action: turning away from excessive formal gestures, back to the essential qualities of material and structural balance and efficiency; promoting reflection through actual design and hands-on studio production; rethinking sustainability and pushing forward new environmental, social and aesthetic sensibilities. Like the Institute, the program has a strong local foothold and a global perspective, and deals with spatial issues ranging from the small to the territorial scales.
NETWORK and SETTING: As an architectural institute for the twenty-first century, BIArch is linked to a worldwide network of institutions, dissemination platforms, and architectural experts. Barcelona, a global meeting point and a city with a rich architectural tradition and action-based discourse of its own, offers an ideal setting for the program, an environment that inspires design.
The MBIArch is a one-year, full-time program, taught in entirely in English. Full-tuition scholarships will be awarded by the Institute. The next application deadline is May 3rd. If you’re interested in receiving more information regarding next steps to applying, please fill out the following form, or go to www.biarch.eu.