Programme

What to expect from us

The educational concept of this Master program is unique; education in concurrency with employment in a professional practice. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to their professional formation as urban designers. Additionally, the Academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders. Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines, but all with a strong relation to practice.

The Design Studio is the heart of the master program. In the studio students are trained to apply all kinds of skills and methods towards ever more convincing design proposals for complex spatial problems. The studio assignments are invariably related to the complexity of contemporary societies and will engage social, cultural, political, economic and technological parameters.

What do we expect from you

Students are required to find a job in a design firm and work minimum 20 hours a week. Progress will be evaluated through a series of portfolio assessments. If you are unable to find a suitable position in an architectural firm or urban design practice, the Academy will offer alternative practice research studios, where you can engage in practical work for a diverse range of clients.

This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to his professional formation as architects or urban designers.

First year: Design Essentials

Students enter the Academy with a bachelor degree obtained from a range of different schools, disciplines and cultural and professional backgrounds. That is the reason for the first year program to be fully dedicated to developing a designer attitude towards the world around us. The studio program ‘Design essentials’ is supported by a range of skill-based trainings and a theory program on architecture and urban design, economy, sustainable design and art history. Students learning outcomes will be assessed on the basis of portfolios.

Second and third year

Second and third year: Design Practice.

Fourth year graduation studio

Fourth year graduation studio: Design Thinking.