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PhD. José Vela, professor of IE University’s Bachelor in Architecture, just published in the English magazine Architecture and Culture – directed by Igea Troiani – an article under the name of “Live Adventures – and Misadventures – of Style: The Discipline of Architecture”.

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Professor Vela has also been named member of the Editorial Board for a book collection in Cambridge Scholar Publishing:



The second edition of the Yin Yang Project, promoted by Segovia’s Council, the American Hardwood Export council (AHEC) with the participation of Bachelor in Architecture students

The Casa de la Moneda hosted a wood construction of the Yin Yang project, assembled by IE University students under the guidance of professors Ruth Vega and Fermín Blanco.

Yin Yang Project is a learning project based on the use of wood as a building material that takes its name from the double complimentary vision that all nature elements have, according to Taoist philosophy. “All positive has a negative that, at the same time, is its complement”; following this rule the project is divided in two complimentary structures, developed with the educational Lupo System. The results are two actions: a “positive” one with a replica of Segovia’s Roman aqueduct and other “negative” called the Maze. Both structures were brought together in the old stamping room in the Casa de la Moneda, in an exhibit that encouraged the spectator come in to the maze and help build the aqueduct.



This is the second work of the Yin Yang Project, thanks to Segovia’s Council, American Hardwood Export Council and IE University collaboration. The design and building of this edition was done by twenty of IE University’s Architecture students, with the mentoring of professors Ruth Vega and Fermín Blanco, the mind behind the Lupo system with which the project was done. You can see a timelapse of last year’s construction here

The opening ceremony was attended by Claudia de Santos, Heritage Councillor; David Goodman, Director of the Bachelor in Architecture at IE University; Carlos Kasner of the AHEC and IE University professors Ruth Vega and Fermín Blanco.

Students: Carolina Borreguero, Mirima del Pozo, Víctor Esquivel, Javier Gallardo, Oscar Herrero, Mario López, María Lucas, Pedro Nadal, Andrea Ovando, Rafael Sanz, Susana Suárez, Jacobo Mingorance, Enrique Agudo, Letizia Caprile, Alejandro Díaz, Josephine Elizabeth Gillard, Virginia Junquera, Tunisha Kapadia, Álvaro Federico Menéndez y Elis Misirli.

Wood Aqueduct

The first part of this project took place in the Hay Festival 2012, consisting in the construction of a wooden Aqueduct of more than 3m tall. IE University students and Segovia’s neighbors built an aqueduct made out of US-sourced tulipwood next to the monument. After the festival, it was dismantled in 336 blocks that were moved by a human chain of students and 300 citizens from the Azoguejo Plaza to the Casa de los Picos, where they formed part of the new visual art-work called La Esponja.




Written on May 12, 2014 by fayeharrison in Sin categoría

The central cloisters of Segovia’s IE University Campus were recently converted into a big architecture studio. The students showed the projects they have been working on all year and shared them with the rest of the students on campus , as well as submitting them to the evaluation of the professors. It was one big open day for architecture, as any visitant to the campus was able to check out the progress of the students and attend an open lecture.

During the same event, IE University welcomed a lecture by Ireland based American innovative architect, Merritz Bucholz, titled  “Process Interaction: The guidance of Architectural Form”. This lecture takes part in the “Encounters” cycle, all over the year. It analyzes all the ways in which an architect can consider a project and all the different alternatives they have to unchain the creative process.

Until this moment, the cycle had lectures from journalist and cinematographer Oskar Alegría; professor and ETH Zurich researcher Toni Kotnik, and Elia Zenghelis, big names in architecture within Europe.






Written on May 12, 2014 by fayeharrison in Sin categoría

IE University labs offer students the chance to develop unique practical skills, get interdisciplinary knowledge and work in challenging projects. One of these labs coming strong is the Architecture lab, named d-Lab, where 12 students of the Bachelor in Architecture are working already in real projects mentored by expert professors in different areas. The coordinator is Professor Romina Canna that assures “d-Lab is an initiative to offer students the chance to work with real clients and problems, allowing them the unique opportunity of getting professional experience. This lab is an ideal space where we can shorten the distance between the exercise and the learning of the trade.”

Canna also says that “thanks to this space and to a very early stage on their career, the students can submerge themselves in all the project’s phases, absorbing directly the implications derived from working in assignments of very different scale and requirements.” The d-Lab has now four clients, both institutional and private, in projects that go from an object design to urban design.

In IE university labs, the students can work in direct collaboration with enterprises and, also, begin building their own business from the university, mentored constantly by their professors. The open labs at IE go from areas such as sports or marketing to psychology, communication, law or social projects.

Check out the IEU Labs group on Facebook to keep up to date with what is happening!

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his sustainable architecture model and his humanitarian work.

The Hyatt Foundation announced in Chicago that the 2014 edition of the Pritzker Price would go to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The jury for the prize, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Architecture, underscored Shigeru Ban’s humanitarian work, which includes architechtonic solutions for disaster areas.

In March of 2013 Shigeru Ban inaugurated the only project he has ever undertaken in Spain, the Paper Pavilion situated in the gardens of the IE Business School campus in Madrid, built in collaboration with IE University students of architecture. The Pavilion comprises a unique structure made up of 173 paper tubes held together by wooden joints that rest on paper columns. The construction took only 12 weeks to erect and was designed in accordance with criteria that included sustainability and efficiency, and the condition that it would be a temporary structure. It is a multipurpose space used for executive education activities, as well as serving as the backdrop for key events like the ELLE Talks, organized by IE in collaboration with ELLE magazine.

“The whole IE community is in celebratory mode about the news that Shigeru Ban has received the prize, which he so richly deserves”, says Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University. “Shigeru Ban is a reference for relations and dialogue between east and west, and the integration between tradition and modernity. IE shares his commitment to sustainability and his aim of using architecture to improve society.”

Shigeru Ban also took part in Hay Festival Segovia 2010 as IE University’s guest, sharing his architechtonic projects with festival visitors.

Shigeru Ban’s most famous projects are the Pompidou – Metz Center, Metz, France (2009); Metal Shutter House, New York, (2009); Takatori Church, Kobe, Japan (2007); and the Japanese Pavilion at Hannover World Exhibition Expo 2000. Shigeru Ban was Time Magazine’s Innovator of the Year in 2001.

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Martha Thorne, Vice-Dean of External Relations for the School of Architecture of IE University and Executive Director of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, will give on next Sunday, may 11th a master class to the graduates of the School of Architecture of the Syracuse University (NYC, USA).

The Syracuse University, founded on 1870, has more than 11.000 inscribed students and 4.000 post-graduate students. It is one of the most important research universities in the USA, and has people from more than 100 countries. It is, also, one fo the 56 universities chosen for research by the Association of American Universities.

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Martha Thorne

Martha Thorne is currently Associate Dean for External Relations at IE School of Architecture & Design. She is also the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the “Nobel for architecture”  a position she has occupied since 2005. She served as Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2005. She is the editor and author of several books, including, Skyscrapers: the New MillenniumThe Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias. Ms. Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.


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BOOT CAMP for first year students

Written on September 23, 2012 by Anna Mestre in Sin categoría

A Boot Camp has taken place for 1st year students, to help them understand Projection, the basic tool of architectural expression.   Roberto Molinos, our Architectural Geometry lecturer has tried to teach to appreciate, use, play and share the basic application of Geometric Projection in a way linked to first semester courses: Idea & Form I, Architectural Geometry I, Architectural Geometry I, Mathematical Foundations I…



Presentation of the ACADEMIC YEAR for first year students

Written on September 21, 2012 by Anna Mestre in Sin categoría

First year students were presented the contents of the subjects they will be taught on the first and second semester, during a meeting with David Goodman and their teachers. Each subject was presented and syllabus were handed out. They were also introduced to the software they will be able to manage by the end of this course.


Pedro Nadal, second year student, is developing his internship in MIAS, Barcelona. He has been collaborating in fabricating the model of the latest of Josep Miàs project: the iGuzzini Headquarters in Barcelona, which has been awarded Building of the 2011 Year. The model is now being displayed in the 35+ exhibition, in Madrid. Pedro Nadal has also collaborated in the 3D-modelling of the Portes de Collserola competition.


Ignacio del Pozo’s internship in BOMAINPASA

Written on June 13, 2012 by Anna Mestre in Sin categoría

Ignacio del Pozo, third year student, has been collaborating in the design and drawing of the structure of different projects during his internship in BOMAINPASA, aStructures Consultancy. The image below shows his modelling of Andrés Jaque’s Services Structure for Events in Matadero, Madrid. They are large-span mobile structures with sound amplifying systems, stage lighting and audiovisual projection systems, which serve as auxiliary structures for any public performance. Ignacio´s task was to simplify the architectural model, taking only the structural axis, to ease its study using a calculating program.

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