Ben van Berkel and Martha Thorne (UNStudio)

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UNStudio teams with Spanish university to offer first MBA for architects

27 February 2020 | By GCR Staff | 0 Comments

Dutch architect UNStudio will work with the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid to offer the world’s first masters degree in business for architecture and design (MBArch).

The programme will help architects and designers gain “knowledge and understanding of other fields in order to be effective across industries”.

The MBArch 2020 degree programme has already begun, with students from 15 countries taking part. The course combines online sessions, face-to-face classes in Amsterdam and Madrid, and a post-graduation trip to London.

Ben van Berkel, UNStudio’s founder, said: “We believe that the key to ‘future-proofing the future’ is knowledge.

“For the last decade, we have focused on expanding our understanding of trends and practice in architecture and beyond.”

Martha Thorne, IE School of Architecture and Design’s dean, said: “I can’t think of any other firm as forward-thinking and ideal for this collaboration.

“UNStudio and UNSense are exemplary in reorienting the profession to make real, positive impacts in our communities and cities.”

Image: Ben van Berkel and Martha Thorne (UNStudio)