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IE Paper Pavilion

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

The Hyatt Foundation announced this week 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.


Visionizing Architecture

Written on April 1, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Get a life vision on architecture from three acknowledged architects within a short period of time, is a rare happening. The students of the IE Master in Architectural Management & Design can enjoy those insights on a regular basis. The Architect’s Backstage lecture series will enrich the students experience through direct exposure to leaders of top architecture practices who will explain their work underlining the necessary back office to achieve excellence in design.

Get a glimpse on what 3 renowned architects have to tell:

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If you would like to learn more about this part-time Master Degree, join the upcoming virtual conference on April 9 at 5pm (Madrid time, GMT+2).

The IE School of Architecture & Design offers two other Architecture Master Degrees: Master in Work Space Design and Master in Architectural Design.


Sustainable Architecture: IE´s Paper Pavilion

Written on March 28, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Last week Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was at IE Business School in Madrid for the official opening of his latest construction, a temporary pavilion made of 173 paper tubes.

The Pavilion is located in the grounds of IE’s Madrid campus and will be used to host executive education events and other activities. Ban has gained increasing recognition over the last two decades for his architectonic projects, not only because of his innovative use of materials but also for his commitment to humanitarian aid initiatives. Other participants in the event included Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University, Fernando Serrano-Súñer, the Spanish architect who headed the construction, Martha Thorne, Vice Dean for External Relations at IE School of Architecture, and Jaime de Jaraíz, Vice President of LG España.

“IE’s culture and Shigeru Ban’s work share a commitment to sustainability, the humanistic spirit, and the blending of multiple cultures,” said Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University. “The Pavilion opened here today will serve as a hub for the exchange of ideas in a place that is light, open, elegant and functional, while its ephemeral nature serves to remind us of the need for the permanent transformation of knowledge.”

Watch the inaugural speech from Shigeru Ban:

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The structural design is eminently efficient. It took only two weeks to build, is based on sustainability objectives, and there was a requirement that it be a temporary construction. It is made of 173 paper tubes held together by timber joints that rest on paper columns.

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Venice is New York!

Written on February 27, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE School of Architecture and Design’s Dean, Javier Quintana, gives us a quick tour of Venice as he draws a comparison between the Metropolitan Tower in New York and the Campanile in Piazza San Marco in Venice.

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This video was first published on The Other Side, the IE blog about the other side of the IE faculty.


Internships are one of those parts of your university experience which definitely shapes you. You gain your first impression on your future profession – and hopefully you´ll like it!

At IE University internships are encouraged during your studies and are embedded in the study plan of all degrees offered. Listen to Jaime, IE University Bachelor in Architecture student when he talks on how his internships at Zaha Hadid London and AEDES Berlin changed his views on architecture.

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Written on August 10, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Andy Bäcker – Professor IE School of Architecture

The profesor of  IE School of Architecture, Andy Bäcker is a finalist with a special mention in the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge, organized by UIT and Telefónica, in support of “International year for Sustainable Energy for All”.

The title of Bäcker´s project is “Sure”, it is a transparent, interactive, voluntary and fun certification system to help guide the way to become more sustainable. Applicable not only to companies but also to individuals (sustainable lifestyle), products, organizations, cities, and more, SURE! is a real-time scoring system to help spread local/international recognition for the efforts put in toward being sustainable.

Andy Bäcker has specialized in the field of sustainable design since the first year of his BA  studies in Architecture.  He received his degree from the University of Manchester in 1995. After completing his Master´s in Architecture at the University of Michigan in 1999, he started working for well known environmentalist, William McDonough. In 2003 he became Special Assistant to William McDonough and Communications Director at McDonough Consulting. During this time he worked on projects for Ford, IBM, GAP, Herman Miller, etc. In 2005 he founded AEBdESIGN in Bilbao offering services in sustainable design & consulting. He worked on projects for Harvard University, Guggenheim Foundation, ArcelorMittal, University of Libya, BBVA, IDOM, Labein, etc. In 2009 he founded Sustainable Reference, a company focused on helping jumpstart the transition to a green economy worldwide. He´s a LEED Accredited Professional since 2002, a collaborating professor at ESEUNE Business School since 2008 and an Associate Professor at IE since 2009.

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IE School of Architecture recognized by Design Intelligence

Written on November 9, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

In the annual ranking of America’s top Architecture and Design School, the well reputed publication Design Intelligence looks further beyond the US and is listing Unexpected Options. These are education options beyond what DI considers mainstream for their annual rankings.

About the IE School of Architecture they are writing:
“We’ve been watching this school for several years as they bring an entirely different model into play. Located in Madrid and Segovia, Spain, this school was started by the IE Business School, one of the top-rated business schools in the world. The faculty and administration have the resources to establish a tier-one global architecture and design school designed to strengthen professional practices. Based in a former monastery, the learning environment is high-tech and inspiring. Its core teaching language is English.”

This is the second mention of the IE School of Architecture as in 2010 it was claimed a Hidden Gem of Architecture education.


Design thinking – for MBA only!

Written on June 15, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The IE International MBA starts with an innovative, constantly changing module called LAUNCH. In past edition, students had to play basketball, talk like actors and develop their creative side guided by the Architecture Association of London.

In this year edition, the IE School of Architecture created a workshop related to Design Thinking. Enjoy the video!


The innovative master in management and design for architects is the world’s first postgraduate program to combine creativity and management – it now adds a third angle: technology!

IE University is using Toshiba’s Folio 100 to develop Spain’s first tablet-based academic program. The tablets play an integral role in the University’s Master in Architectural Management and Design (MAMD) program run by IE School of Architecture, with a student body comprised of ten nationalities. All students on the program have a Toshiba Folio100 which they use to communicate with their professors and among themselves, as well as to access practical cases and notes, and to work with different multimedia applications.
Toshiba’s Folio 100 is the only educational platform the student needs for this postgraduate master program, which means there is no need for traditional note-taking. All materials pertaining to the courses that make up the program can be kept on just one learning device.
At the start of the program each student received a Folio 100, using it from the outset to read practical case studies and recommended books, as well as to access the University’s online campus. They will also be using the device to follow video conferences and maintain constant lines of communication with professors and classmates during the online periods of the program. Read more…


Architectural Challenge: A Scholarship Competition

Written on December 13, 2010 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

As the previous post on the exciting launch of the Master in Architectural Management & Design caught your attention, here comes the good news of the Architectural Challenge Scholarship Competition. Details you will find using the link of the image and HURRY UP – the deadline is on January 1, 2011!

Good luck!

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