The Master of Architecture trains competent architects who are capable of creating consistent architectural designs and monitoring their correct execution.
The concurrent formula is essential for training competent architects. Simultaneous studying and working in professional practice provides students with the experiential learning that is essential for professional development. Practical experience enables students to assess the relevance of their education and conversely, the programme provides students with a critical eye towards the quality of their own work and working environment. This double reflection involves students asking themselves two questions: ‘How do my studies contribute to my professional practice?’ and ‘How does my professional practice contribute to my studies?’ This reflection, as part of the programme, will lead to greater professional development of the individual student. This is how students will be able to continually reflect on the form and content of their professional experience, both within the programme and in professional practice. The combination of work and study and the interaction between the two, will provide an inspiring and stimulating form of education, which the programme views as a core quality. Finally, the simultaneous nature of work and study contributes to fast and intense development.
Architectural design is and remains the core of the architectural profession. The design is not only of the building itself but also includes the embedding of the building in its spatial and social environment. The architect’s social responsibility is expressed explicitly in this. The challenge for the coming decades does not primarily involve the erection of new buildings (‘the Netherlands is full’), but rather the change tasks of buildings (repurposing) and in designing socially safe outdoor spaces in relation to changes in function and use. It is therefore important that architects, in addition to their design skills, are also able to play a role – preferably at an early stage – in the spatial change processes that are underway. Architects must be able to sense the professional, cultural and social developments at play in order to respond to them effectively.
The professional field and the professional practice of architects have been changing in recent years. New technologies are transforming design processes and require that architects become a one-man design team. This one-man design team must be able to manage complex processes with a clear spatial vision while also paying attention to the details. Good solutions to spatial issues require a creative mind, a talent for spatial design and sound knowledge of construction processes and regulations. The technical knowledge of an architect is important, however, the unique, spatial quality of the design is the decisive factor. People and space Architects trained at ArtEZ know that a person, both in body and mind, occupies and responds to a space in many ways. They know how to compose spaces and what resources may be deployed. This skill impacts the very core of the architectural profession: the relationship between person and space.