Master of Advanced Studies UPM/ETH in Collective Housing (MCH), is a postgraduate full-time international professional program of advanced architecture design in cities and housing presented by Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). After thirteen editions, it is rated as the 3rd best architecture postgraduate program in the world, being the best architecture master’s program in Europe according to the Best Architecture Master’s Ranking 2020 (BAM). So you can imagine Architect-US excitement and deepest honor to collaborate with them!
Architect-US’ involvement will help MCH Alumni with finding a position in the American firm, the bureaucratic processes of the J1 Visa paperwork, medical insurance, and all the official documentation required by the State Department to legally work in the US.
Architects from all nations are trained to develop their expertise in these issues and have demonstrated a high professional level, making important contributions in research projects, winning competitions or taking leadership roles in the most relevant architecture firms.
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UPM and ETH join forces to offer the first UPM / ETH Diploma: “Master of Advanced Studies UPM/ETH in Collective Housing”. ETH Zurich, the most prestigious technology university in the world, signed in 2016 an agreement with UPM that officially recognizes MCH as one of its MAS programs, validating this master with the same recognition than existing further postgraduate courses offered at ETH Zurich. This agreement is based on the importance and commitment of MCH with excellence since its foundation in 2006, when it was offered for the first time at UPM Madrid.
The thorough selection process of architects and the intensive experience in Madrid create bonds that are meant to last in time. With the help of MCH Alumni, they contact participants of different editions to create the basis for research, knowledge, and opportunity sharing.
The reduced number of participants allows a close contact with professors as well, who are used to responding in a generous way, thus helping participants to increase their career improvement opportunities.
Occupation & Career Upgrade
One of their main goals is the job placement of their specialist professionals, who can address global problems and take important roles in the most relevant architecture offices, urban and landscape planning or make contributions in fields such as environmental science, emergency housing, or critique of architecture.
Architect-US and ETH Zurich / UPM all share the same values and perspective on how opportunities should be provided to the global architecture community, seamlessly and personalized are the two words that come to mind. Gone are the days of aimlessly applying to all the job positions that are online. Architecture is a community, and we should support one another by making sure that the correct firms are connected with the correct talent. It is with this goal of breaking down barriers and connecting the global community, that we all view this partnership as necessary to provide you with the ultimate experience when seeking to collaborate and inspire innovation in Architecture and Design.
The program consists of 600 hours (60 ECTS). Each credit is associated to 25 personal studying-working hours. Participants will develop their design skills through an intensive series of one-week workshops and complete their theoretical knowledge in specialty seminars.
In the past years, MCH has built a close relationship with great architects such as:
- Dietmar Eberle
- Felix Claus
- Anne Lacaton
- Frits van Dongen
- Anna Heringer
- Hrvoje Njiriç
- Juan Herreros
- Dick van Gameren
- Riken Yamamoto
- Cino Zucchi
- Jacob van Rijs
- Alejandro Aravena
- Andrea Deplazes
- Max Risselada
- Wiel Arets
All of these top notch architects are regular workshop leaders. It is the interaction between teachers and participants that generates the greatest results and production each year.
Professionals from all nations who have demonstrated a high professional level are trained in city dwelling specialties, learning new design strategies with an extremely practical approach and increasing their knowledge in the following specialization fields:
- Energy and Sustainability
- Housing Theory
- Construction & Technology
- Leadership, Processes & Entrepreneurship
- Urban design & Landscape
- Low-cost & Emergency Housing
- Sociology, Economy & Politics
- City Sciences
Cost & Scholarships
Although MCH doesn’t have a scholarship program, candidates are helped to find their best financial option. Check in their website the list of outside scholarship programs as well as scholarships’ agreements between MCH and several institutions. We’ll be listed there very soon too!
Here are the main facts:
- Tuition fee: 19.300€, to be paid prior to the beginning of the course.
- The price of the study trip (transport tickets, hotel reservations, visits and shuttle buses) is included in the tuition fee.
- Personal expenses: will not be covered in any case.
MCH is intended for qualified architects who have completed their Architecture University Studies with a Master’s Degree or equal level certificate. Next edition will start in March 2021, application period is opened until 10.02.2021 or till vacancies are filled. It takes place mainly in Madrid, from January until July with the submission of the Master’s Project in September. Classes are held every afternoon from 15.30 a 20.30 at the MCH Workspace, which is reserved for participants to develop their work during the rest of the day. A full-time dedication is strongly recommended.
MCH has always committed to the highest level of excellence combining teachers of international prestige and a thorough participant selection process in order to make the best out of this course.
In order to enroll the selection process, please submit your CV, portfolio, motivation letter and recommendation letters to firstname.lastname@example.org, through the online Application Form (here). The Academic Committee will evaluate it and will call you for a personal interview through Skype.
MCH – MAS Collective Housing
Avda. Juan Herrera, 4
28040, Madrid. Spain
Phone Office +34 913 364 222
Phone Manager +34 678 672 773
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