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Máster en Arquitectura Madrid

Master's Degree in Architecture (Qualifying Degree) Madrid

The first school in Europe to achieve NAAB certification and RIBA validation. This facilitates students to practice the profession in the USA and UK.

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NAAB certification (Substantial Equivalency USA) and RIBA validation (Royal Institute of British Architects) facilitates you to practice architecture in the USA, Great Britain and the Commonwealth, respectively.

Villaviciosa de Odón 60 ECTS
Start: 12 sep. 2022 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
10 months School of Architecture, Engineering and Design - Madrid
Official degree

20% discount on the reservation fee for the 2022/23 programmes. Apply before june 30st, 2022.

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Why study a Master's Degree in Architecture at Universidad Europea?

An unique experience

Following current national and European legislation, our Master’s Degree in Architecture (Qualifying Degree) adopts a Learning By Doing method in which students will learn by practicing the profession.

  • You will be offered the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops, including workshops on technology, construction, urban planning, sustainability and advanced project design–all taught by renowned professional lecturers and doctors.
  • The programme will train you to become a global architect who will go on to work on projects that meet the needs of today’s society. This will include meeting today’s demanding technological requirements, which can only be achieved through horizontal working structures.
  • The Master’s Degree is defined by 3 areas of learning:
    • Innovation: intensive training and use of Digital Design, Digital Manufacturing in the FabLab and robotics as a new paradigm for production and thinking. The interactive and evolutionary possibilities of simulations made with parametric design, building information modelling, energy simulation–together with the benefits of prototyping which can be completed using laser cutters, 3D printers or robots–encourage collaboration in all areas of learning and, at the same time, foster new architectural ways of thinking.
    • An International Mindset: NAAB Certification (National Architectural Accrediting Board, USA) and RIBA validation (the United Kingdom’s architectural association). Finally, we are working on formalising opportunities for international exchanges around the globe.
    • Integration: transversal learning to support students in developing their individual project. The integration of a range of diverse areas of expertise and disciplines is an increasingly important characteristic to have in today's complex professional ecosystem. Coherent and enriched development from multiple perspectives adds evident value to any work, which is why you will train in environments that facilitate this.
  • International exchanges where you will complete intensive workshops and visit the most prestigious studios in the world.
  • NAAB International Certification and RIBA Validation.

A glimpse into your future at Universidad Europea


Top School in Europe

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).


weeks in London

Students have visited prestigious studios such as those of Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid Architects.


Among the four best schools

According to El Mundo’s rankings, it is one of the best universities for Architecture.

Certifications and Recognitions



The Universidad Europea de Madrid has received the International Certification designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the following professional degree program or sequence:

Bachelor’s Degree in Fundamentals of the Architecture + Master’s Degree in Architecture – 2015

The term “International Certification” identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a program accredited by the NAAB in the United States and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. The designation is valid for six years beginning 1 January of the year in which the final visit (Visit 3) took place. In order to maintain the designation, the program must be visited again in the sixth year of the designation. Schools with programs identified as holding NAAB International Certification are not formally “accredited” as that term is used with reference to programs in the United States and may not refer to their programs as “accredited” by the NAAB. However, students who graduate from internationally certified programs are able to apply for individualized review of their credentials on an expedited basis for purposes of the Educational Evaluation Services for Architects program administered by the NAAB on behalf of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

The following documents are available and can be downloaded from the Web:



In 2019, the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) validated the Bachelor’s Degree in Fundamentals of Architecture and the Master’s Degree in Architecture.

RIBA is the most prestigious architects’ association in the world, and counts the most globally recognised architects among its members. The association has been dedicated to promoting the quality of architect training since 1837.

master habilitante arquitectura - Director del Máster
Comillas The three pillars of the Master–integration, innovation and an international outlook–are the basis for helping students in preparing for their future.

José Jurado

Professor of the Master's Degree in Architecture

Comillas “The Master’s Degree has been a process during which new interests and ways to approach architecture have emerged – all of which have been crucial to my work. I had the opportunity to learn new methods, approaches and tools, which all came together when working on my final project”.

Javier Fuentes

Former student of the Master's Degree in Architecture. Partner at Archiologics

Study plan

Offered in the current academic course

At the end of this programme, students will receive the official title of Master in Architecture issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9903002102 PROJECT WORKSHOPS M1 12 OBLIGATORY Spanish(es)
9903002103 FINAL PROJECT 30 OBLIGATORY Spanish(es)

30 places available

Basic competencies
  • BC1: Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context.
  • BC2: Students must be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired and have the ability to solve problems in any new or unfamiliar situations which may arise within a broader (or multidisciplinary) context–relating to their area of study.
  • BC3: When faced with the difficulty of making tough decisions, students must be able to apply what they know, and, when information is limited, they must take into account the social and ethical responsibilities associated and apply this to the situation.
  • BC4: Students must be able to communicate their conclusions – and the knowledge and reasonings behind them – to audiences who may be both specialised and non-specialised in the area. They must be able to do so in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • BC5: Students must possess the necessary learning skills that will enable them to continue to study in a self-led, autonomous way.
Cross-Disciplinary Competencies
  • CDC1: Responsibility: Students must be able to accept the consequences of – and be accountable for – their actions.
  • CDC2: Self-confidence: Students must be able to act confidently and with enough motivation to achieve their objectives.
  • CDC3: Awareness of ethical values: Student’s must possess the ability to feel, judge, argue and act in accordance with their moral values in a coherent, persistent and autonomous way.
  • CDC4: Communication skills: Students must be able to express concepts and ideas effectively, including being able to communicate concisely and clearly in writing. They must also be able to speak effectively in public.
  • CDC5: An understanding of interpersonal relationships: Students must be able to demonstrate active listening skills as a way of reaching agreements. They must do so using an assertive communication style.
  • CDC6: Flexibility: Students must be able to adapt and work in diverse and varied situations, and with a range of different people. This involves assessing and understanding different points of view and adapting their own approach, depending on the situation.
  • CDC7: Teamwork: Students must be able to actively participate when looking to achieve a common goal within a team. This involves listening, respecting and valuing the ideas and proposals offered by other team members.
  • CDC8: Initiative: Students must be able to proactively anticipate when to propose solutions or alternatives to any situations that may arise.
  • CDC9: Planning: Students must be able to effectively establish their goals and priorities by defining the optimal actions, deadlines and resources required to achieve them.
  • CDC10: Innovation-Creativity: When problems arise, students must be able to devise new and different solutions that add value.
Specific Competencies
  • SC1. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out building structures.
  • SC2. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out interior division systems, carpentry, stairs and other finishing work.
  • SC3. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out roof enclosure systems and other bulk work.
  • SC4. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out supply and drainage installations for water, heating and air conditioning.
  • Demonstrate specific competence in Projects: Composition, projects and urban planning
  • SC5. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and develop both basic projects and implementation projects, sketches and blueprints.
  • SC6. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and carry out urban projects.
  • SC7. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and carry out project management.
  • SC8. Demonstrate the ability to develop functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.
  • SC9. Demonstrate the ability to intervene in, conserve, restore and rehabilitate heritage buildings.
  • SC10. Ability to exercise architectural criticism.
  • SC11. Ability to draw up and manage urban projects of all scales.
  • SC12. Ability to use basic data collection and analysis methods as the basis for all aspects of the planning and design process. Must possess knowledge of research methods.
  • Specific competence for the Final Project
  • SC13. Once the student has completed the necessary credits for the Degree, they must carry out an original individual project, in which they must demonstrate their ability to prepare, present and defend their chosen area. This will be done before a university committee. At least one renowned professional from an organisation will be among the panel. The exercise will consist of an integral architecture project of professional nature in which all of the student’s architectural skills and knowledge acquired throughout the degree are synthesized. The project will allow students to demonstrate that their skills are sufficient to bring their project to fruition and comply with the applicable technical and administrative regulations.


If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extra-curricular internship. You are allowed to choose any area of study; however, we remind you that the internship is an educational addition to your studies. Therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you will benefit from the internship experience.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Master’s Degree, students will be prepared to carry out the following roles within the field of Architecture:

  • Architect / Project Manager: become a professional with your own studio, or join another studio, and take charge of architectural design and its technical and document development.
  • Consultancy and collaborations in multidisciplinary architecture, technology, management, engineering, design and urban planning teams.
  • Take part in architectural competitions, rehabilitation, architectural research, curating exhibits, teaching and much more.
  • Become NAAB accredited and enter the American market.


Start your future at Universidad Europea

You can become a student at Universidad Europea in three easy steps.


Admission exams

Start your admission process by calling +34 917407272 or completing the admission form via the link below.


Place reservation

Once you have been admitted, secure your place by paying the reservation fee.



Submit the required documents to formalise your enrolment.


Application for admission

Candidates will not be charged, and their place will not be guaranteed, until the reservation is formalised. Get in touch with us!

Scholarships and Grants

We want to help you. If you choose to study at Universidad Europea, you will have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of UE and official scholarships.

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Credit recognition and transfers

You don’t have to stick with something you don’t like. That’s why we’ve designed specific plans for credit recognition and transfers. Request your online credit recognition review free of charge, transfer your academic file and start studying at Universidad Europea.

For transfers from the Health Science Foundation Year Physiotherapy programme at Universidad Europea de Madrid, submit your application from April 25 to May 25, 2022.

Admissions to the Graduate School at Universidad Europea are open year-round, although registration in any of its programmes is subject to the number of spaces available.

If you would like to receive personalised advice from the Graduate Admissions team, you can visit us at one of our two campuses (Alcobendas or Villaviciosa de Odón), or, contact us via:

Phone: (+34) 91 740 72 72

Email: postgrado@universidadeuropea.es

Once we have contacted you, you must provide the following essential documents:

  • Application for Admission.
  • Copy of your DNI or identification number.
  • Copy of your degree certificate
  • CV.

The Postgraduate Admissions team will invite you to take the entrance exams corresponding to the program of your interest. You will also be asked to attend a personal interview with the director of the Master's Degree who will submit a favourable report to the University's Postgraduate Committee.

For this Master’s Degree specifically, the entrance exams will consist of a personal interview and an assessment of your academic record.

* Candidates will not be charged, and their place will not be guaranteed until the reservation is formalised.

This Master’s Degree is aimed at students who have the following profile:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in architecture.

Students must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and comply with the Ministerial Order EDU/2075/2010, of 29th July. This degree is aimed at students who are looking to become qualified professionals and who are ready to train in an international and technology-focused environment – all led by a top-class faculty.


50% of professors are doctors.

  • José Jurado
    Programme Director.
    Doctor of Architecture at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Project Director at Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor (Vallecas, Madrid, 2007). Awarded 1st prize at SEPES (Public Real Estate Society) Contest (1995). Associate Professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid since 2003. Specialises in conferences, books and subject-specific articles on systems and types of construction (Tectonics, Live Architecture, ACHE), as well as the academic implementation of the BIM methodology (EUBIM, BAF, 3DIJM).
  • Juan José Mateos
    Architect, together with Camila Aybar, at aybar.mateos.arquitectos. Both are architects at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Bartlett School and Columbia University, respectively. Juan is a researcher, holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, 2010 and he has been a professor of Projects since 2002. Recent recognitions for his work include: Ugo Rivolta European Prize 2015, Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award 2012, Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award 2011, Finalist for Hyspalit Awards 2012, Asprima Award 2012.
  • Carlos Arroyo
    Linguist (Chartered Institute of Linguists, London 1990), architect and urban planner (Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, 1997) and researcher (Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, 2018). Carlos Arroyo Architects is a Madrid-based firm with works in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany and Rwanda, with a strong emphasis on innovation and sustainable development. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee at EUROPAN Europe since 2004, helping dozens of European cities to define their future strategy.
  • Adolfo Nadal
    Architect at Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Architectural Research at Columbia University (2011), and he was awarded an extraordinary Doctoral award for his thesis "Beyond Rapid Prototyping: automation of robotic 3D printing for construction" (2017). He is a founding partner of Archiologics and Europe Digital Skill Leader at ARUP. Director of the Master’s Degree in Design and Digital Manufacturing in the EU; Lead Researcher for the “Informed Matter Lab” group at Universidad Europea. He collaborates with IE University, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, among others.
  • Victoria Acebo
    Architect. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in NY. National Prize for Young Architecture at the 4th edition of the BEAU exhibition (Venice Biennale of Architecture), FAD Prize for Interior Design 2017, Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award 2018, Prize for Architecture 6th Ed. D'Achtall Observatory, 2008 Veteco-Asefave Award, Outreach Award at the 8th edition BEAU exhibition (Venice Biennale of Architecture) and nominated three times for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
  • Ángel Alonso
    His work has been exhibited at the MoMA in NY. National Prize for Young Architecture at the 4th edition of the BEAU exhibition (Venice Biennale of Architecture), FAD Prize for Interior Design 2017, Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award 2018, Prize for Architecture 6th Ed. D'Achtall Observatory, 2008 Veteco-Asefave Award, Outreach Award at the 8th edition BEAU exhibition (Venice Biennale of Architecture) and nominated three times for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
  • Uriel Fogué
    Doctor in Architecture from Universidad Politécnica Madrid (extraordinary award 2014-15; finalist for the 10th Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, 2016). Professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid. Co-director at the elli architecture office, which was part of the Spanish Pavilion at the XV Venice Architecture Biennale (León de Oro 2016). Work also nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award (2019 and 2015). Winner of the FAD de la Opinión award in 2005 and finalist in 2017, also receiving various Official Architects' Association of Madrid awards. He is co-director at the Political Fiction Crisis Cabinet.
  • Víctor Navarro
    Doctor of Architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard in 2015. He has been co-director, alongside Maria Langarita, at the Langarita-Navarro architecture office since 2005. His work has been recognised, with special mention, by the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award, the XII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial Award, the 2012 FAD Award, the 2012 AR + D Award for Emerging Architecture and the 2013 Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award.
  • Liliana Obal
    Architecture Degree, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Buenos Aires University, 1983. Professor of Projects at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Buenos Aires University and Professor of Theory and History at Universidad Europea since 2004. She has collaborated with El Croquis, a prestigious architectural magazine, since 2010. National Architecture Award 2006 (Private Housing), Madrid City Council Urban Planning, Architecture and Public Works Awards (XVII / 2002 and XXI / 2006), Official Architects' Association of Madrid Award (2003 and 2008), among many others. Participation in the VII and IX editions of the BEAU (Venice Biennale of Architecture) and FAD Awards Finalist (2007 and 2012).
  • Santiago Becerra
    Master in Architecture in Advanced Architectural Projects from Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, specialising in Theory and Criticism. He founded the Mute Arquitectura studio in 2007, whose work has won awards in various international competitions. He has been teaching at Universidad Europea de Madrid as a professor in the Department of Technology since 2009.
  • Beatriz Ingles
    Doctor in Architecture and specialist in sustainable architecture. She graduated from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (HTSAM). Partner of the architecture studio WEA architects. Her national and international reputation has grown, thanks to a series of award-winning sustainable design projects.
  • Xavier Aguiló
    Architect, Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid. Both as a professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid since 2005, and through working at GV408 since 1999, he has dedicated his life to building structures. He specialises in Building Information Modelling structures, collaborating with Official Architects' Association of Madrid, master structures at Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Fundació Privada Centre, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, AvatarBIM, WiseBuild, etc... Group 8 Coordinator at ACHE for the monograph on Building Information Modelling in the project phase. Building Information Modelling courses in Peru (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas) and Finland (Aalto University).
  • Pablo Gil Martínez
    Doctor of Architecture from the Bartlett School UCL in 2015, professor of Architecture at Universidad Europea de Madrid and director of the GilBartolome ADW architecture studio, which focuses on airport and museum projects and single-family homes. He has previously been a professor at the Instituto Empresa in Madrid and at the London Metropolitan University, and worked for David Chipperfield Architects and the Richard Rogers Partnership.
  • Diego G. Cuevas
    Architect and Master in Biodigital Architecture from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Authorised Rhinocerous Instructor (ART). Specialist in parametric design and digital manufacturing. Co-director at the Controlmad Advanced Design Centre and the interior design and architecture firm, Espacio Gauss. Professor and coordinator of Architectural Geometry at Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has taught classes and workshops on parametric design at several Spanish universities.

Academic quality

As part of its strategy, the University has an internal quality plan whose objective is to promote a culture of quality and continuous improvement, and which allows it to face future challenges with the maximum guarantee of success. In this way, it is committed to promoting the achievement of external recognitions and accreditations, both nationally and internationally; the measurement and analysis of results; simplification in management; and the relationship with the external regulator.


Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC)

Access the Quality Assurance System documentation here:

Quality Assurance System

Monitoring of the degree quality

Members of the Degree Quality Commitee (CCT)

  • Bachelor’s Programme Director
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Department Director
  • Degree Coordinator
  • Internship Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s Final Project Coordinator
  • Student
  • QPartner of the Vice-Rector’s Office

Key Degree Improvements

Initiatives already implemented:

  • Including the work schedule at the beginning of the academic year.
  • MSC Software made available in mylabs (the remote access platform).
  • Including more practical exercises in Simulation classes.
  • Including more lab practical activities.

Main Degree Results

  • Attrition Rate: 7,7%
  • Eficiency Rate: 94,4%
  • Graduation Rate: 92,3%
  • Employability Rate: 100%
  • Student Satisfaction with the Degree: 3,6 Out Of 5
  • Student Satisfaction with the Professor: 4,50 Out Of 5