1011 PG Amsterdam
N 52° 22' 5.13'', E 52° 22' 5.13''
t: + 31 20 531 8218
The Academy aspires to be a design and research institute that generates solutions and perspectives for the future of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and abroad. It is up to the current and next generation of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects to create spatial conditions for a sustainable and inclusive future. These conditions must reflect on both the climate emergency and the urgency to become nature-positive while at the same time achieving a more inclusive and just society. (R)evolution Planet is the overarching theme for the educational and public program at the academy.
We see a shared responsibility; as designers to put urgent spatial tasks on the public agenda, using the study projects, visions and ideas developed at the Academy. In addition to the educational program, the Academy of Architecture is organizing public debates with designers across various disciplines, and with people from other disciplines including politicians, opinion makers, scientists, policymakers and others. During the forthcoming academic years, the Academy will continue to publish the results of the debates and projects, the ideas, and the possibilities for the future in various ways. With this curriculum in progress, the Academy aims to position itself as a design and research institute that - in response to climate change and the pursuit of an inclusive society - develops solutions and perspectives for the future of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and beyond.
Studying in an international context
We stand for an open and inquiring attitude, toward experimentation, and we encourage students to adopt their own position. We consider the city of Amsterdam to be the laboratory for the design assignments of our students and lecturers. The Academy maintains close contact with the professional community in the region, with public services, commissioning parties and developers. Our study programmes also occupy a prominent place internationally. The Academy has strong ties with related degree programmes abroad. Students from all corners of the world study at the Academy, international guest lecturers and speakers regularly visit, and students often participate in foreign excursions and projects.
Studying and working simultaneously
Studying and working go hand in hand during the degree programme. That combination means that the students and lecturers are directly involved in the practice of design and research. You will already form an active part of a broad network of colleagues during your study. Those who graduate from the Academy often remain involved in the degree programme. The student becomes an employer and, on the basis of that position, a lecturer or mentor for a new generation of students.
Architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture are independent disciplines within the Academy, which are partially offered in combination. In this way, students are prepared for the current, integrated professional practice that simultaneously demands specialisation and breadth from students. The Academy of Architecture is the only educational institute in the Netherlands that offers the Master’s programmes in an interdisciplinary manner. This combination lends the Academy a unique position within the Netherlands and abroad.
A study trip abroad, studying at another degree programme for a semester or setting up a project with a group of foreign students; that’s all possible at the Academy. We maintain an active network of European degree programmes, through which students and lecturers are exchanged on a small scale. The Academy is a member of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and is a partner of the European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA), through which you can obtain the ‘European Master in Landscape Architecture’. The Academy has been working together in an Erasmus programme, on the basis of which international workshops are organised. In addition, there are many foreign projects and partnerships with different design programmes in Europe. In the summer months, we organise the so-called Summer School: various international excursions in which you can participate.
Inspiring environment and topical debate
The Academy of Architecture is located on the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam in a 17th-century building complex refurbished by Claus en Kaan Architecten. The Academy occupies a unique place in the cultural life of Amsterdam and plays an active role in the professional discourse. Lectures, workshops, events and exhibitions are organised in cooperation with other organisations. Lecture series - open to students - based on topical themes that take place throughout the year.
Title of architect
After obtaining the Master’s title (Master of Science), you are entitled to start an independent professional practice and granted immediate admission to the register of architects, urbanists and landscape architects.
Practice-oriented research in the education
The world is changing continuously and increasingly quickly. Social, practical and technical developments make new demands on a designer. That is why the Academy integrates practice-oriented research into the educational programme. The professors organise masterclasses, projects, excursions, exhibitions and lectures within their research programme.
Part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts
In order to arrive at new insights and innovations, you must be able and dare to look beyond the borders of your own field. The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) offers students a broad orientation in terms of arts and culture, and for that reason attaches great importance to the fact that students are able to gain knowledge of developments within the other arts disciplines. Within the range of programmes offered at the AHK, we provide room for collaboration with other degree programmes and international exchanges.
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Check for the tuition fees at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture the website: www.academyofarchitecture.nl.
Dutch students: 1 May
International students: 1 April
Master in Architecture
Title: Master of Science (MSc)
Because you have already been working during your study, you will gain direct access to the Dutch Architects’ Register (Nederlandse Architectenregister) after obtaining the title Master of Science as an architect. The professional qualifications of architects are automatically recognised in other member states of the EEA.
Master, Urbanism, 4 years, English, 240,
Master in Urbananism
Title: Master of Science (MSc)
Because you have already been working during your study, you will gain direct access to the Dutch Architects’ Register (Nederlandse Architectenregister) after obtaining the title Master of Science as an urban designer. The professional qualifications of architects are automatically recognised in other member states of the EEA.
Master, Landscape Architecture, 4 years, English, 240,
Master in Landscape Architecture
Title: Master of Science (MSc)
Because you have already been working during your study, you will gain direct access to the Dutch Architects’ Register (Nederlandse Architectenregister) after obtaining the title Master of Science as a landscape architect. The professional qualifications of architects are automatically recognised in other member states of the EEA.
All courses are divided into four periods:
– Basic skills (year 1) Students on all three courses get to know the different disciplines by means of a number of design projects, lectures and practical assignments. All activities are centered on the development of the students’ creative powers and analytical thinking.
– Developing professional knowledge (year 2) During this period the students on each course are offered a programme which is aimed at developing professional knowledge of their own discipline.
– Deepening professional knowledge (year 3) This period is designed to further deepen professional knowledge and students are stimulated to establish their own position within their professional field.
– Graduation (year 4) The students conclude their studies by producing an individual design, thereby showing that they are capable of practicing as independent designers in their chosen discipline.
The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture prepares students to practice spatial design as a discipline at the interface of art, science and technology. The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture offers three master courses: Architecture (MSc), Urbanism (MSc) and Landscape Architecture (MSc). Graduates are immediately admitted to the register of architects, urbanists and landscape architects. Architects, urbanists and landscape architects are trained in constant mutual exchange between the disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach is a hallmark of the courses given at the Academy. The master programme combines study and work. Half of the course consists of design education, the other half consists of acquiring work experience through relevant part-time employment.
Master of Architecture
Peter van Assche has been appointed as professor in Architecture & Circular Thinking at the Academy of Architecture. Within this research group he will investigate the architectural possibilities of a new material paradigm in a broad sense. It focuses in word, image and construction on a new architectural repertoire for a circular economy.
Master of Landscape Architecture
Landscape architect Sven Stremke has been appointed professor of Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Architecture and will lead the research group ‘High-density energy landscapes’. His research focuses on the development of sustainable energy landscapes with special attention for the roles of design and the designer in energy transition.
Master of Urbanism
Since May 2013, Eric Frijters has headed the Future Urban Regions research group, a collaborative project of the six Academies of Architecture, focused on improving the city and the urban environment.
Please visit www.academievanbouwkunst.nl for more relevant information.