Imagining student life at IE: beyond vertical campus


Imagining student life at IE: beyond vertical campus




Competition kick-off – 13 May 2021

Last day to sign up – 28 June 2021

Submission deadline – 30 June 2021

Winners announced – 21 July 2021



Imagining student life at IE: beyond vertical campus is the latest call for ideas launched by IE- School of Architecture & Design to invite participants in creatively thinking about new ideas related to the students’ life, drawing on the opportunities presented by the vertical campus.

This ideas competition is open to anyone who believes that one of IE’s innovative bachelor or master programs can help unlock one’s full potential. The general theme “Imagining Student Life at IE: Beyond the Vertical Campus” is the same for all applicants, but IE will consider applicants to each program in separate pools when judging the submissions.

The brief is intentionally broad. IE doesn’t want to constrain, contain, or impede an innovative idea with restrictive guidelines. Your submission can deal with anything from how we might reimagine the traditional student residence to tackling the issue of sustainability in all aspects of student life. Alternatively, you may focus on increasing the connection with the city, promoting student well-being or improving on-and off-campus mobility.

Above all, IE wants to see your creativity in action in a way that demonstrates your talent and way of thinking. IE wants you to consider how this hub of limitless potential can provide the most value to our students. Therefore, the competition is open to six IE’S programs : two Bachelor’s (BAS and BID) and four Master’s (MSID, MBARCH, GMRED and MRED. The documents to be submitted vary depending on which program you choose; download the competition’s brief to learn more about the papers required.



  • Benedetta Tagliabue - Head Architect at Miralles Tagliabue embt and Chairman of FundacióEnricMiralles

  • David Goodman - Associate Dean and Director of the Bachelor in Architectural Studies at IE School of Architecture and Design

  • Edgar Gonzalez - Director of the bachelor in design at IE school of architecture and design

  • Margarita Chiclana - CEO UNEXUM Real Estate and Director of the Global Master in Real Estate Development at IE School of Architecture and Design

  • Christine Murray - Editor-in-chief, Founding Director and Owner at The Developer and Festival of Place

  • Jeffrey Sújar - Managing Partner Alternative Investments at Urbania International


  • For those applying to IE’s bachelors (BAS) - (BID) - There will be two (2) winners of the challenge under the Bachelor category. They will have the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive scholarships (up to 50%) to study at IE University (School of Architecture and Design)

  • For those applying to IE’s masters (MSID) - (MBARCH) - (GMRED) - (MRED) - There will be four (4) winners of the challenge under the Masters category.Once the winners enroll in the program of their choice, they will entitle a Guaranteed Direct Award scholarship worth 40% of the program’s tuition.

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