"Looking back to the MCH in Madrid, I realize how much I gained on knowledge and experience in housing, city and energy studies. The MCH is providing the students with weekly workshops and assignments, high level of professional lectures, as well as guest lectures with known architects and other experts from different countries. This allowed us to demand the knowledge and skills working on collective housing projects. Especially getting guidance and backrground information from teachers of the ETH was a pleasure.
Over a relatively brief period of time we had for the projects, we could improve our decision-making skills as well as the quick thinker side of us. Working with colleagues from all over the world was a unique experience; we had the opportunity to learn from each other and exchange knowledge, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
All in all, it was a great experience to participate on the Master Program and to get all the different impressions, in the best manner. I appreciate all the experience I have done in the last six months. And I am looking forward to apply the skills and knowledge I have learned during the time at the MCH in my further career. The MCH is a real enrichment for the professional as well as the personal development."
" I believe MCH course is a challenging course for the participants as it helps in the development of a holistic awareness of the topics concerning housing. I feel that it has fulfilled me as it has trained me to self-evaluate my design and trained with critical analysis of my decisions in bringing out the best deliverable.
The workshops push us to be practical and make decisions for producing the required amount of work within a time crunch. It also trains us to work in teams of 2 -4 that trains us for the professional world.
One of the best parts of MCH is that I have learnt a great deal from my colleagues. My colleagues come from various backgrounds but we have managed to find common ground and produce work and deliver. I am happiest and grateful to MCH for having given me the opportunity to learn from such a motivated group.
The international workshops have met my expectations of quality as they have given us a more global approach to housing.
The atmosphere at MCH is very amicable and inspirational. It has a very healthy competitive spirit which makes it more exciting and pushes one harder to achieve better results.
The study trip to Zurich was a thorough educational experience one could expect in a short time. The number of projects, architects and short lectures that we were introduced was extremely helpful and informative in terms of housing. I would give the trip a 10/10.
My personal favorite highlight would be my time in workshops working with different people at different times and getting to understand each other’s thought process to come up with ideas and brainstorm through the project to deliver it well on time."
"The master meets my expectations of being able to approach the issue of collective housing in a satisfactory manner. The little time to deepen the many themes studied leaves, sometimes, questions in suspense. Therefore, at the same time, it spark the curiosity and the willingness to continue a personal research of those themes that captured my attention the most.
The master has proved to be both practical and open to theoretical debates. It is able to combine in a single program research, study and application of the acquired knowledge.
The close relationship between colleagues is always put to the test by the challenges of working in groups with different people. This process strengthens individual skills at the professional and moreover at the personal level. We learn to distinguish friendship from work and to find the right balance in every circumstance. Beyond the master, the bond that unites us is as strong as a family relation, mutual trust and esteem are the basis of our friendship.
The workshops are always challenges against time, concentrated and intense, both in content and performance. The classes, in which each leader workshop proposes a different method of teaching and a different topic, are high level. All this enriches our architectural aptitudes. Furthermore, at the end of each workshop, we haven’t only increase our knowledge, but above all we have developed an effective critical sense towards our projects and the methods we learned.
The atmosphere that you breathe changes day by day depending on the challenge that is proposed. However, even when we are in an intense period, the good relationship that we have in the classroom helps us to get out of moments of difficulty more easily. Specially, the direct relationship that we have with the professors and the good communication that they establish during the lessons helps to create an atmosphere where learning is a pleasure.
The trip to zurich has been fundamental to our education. it has increased our ambition and broadened our horizons. Seeing how architecture is deepened and detailed, having a good professional and creative point of reference has certainly increased our awareness.
The thinking flexibility and the mind elasticity that we acquire thanks to a constant question that we are asked is invaluable. The close and direct relationship we have with professional architects makes us aware of our capabilities and constantly motivated. Although the workshops are of short duration, their intensity makes them the best time to learn."
"MCH for me has been a great opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world, with different cultures, backgrounds and points of views. This way, the knowledge I have acquired from the masters itself, has been enriched by their knowledge and their positions toward the different issues and topics being explored. Its been also a space to create friendship bonds with posible collaborators or partners in the future.
On the other hand, due to the fact that the masters an intensive program, we have been trained to deliver a lot of work in very short periods of time, this way acquiring skills of efficiency and effectivity that can be easily applied in the working fields of competitions.
Finally, the program has also been an opportunity to learn and work from some of the best architects in Europe side by side. As we are a small group of students and the classes are workshop based, we have a direct communication with them, taking the most out of the intensive weeks we have with them."
"MCH has been a great opportunity for me to deal in depth with housing which I consider as one of the most complex architectural topics. The master consists of weekly workshops and a series of specialties that explore housing issues from different scopes. The amount of knowledge and produced work is incredible, considering the sort time of period. The professors are well-known architects with great experience in their fields. The opportunity to work near to prestigious professionals such as Andrea Deplazes, Dietmar Eberle, Alison Brooks, Anne Lacaton is an invaluable experience. Furthermore, the composition of the participants is a unique blend of different cultures, career routes and points of views that familiarize myself with a boarder range of conceptions. As MCH comes to the end and I look back, I find myself glad and grateful that I was part of this team that worked intensively for the past months to achieve the out of reach."
"In my opinion, this master was very inspiring, with an impressive intensity that makes you take advantage of each class to the fullest and to develop our skills at a very high level. The workshops and classes gave me a lot of knowledge and filled me with tools to continue with more strength. Each class was of an excellent level. Internationally recognized architects filled us with knowledge and strategies that we can use in our future work.
Thanks to MCH I met excellent people, not only in the sense of good designers or architects but also of good partners with whom I managed to establish a very strong friendship. Furthermore, not only the professors filled me with knowledge, my colleagues also take the merit on that, based on teamwork and the diversity of cultures, opinions, and experiences.
Finally, the study trip to Zürich was an exceptional experience, we had visited a great number of housing buildings as well as architecture offices. Talking with the authors of the buildings at the same time that we were walking and experimenting with space and the details was a great opportunity to learn."
Chile / Australia
“The Master of Architecture in Collective Housing, MCH, is a design-minded and Project-based postgraduate program with integrated disciplines and theoretical issues where we have been exposed to the most influential residential-expertise professionals.
The richness of the program relies on the intensive curriculum counting site visits, lectures, studio-work, one-week workshops and study trips. All of them integrated through practice-orientated dynamic and supported by brilliant Architects, educators, and colleagues.
During the international workshops, our skills, design decisions and conceptual coherence, as a few to mention, have been tested in an inclusive way were a critic dialog with professors and colleagues occur. Therefore, it has been truly beneficial for me to explore different methodologies and approaches from different international Architects to further develop in the future.
A strong sense of belonging and an intimate atmosphere has arisen during this time due to the knowledge sharing of the student group.
Moreover, our study trip to Zurich was exceptional, we had the opportunity to meet the best local residential architects and go over their work in situ, from essence to detail, then we were welcomed to their studio to discover their modus-operandi. It was a discovery trip for the group.
If you are thinking to further expand your knowledge in collective housing there is no better program to enroll. “
"MCH program is one of the most important postgraduate programs, which is totally tested when we are here. The prestige is because, MCH have together the best professors in our disposition for different times. As a student, the program requires a personal maturity and humility to go deep and take advantage of this knowledge.
MCH is exceeding my expectations, because it is a practical program, that gives me synthesis capacity to develop different types of projects under the guide of the masters in the field of housing. And in the same line, the complement of this professors is the relation and the feedback that I have with my colleagues. The double discipline is an important issue with my colleagues, because we discussed the academic content outside the university, in a camaraderie environment.
In my opinion, MCH has two highlights:
For these reasons, I think MCH will be a turning point in my life, not only as an architect but also as a person."
"I feel immensely privileged to have participated in the MCH 2018 edition, a challenging experience that will train you deeply in the matter of collective housing, and will remind you of the fundamentals of architecture as well.
The program deals with housing and the city in a well-orchestrated variety of specialties and intensive workshops. Its theoretical and practical approach, the sustainable and social awareness, all in the context of Madrid and Zürich; is definitely invigorating and engaging.
The opportunity to work with professors such as Hrvoje Njiric, Dietmar Eberle, Andrea Deplazes, Alison Brooks, Cinno Zucchi, Andres Canovas, Felix Claus, Annette Gigon, Anne Lacaton, among others; will not only test you in a personal level, but will also shape you. The sharing of their knowledge and personal experiences in architectural practice, makes all the effort and expenses worth it.
It is also amazing to connect with such a great diverse group of colleagues from all over the globe, all with one passion in common. To share and to learn from each other, has definitely been a rewarding, once in a lifetime experience."
"After these past months, I must say that the MCH academic experience is highly challenging and I like that.
First of all, it is extremely interesting and formative to interact with teachers and classmates in such a close way. To listen to different experiences, to think together, share conclusions and review what was developed in class.
Furthermore, the design of the projects in a short time, sharing different visions in different working groups, and then exposing the result with the expectation of qualified comments from the professors and colleagues was great training.
MCH is a real-time academic-labor experience. I think it places us at a level of growth in line with each of our potentials, allowing the group to offer the best of itself to achieve the proposed goal.
The trip to Zurich was very inspiring because in addition to seeing very interesting architecture we were able to visit renowned architects' studios.
I feel lucky to have participated in this edition of the MCH that has also given me the opportunity to connect and live with architects from other cultures. Each and every one has contributed to my learning as a professional and as a person. Especially with some of them, that have now become not only colleagues but also good friends.
I will never forget the time that we spent together, the enjoyable dinners, lunches and shared breakfasts."
"The Master in Collective Housing (MCH) is one of the most outstanding postgraduate programs nowadays, characterized by its unique content of workshops, high level of professional lectures and dissertations on collective housing. During these months we have had the opportunity to meet and share our activities with recognized and prominent architects from different countries and visualize the way in which each one analyzes, confronts and develops solutions for important collective housing projects.
This outstanding and intense experience has been for me an opportunity to develop and expand my knowledge, but above all, it has been a great opportunity to meet and to work with people from many countries of the world. The MCH is a synonym for cultural exchange, experiences and knowledge, which have enriched me both professionally and personally.
Seminary specialties and workshops are a way to empower and get the best of each one, developing projects in a very short time, which makes them characteristic of an intense work and force us to have the ability to make quick decisions, develop them and project them in the best possible way.
The trip to Switzerland is the perfect complement to expand the knowledge acquired in the previous months, but above all, I think, it is a great possibility to visit and to get to know several outstanding housing buildings, to get directly involved with the architects and above all, to know the way they work to reach the desired result.
In general, the MCH, is an experience that, from my point of view, fills you with knowledge, makes you develop a new concept of what collective housing really means and opens a path full of opportunities to implement all the knowledge acquired, not only in each of our countries of origin, but also in any country of the world."
"MCH program is an intensive course, that seems to be short in time but in reality each week and each day counts because we have always new opportunities, new teachers, lectures, visits, to acquire knowledge, to think differently and we take advantage on this time to go deeper in architecture mostly in housing projects around the world.
The Specialties are the chance to understand the projects with another point of view to see how architecture is, having the most professionals teachers on each field and they open their expertise and experience to teach us and show us their thoughts.
The Workshops are the challenge to create projects with international and active architects that are here for a week for us to teach to criticize the project having direct contact with them and understanding the way those professionals make architecture and city. In a week we take big decisions and we see clearly the design process and its evolution that allow us to think quickly and also produce competitions with the key facts.
Share the master with colleagues from all over the world is for me one of the strongest values in the master because is a huge opportunity to understand how other people thinks and also their background their ideas from each culture that makes this master as a unique experience.
At the end all those professors, trips, workshops and lectures become rich because of the atelier space that the master opens for us."
"MCH master it’s a practical challenge for developing, in a short time, strong and solid ideas related to collective housing and architecture, taking into account the new paradigms of housing and asking new questions about the path of the housing. The master goes through a variety of different topics, which you can further develop after the master. It makes your skills become more profound as well.
The workshops are a great opportunity to push the limits beyond and to learn with great professors. Also, the experience of being part of an international community in which you will create true bonds, and this will open new doors. The trip is a great experience to understand the top leading architecture in this topic. And the experience of sharing professor of the ETH it´s amazing."
"The MCH is a practical oriented Master degree program which boosted us to reach the most of our capabilities through a very intense process of learning, exchanging critical thinking through all the classes and workshops.
The academic environment is inspiring, not only for the high level of the professors, but also for the interaction between colleagues, the different points of views we have regarding our own cultures is an invaluable and enriching experience for our professional’s careers and also in our personal lives.
Through the international workshop practices we developed a deeper design insight that led us up to our own way of proposing ideas and acquiring our own architectural housing language. The different professors and workshop leaders had give us a very diverse spectrum of methodologies as well as wide architectural approaches.
With the specialties classes we could have a broad scope of all the issues concerning to housing, not only as an architectural product, also as the main component of the city.
The Zurich trip has been an on-field experience that encouraged us to aim the highest quality in architecture. Been at the housing projects we have been studying with the author´s of the work, explaining us everything and taking their time opening their offices for us, has been a great privilege and a great opportunity to have the chance to exchange with them."