El programa consta de 600 horas (60 ETCS). Cada crédito está asociado a 25 horas personales de trabajo y estudio. Los participantes desarrollarán sus habilidades de diseño a través de una serie intensiva de talleres internacionales de una semana y completarán sus conocimientos teóricos y prácticos en módulos especializados. En ocasiones, se proporcionarán documentos de apoyo adicionales o información escrita sobre las clases a todos los estudiantes.


Todos los Talleres y Módulos son obligatorios para poder recibir el Diploma MCH. 


La Maestría de Estudios Avanzados en Vivienda Colectiva promueve trabajo en equipo porque es la forma en que las oficinas y los laboratorios de investigación funcionan en la actualidad.


En ediciones pasadas, el MCH ha construido una relación cercana con prestigiosos arquitectos somo 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 or Wiel Arets, quienes asisten regularmente como Directores de Taller.


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Los talleres de una semana ofrecen a los participantes un lugar para desarrollar aún más los conocimientos adquiridos durante el año. Durante esa semana, hay un cambio de ritmo en el que se toman un descanso de las otras especialidades e intensifican su trabajo en los talleres para sacar lo mejor de ello.


El tema y el enfoque para cada taller es diferente y la metodología utilizada por el arquitecto invitado también debe variar para ofrecer al participante una amplia gama de casos de los que aprender.


Cada líder del taller se combina con un joven arquitecto local, que actúa como asistente de enseñanza.


Cada taller consta de 25 horas lectivas (7x 2.5 ETCS), aunque pueden existir excepciones. Sin embargo, los líderes de los talleres generalmente toman su tarea como una actividad de todo el día e invierten más tiempo de lo esperado.


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What does it mean having a building depth of 6 metres? And what if they were 28 metres? How does a dwelling vary if it has different building depth but the same amount of squared metres? As if it was a typological catalogue, participants will analise the implications that having one or another building depth would have for a dwelling. Which qualities regarding circurlation, access, sunlight, ventilation, facilities location and intimacy has a dwelling according to its depth. Identifying the strengths of each case and its problems would be a first step to make in this laboratory, so that it is possible to propose a conceptual approach according to it, afterwards.

Living alone is a free choice; far from loneliness and neglect it may reflect the degree of progress of a society in relation to the exercise of individual freedom and ability of emancipation and autonomy. Most of the European population who lives alone at present consists of three homogeneous groups that correspond to emancipated young professionals, separated or divorced adults and senior widowers, mostly women. None of them have a common way of life, nor have different needs from other users, but a specific form of establishing relations with a world that has qualified them as a state of emergency.

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Living alone is a free choice; far from loneliness and neglect it may reflect the degree of progress of a society in relation to the exercise of individual freedom and ability of emancipation and autonomy. Most of the European population who lives alone at present consists of three homogeneous groups that correspond to emancipated young professionals, separated or divorced adults and senior widowers, mostly women. None of them have a common way of life, nor have different needs from other users, but a specific form of establishing relations with a world that has qualified them as a state of emergency.

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How much does a building last? How much should it last? What would our building be when time passes by? Architecture is always public and that implies a responsibility that should make us think in a time horizon in which our buildings would change and their success would depend on the resilience it has. Thus arises a method to project that focuses on those elements that determine its later adaptations. These are: relationship with the surroundings; structure and core location; the envelope and its relationship with the street and the comfort it provides.

Since architects in the last century have been mostly focused on the city, a concern on inhabiting the countryside has remained very limited. Statistically, 50% of the world population still lives in the rural conditions and thus it is relevant to focus on these issues as well. Furthermore, we can trace an exodus of urban population toward the rural alternatives, motivated by radically different living conditions, by the economy of giving over their city dwellings to tourists and by the possibility to pursue the dream of an Arcadian welfare. We shall take this notion as a point of departure for our exercise and observe various durations of this voluntary drawback, be it for a weekend, for the summer or, fed up of urban frenzy, even permanently.

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The workshop held by Cino Zucchi will explore a specific problem of housing design: the one of the “interface” or “buffer” between the private realm and the collective one, and of its possible evolutions in the light of the ongoing changes on urban and natural environments.

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Cada Módulo es coordinado por un directorio técnico conformado por un grupo de profesores y especialistas de todo el mundo. Los seminarios de cada módulo duran aproximadamente 35 horas lectivas. En cualquier caso, el enfoque es especialmente práctico y la información complementaria se proporciona digitalmente o en papel.


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Diseño urbano y

Energía y
gestión y
de bajo coste y

Proyectos de

Construcción y
economía y

Ciencias de
la ciudad

Teoría de la
Diseño urbano 6.0 ETCS

The dwelling and the house: to speak and to think about what we could call "the dwelling discourse", is intimately and inevitably rooted in the deeper and more essential core of the architectural discipline.

Implicit within the dwelling/project, there are to try out full genomes. An explicit one: to optimise the domestic space, and what could be obtained in and from it; and an embedded one: to anticipate a city/project, and viceversa, to translate it in so far as the city/project sets up essential conditions for future dwelling/projects (often without saying or knowing it, and only occasionally in an explicit way).
Energía y sostenibilidad 4.5 ETCS
Javier García-Germán

This module considers the discussion on thermodynamics and sustainability as an opportunity for architecture and urbanism to rethink its traditional apparatus: structure (spatial structure and built systems), performance (climate and use through time) and its connections and exchanges with the environment.

The aim of the course is to merge the scientific and technical knowledge with its cultural contextualization; these two tracks, the technological and the theoretical, will crisscross throughout the course to transmit a critical perspective on energy and sustainability that can propel effective applications on design.

The module overlaps seminars and studio work, offering the possibility to implement the theoretical ideas discussed during the seminar as design tools. It includes an array of guest professors – featuring not only the design fields but other disciplines such as physics, biology, ecology and applied engineering – among which speculative debate is fostered.

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Negocio, gestión y actividad internacional 4.0 ETCS

The knowledge of management tools is an important factor that determines the quality of the education that this course offers. By these means, the architect not only becomes the project designer, but also the economic manager.

Participants will learn basic concepts of management such as value, cost, price and time, which will help adding realism to their architecture proposals and enabling them to be part of the economic debate during the building process.

This specialty is enclosed in a context determined by globalization and deals with the experience of professional architects and companies that have spread their activity worldwide.

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Vivienda de bajo coste y emergencia 4.0 ETCS
Belén Gesto

Three fourths of the world’s dwellings have been built without the presence of an architect or under any normative rule. This specialty seminar analyses the essential shelter conditions under emergency conditions.

Based on a case study approach, customs and rules capable of generating an urban environment will be withdrawn. Likewise, a specific case will be developed under real circumstances.

Specialised researchers in the processes and architecture generated in these settlements will present their contributions in diverse locations during the last decades.

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Proyectos de vivienda 2.0 ETCS

This specialty approaches the central issue of the course through the experience of professional architects that have made a significant contribution in the field of collective housing. The projects are explained regarding the intentions of the architect, as well as the conditions that determined the different paths taken from the genesis to the realization of the building.

Participants will also study the experience of several classic cases in the history of housing, explained by some of today’s greatest architects.

There will be special emphasis on the architect’s role and the necessary tools to solve common problems in the residential building process. The debate will define the integrated strategies when facing this kind of projects.
Construcción y tecnología 4.5 ETCS
Ignacio Fernández Solla

The aim of this course is to analyse the building as a physical system within the technical and integration systems in the design process. The theory is focused on the description of the main solutions given by architects in their most relevant buildings and the analysis of the different technical systems that make up the building.

Highly experienced professionals in housing construction and design will transmit their experience and knowledge in these fields.

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Sociología, economía y política 3.5 ETCS
Jesús Leal

This course, which is subdivided into three other specialties, deals with housing from the disciplines that complement the other architecture-related fields. The scope of work of the three disciplines is tightly related, overlapping each other in many cases.

Sociology will include the study of residential behaviour, housing demand and characteristics, evolution and changes in households, typology and land use development, among others.

Economy will study financing and valuation, the economic impact on housing production, house emancipation and youth housing, patrimony and investment, among others.

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Ciencias de la ciudad 3.0 ETCS
Alejandro de Miguel

Cities will attract 2.5 billion inhabitants by 2050 as stated in 2014 by the Population division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Thereby, cities will need an intensive housing development in the coming years. The key of this growth is being sustainable.

Cities are the natural ecosystem for architects but cities are a complex system difficult to be understood. This module provides the main tools to manage the complexity of the city backed by its twinned Master in City Sciences.

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Teoría de la vivienda 4.0 ETCS
Carmen Espegel

Based on the historical context of the 20th century housing, this course will analyse the different solutions of each time, figuring out the elements to recognize an architecture that stands away from trends and becomes a reference because of its universality.

Participants will develop their critique skills on the most relevant projects in the recent history of multi-family housing, through research and debate. Likewise, critique methods will be studied deeply to avoid superficial analysis and to be able to recognize a reasonable architecture.

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El MCH ha incluido en algunas ediciones de su programa la posibilidad de calificar como LEED Green Associate.


Los Sistemas de Certificación Energética son la cara oficial de las prácticas de diseño sostenible. A pesar de que ofrece un enfoque en energía y arquitectura a través de listas de verificación —como las proporcionadas por los Sistemas de Certificación LEED— este certificado es recomendado para los alumnos por al menos dos razones:


1, Puede ser útil para conseguir trabajo

2, Para ser crítico con los sistemas de certificación, necesitas conocerlos de primera mano.


Existen varios sistemas de certificación actualmente en uso (BREEAM, Minergie, Calener, Líder, etc.). Sin embargo, el certificado LEED Estadounidense — que significa Leadership in Energy Environmental Design  (Liderazgo en Diseño Ambiental de la Energía) — es internacionalmente el más conocido y prestigioso, lo que nos hace elegir LEED como referencia.


Las clases LEED son dirigidas por el instructor Daniel Martín. Él es un LEED® Faculty ™, siendo uno de los 93 profesionales — solo dos de ellos con sede en Europa — capacitados por el USGB para enseñar sus talleres oficiales de nivel superior LEED.

Viaje de Estudios

Tenemos viajes planificados en Madrid y el extranjero donde se visitarán edificios objeto de estudio, instituciones relacionadas con la vivienda y diferentes universidades. Estos viajes serán guiados por arquitectos y/o expertos locales. 


Los pasajes, reservas de hotel, visitas y traslado en autobús están incluidos en la tarifa de la matrícula. Los gastos personales no están incluídos.


En ediciones anteriores, el MCH ha viajado a Holanda, Francia, el Reino Unido y Suiza. En este viaje los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de conocer, de primera mano, algunos de los edificios residenciales más relevantes, oficinas de arquitectura y compañías relacionadas con la vivienda.


En ediciones pasadas, MCH ha establecido acuerdos de colaboración con ETH Zurich, Architectural Association en Londres y TU Delft, fomentando la interacción entre docentes y estudiantes.

Proyecto final MCH

Los alumnos tendrán que enviar un proyecto final de máster, el cual deberá incluir un portafolio e incluir una selección de los proyectos producidos durante el MCH. Este trabajo servirá como portafolio profesional, que se suma a sus proyectos previos al máster.


Una de las publicaciones del MCH llamada "MCH Papers 2011" fue una compilación de los resultados de los alumnos durante esa edición.