The program consists of 600 hours (60 ETCS). Each credit is associated to 25 personal studying-working hours. Participants will develop their design skills through an intensive series of one-week workshops and complete their theoretical knowledge in specialty seminars.  Sometimes additional supporting documents or written information about the lectures will be provided to all students.


All workshop and specialties are mandatory in order to receive the MCH Diploma.

The Master of advanced studies in Collective Housing is keen on teamwork because it is the way offices and research labs function today.


In the past years, MCH has built a close relationship with great architects such as 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, who are regular workshop leaders. It is the interaction between teachers and participants that generates the greatest results and production each year.


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One-week workshops offer participants a place to further develop the acquired knowledge during the year. During that week, there is a change of pace in which they take a break from the other specialties and intensify their work in the workshops to make the best out of it.


The topic and approach for every workshop is different and the methodology used by the invited architect is also meant to vary in order to give the participant a wide range of cases to learn from.


Each workshop leader is matched with a young local architect, who acts as teaching assistant.


Each workshop consists of 25 teaching hours (7x 2.5 ETCS), although exceptions may occur. However, workshop leaders usually take their task as a full-day activity and invest more time than expected.


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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.

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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.

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Each specialty seminar is coordinated by a technical director who relies on a group of teachers and specialists from all over the world. Specialty seminars last 35 teaching hours approximately. In any case, the approach is basically practical and complementary information is given digitally or on paper.


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Urban design &

Energy &
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Low-cost &


Construction &
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Urban design 6.0 ETCS
José María Ezquiaga

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).
Energy & sustainability 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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Business, management & international activity 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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Low-cost & emergency housing 4.0 ETCS
Sonia de Molina

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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Housing projects 2.0 ETCS
Fernando Altozano

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.
Construction & technology 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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Sociology, economy & politics 3.5 ETCS
Daniel Sorando

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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City sciences 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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Housing theory 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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MCH has included in some editions of its program the possibility to qualify as LEED Green Associate. 


Energy Certification Systems are the official face of sustainable design practices. Although it offers a reductive approach to energy and architecture through checklists —such as those provided by LEED Certification Systems— it is recommended for participants for at least two reasons: 


1, It can be helpful to find a job; 2, To be critical with certification systems, you need to know them first hand.

There are multiple certification systems currently being used (BREEAM, Minergie, Calener, Líder, etc.). However, the American LEED —which stands for Leadership in Energy Environmental Design— is internationally the most well-known, which makes us chose LEED as a reference. 


The LEED seminar, led by instructor Daniel Martín. He is a LEED® Faculty™, being one of the 93 professionals —only two of them are based in Europe— trained by the USGB to teach their official higher level LEED workshops.

Study trips

There are planned trips in Madrid and abroad, where buildings subject of study, housing-related institutions and universities will be visited, accompanied by architects and/or experts.


Travel costs as well as hotel reservations, visits and shuttle buses are included in the tuition fee (personal expenses are not).


In previous editions, MCH has travelled to The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Switzerland. In this trip participants will have a chance to experience at first hand some of the most relevant housing buildings, architecture offices and housing-related companies.


In past editions, MCH has established collaboration agreements with ETH Zurich, Architectural Association in London and TU Delft, fostering the interaction between teachers and students.

MCH final master work

Participants will have to deliver a master’s project, which will have a portfolio format and will include a selection of the projects produced during the year. It will act as their new portfolio, which adds on to their previous projects.


One of MCH publications, the MCH Papers 2011, is a compilation of participants’ results during that edition.

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