BAM Platform has interviewed the Directors of the TOP Best Architecture Master’s in the World according to BAM Ranking 2018, 2019 and 2020. We aimed to motivate architects and architecture students through the words of some of the most relevant professionals of the world academy. At the same time, our purpose is to let our readers know further details about the most relevant postgraduate programs directly from the source. 


Here you will find the BAM interview with the Directors and Coordinators of some of the best architecture master´s program of architecture in the world. 

Academic Director of the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at IDEAS

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States

“Many schools prepare students to be employable for today, but that is not enough. We need to give them the creative, critical, and communication skills to guarantee they will change the field and to be relevant in the future as the field changes rapidly.”


Program Representative of the Master of Architecture in Typology M-ARCH-T

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany

“The architecture academy of the future should offer the freedom for exploration and provide a laboratory for the speculation on alternative models to the current condition from the perspective of design practice”

Coordinator of the Master in Architectural Design

Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da USP. São Paulo, Brazil

“Doing Architecture means giving answers to your time because building means edifying the present. It speaks to the man who is here and will live in it, in the buildings or the cities designed.”


Director of the Master’s Degree in Theory and Architectural Design (MtDA)

Universidad de Navarra, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. Pamplona, Spain

“Architecture is a relational practice where each work is the synthetic result of a complex network of external and internal interactions that crystallize at a certain moment and context. In our current society, where the ability to establish relationships between non-convergent disciplines is an uncommon asset, architects have the opportunity to take advantage of their preparation and expertise to become problem-solving leaders and integrate many professional fields beyond architecture itself”

Coordinator of the Master in Sciences (M.Sc.) in Architecture and Urban Design

Politecnico di Milano. School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Engineering. Milan, Italy 

“Architecture is a project that concerns the idea of how to live in the world, the elements that mark our way of living in this earthly dimension. Architecture is the life that lies within this dimension”


Coordinator of the Post-Professional Master of Sciences (MS) Design Energy Futures in Architecture

Syracuse University, School of Architecture. Syracuse, NY, USA

“A good architecture professor shall be a good mentor, listener and collaborator. A good professor explores each student’s potential and uniqueness, rather than teach them to be exactly the same as him/herself. A good professor listens carefully to what each student says and learns from them. A good professor collaborates with students, other faculty members and other disciplines and industries”

Director of the MArch in Architecture & Urbanism (DRL)

The Architectural Association School of Architecture. London, UK


“Architecture affords us a framework to understand our world through the medium of space. If a problem could be understood spatially it is in my opinion architectural, this aspect I believe gives agency for architects to contribute to many challenges of contemporary society”


Director of the MA Architecture and Urbanism

Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester School of Architecture. The UK.

“The best architecture schools encourage creativity in their students and this is a commodity of which the world needs more. Architectural education teaches the value of questioning the prescribed formula and using aesthetic and technical exploration to create innovative possibilities. In particular working in the urban context provides architects the broader understanding of issues such as climate change, social inequality and the protection of heritage which affect city dwellers worldwide

Graduated Program Chair and Director of the Master of Architecture Degree MArch 2

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Los Angeles, California, USA


“Architectural education trains architect to make arguments for new realities. Once an architect has established there is an audience that feels that change will be beneficial, and that audience is substantial enough, one can eventually make the change. I think that’s what makes a good architect operate in the world and enable new subjectivities”

Director of the Master of Architecture MARQ

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile.


“Architecture is a lens through which to see, understand and intervene reality. Buildings shaped our environment across civilizations and time, thus education on the built environment should start as early as possible. Ideally as part of the curricula of secondary school. If we aim to imagine other – better – futures, it is not only important to teach about our current environmental circumstances but to understand them as part of the history and culture of the discipline”

Director of the Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design

Columbia University. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. New York, USA


“Architecture is now at the center of all the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the present and the future of the world – from climate and environmental defiance, to the way we bring guaranties to the expansion of daily life into digital domains. Architecture is now a momentous platform from which we can impact reality”

Director of the Architectural Design MArch (B-Pro)

The Bartlett School of Architecture. University College of London. The UK


“Architecture is crucial for the world, we need to house almost two billion people in the next decades, battle climate change and an emerging housing crisis. Without well-educated and critical architects this will become a battle for engineers and planners – which would result in a world that is perhaps functional but also devoid of culture”

Director of the English Program for Master in Architecture

Tsinghua University,  School of Architecture. Beijing, China


“Architecture is not just a career, it is a lifestyle per se, it is probably the most diversified and rich subject among others. It takes years, even a lifetime for an architect to understand and discover the true meaning of architecture. Be prepared to engage yourself with a life of discovery”

José María de Lapuerta

Director of The Master of Advanced Studies in Collective Housing. 

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


“In the near future, architecture education will follow the same path that some of us started out on some years ago: practical teaching with international students and faculty that encourages future alliances between very distant countries, combined with the higher technical level without regional or artisanal justification: an architect who has expanded their skills to coordinate professional teams with experts in transport, energy, and sociology, among others”

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