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Master’s degree in Architecture in EPFL

The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
School of Architecture
Architecture & Design

EPFL’s Master’s degree in Architecture perpetuates the tradition of polytechnic training for design and practising architects with a solid theoretical background. The project at the architectural, urban and territorial scale, feeds – as a central discipline – on contributions from theory and history, sociology and economy, construction, study of structures, applied physics in building, visual arts and diverse forms of illustration and modelling.


The multidisciplinary character of the training incorporates humanistic, structural and technical aspects through close collaboration with sister programs within the School (ENAC): civil engineering, and environmental sciences and engineering.


Program’s objectives

A solid and methodical theoretical, scientific and applied training at the Bachelor’s level is followed during the Master’s studies by an in-depth approach to questions linked to issues currently at stake: preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development, energy-wise optimization of constructions, use of new materials, need to keep under control production costs and anticipation of the socio-economic impact of decisions taken during planning.


Moreover, architecture students at EPFL enjoy exceptional logistical and tutoring conditions: an individual workspace in the workshops; an IT infrastructure that includes computers and a plotter room; a modelling workshop equipped with several machines; a library with free access to all collections, and – last but not least – the necessary support and advisory staff.

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Admission Requirements

-EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, or from another institution with excellent academic records

-Practical experience of 12 months, of which 6 consecutive months at least in the same architecture unit

-HES candidates: internships done before the beginning of the course and before the end of the Bachelor’s studies are not validated

-Other candidates: only the internships done starting from the end of a successful 2nd year of the Bachelor’s studies are validated

-A portfolio (A4 size) presenting several projects made by the candidate during the studies and possibly practice.

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General information
120 ECTS
French / English
+41 21 693 32 11
Chemin Alan Turing, 1015 Ecublens, Switzerland
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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