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On your marks: study with the Academy in London and Madrid

Do you want to engage with the future of work by studying the subject in more detail? The Academy presents two exciting design research opportunities for students

You’re interested in the future of work and workplace and now you want to engage at a deeper level. You’d like to acquire a postgraduate qualification to help further your career and you’re ready for a new educational challenge.

Does that sound like you?

WORKTECH Academy has teamed up with two of the world’s leading academic institutions to give Academy members the opportunity to study in Madrid and London.

IE University, Madrid

The first partnership is with the IE University in Madrid: the IE School of Architecture and Design runs a Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments – a forward thinking graduate program that not only examines the profound changes occurring in environments for work, retail and learning, but also explores the tools and knowledge needed to innovatively design these spaces for the future.

This pioneering program focuses on three types of space – work, retail and learning – where the most dramatic changes are occurring in terms of concepts, technology and cutting-edge innovation.

The program takes place over one year and includes residential modules in Madrid and London, combined with online interactive teaching in between. This blended way of teaching allows students to keep working whilst undertaking the program, thus allowing them to apply the received instruction within their professional activity.

The Master will start its fourth intake in February 2017, with an international body of students that, in the previous intakes, has come from more than 12 different countries and three different continents.

IE School of Architecture and Design is willing to offer members of WORKTECH Academy three scholarships with a 20 per cent discount on the tuition fees for the program. To apply, please contact Admissions Director Daniel di Paolo: [email protected]

Royal College of Art, London

The Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture offers a one-year Master in Research (MRes) that explores practice-based research methods for critical studies of spatial design. Situated within one of the world’s leading art and design institutions, this pathway encourages interdisciplinary research and generates architectural knowledge outside traditional disciplinary domains. This approach is especially relevant to changing patterns of work.

The MRes Architecture Pathway is organised around a series of collective and individual ‘live projects’, in which students collaborate with an external network of partners. The Future of Work and Workplace specialism, in partnership with WORKTECH Academy, will enable students to explore relevant questions in the field.

Central to this research strand is the digital disruption of work, which is transforming established notions of space, place and time, and renegotiating the relationship between labour and capital. What are the architectural responses to the rise of the intelligent building and district, and also to the emergence of neural networking, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics and machine learning?

Potential areas of research include the social and spatial characteristics of co-working, the impact of new work technologies on city planning, the ethnographic design processes that enable greater employee participation in workplace design, and the interior elements and components that support psychological comfort at work.

The Future of Work strand seeks to work with students to identify their own research questions within the body of theory and practice around work futures, and welcomes emerging researchers with backgrounds in architecture, design, media, science and technology, economics, real estate, product development and psychology.

The Royal College of Art is reserving three places each year for members of WORKTECH Academy with relevant background and qualifications. To apply, please contact: [email protected]

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