Master in Architecture

During the Master in Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, you will learn how to find and promote your own position within the broad field of architecture. The concurrency education model, a proven combination of study and work experience, inspired guest lecturers from the field and the small-scale and international study programme in the centre of the city, offers all the tools you need to develop into a fully-fledged architect, so that you can blossom into an inspiring spatial artist with your own architectural signature, who is fully equipped to play a central role in the design process.

At the Academy of Architecture, you will be trained to be an architect who dares to stick his or her neck out and who is prepared to look further than the world he or she already knows. You see opportunities, can inspire others, dare to make choices and know how to integrate these, so that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. The integration of a ground plan and a cross-section, the drawings of the fitter with those of the structural engineer and of material, light and air into a space that makes a lasting impression. You can unite the requirements of a client and the possibilities of a location into a design that exceeds its solution, and merge social issues and economic challenges into meaningful visions of the built-up world; visions that are of importance now, while sketching panoramic views for the future at the same time. You will be trained to be an architect who recognises the urgency of his or her profession.

Interdisciplinary and international
Architecture, urban design and landscape architecture are independent disciplines, but are inextricably linked with each other at the same time. The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture is the only Dutch design study programme that offers these three spatial disciplines in combination. By focusing on the essence and skills of your profession and, at the same time, partly working in interdisciplinary groups, you will be prepared for an integrated professional practice in the current field of work, where there is an increasing demand for your specific design skills within blurring boundaries. Working within an international context is also becoming increasingly important. The Academy also maintains an active network of foreign study programmes, through which students and lecturers are exchanged on a small scale, and is a member of the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE).

Inspiring environment  
The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture is a small-scale study programme in the centre of the city. All the elements of the urban landscape that are studied and taught here can be recognised in the context that surrounds us. In this way, the city becomes your laboratory, as a social structure, historical artwork and enduring design assignment. At the same time, the work of the students is also valuable to the city itself. Through the designs that the Academy places on the agenda and the designs that the students make, we create a parallel reality time and time again, which can hold its own in terms of power of expression.

Jan-Richard Kikkert, head of the Master in Architecture
‘This study deals with the foundation and core of the architectural profession. We ensure that you are informed about the current developments. The standard of the projects is, therefore, surprisingly high – the students give me goose bumps with their graduation work each year.’

Graduates of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture can register as an architect with the Dutch Register of Architects immediately.

Programme details

Study load
240 EC

Study length
4 years, part-time

Language of instruction
Dutch or English

CROHO code
44336 (M Architecture)

Master of Science (MSc)

Jan-Richard Kikkert