1 The Berlage Prospectus The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design
2 Student Mohd Fairus Bin Kholid during a first term presentation at the Berlage. October 2014 Network The Berlage is an educational platform where students from all over the world research and design architectural and urban design projects for the twenty-first century world.
3 Greenlight Review with Joe Addo. June Studio tutorial with Matthijs Bouw. Artificial Life in a Seasonal Landscape: Westland. November 2013 Ido Avissar, Freek Persyn and Beatrice Galilee during the public presentation and discussion of the Final Thesis projects. January 2014 Student in discussion with Madelon Vriesendorp during the Master class The Idol Tower. November 2013 Students during an office visit at AWP, Paris. Studio work presentation by Matthias Armengaud. September Personal Growth Guided and inspired by a global network of designers, practitioners, scholars, and experts, students learn to sharpen their individual interests, ambitions, and obsessions as they question and imagine the contemporary built environment. Students during the second term field work in Oslo. Studio Norway, with Johanne Borthne. April 2014 Studio tutorial with Rients Dijkstra. The Complete Ghana Mobility Guide and Handbook. May 2014 Filmmaker Mauricio Freyre, during the theory master class Environment, Time, and Architecture by Sebastién Marot. March 2014
4 Contemporary The Berlage facilitates an experimental and collaborative setting to challenge our disciplinary tools, not only to learn how to understand the complexities of our contemporary built environment, but also how to operate and innovate within them. Antwerp Urban Ring Thesis Project, Generic Form After Carbon Added Tax, Thesis advisor: Freek Persyn By Xiao Liu
5 Dutch The Berlage draws on its rich Dutch context. Not only as a reference to learn from its tradition to think and see design, planning and society as an integrated whole, but also from its contemporary innovations in design and research.
6 Public lecture by Toyo Ito. November 1999 Head of Education Salomon Frausto moderating a discussion between Jean-Louis Cohen, Marcel Smedts and Antoine Picon on Systems Urbanism, Infrastructure Things conference. TU Delft May Public lecture by Rem Koolhaas. May 2011 Steven Holl Art and Architecture master class, May With Wiel Arets, Eleni Gigantes, Victor Mani, Elia Zenghelis and Herman Hertzberger. George Descombes and Giancarlo de Carlo discussing the design master class A Market Place for Ahmedabad by Balkrishna Doshi, over lunch. Spring 1991 Kazuyo Sejima answering questions from the audience after her public lecture at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. November 1998 Zaha Hadid public lecture during her master class A Place with a Memory. Together with Ben van Berkel, David Chipperfield, Winy Maas and Pero Puljiz. October 1993 Martino Tattara, lecture on The Problematics of Large-scale Design. October 2012 Public lecture by Ma Yansong entitled Shanshui City. November Kenneth Frampton at the theory Master Class Contemporary Criticism. With Hans van Dijk, Yorgos Simeoforidis, Ignasi de Sola-Morales, Wilfried Wang and Max Risselada. March International The Berlage activates the crosscultural character of its students, tutors, and invited guests to introduce the next level of debate and reflection on architecture, urbanism and its related fields. Master class review A Market Place in Ahmedabad with Balkrishna Doshi. Together with Giancarlo de Carlo, Georges Descombes, Rajeev Kathpalia, Lucien Lafour, Alain Viaro and Mirjam IJsseling. Spring 1991 Studio tutorial with Elia Zenghelis. Winter 1992 Aldo van Eijck, Tadao Ando and Herman Hertzberger, at the master class Art and Architecture 1, June 1991 Public Lecture The Idol Tower by Madelon Vriesendorp. November 2013 Public lecture Neutra s Architecture and Modernism in California by Julius Shulman at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. November 2000 Kengo Kuma lecturing on Power of Place, June 2014.
7 12 13 Table of Contents About the Berlage 14 Introduction 15 Directors note General Information 16 About the Berlage, history, institutional aims and education Program 18 Postgraduate program 19 Curriculum structure People and Topics 24 Organization 26 Staff 26 Recent teachers 26 Recent lecturers Application 29 Application procedure and requirements Program
8 14 15 Introduction. The Berlage postgraduate Master in Architecture and Urban Design Since its establishment in 1990 the Berlage has provided a unique and exclusive international study program for architects, urban designers and landscape architects that seeking disciplinary excellence. Focussing on design-based research in architecture, urbanism and other issues related to the built environment, the program is open to applications from graduated and experiences architects, urban planners, landscape architects, and other researchers. The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design has created an educational program to meet the challenges of globally oriented practice by expanding the range of education architects receive and by redefining the methods, instruments, and approaches of research and design practice. Research Agenda In the second decade of the twenty-first century, global shifts of culture, economy, and geopolitical power structures continue to redefine the built environment on an unprecedented scale. The practice of architecture and urban design has been under a continuous pressure from these shifts over the last two decades. The practice become increasingly globalized as the spread of professional skills and new technologies around the world has expanded the market for international design services. At the same time, different regions around the world are dealing with similar questions such as urban sprawl, rapid urbanization, the consequences of aging, and the challenges of the middle class. It is tempting to view architects and urban designers as members of a global, cosmopolitan culture that transcends national boundaries and identities. Drawings, technologies, clients, and workforces flow easily between continents and cultures. Yet designers still confront the sometimes intractable characteristics of local conditions. The organization of the construction industry varies widely from nation to nation, with profound consequences for building design. National and local governments continue to define specific legal frameworks with a large impact on building practice. And, significantly, value systems remain strongly bound to culture: particular social and cultural norms continue to effect dwelling patterns, models of collective and public space, and notions of privacy. How can we learn from different cultures of building all over the globe? How can a designer perform within the clash of cosmopolitanism and localism? Which design strategies and research approaches allow for mediation between international and local conditions? How can a globally oriented designer engage with local mores and trades? Do practitioners who operate internationally have an ethical duty to assist in the transfer of new skills to local architects? These questions underscore the new reality of architectural practice: globalization affects every practitioner, even those practitioners who never leave their home nations. The Berlage The Berlage has created an educational program to meet the challenges of globally oriented practice by expanding the range of education architects receive and by redefining the methods, instruments, and approaches of research and design practice. Based in Delft, the Netherlands, the Berlage is situated within the heart of the Dutch architectural landscape, known for its innovative practices with strong international profiles. At the basis of the program is the explorative nature of research and intellectual curiosity. The Berlage Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program aims for a unique, international postgraduate education within this context. Building upon its legacy of international research, along with its excellent global network of alumni, students, practitioners, and scholars, the Berlage provides students with the knowledge and skills to enter more advanced levels of globally oriented architectural practice. Its mission is to create an environment to test and communicate models, insights, and principles from a global perspective, educating architects and urban designers as global professionals engaged in reality-based research and design. The Program The Berlage offers an international, one-and-ahalf-year-long English-language postgraduate Master of Science-degree program in architecture and urban design, as well as complementary public programming of distinctive lectures, exhibitions, and other events. As a small-scale institution, the Berlage s students work very closely with a distinguished network of scholars, professionals, and innovators. Studying at the Berlage prepares students for a more international future. Students not only to learn how to understand the complexities of the contemporary built environment but they also learn how to operate and innovate within them. Nanne de Ru, Director Salomon Frausto, Head of Education
9 16 17 The Place. About The Berlage and its Agenda Over its 25 years of operation, the Berlage facilitated its graduates in developing advanced forms of research that can offer the basis for the formulation of innovative design strategies. The resulting body of work and knowledge has been internationally gained attention through the many publications and exhibitions. As a study center for critical reflection through critical speculation, the Berlage maintains a special position next to other advanced design research and theory-based master tracks, by deeply connecting critical design with projective research. In a similar manner it interweaves the architectural and urban scale that are usually kept apart. The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design The Berlage for short is an independent institution at the Delft University of Technology (formerly named the Berlage Institute until 2012). It offers an international one-and-a-half-year-long, English-language post-master s-level Master of Science degree program in architecture and urban design. Preparing architects and urban designers to meet the challenges of globally oriented practice, the program aims at redefining and expanding the methods and instruments for research and design on the built environment. The Faculty library, in addition to the Campus library, is only one of the campus great facilities. BK City, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. Institutional aims Characterized by projectbased learning, the Berlage promotes the ability of young professionals to critically assess research and design methods, draw conclusions on various scales and reformulate and refine these methods in relation to specific (cultural, political and economic) conditions. Having itself adapted to shifting contemporaneous discourse and changing cultural and socio-economical contexts, the current curriculum re-emphasizes the Berlage s unique educational agenda to understand and theorize the built environment by means of architecture. Education The Berlage s educational principles targets at young professionals self-edification, in-between thinking, projecting and acting. To prepare practitioners for a globally-oriented practice, students will position themselves in regard to the changing role of the architect in relation to other stakeholders in the design of the built environment. This individual development takes place in a collaborative framework, aiming to advance team work capabilities, by challenging architects ability to communicate and present design ideas within and to an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural audience.
10 18 19 The Program. The Berlage postgraduate Master in Architecture and Urban Design Program aims Prospective students are facilitated in improving and sharpening their scholarly and research skills, as well as critical thinking abilities, beyond their professional qualification. They are expected to be eager to research, and better understand, the contemporary built environment; while, at the same time, eager to link theoretical research to design speculations. Admitted candidates will participate in design-research-based projects, theory seminars, fieldwork, and master classes. Curriculum Structure The one-and-a-half-year-long, English-language program is structured into three thematic terms that culminate in a designbased final thesis project in the last term. The curriculum is structured in the following way: The Berlage offers a post-master program, aimed at both young professionals seeking to deepen their research and design skills as well as recent master s-level graduates that are eager to explore advanced modes of research and design for future practice, as much as it prepares architects interested in an academic career. The unique educational program is aimed at curious professionals and scholars who seek an intense study setting, in which to pursue a predetermined design-research interest. During their studies at the Berlage, the individual interests of the prospective student will be developed further within a partly collective framework. Tutorial during the fist-term project From Grain Republic to Blue City: Oldambt with Sanne van den Breemer. October Term 1: Cultures, Methods, and Instruments In the first term of study, students are exposed to various methods of advanced critical thinking and research, to historical and contemporary design instruments, and to emerging digital technologies and platforms in order to establish a common language for use in future exploration. They work together on a broad range of methods, tools, and topics that define the contemporary architectural project, examining the relationship between architectural thought and practice to the cultures and contexts in which they exist and which they must serve. Communication is explored as a tool for education, research, design, and visualization. Through a set of Design Projects based on three Dutch site, that serve as benchmarks for global developments, as well as a related Theory Seminar, students will investigate the cultural instrumentality of built environment. A Research Colloquium, exploring forms, methods, and instruments of inquiry that prepares students to perform advanced academic work in architecture and urban design. This term aims to strengthen the students background and refine their skills in research, historical interpretation, and critical analysis.
11 20 Program 21 Akshara Verma at the first-term final reviews. January Tutorial with Matthijs Bouw and Diederik de Koning. Artificial Life in a Seasonal Landscape: Westland. November Thesis exhibition of select material from the thirty-one thesis projects completed during the 2013 fall term. January 2014 Final presentations January A daylong event of roundtable discussions, film screenings, Q&A sessions inspired by conversations in the 2013 thesis projects. In Fall 2013 and 2014 projects and seminars included: Term 2: Societies, Environments, and Economies Term 3: Final Thesis The final term of study challenges The complete curricular structure with all course descriptions Students build on the knowledge they gained in the previous students to position themselves by articulating a Final Thesis can be found here: Artificial Life in a Seasonal Landscape: Westland, term by focusing on the impact of societal, environmental, project in detail, demonstrating their capacity to critically tutored by Matthijs Bouw and Diederik de Koning and economic determinants on contemporary architecture synthesize knowledge in a relevant format. Thesis students Settlements on Reclaimed Land: Noordoostpolder, and urban design during the second term. Working on Design engage in primary archival or scholarly research, conceptualize tutored by Victoria Easton, Marcus Kempers, and Projects that take into account how design considerations and shape content, and design and execute work in an Nelson Mota relate to these determinants, students individually develop innovative presentation (which could take the form of a book, From Grain Republic to Blue City: Oldambt, a project in one of three selected international locations, a film, an app, among other formats). During this self-directed tutored by Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta, and within a collectively defined frame. The Theory Seminar term, students are placed in dialogue with thesis advisors in an Daniel Jauslin, and Sanne van den Breemer reframes the content and topics being pursued in these inspiring setting to develop their projects. Students complete project-based studios. Students actively participate in a Thesis their term with a public presentation, exhibition, and discussion Preparation Lecture Series, which explores the phenomenon of of their thesis work. contemporary architecture and urban design within the broader development of Western thought and the forces shaping the built environment in the twenty-first century. Students will Don Murpy in conversation with Sanaa Degani during the final presentations of June Predefined designresearch interest Winter semester 2016 Summer semester Winter semester Term 1 : Cultures, Methods, and Instruments (30 ECTS) Projects NL (12 ECTS) Term 2 : Societies, Environments, and Economies (30 ECTS) Projects Global (12 ECTS) Term 3 : Final Thesis (30 ECTS) Thesis Project (30 ECTS) Final Presentation and Graduation use this course as the point of departure for developing initial In Fall 2014 projects and seminars included: Theory Seminar (6 ECTS) Theory Seminar (6 ECTS) topics for thesis work to be undertaken in the third term. In the Thesis Preparation Seminar students conduct in-depth, - Project Oslo: A Land-Use Manual, tutored by self-guided research to develop a critical and theoretically informed position on a design-related thesis topic within the fields of architecture and urban design. Students work closely with educational staff to advance critical thinking skills and Johanne Borthne and Marcus Kempers - Project: Seoul: A Dwelling Biography, tutored by Diederik de Koning and Don Murphy - Project Accra: The Complete and Grand Ghana Mobility Postgraduate Research Colloquium (8 ECTS) Thesis Prep. Lectures (4 ECTS) Thesis Prep. Seminar (4 ECTS) to identify appropriate resources for each individual area of interest, so as to concretize a precise research hypothesis. Guidelines Handbook, tutored by Sanne van den Breemer and Rients Dijkstra, Public Lecture Series Media and Architecture, tutored by Alessandra Cianchetta Design Master class (4 ECTS) Theory Master class (4 ECTS)
12 22 Program 23 Director Nanne de Ru in conversation with Ma Yansong (MAD) Berlage students on fieldwork Public Program Over the past decades, the Berlage has The Berlage Keynotes invites speakers at the forefront established a famed, multiformat public program of lectures, of contemporary design discourse and innovation to present seminars, and conferences. Speakers consisting of interna- their most recent design work or scholarship. The series tionally innovative practitioners, thinkers, public authorities, produces an eclectic selection of speakers from multiple and institutional representatives. Insisting on the importance disciplines, including architects, artists, filmmakers, engi- of communicating and debating ideas, the Berlage s public neers, and theorists. The Berlage Sessions is focused on programming comprises two major series: critical approaches to contemporary architecture and urban The Berlage Keynotes, a series of evening events with design as well as cutting-edge scholarly research. The series high-profile and internationally prominent architects, provokes dialogue and debate, engaging the audience in designers, and thinkers; and linking architectural thinking and practice to the history of The Berlage Sessions, a thematic series of Friday afternoon ideas and changing social and cultural conditions. Given the lectures by leading and emerging scholars and practitioners. Berlage s intimate size, students have ample opportunity to directly debate at these sessions. Group crit with Sébastien Marot and Mauricio Freyre, Spring 2014 Idol Tower Master class participants with Madelon Vriesendorp Fall 2013 Public lecture by Adrian Geuze (West 8) Pin-up of a big collective map during presentations at the Berlage Fieldwork Students actively take part in fieldwork that is Excursion Students participate in an excursion to visit integrated into the Project curriculum during the first two terms canonical and contemporary examples of architecture and of study. They perform fieldwork to their project locations urban design projects in Europe during the first term. to gain valuable knowledge in order to better address sitespecific issues and formulate new questions of architectural Presentations Students learn how to publicly state their and urban design inquiry. At the same time, they broaden and ideas and learn how to present research work and work expand their acquaintance with international practices, cultural in progress to a professional audience. A wide range of institutions, and universities. Activities during the fieldwork practitioners, scholars, stakeholders, and experts are to attend include design charrettes, seminars with expert speakers, and the presentations and reflect upon the work. This creates a visits to significant sites. The fieldwork is organized in close unique atmosphere of critical reflection and cultural exchange association with local authorities and practitioners. between the students and the visiting architects, scholars and thinkers. Form Study Hall at the TU Delft faculty of Architecture Faculty Library at the TU Delft Master Class Twice a year the Berlage organizes two inten- The next master class that will take place from 13 to 20 Collaborations In the last years, the Berlage collaborated Opening hours The Berlage Office is open Mondays through sive two-week master classes led by distinguished architects, November 2014, will be led by Ben van Berkel under the with the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam; the Fridays, from 8:30 am to 5.00 pm, and closed on public scholars, and professionals from related fields. During the Title Architecture without Architects. Architects without Shenzhen Urban Border Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and holidays. Access to the Faculty and the studio space is provided two weeks, students work closely with the master, attend Architecture? This master class will promote a design-driven Architecture 2013; and the New Institute in Rotterdam. Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm during the complementary lectures related to the assignment, and discourse on the changing role of the architect in order to academic terms. The Faculty is closed on weekends and on participate in presentations, creating a high-intensity week define new fields and conditions of work. Facilities and services Facilitated by the Faculty of public holidays. of content and production. Architecture and the Built Environment, students will be able to Each fall, the master class is organized around a design This master class is open to a limited of external participants. profit from interaction with the TU Delft s community, facilities, Visiting address assignment; and the spring classes emphasize a theoretical To apply check: and resources. The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies issue. In the academic year, Madelon Vriesendorp in Architecture and Urban Design built an Idol Tower and Sébastien Marot connected Exhibitions The year-end exhibition of the thesis work is Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Environment, Time, and Architecture. Previous masters displayed in the Faculty s exhibition space. The thesis work Delft University of Technology included a.o. Dominique Perrault, Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito of the current students will be on display during the first weeks Julianalaan 134, Room BG.OOST.600 and Ole Bouman. of February BL Delft, The Netherlands
13 24 25 The People. Organization and Facilities. A privately funded, small-scale institution, the Berlage consists of a small number of permanent staff but a large international network of renowned architects, designers, and thinkers at the forefront of innovation. These individuals, whom are engaged with the most recent developments in architectural practice and thinking, teach, lecture, and contribute through shared publications and exhibitions. Program Advisory Committee The Berlage defines both its educational and public programming in close consultation with its program advisory committee, ensuring that its activities are current and relevant to architectural education, discourse, and profession; as well as to society in general. The committee assists in identifying future trends in the fields of architecture and urban design, in the development of the curriculum, and advising on the selection of visiting tutors and guest lecturers. Committee members consist of leading practitioners, scholars, educators, and affiliated professionals, which also act as key liaisons in assisting graduates in finding employment following graduation. Current members include Tom Avermaete, Yung Ho Chang, Jean-Louis Cohen, Ellen van Loon, Henk Ovink, Michelle Provoost and Daan Roosegaarde The Berlage offers a post-master program, aimed at both young professionals seeking to deepen their research and design skills as well as recent master s-level graduates that are eager to explore advanced modes of research and design for future practice, as much as it prepares architects interested in an academic career. The unique educational program is aimed at curious professionals and scholars who seek an intense study setting, in which to pursue a predetermined design-research interest. During their studies at the Berlage, the individual interests of the prospective student will be developed further within a partly collective framework. Henk Ovink, during the Inauguration Event of the Berlage. October 2012 Jean Luis Cohen, during the Infrastructure Things Symposium. May 2014
14 26 27 Recent teaching staff Matthias Armengaud Tom Avermaete Ido Avissar Laura Baird Henriette Bier Ole Bouman Johanne Borthne Matthijs Bouw Sanne van den Breemer Alessandra Cianchetta Jean-Louis Cohen Brendan Cormier Rients Dijkstra Amir Djalali Victoria Easton Georgios Eftaxiopoulos Salomon Frausto Gary Freeman Mauricio Freyre Filip Geerts Olaf Gipser Reinier de Graaf Ulf Hackauf Alexandra den Heijer Herman Hertzberger Dirk van den Heuvel Daniel Jauslin Marcus Kempers Hamed Khosravi Diederik de Koning Jorn Konijn Sang Lee Dietmar Leyk Sylvia Libedinsky Enriqueta Llabres Sébastien Marot Francesco Marullo Stefano Milani Nelson Mota Billy Nolan Don Murphy Freek Persyn Mark Pimlott Giorgio Ponzo Andrej Radman Eduardo Rico David van Severen, during the public lecture on their Built Work with Kersten Geers. April 2012 Tutor Freek Persyn with Berlage graduates. Nanne de Ru Marc Schoonderbeek Lara Schrijver Heidi Sohn Laurens Tait Oliver Thill Pier Paolo Tamburelli Madelon Vriesendorp Jung Hyun Woo Elia Zenghelis Alessandra Cianchetta, public lecture November Matthijs Bouw during studio tutorials. November 2013 Apply Now! Applications open for the Academic Year On Domesticity public lecture by Hilde Heynen, 6 March Graduation Ceremony, Head of Education Salomon Frausto and Thesis advisor Freek Persyn, with graduate Ye Han. January 2014 The Berlage admits a maximum of 18 to 24 students per academic year to ensure an exclusive learning environment. Candidates are accepted on a rolling admission policy, and all applications are reviewed in order of submission. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to increase their chance of admittance. For all admission requirements and application procedures, please check Responsible professors Tom Avermaete Dick van Gameren Dirk Sijmons Experts and discussants Kunle Adeyemi Sanderyn Amsberg Emre Arolat Guus Beumer Mark Brearley Herman van Bergeijk Gro Bonesmo Pippo Ciorra Lieven De Cauter Henk Engel Beatrice Galilee Christoph Gantembein Anne Holtrop Arjan van de Lindeloof Kees Kaan Tracy Metz Kiel Moe Iradj Moeini Bert Mulder Sander Mulders Billy Nolan Joe Osae-Addo Michelle Provoost Cornelia Redeker Michiel Riedijk Vincent de Rijk Joost Schrijnen Dirk Sijmons Martin Sobota Martino Tattara Arjan van Timmeren Rene van der Velde Jan de Vylder Thijs Welman Saskia de Wit Lecturers Emre Arolat Petra Blaisse Adriaan Geuze Maarten Gielen Go Hasegawa Hilde Heynen Kengo Kuma Aglaia Konrad Jesse Lecavalier Zuler Lima Nicolas Lobo Brennan Nicolas de Monchaux Stanislas von Moos Joan Ockman Valerio Olgiati Jose Oubrerie Beatriz Ramo Daan Roosegaarde Charles Rice Deane Simpson Joel Tettamanti Georges Teyssot Nicola Twilly Peter Wilson Ma Yansong Mirko Zardini Tuition Fees The application period for the academic year commences on 1 October 2014 and closes 15 May 2015 for non-eu applicants and 15 June 2015 for EU applicants and the tuition fee for is set at 16,350 per academic year, thus 24,525 for all three terms.
15 28 29 Admission requirements To be considered for The Berlage program, you must meet the following requirements: 1. You have distinguished yourself in your professional degree in the following disciplines: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, spatial planning, town or urban planning or an allied discipline. 2. You have a master s degree (equivalent to a Dutch Msc degree) or a 5-year bachelor s with a proven academic level of a master s degree through your portfolio in one of the disciplines mentioned above. Or you have a master s degree in a different discipline in combination with relevant work experience. Exceptions are considered on an individual basis. 3. Proof of English proficiency - A TOEFL test with a minimum of 21 points for every section and an overall Band score of at least 90. We only accept internet based test. - IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 for each section and an overall band score of at least University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or the University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. 4. A motivation essay in English of words. It should include your goals, areas of design and research interests related to study, description of prior academic and professional graduation/thesis topics. A motivation essay is an integral part of your application. We use the motivation essay to evaluate your interests, writing skills and ability for critical thinking Letters of reference in English 6. Extensive Curriculum Vitae 7. Proof of identity 8. A portfolio 9. Payment of 100 application fee Please note that you are not assured of admission simply by meeting our requirements and sending us all the required documents. Your application will be evaluated by at least two expert members of the admissions committee. They will then decide if you qualify for admission based on the information and materials provided in your application. Applications will only be evaluated once during an academic year; it is not possible to send new documents for re-evaluation in the same academic year. Portfolio Requirements The digital portfolio should include samples of work from your previous educational program. Working experience may be added to the portfolio. A portfolio should reflect the scope and variety of your previous training and experience with specific emphasis on your personal interests as well as your academic and practical skills particularly in drawing, writing and analysis. Neatness and clarity of presentation are extremely important as they reflect both your attitude towards your work as well as your ability to communicate your work in a comprehensive and deliberate manner. What to include in your post-master portfolio: The portfolio cover should include your full name and contact information. Number and nature of projects: - Include a total maximum of five projects, either from your previous education or practice. Projects : demonstrate your experience and capabilities, and might comprise examples of design or planning projects, extracts of written reports, publications, or research and analytical work such as spatial analysis or mapping - Include at least one single authored project - Include your final project (or include your most recent) - At least one of the projects included should clearly demonstrate your capabilities with respects to analytical and reasoning skills. Project Documentation: The five projects can include (either a or b): a) Design or planning projects: - Concept sketches and/or diagrams, showing preliminary visual development of ideas, approaches and methods and showing how you organize your ideas. - Finished drawings of original design or planning work - A written explanation (in English) of the problem, the goals and objectives of the project, overall concept, how the solution was reached and your contribution to team work. b) Research projects, publications, or research and analytical work: Extract of the material which give a good impression of the overall project including the problem questions, the method of analysis and findings; which may include drawings, text, maps, or other examples. A summary explanation (in English) of the objectives, findings and conclusions of the work and an explanation of your contribution. Please note that for all projects shown we require you to include the name(s) of the author(s) Per project define: - Name and location of the project - If it is academic or professional - If it is individual or group work - Your role in the process - Your exact contribution to the project - The level of the project, if academic (year/semester of your study in which the project was carried out) - Date when the project was carried out - Name and address of the supervisor of the project The size of your portfolio Please be aware that quality is more important than quantity. Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable without zooming or scrolling. Therefore: - The size of your portfolio should not exceed 20 MB - The size of the pages should not exceed A4 - The number of pages should not exceed 30 A4 size pages - It is not allowed to show more than one A4 size page per screen - It is not allowed to use the booklet format because that is two pages per screen - The document format should be pdf - Be aware that landscape layout suits our requirements best These requirements are very strict. If you do not meet them, your portfolio will not be evaluated and you will not be given another chance to apply this academic year. Please note: Though we take the utmost care with all submitted documentation, we cannot be responsible for files that have been sent either corrupted, incomplete, or beyond the maximum size accepted by our system (see below: How to send your portfolio ). Therefore, we highly advise you to check and double check your PDF documents before sending. Application Documents You can send the application documents to through WeTransfer. (www.wetransfer.com). You will receive instructions where to send the hard-copy documents. 1. A filled out application form. The form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page 2. A certified copy of your diploma or proof that you have nearly completed your studies. If your diploma is in another language than English, French, German or Dutch, you must also provide a certified translation of your diploma. 3. A certified copy of your transcript (or transcripts) in the original language. Is the document in a language other than English, French, German or Dutch? Then please also provide a certified translation of your academic transcript (or transcripts) in one of these 4 languages. Please note that you need to bring a certified copy of this document with you when coming to Delft. E.g. if you are in the last year of your undergraduate studies you need to provide a certified copy of your provisional transcript as well as a certified translation of the transcript if it is not in English, French, German or Dutch. 4. An official copy of your English proficiency test. - A TOEFL test with a minimum of 21 points for every section and an overall Band score of at least 90. We only accept internet based test. - IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 for each section and an overall band score of at least University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or the University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. The Admission committee regards English proficiency as crucial for a successful career at The Berlage. Therefore, we do not accept a lower score than the requirement. In order to meet the admission deadline, we recommend to take the IELTS or TOEFL on the earliest possible date. In the case that you are close to a deadline, we do accept a print screen of your results. However, we do need the official proof before the start of the academic year. Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English requirement. 5. A motivation essay is an integral part of your application. We use the motivation essay to evaluate your interests, writing skills and ability for critical thinking. The motivation essay should therefore be in English and between 2000 and 3000 words in length letters of recommendation. The letters should be in English or translated into English 7. A passport picture 8. Proof of identity. A photocopy of your passport pages (preferably in color) which state your name, date of birth, place of birth and the passport expiration date. 9. An extensive curriculum vitae 10. A document that proves payment of the non-refundable application fee ( 100). The application fee has to be transferred to the bank account of The Berlage. IBAN: NL32ABNA , BIC/SWIFT: ABNANL2A In the name of: The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design Please mention application fee and state your full name 11. Portfolio.
16 30 31 Recent Alumnus Profile Remarks from Graduated Students Name Sarah Nichols Home Country United States Residence Zurich, Switzerland Current job Independent architect, teaching assistant at ETH Zurich Websites in-specter.ch, dieweinhalde.ch Finding a place to live is generally easy. The staff from the Berlage connected me with three other students, and through a local agency we easily found a place to live. Aleksandar Joksimović (Serbia) My favorite hang outs in the center of Delft are Coffee Company, Blueberry, DOK Mediatheque, and Kobus Kuch, where Wi-Fi is available and the atmosphere is very inspiring for work. Shruti Omprakash (India) Why did you choose the Berlage? The Berlage offered a unique, advanced program focusing on architecture as an intellectual pursuit rather than a profession. Emphasis is put on developing logical and ideological argumentation, instead of technical skill on the why rather, than just on how to build. What was the most important thing you learned here? That architecture requires more expertise than just design to have an impact. Stemming from a strong tradition of democratic and state engagement in the built environment that defines the Netherlands, I feel the Berlage taught me the skills to engage with those whose support we require to construct, through research and clear communication. What subject do you wish you paid more attention to? The theory program is composed of a series of seminars that bring in intellectual giants from across Europe and the United States for short sessions. This is an incredible opportunity but I now wish I had more of my own production from that period. Was there a course you found particularly difficult? Rather than a particular course, what is most challenging is the nature of group work in an international program. The experience, expectations, and skills of students are extremely varied and leave very little common ground for consensus in the first year. Any words of advice for future students? You must be self-motivated to push your own work forward while understanding your responsibility to the group. The school is so small that the engagement of all students is needed to keep the intellectual level high not just your own experience, but the quality of the group deteriorates without full participation. Are you still in contact with your fellow students? Yes, some are now colleagues of mine at ETH Zurich, others are friends who are scattered across Europe and whose work is interesting to follow. Was the transformation from graduation to working life a smooth one? I was offered my current position teaching at ETH Zurich upon graduation, and for me this was a comfortable transition. The high level of the theory curriculum seems to prepare graduates well for academic positions, with many alumni going on to teach or pursue a doctorate. I chose the Berlage because, rather than being tailored to a specific approach, the flexibility of the program allows students to explore and address different issues from a global and crosscultural perspective through the offered research and design projects. Ahmad Nazmi (Malaysia) I chose a postgraduate program where I could strengthen my architectural knowledge in order to apply it to my own architectural practice. Felipe Guerra (Colombia) My favorite project, called Ecological Modernity, dealt with the changing nature of the city from the condition of being nonnatural to developing an ecology on its own. Anna Sissela (Denmark) The only way to get around Delft is by bicycle! Cycling you can get anywhere in the city and in nice weather it s very popular to ride along the canals to the nearby cities. Ye Han (China)
17 Taksim Square, The Animist City. Research project, Tutors: Emre Arolat, Ido Avissar, with Marcus Kempers Students: Alejandra Arce Gomez, Yoonhee Bae, Jinsun Baik, Saran Chaiyasuta, Xiaoting Chen, Xiaofeng Fu, Ye Han, Ryang Huh, Young-Hun Kwon, Congxiao Liu Taksim Square, The Animist City will use the redevelopment of Taksim Square in Istanbul as a framework for research and design projects. It will focus on conflicts between political forces, stakeholders, inhabitants and interest groups as well as on reading and representing the multilayered complexity of this iconic urban space. The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design Faculty of Architecture Delft University of Technology Julianalaan 134 Room BG.OOST BL Delft The Netherlands First Edition, November 2014
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