Archive for June/2010


Interview with John Carlin at IE University

Written on June 30, 2010 by Roberto Arribas in General, Highlights

An interview with acclaimed writer and journalist John Carlin. Mr. Carlin shares his thoughts on the leadership qualities of Nelson Mandela, and the influence of politics and sport in South Africa.


Meet the professor: Juan Lago-Novás

Written on June 30, 2010 by Roberto Arribas in Architecture, General

Juan Lago-Novás (IE School of Architecture)

     Can you explain us in detail your professional and academic career?

I completed my Bachelor in Architecture in 2003 at UEM, where I had the opportunity to meet wonderful professors and professionals such as Peter Cook, Manuel Gausa, Efrén García Grinda and Cristina Díaz Moreno. From the very beginning, I was able to work for different offices in order to better start my professional career such as Matos-Castillo and collaborate in some projects for Herzog & de Meuron. In 2006 I completed an MBA at UPM that would influence both my future professional and academic career. In 2007 I started my Ph.D. at UEM working on a thesis titled “La percepción de la arquitectura a través de los sentidos”, a social and architectural project that studies how architecture is perceived by people who lack one of the senses, and how that very same architecture can be projected in order to reinforce those senses. In 2010 I went to Harvard Business School where I completed a program on management, an unique experience that began my own “American Dream”. Professionally, I have my own office with 22 people collaborating and we develop most of our work out of Spain, mostly in South America where we work in research projects on eco-efficient housing projects. I also participated as a jury at AA School of Architecture.

     How and when do you get into IE University? What do you do at the university?

I came to IE University as a professor in 2008. In 2009 I start working in the internship program at IE School of Architecture, I coordinate the “Design Thinking” workshop for the IMBA program at IE Business School in collaboration with the AA School of Architecture and I also coordinate the AA/IE Madrid Summer School. I also work hand in hand with Javier Quintana, Dean of IE School of Architecture, in the Master in Architectural Management and Design, the first master program by the IE School of Architecture and that will start on February 2011.

     What courses do you teach? Why is your course important for a future architect?

I have been teaching for a couple years a course for students in their fifth year titled “Project Management”. I think that this subject is essential between the academic and the real world for students in their last year. We work on all the different phases of a project, from the architectural competition until the execution project, learning at the same time how to form multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, how to take decisions, how to lead, etc. One of the tools that we use are “role games” and the “case method” as the main source of the learning process.

     Can you tell us what books, movies, etc. would you recommend to a soon-to-be architect?

Books: 1) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry because of its tireless optimism and smiling attitude towards reality. 2) The Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa for its haptic perception of architecture and 3) The Splendors and Miseries of Courtesans by Honoré de Balzac, for the value of the word in architecture.

Movies: 1) Lagos Wide & Close by Rem Koolhaas on how “to narrate a city”, 2) Metropolis by Fritz Lang, full of new ideas and architectural references and also 3) True Blue by Ferdinand Fairfax because of its interpretation of the reality a team form by architects opposite to the almighty architect. Even though it has nothing to do with architecture, I also love Captain Tsubasa.

In the end, all the effort and illusion really pays off. Indolence is the worst enemy of architecture and oneself.


IE University professor of Psychology Miguel Ángel Gandarillas Solinís will present his latest research results on academic methodology for higher education at EDULEARN10, the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, which take place in Barcelona from the 5th to the 7th of July. The main goal of the International Conference is to promote and disseminate experiences in new technologies applied to education in all fields and disciplines. Dr. Gandarillas will present the results of a series of research projects designed to improve educational methodology and academic management to take advantage of new technologies and to adapt them to the increasing diversity of European classrooms.

Dr. Gandarillas’ work stresses the diversity of student´s needs, resources, and potentials for learning in the present and future European university.  His work suggests that universities need to identify, orientate, and develop psycho-educational attributes of students throughout the educational process, allowing the student to advance and gain mastery in fields such as learning strategy, critical and creative thinking, and knowledge management.  Dr. Gandarillas proposes a “university-student relationship-management model” that treats the relationship as a knowledge value chain which becomes the axis of the university management structure.  In this model, the student plays an active role as a vehicle to add and integrate knowledge and competencies as core values.  According Professor Gandarillas, new technologies are fundamental to the efficiency and efficacy of academic management and should be adapted to the “learning diversity” of present and future international classrooms.

A group of IE University psychology professors and students also participated in these projects, including professors Gonzalo Martínez, Pilar Gómez, Blanca Barrio, and student Fátima Martí .

EDULEARN10 is an international forum where latest innovations in methodologies applied to research and education will be debated.  More than 500 specialists and researchers from 65 countries will be present.

Read more…


IE University students Daniel Carcedo and Elena Reinares will read their Final Degree Project on Thursday July 1st. Their work at Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur (India) is the basis of their FDP.

The event will take place in the campus of Santa Cruz la Real, at 13.00 hours. Following the presentation an information meeting for all interested students will be held. Jan Rodríguez is still in Anantapur, coordinating studies on the possibility of using blocks of compacted soil in the area. You can find more information at

College students cooperate with the projects of Vicente Ferrer Foundation in India through an agreement promoted by teachers of IE School of Architecture Joaquín Grau, Juan Antonio Rodríguez and Julián García. Students do their internships in the headquarters of Anantapur as Site Engineers. 

Los alumnos Daniel Carcedo y Elena Reinares, cooperantes en el Departamento de Arquitectura de la Fundación Vicente Ferrer 

Los alumnos de IE Universidad Daniel Carcedo y Elena Reinares presentarán sus Proyectos Final de Carrera el próximo jueves 1 de Julio. Su trabajo como cooperantes del Departamento de Arquitectura de la Fundación Vicente Ferrer en Anantapur (India) les ha servido como base para la redacción de su Proyecto Fin de Carrera. 

El acto tendrá lugar en el refectorio del Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, a las 13,00 horas. Tras la presentación se llevará a cabo, como viene siendo habitual, una reunión de información para todos los alumnos interesados. Jan Rodríguez sigue en Anantapur, coordinando algunos estudios sobre la posibilidad de utilizar BTC (bloque de tierra compactada) en la zona. Tenéis más información en su blog personal (ver abajo). 

Los alumnos de IE Universidad participan en los proyectos de la Fundación Vicente Ferrer en la India a través de un convenio promovido por los profesores de Ie School of Architecture Joaquín Grau, Juan Antonio Rodríguez y Julián García. Los alumnos cursan sus prácticas en Anantapur, realizando tareas de gestión y control de obra. 

Más información: 

Blog Proyecto India:

Blog personal de Daniel:

Blog personal de Elena:

Blog personal de Jan:


Barcelona acogerá los días 1,2 y de 3 julio el seminarioALGOMAD –Algo más que un instrumento: introducción a Métodos generativos en Arquitectura y Diseño”, organizado por los profesores de IE School of Architecture Roberto Molinos, Carlos de la Barrera y Anna Pla, sobre el uso de herramientas digitales avanzadas para generar formas con métodos paramétricos alternativos, automáticos y semiautomáticos.  

De acuerdo con sus promotores, ALGOMAD está pensado como un encuentro de profesores, estudiantes y profesionales de la arquitectura y la construcción que compartan la idea de que los medios digitales son “algo más que un instrumento” en la medida en que abren nuevos caminos de exploración para la exploración formal.

La estructura de ALGOMAD se basa en talleres intensivos  en los que se introducen los métodos y programas más avanzados disponibles en la actualidad para usuarios de ordenadores personales por profesores expertos en estos programas y métodos. Carlos de la Barrera impartirá el taller dedicado al sistema de diseño Generative Components, mientras que Roberto Molinos hará una introducción a la herramienta Grasshopper. Los otros talleres, centrados en programación, serán impartidos por Quim Moya -sobre el lenguaje RhinoScript– y Marcel Bilurbina -sobre el lenguaje Processing-.

El último día, 3 de julio, habrá una jornada de presentaciones en la que todos los participantes podrán compartir sus experiencias. Enb esta jornada particiaprá la profesora Ana Pla, que hablará sobre “Cultura Digital en la Escuela de Arquitectura”. 

ALGOMAD tendrá lugar en la Escuela de Arquitectura del Vallés (c/ Pere Serra, 1. 08173 Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) 

Más información:

1 2 3 8

We use both our own and third-party cookies to enhance our services and to offer you the content that most suits your preferences by analysing your browsing habits. Your continued use of the site means that you accept these cookies. You may change your settings and obtain more information here. Accept