Master of Arts in Architecture

Master of Arts in Architecture

Course summary

The uniquely strong profile of the Joint Master of Arts in Architecture results from the proximity to the internationally known Wood division of Berne University of Applied Sciences and the distinctive research competencies in the field of urban development as well as the international recognition and accreditation that the course enjoys.


The programme prepares students for independent and responsible roles in a complex environment requiring qualities of trans-disciplinary analysis, design and leadership, as well as creative approaches, solutions and the implementation of ideas. The process of experiential learning proceeds cyclically, balanced between theory and research.


Thanks to the cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, students have easy access to the range of study courses offered by the three partner universities. Joint courses form an integral part of the Master program. They broaden both the linguistic as well as the cultural horizon.


Title / QualificationMaster of Arts in Architecture
  • Architecture & Wood – constructive design with renewable resources
  • Architecture & Areal – conceptual design in the built environment
Program study optionsFull-time or part-time
Language(s) of instructionGerman (English and French for joint courses with the UAS Western Switzerland)
Campus(es)Burgdorf (Fribourg, Geneva)
Course beginsspring semester: Week 8
autumn semester: Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Master program
Co-operationsUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)


The course of study provides students with the competency to manage an architectural project from the problem analysis phase all the way to structural realisation. It also provides them with the constructive logical thinking necessary to turn architectural processes into specific structural and economic reality. Graduates have the architectural and social skills to manage their own office or a team in the planning sector, while their internationally recognised university degree will allow them to work and participate in competitions around the world.

Detailed information

MA Architecture

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Head of degree programme

Hanspeter Bürgi

T +41 34 426 41 74


Related programmes

MA Design

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