The joint Master of Advanced Studies at the ETH Zürich and EPFL builds an innovative urban and territorial design education addressing social and environmental challenges both within the city-territory and across wider landscapes. Design and research studios form the core of the programme. Design is explored as a tool for synthesis in an expanded field of inter- and transdisciplinary exchange. The curriculum extends the scope of urban design teaching, to include both emerging developments in urban theory and a deeper understanding of the cultural and ecological dimensions of territories. Scientific research on planetary urbanisation, postcolonial thought, and the Anthropocene will be engaged in relation to urban design, landscape architecture, urban and landscape ecology, sustainable construction, and low carbon mobility.
The MAS serves as a laboratory and a forum where we propose agendas, design strategies and governance models for concrete territories. Both Swiss and international case studies are investigated through intensive, ethnographic explorations and in situ workshops. The programme engages in dialogue with communities, local actors, NGOs and governance bodies.
Valentin Bourdon, Vesna Jovanovic
Architecture of Territory
Professorship of Architecture and Territorial Planning
Prof. Milica Topalović
ETH Zurich, ONA G41
+41 (0)44 633 86 88
Habitat Research Center HRC
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
Prof. Paola Viganò
EPFL ENAC HRC
BP 4129 (Bâtiment BP)
The MAS UTD programme links the ETH Zürich Department of Architecture and EPF Lausanne School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering. It is part of the ETH Zürich D-ARCH Landscape and Urban Studies Institute (LUS) and the EPFL ENAC Habitat Research Center (HRC).
Milica Topalović, Assoc. Professor
Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planinng
Dr. Nancy Couling
Paola Viganò, Professor
Habitat Research Center
Dr. Tommaso Pietropolli