Application period: 1 February 2024 – 30 April 2024. Master of Advanced Studies in Urban and Territorial Design ETH Zürich D-ARCH LUS and EPFL ENAC HRC joint master programme.
This one-year, full-time postgraduate programme is receiving a new cohort of participants in autumn 2024. It is taught in English and held at the two Swiss schools, EPFL (Autumn) and ETH Zürich (Spring). The participants receive a 60 ECTS joint degree, the “MAS ETH EPFL UTD I.”
The Territorial Project for Social and Ecological Change
Urban and territorial design has acquired a new meaning and urgency. From drivers of progress to the source of planetary hazards, the impacts of cities and urbanisation processes are being recast in the public sphere. The critical examination of anthropocentric world views, the greening of politics and economies, growing social movements, and climate activism are reflected in urban and territorial space, highlighting power asymmetries, uneven development, and the urgency of exploring alternatives. The future of the urban engages social and environmental imaginaries, which now extend beyond-the-city and beyond-the-human. Rather than an object, the territory becomes a subject in dialogue with other subjects, and space becomes an agent of socioecological change. The urban and territorial project is understood as a possibility to explore common epistemic horizons and new biopolitical paradigms. The MAS programme embraces such a transition as a field of critical and imaginative investigation based on the principles of social and environmental equity and justice. Engaging with notions of transformation, reuse, regeneration, reparation, and transition of habitats and ecologies, the MAS deploys the urban and territorial project as the crucial field of knowledge production across scales.
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, where design is explored as a tool for synthesis within inter- and transdisciplinary exchange involving science, practice and governance. The extended scope of urban design teaching includes 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 ecology and agroecology, sustainable construction, renewable energy, 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. 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.
ETH Zürich D-ARCH, Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), Assoc. Prof. Milica Topalović Milica Topalović, Nancy Couling, Karoline Kostka, Nazlı Tümerdem and Alice Clarke; Teresa Galí-Izard, Stefan Breit and Bonnie Kate Walker; Christian Schmid and Nitin Bathla; Christoph Küffer
EPFL ENAC, Habitat Research Center (HRC), Prof. Paola Viganò Paola Viganò, Tommaso Pietropolli, Michael Fingleton and Loan Laurent; Vincent Kaufmann and Luca Pattaroni; Elena Cogato Lanza and Anna Pagani; Corentin Fivet and Barbara Lambec; Luca Rossi and Yves Kazemi; Sébastien Marot
Timeline and Eligibility
Autumn 2024 (September–January): EPFL ENAC, Habitat Research Center (HRC), Studio Paola Viganò
Spring 2025 (February–June): ETH Zürich D-ARCH, Architecture of Territory, Studio Milica Topalović
The programme is addressed to international graduates, young professionals, designers, and researchers wishing to link research and design expertise to the extended urbanisation of territories. A previous bachelor and master degree are both required. The MAS UTD alumni is made up of thirty-seven graduates from 17 nationalities – visit their work and read their testimonials.
One tuition waver or part-time employment covering tuition fees is offered in order to foster diversity and inclusivity.
How to Apply
For information about the programme, tuition fees, scholarships, and how to apply, please contact us here or the ETH School of Continuing Education. In the rolling application process applications will be evaluated successively within two weeks after submission. To secure a place within the programme, early applications are encouraged. Participants requiring a visa to Switzerland must complete the application procedure before 31 March 2024. The programme is committed to cultivating a successful social environment in Switzerland and cannot be attended remotely. Support services are offered to assist in finding accommodation.