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Belval cluster. © University of Luxembourg.

The Master of Architecture is embedded within the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE), at the University of Luxembourg. With a strong emphasis on research, it promises productive connections with surrounding fields of humanities and social sciences, especially geography, economics, development, history and sociology, but also with neighboring programmes of engineering. The programme operates complementary to different masters and entities within the University, most notably: the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, the Master in European Governance and in particular research on international development, political economy, sustainable development as well as the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and the Master in Sustainable Development.

The programme shares courses and faculty members, and encourages collaboration with students and research units from other faculties in order to produce synthetic results through the lens of design. Thus, the Master in Architecture introduces a very particular interdisciplinary identity, which distinguishes it from any other study programmes in architecture, and which is deemed necessary in order to understand and tackle the complex social, economic and environmental challenges associated with evolving processes of globalisation.

The programme is based in the Belval University campus, in the south of the country of Luxembourg, right next to the French border. In Belval, 120 hectares of industrial wasteland, which once housed Luxembourg’s largest steel foundry, are being redeveloped into a research, development and commercial hub, combining different services, businesses, scientific and educational institutions, sport infrastructures, recreation, dwellings and cultural centres. The Belval site hosts the main campus of Luxembourg University, as well as different research and learning institutions such as the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the new Learning Centre including the new central library of the university.

Within the Belval campus, the master in Architecture features a dedicated studio space equipped with individual desks, group presentation spaces and collaborative working areas. It offers access to all necessary equipment for printing and model-making which includes large format plotter, laser cutter, large format scanners, colour laser printers as well as dedicated fully-equipped workstations.

The programme embodies a truly interdisciplinary approach, and at the same time highlights the need to address the multiplicity of landscapes produced by contemporary urbanisation processes. It is positioned within a broader ecosystem including institutions such as Fab Lab Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Center for Architecture (LUCA), which was instrumental in the development of the programme since the early stages.

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