EPFL’s Master’s degree in Architecture perpetuates the tradition of polytechnic training for design and practising architects with a solid theoretical background. The project at the architectural, urban and territorial scale, feeds – as a central discipline – on contributions from theory and history, sociology and economy, construction, study of structures, applied physics in building, visual arts and diverse forms of illustration and modelling.

The multidisciplinary character of the training incorporates humanistic, structural and technical aspects through close collaboration with sister programs within the School (ENAC): civil engineering, and environmental sciences and engineering.

Program’s objectives

A solid and methodical theoretical, scientific and applied training at the Bachelor’s level is followed during the Master’s studies by an in-depth approach to questions linked to issues currently at stake: preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development, energy-wise optimization of constructions, use of new materials, need to keep under control production costs and anticipation of the socio-economic impact of decisions taken during planning.

Moreover, architecture students at EPFL enjoy exceptional logistical and tutoring conditions: an individual workspace in the workshops; an IT infrastructure that includes computers and a plotter room; a modelling workshop equipped with several machines; a library with free access to all collections, and – last but not least – the necessary support and advisory staff.

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

  • EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, or from another institution with an excellent academic record
  • Practical experience of 12 months, of which 6 consecutive months at least in the same architecture unit
    HES candidates: internships done before the beginning of the course and before the end of the Bachelor’s studies are not validated
    Other candidates: only the internships done starting from the end of a successful 2nd year of the Bachelor’s studies are validated
  • A portfolio corresponding to the following criteria:
    • Formal aspects
      • Maximum A4 format
      • Quality and care of the presentation
      • Graphic quality, precision of drawing and articulation
      • Personal language, modes of articulation (drawing, model, modelling)
    • Types of work
      • Academic works and projects as a priority
      • Variety of work scales: from the architectural object to the urban and territorial scale
      • Design projects and other disciplines if relevant
      • From conceptualisation to materiality
    • Positioning
      • Commitment and personal position
      • Engagement with current key issues: climate transition, resource management, sustainability, social role of the architect, through thematic and project treatment

Further information about admission criteria

Teaching languages

French and English. An excellent command of French or English, and a good command of the other language are recommended.

Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science MSc in Architecture. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF qualified Architect.

Online application


To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

0041 21 693 32 11

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