The D-Lab aims to offer students a professional experience within the field of design by working on real projects and with real clients.
The goal of our Lab is to introduce to our students the many branches of architecture and the wide range of scales that the work of an architect comprises.
In this context, we explore the tools and procedures involved in the act of design, getting involved in all the steps of the design process, from concept to completion.
Provide students with the necessary knowledge of the tools needed in the architectural practice.
Working on the ``materials of reality``: clients' requests, budgets, material and economic constraints, and changing environments.
Develop an adaptability to new scenarios: in most cases projects suffer transformations along their development, affecting the design process. Students are asked to develop a positive attitude and the creativity to deal with the changes inherent to any architecture project.
Functional reorganization of the schoolyard, proposing different programmatic areas and furniture to re-activate the ludic-educational use of the exterior areas.
Project for the new Municipal Library in an XVI century building located in the center of the World Heritage City of Segovia. The project encompassed all the phases of design, development, and construction, and active involvement with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Project for little buildings to hold the ludic and educational activities organized during the summer months from the Department of Culture of the city of Segovia in six different public spaces. The project encompassed the design, development, construction detailing, and budgeting of the six buildings and their platforms which adapt to the specific site conditions of each park.
Functional re-development and design of an old “masía” in Catalonia.
Department of Patrimony, Segovia City Council
Department of Culture, Segovia City Council
Plataforma Educativa Foundation
Romina Canna is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Coordinator of the Design Studio Sequence at the School of Architecture and Design. She holds a Ph.D. in Urbanism from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and her dissertation “Expressway Ends: Construction and Evolution of Urban Highways in the US 1900-1967” was the recipient of the UPC Extraordinary Doctoral Prize. She also holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, in Argentina. Prior to joining IE University, she taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and in the Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseño in Argentina at undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2015 she is Visiting Professor at the MAAPUD at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Her research deals with infrastructures in urban tissues and the relationship between architecture, urbanism, and the institutions that direct the future of cities. Her research has been published in journals and books of international reach.
Marcela Aragüez is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in Architecture at IE School of Architecture & Design. She received her PhD in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she also received a Master of Science in Spatial Design (ULC Turner Prize for best dissertation).
Marcela’s research focus lies in the production of adaptable architecture, with an emphasis on cross-cultural post war practices. She has recently coordinated the joint research project ‘The Culture of Water’ in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
She is a licensed architect with professional experience in Spain and Switzerland. Her work has been exhibited at the Haute École D’art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Marcela has lectured widely in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, France and Spain and her work has been acknowledged by grants and awards from institutions such as the Japan Foundation, Sasakawa Foundation, Canon Foundation and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.