D(esign) Lab

Approach the world of design and architecture

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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.




IE (Library, Dean, Labs)

Segovia City Council (Casa de La Moneda and Casa de Los Deportes)

Lab Directors

Romina Canna


From 2008 to 2010, Romina Canna was the co-president of the Chicago Architectural Club, where she investigated the current state of the discipline of Architecture through conferences, community events and two international competitions, which were later published in the book The State of the Art. Since 2010 she has been investigating 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 several journals and books.

Romina holds a PhD in Urbanism from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a Bachelor in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Prior to joining IE University, she taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseño in Argentina.

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Welcome to the D-Lab
C.E.I.P. El Peñascal
D-Lab ’20

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