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Architecture is created through buildings and words, polemics and practice, exhibitions and publications. Since its founding thirty years ago, the Berlage has connected leading practitioners and thinkers, with students eager to develop their own strong visions and keen to position themselves to act effectively within the discipline. As part of the TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Berlage fosters a space of interaction between a select international group of students and a diverse shifting team of designers and cross-disciplinary team of experts.

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LENGTH OF STUDY
The Berlage’s post-master program consists of a year-and-a-half full-time, academic study divided over three terms. Each term encompasses 30 ECTS credit points for a total 90 ECTS credit points to obtain the degree. Study begins once a year in September and concludes a year later at the end of January. The incoming 2021 cohort will start on August 23, 2021 with the introduction week, and will graduate on January 27, 2023.

APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process for the Berlage post-master program consists of the following steps:

  • Applicants should register with Studielink and submit their application, through TU Delft’s online application system, Osiaan. The application process is completely online, you should not send us hard copies or originals. Please visit TU Delft’s website for more information.
  • Selected applicants will receive an interview invitation by email from The Berlage.
  • Applicants will receive a final decision from TU Delft's Education Service Centre.
  • After acceptance applicants will receive a letter from The Berlage with payment details and a request to submit a non-refundable deposit fee.
  • Applicants need to make the full-tuition fee payment before the deadline of July 1, 2021. Non-EU applicants also need to include an additional living costs amount. Please note that these payments are part of the admissions process. TU Delft will finalize your enrollment to the program, after full payment is received on our account before the payment deadline.
  • TU Delft’s housing and visa services only start after the complete payment of the tuition fee, the living costs (for non-EU applicants), and payment of a visa and housing service charge.

INTERVIEWS
After reviewing your application, the admissions committee may invite you to an interview. Interviews are by invitation only and conducted by a member of the admissions committee, who will have thoroughly read your entire application package. The invitation will be sent by email. Interviews are conducted via Zoom or, when logistically possible, held in person in Delft. Following the interview, students will either be accepted or rejected to the program. The application process is based on rolling admissions so that applications are reviewed as they are completed.

APPLY IN TIME
After being admitted to the program, you will receive an admission letter and a payment letter, which helps you to arrange funding through a scholarship or study loan. In order to arrange it in time, you should allow yourself at least one month to do so. Payment of the tuition fee (payment deadline is July 1, 2021) is part of your enrollment to our program. Currently there is a shortage on affordable student accommodations. TU Delft’s housing services uses your enrollment date as placement on their waiting list for housing. The sooner you are enrolled the higher you are on the waiting list.

TUITON FEE
The 2021–2022 tuition fee for the post-master program is €27,000 in total; or €9,000 per semester.

ADDITIONAL STUDY COSTS
There will be extra individual costs for printing, presentation materials and a contribution for the fieldwork trips. The estimated costs for the three semesters are about €3,500.

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2021–2022 Call for Applications

Architecture is created through buildings and words, polemics and practice, exhibitions and publications. Since its founding thirty years ago, the Berlage has connected leading practitioners and thinkers with students eager to develop their own strong visions and keen to position themselves to act effectively within the discipline. The Berlage fosters a space of interaction between a select international group of students and a diverse shifting team of designers and a cross-disciplinary team of experts.

FALL 2021: PROJECT NL
In the first semester, students will explore the Netherlands’s renowned architecture culture as part of the design-based Project NL course. This year, in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, students will focus on socially driven ideas related to modes of living together in the Netherlands over the past hundred years. Using their forthcoming exhibition The Design of the Social as a point of departure, students will engage with local archivists, researchers, curators, architects, and other experts to speculate on the future of the built environment in the Netherlands.

SPRING 2022: PROJECT GLOBAL
The second semester design-based course, Project Global, will examine the metropolitan conditions of Berlin and Johannesburg. The European metropolis will be introduced as an index for investigation for a non-European context. After neutralizing all traces of Eurocentric bias, the notion of “the global metropolis” will become the model of interrogation and the context for an architectural-urban project. Working with local authorities and experts from both cities, students will examine the motivations, designs, and politics of contemporary urban development, culminating in a speculative design proposal.

FALL 2022: PROJECT THESIS
The semester will be framed by the Berlage's three-year multiformat “Carrying Capacities” research program. Originally conceived to describe the maximum population, program, or extraction an area can sustain without environmental depletion, the notion of “carrying capacity” is fundamental to designing any object, space, or territory. The thesis curriculum will examine the spatial implications of the global fashion industry. From textile production, manufacturing, and working conditions to distribution, merchandising, and information management, the aim will be the completion of a collective architectural and urban design project on the global fashion industry informed by individual contributions. Students will be encouraged to be highly experimental and speculative, adopt a position between theory and practice, while creating visually compelling and intellectually rigorous design-research projects, which can serve as starting points for further PhD research or initiating an independent architectural practice.

PROSEMINARS
Throughout the first two semesters, in conjunction with their designed-based courses, students will engage in a succession of architectural theory and history proseminars taught by leading scholars and practitioners. During the fall semester, Léa-Catherine Szacka will lead a proseminar using oral history to trace the multiplicity of postmodern discourses. In parallel, a proseminar taught by Olaf Gipser will consider architecture as an intellectual discipline that is grounded in the reflection of its own history, the history of cultural ideas, and the dialogue between these two spheres. In the spring semester, Reinier de Graaf will lead a proseminar revisiting contemporary architecture through the lens of finance. Amy Thomas, in parallel, will teach a proseminar exploring the role of gender in the design of corporate buildings and interiors, both from a historical and contemporary perspective.

MASTER CLASSES
Twice a year students will work with world-renowned architects, designers, and thinkers in an intensive workshop setting to analyze a relevant issue in the built environment, experimenting with alternative formats of representation and dissemination. The fall 2021 design master class will be organized in collaboration with Sir Norman Foster. Recent master classes have been led by Barry Bergdoll, Bêka & Lemoine, Theo Deutinger, Hans Kollhoff, and Felicity Scott.

PUBLIC PROGRAM
Each semester, a public program will foster a climate of intellectual rigor and deliberate inquiry that challenges the traditionally conceived discipline of architecture. Recent lecturers include Barozzi Veiga, Bruther, Christ & Gantenbein, Keller Easterling, Frida Escobedo, Grafton Architects, Rahul Mehrotra, Joan Ockman, Carlo Ratti, Peter St John, Marina Tabassum, Francesca Torzo, and Mark Wigley.

TEACHING STAFF
The Berlage offers a diverse teaching staff of practitioners, designers, scholars, and researchers, including Jean-Louis Cohen, Salomon Frausto, Filip Geerts, Stephan Petermann, Michiel Riedijk, Martino Tattara, and Nathalie de Vries. Recent guest critics include Grafton Architects, Penelope Curtis, Dick van Gameren, Christine Hawley, Francesca Hughes, Kees Kaan, Sébastien Marot, Alessandra Ponte, Daniel Rosbottom, David van Severen, and Thomas Weaver.