Master in Interior Design for Commercial Spaces

Edition: 12th

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Start Date: January 25th 2018

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 6.30 p.m to 10.40 p.m.

Credits: 60*

Biada 11; 08012 Barcelona, España


The Master of Interior Design for Commercial Spaces is based on the theoretical and practical considerations of designing commercial spaces.

Its aim is to combine theoretical concepts and construction, quotation and material interpretation, in the understanding that design practice exists in relation to contemporary society, to the present. Therefore, some of the main issues it covers are the historical perspective of design, an analysis of the current situation and drawing attention to the history of place.

The course uses Barcelona as its working ground and, therefore, addresses the commercial space associated with a territory in which the street is the protagonist. Due to the geographical features of our city, and its excellent climate, much use is made of public spaces. Streets and squares are open spaces that oxygenate the urban fabric and provide much-needed “living rooms” for citizens in this highly built-up area.

Over the past few decades, Barcelona has been reshaping its own landscape, which is bounded by its surrounding geographical elements (mountains, rivers and the sea), undertaking various urban projects that address historical needs. In recent years, these transformations have been linked to major events. By making use of this wealth of material, the course deals with the concept of the commercial space in relation to the “street”, taking into account social and political situations to intervene in places that are a part of the public debate.  


Faced with the rapid changes in consumer markets, we are bombarded with images, identities, ambiences and lifestyles that often have little to do with the everyday products they represent: in other words, “consumer society”.

– Students address the issue of commercial space not as an abstract construction, but as a comment on reality. They undertake projects that are highly realistic and form part of the debate on the regeneration and design of the city. The projects are backed by data provided by the Barcelona City Council’s Department of Architecture.

– To have greater contact with the professional world and acquire the necessary tools to tackle the heterogeneity and diversity of programmes and places encompassed within the field of interior design.      

– By following an integrated programme of practical and theoretical sessions, the participants are assisted from the initial stages of strategy and conceptualisation, through the design process and until final presentation. Particular emphasis is placed on the project’s interdisciplinary aspects, opening new ground to the designer while reinforcing and amplifying previously acquired knowledge.

– To focus predominantly on research by learning a methodology and project process. The end result is not a goal in itself, but a vehicle for providing the student with the necessary knowledge and tools to handle any type of multidisciplinary project in the future. Students develop the ability to plan and understand the stages of the work process by alternating both aspects.

– The course also draws on the students’ diverse backgrounds in order to further enhance the group’s knowledge.


The Master of Interior Design for Commercial Spaces offers an intensive program that provides methodological tools and avoids the “inspired” search for an image related to an end result.

The course trains students in the field of abstraction to design the space according to its emotional and visual aspects and to pursue individual ways of thinking. This methodological and heterogeneous vision increases their professional skills and paves the way for their field of work in the design world.

Work is carried out at various scales, from the urban to the human, from overall context to details, thereby allowing for comprehensive control over the project.

This design process is managed through many types of documents. A language is generated by the designer and from the place originating a story that, in some cases, arrives at its ultimate goal: to become spaces that can be inhabited by people and can shelter new stories.

Student Profile

Students will be required to present a graphic portfolio demonstrating their ability to manipulate shapes, and their mastery of design theory.

Moreover, two exercises are required to be sent:
1. The construction of a space through the cutting and folding (without separating pieces) of an A4
sheet of paper: just one photograph should be presented and an adjective that define the space.
2. Construction of a space of light through the strategic perforation of a foam board box
50x50x50cm: just one photograph should be presented and an adjective that define the space.
(More detailed information will be provided during the application process).

All students admitted must have a qualification in one of the following areas:
‐ Architecture
‐ Engineering
‐ Interior Design
‐ Product Design
‐ Graphic Design
‐ Visual Arts
‐ Landscaping
‐ Social Sciences

During the project process, the Master promotes group work as a learning methodology: two or more
students, with different experiences, who are able to manage the proposals will be better prepared
for the reality of professional practice, and it also makes the course more realistic. For this reason,
the Master course values the fact that students have different qualifications, as this enhances the
interdisciplinary peculiarity of the projects.

Job Opportunities

The Master students will have acquired sufficient knowledge for them to be able to integrate different disciplines from the design world into their projects:
‐ Architecture: the project method starts with a physical and historical analysis of the place.
‐ Interior design: understood as a continuation, an extension of the exterior space; avoiding “fancy
solutions”, and seeking spaces with atmosphere and imbued with their own particular character.
‐ Product design: the ability to use detail or an object as a project matrix, whether for its modular,
geometric or fractal capacity.


The coordinator of the Master supports the choice of the teaching team, all of them professionals with extensive experience, and associated with prestigious institutions and organisations in their fields of expertise. We have the participation of prominent international professors and speakers, who will explain to students the different approaches to designing contemporary interior spaces.

Combines design and construction with his teaching activities.
He has taught classes in several universities since 1998. Some of these include the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), La Salle Engineering and Architecture School, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires (UTDT), Istituto Europeo di Design, and the Eina School of Art and Design. He has also been a guest professor at Hochschule für Technik Zürich (HSZT) in Switzerland, and Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo, Universidade Positivo (UNICENP) in Curitiba, and Universida de Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. He has given talks at various universities, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cornell University, Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the International Union of Architects (IUA) conference in Tokyo. His work has been exhibited in several countries including the United States, Switzerland, Sweden,
Norway, and Portugal, and prestigious Architecture Galleries like Aedes Berlin and events like Biennale di Architettura in Venice.


The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master  program adopts a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). IED Master only awards its own private degrees.

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