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Degree awarded

HES-SO/BFH Master of Arts in Architecture


Two years of study lead to the award of a HES⁠-⁠SO/BFH Master of Arts in Architecture.

The Joint Master of Architecture is organised jointly by the architecture faculties of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). The colleges involved in the partnership are the Haute école paysage, ingénierie, architecture (HEPIA) Genève (EIG), the College of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR) and the Ecole d'architecture, de génie civil et du bois de Berthoud (HSB).

The course is based on the principle of mobility within the network. It combines a regional foothold (parallel workshops at each site) with a common input of theory modules and options organised alternately between the three sites.

The study syllabus is focused on project work, interdisciplinary knowledge and research. It is concentrated on three areas of competence:

  • Management and processes
  • Living space
  • Urbanity and territory

The course is made up of three consecutive semesters, a summer school and a semester for work on the Master's thesis. Studies may be full-time or part-time.

Course organisation and fees

ECTS Credits
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (including work on thesis)
Studies may be full-time or part-time
French, German and English
Registration fees
CHF 150
CHF 500 per semester (tuition fees) Bank details

CHF 250 per semester (contribution to tuition fees for certain services)

The study programme begins in calendar week 38
Start of the autumn semester in Week 38, duration 16 weeks
Start of the spring semester in Week 8, duration 16 weeks



Professional prospects

The HES⁠-⁠SO/BFH Master of Arts in Architecture is recognised internationally.

Holders of an HES Master's can practice:

  • As independent architects
  • In architects' practices at a managerial level
  • In institutions and administrations involved in the built environment
  • In companies
  • In service enterprises.

They will be capable of operating independently and professionally. They will be able to manage and undertake a variety of tasks, from the conception of all or parts of projects and the establishment of construction processes, through to the full implementation of the works, as well as the promotion and sales of products or services.

The in-depth education provided by the course leads to individual personal profiles. On completion of the course, students will be able to deal autonomously and responsibly with complex problems, and will be capable of leading teams and undertaking design and management duties.


Robin Schori
Professor responsible of the JMA
HES⁠-⁠SO Master
Av. de Provence 6
CH-1007 Lausanne

Nicolas Pham
Professor responsible - hepia

Eric Tilbury
Professor responsible - HEIA-FR

HES⁠-⁠SO Master
Av. de Provence 6
CH-1007 Lausanne
T + 41 58 900 01 10


Registration opening: August 2019.



  • October 31, 2019 for the spring 2020 semester
  • May 31, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester

Information session

    Brochure Joint Master Architecture


    HES⁠-⁠SO Rectorate
    Route de Moutier 14
    2800 - Delémont
    T +41 58 900 00 00 - F +41 58 900 00 01
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