The five thematics
They are approached in a transversal and non-hierarchical manner in order to reinforce the student’s independent and critical thinking.
The five thematic fields developed at the Confluence are:
- New technologies
- Social action
- Visual Art
The neurosciences relate to the study of the human nervous system. They are at the intersection of biology, medicine, psychology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. The link to architecture manifests itself in the relation between the body and space. This theme focuses on their interrelations in order to question and to propose new ways of life.
The new tools at our disposal today in the fields of information, communication and fabrication which transform modes of life and places of habitation renew possibilities for mobility, relations and exchanges in space. This theme focuses on the interrelations in the spaces generated by these new technologies in order to question and propose new places.
The observation and the analysis of critical situations and the study of ways that permit individuals to adapt to their social environments generate a renewal of thinking and action for the city. This theme focuses on the diverse approaches – sociological, anthropological, ethnological, etc. – to these situations in order to question and propose new environments.
The emergence of new media has transformed the traditional vision of the links between art and architecture. New means of conception and representation inform and modify our perception of space. This theme focuses on the new visual cultures generated by these new medias in order to question and propose new spaces.
Recent studies in geography, material and energy have generated new fields of exploration for the human environment. This theme focuses on the interrelation between territories, their resources and constructions in order to propose new environments.
Teaching at the Confluence is organized vertically in order to enable emulation and interaction between students from 1st to 5th year.
Throughout their education at the Confluence, the student constructs their own course of study in order to reinforce their independence and the project culture by choosing: a studio and subject for the year in two semesters, optional seminars along with a seminar associated with studio, additional courses related to the development of the project; an immersive professional internship, work in an association or an entrepreneurial activity.
The seminar is an opportunity for research that nourishes the project of the student within the studio. The seminar can be organized in different formats (lectures, workshops, conferences, debates, etc.). Each studio project is linked to a mandatory seminar run conjointly by the architect and expert of the studio. The student also has the possibility, if he or she wishes to take seminars from other studios.
Internships in architecture take place within architectural firms. Internships in a professional field outside of architecture: within a company or in a structure of another type (research center, ONG, etc.), must be in relation to the subject studied that year. The minimum length of an internship is two months. Nevertheless, a student may complete an internship that is longer while continuing his or her course of study. In fact, due to the Creative Connective Space, the student remains in close contact with the Confluence: he or she pursues their project, and participates in seminars and courses.
Teaching at the Confluence is in French and English. For all students, English levels are verified upon admission. Courses for students who need to improve their English or French language skills are provided at the beginning of their studies. For non-Francophone students, French courses are available to assist with everyday life. Professors choose one of the two languages for teaching. The bilingual nature of the school prepares students for the reality of their future professional life.
MarchII: City & Technologies
A post-diploma master program « Architecture thinking for tomorrow », a three semester investigating city living in the future. The program leading to the Master of Architecture II aims to: Anticipate future ways of living through prospective research in multi-disciplinary fields and question their implication on our way of envisioning the human milieu. Reform the political, social and economic role of the architect through various approaches that exceeds the mere technical visions of architecture. Research challenges, solutions through polemical interventions and speculative proposals in order to challenge and critique the homogeneous urbanization of the world.
Upon arriving at the Confluence each student is assigned a professor who acts as his or her advisor and guides them through their studies. The faculty advisor counsels and personally helps the student define their plan of study. Being familiar with the student’s course work, the advisor takes part in all the important stages of the student’s
The project is elaborated in one of the vertical studios at the Confluence, limited to 15 students from all the different levels. Each studio is defined according to the five thematic fields developed at the school. The project is framed within the studio by an architect and an outside expert – an eminent personality familiar with the subject being studied, chosen for his or her productions, actions and influence in the field. The student chooses one studio a year.
The objective of the courses is to provide a culture, practical abilities and theoretical knowledge that is indispensable for students. Organized as lecture courses and/or directed assignments, courses can be administered on campus or on-line. The personal mentoring of the student by the faculty advisor plays an important role in the course of study and the choices of each year’s courses.
The Confluence encourages all kinds of entrepreneurial initiatives: clubs, start-ups, junior enterprise and the development of new project within the structure of the Institute. These associations are not simply student clubs but propose real projects linked to architecture that take on local, national or international issues by proposing concrete actions and projects. Engagement within one of the associations at the Confluence can be allotted credit hours in place of a professional internship.
Throughout the year and during the inter-semester summer period, international workshops and Master Classes are organized with invited personalities. Summer workshops are open to international participants and to students from outside the school. They are accompanied by publications, exhibitions and colloquia. Participation in these workshops can, in some cases, provide make-up credits for students who need them.