Located in the centre of Paris, the school is positioned at the heart of Europe in one of the world’s greatest international cities. Continuing this international focus, our programme of
study prepares graduates to be leaders in the fields of architecture, construction, philosophy, journalism, emerging technologies, and the arts.
The Paris School of Architecture equips its graduates with the artistic, philosophical, intellectual and technical skills required by industry to produce exceptional future professionals. Set in the centre of Paris, informed by the European design and construction world, with Master Classes provided by a faculty of leaders in the creative industries from all over the world, the School is deliberately international; producing the next generation of global architectural practitioners.
The Paris School is different to many other architecture schools, being conceived and run by a new generation of architects and designers.
Rather than instructive teaching of a particular thematic or topic, the school’s focus is on the development of rigorous design projects through the incubation of student’s individual ideas. This research freedom typifies the experience of studying at the school.
The Paris School exists to create a space for students who are minded to specialise in a particular area of architecture, use part of their studies to develop a new product, service or idea within the broader scope of architectural thinking, to create their own practices after graduation, or to embark on careers as researchers and thinkers within architecture and urbanism.
For any students who have found their previous architectural studies too rigidly framed, or without the freedom to pursue their key research interests, the Paris School offers a place to think, research, experiment, be radical, and take risks.
21st Century Professionals
The school was established to offer an alternative route into architecture and associated disciplines in response to the radical changes in architectural practice in the past decades.
Most schools of architecture follow a pedagogical methodology adopted nearly a century ago that has become less relevant to the realities of architecture today. The Paris School offers a new system, combining core architectural components with emerging professional and intellectual requirements, better preparing its graduates for work in practice, establishing their own practices, or work in related fields. Each tutor at the PSA is also active in practice, so that we retain our strong connection to industry
A European School
The school was founded by practitioners in Paris who work around Europe, and who have either taught or graduated from the schools in Europe and the US. As the English language cements its position as the global lingua franca, and regulatory reform by the European Union brings greater uniformity to architectural practice within the bloc, the need for an anglophone European school in Paris has never been more pressing.
In addition, the school places importance on the study of architectural, artistic, philosophical, legal and construction methodologies pertinent to different jurisdictions to allow graduates to work seamlessly across Europe and the world. This cultural exchange promotes and reinforces the international focus of the school and its pedagogy.
A New School
In development since 2016 the Paris School offers a single post-graduate course in Architecture. The post-graduate course commences on the third Monday in September, when the intake of year 1 students join the school (equivalent to the first year of masters studies). ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) will apply to the school, the two year course offering a total of 120 Credits. The school is also completing the process of registration with Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles who accredit private educational institutions in France.
Our cohort of students will form a critical part of our course development, with a student council with the power to propose additional subjects as technologies and cultures evolve, develop exchange relationships with other institutions, and create, amend and vote on the school’s charter.