Confluence Institute

Confluence Institute

School: Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture
Location: Lyon, France
Undergraduate program: Architectural Diploma
Graduate program: Master of Architecture
Number of students: 200
Number of faculty: 12
Notable alumni: No big names yet, but that’s only a matter of time
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Strengths: A dynamic curriculum and process that not only merges theory and hands-on learning but also mixes in visual arts, film and myriad other disciplines

The overview: Award-winning French architect has a punk rock reputation in her field, and the school she launched in 2014, after several decades teaching elsewhere, is fittingly designed around breaking the rules. Her goal for Confluence is to liberate architecture teaching from institutional traditions. The program (delivered in French and English) focuses on five themes: neurosciences, new technologies, social action, visual art and physics. The five-year program has two diploma cycles, advanced research, with an MArch II awarded after the full five years. The school is housed in a repurposed marketplace that includes a well-outfitted fabrication lab, and the faculty has included Peter Cook, Riccardo de Ostos, Cynthia Davidson, Spela Hudnik, Aaron Sprecher and Chandler Ahrens.