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ZIGURAT Methodology

ZIGURAT Methodology

ZIGURAT's methodology is 100% online and includes high-quality technical materials, collaborative experiences, real projects, active class participation, and group work. ZIGURAT offers a truly 'hands-on' education that prepares students to become technical experts with a holistic vision of the future of the industry.


As a community, we are united by an educational experience based on a commitment to quality, the courage of entrepreneurship and change management. Together, we are committed to collaboration, continuous improvement and life-long learning as essential tools for advancing as a society.
Metodología ZIGURAT

Transform Tomorrow Today: our philosophy

Since the beginning, we have taught our students to embrace disruption to transform their careers and to have a positive impact on society and the planet. ZIGURAT was the first online school to offer training in innovative technologies through a highly effective and valued hands-on experience. We continue to lead the way in education to rewrite today's rules and lay the foundation for everything that will define tomorrow.


How does virtual reality enhance the architectural design process?

Do you want to experience the magic of walking through your architectural designs before they're even built?

Are you tired of traditional design methods that limit your creativity and imagination?

Are you eager to explore the cutting-edge technology of Unreal Engine, Twinmotion and Rhino and its potential applications in architecture and other fields?

Then our Postgraduate Programme in Virtual Reality for Architecture is the answer!

Get ready to be blown away by the power of virtual reality and how it can transform your design process!

In this article you’ll understand why.

We interviewed Francesca Silvi and Mattia Santi, the professors of this virtual reality for architecture course, who will walk you through this exciting course and see how it can revolutionize your architectural practice.

1. How does virtual reality enhance the architectural design process and how does this course prepare students to use this technology effectively?

Virtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the architectural design process in several ways.

First, it allows architects to visualize and experience their designs in a more immersive and realistic way.

Second, VR technology can enable architects to collaborate more effectively with clients, stakeholders, and other team members, by allowing them to share and explore designs in real-time.

Third, VR technology can also help architects communicate their design concepts more effectively to non-experts, such as clients, investors, or the general public.

This course can prepare students to use VR technology effectively, by teaching them how to use VR software, such as Twinmotion and Unreal Engine. Additionally, it can provide them with practical experience in using VR technology to visualize, explore, and evaluate architectural designs. Lastly, it can teach them how to create and modify 3D models, textures, lighting, and other elements of virtual environments.

2. What skills and knowledge do students acquire in this graduate course that they cannot obtain in other programs?

In this course, students will acquire skills and knowledge related to using Rhino, Twinmotion, and Unreal Engine for architectural design and visualization.

Specifically they will learn:

  • Rhino skills: Rhino is a 3D modeling software that is widely used in architecture and design. In this course, students will learn how to use Rhino to create 3D models of buildings, landscapes, and other architectural elements. They will also learn how to modify and refine these models, and how to export them to other software platforms for further visualization or analysis.

  • Twinmotion skills: Twinmotion is a real-time visualization software that can be used to create high-quality renderings, animations, and VR experiences. In this course, students will learn how to use Twinmotion to create realistic lighting, textures, and materials for architectural designs. They will also learn how to use Twinmotion to create animations or walkthroughs that can help clients or stakeholders visualize a proposed design.

  • Unreal Engine skills: Unreal Engine is a game engine that can be used to create interactive and immersive experiences, including VR environments. In this course, students will learn how to use Unreal Engine to create realistic architectural environments, including lighting, sound, and interactivity.

3. How does the course balance the technical aspects of virtual reality with the creative process of architectural design?

The course likely aims to balance the technical aspects of virtual reality with the creative process of architectural design, by integrating VR into the design process, rather than treating VR as a separate tool or skillset, the course aims to integrate it into the overall design process.

Also, the course will encourage experimentation with different approaches to using VR in architectural design, emphasizing user experience and the importance of user experience in VR-based design, which requires both technical proficiency and a creative approach to design.

Overall, the course likely aims to balance the technical and creative aspects of VR and architectural design by integrating VR into the design process.

4. What kind of career opportunities can graduates of this program expect to find, and how does the course prepare them for these roles?

Graduates of this program will be prepared for a range of career opportunities in the fields of architecture, design, and technology, particularly in roles that involve the use of virtual reality for architectural design and visualization.

Students can take on roles as virtual reality designers, where they can use their skills in VR technology and architectural design to create immersive and engaging virtual environments for clients or stakeholders.

They could also work as architectural visualizer, where they can use their skills in Rhino, Twinmotion, and Unreal Engine to create high-quality renderings and visualizations of architectural designs.

Also, they could work as 3D modelers, where they can use their skills in Rhino and other software tools to create detailed and accurate 3D models of buildings, landscapes, and other architectural elements.

5. How does the course keep abreast of technological advances in virtual reality and how does it incorporate these changes into the curriculum?

To keep abreast of technological advances in virtual reality, the course will stay up-to-date and incorporate latest changes and updates. This will be achieved by regularly updating course materials to reflect changes in VR technology and emerging best practices in the field, as well as encouraging research and experimentation related to VR technology and its applications in architectural design.

This can help students stay up-to-date with emerging technologies and new techniques for using VR in their work.


The Postgraduate Programme in Virtual Reality for Architecture is a game-changer for architects interested in exploring the limitless potential of virtual reality in their designs.

With this course, students gain a unique skill set and knowledge base that is essential for staying competitive in the industry. The programme balances technical and creative aspects of virtual reality in architecture, preparing students for a range of exciting career opportunities.

So why wait? Join our virtual reality for architecture course today and take your architectural designs to the next level!


Masterclass Maximizing Digital Happiness: The Ultimate Key to Unlocking Your Potential in the Digital Transformation Era

Digital Happiness is a critical component of digital transformation, and it entails leveraging technology to improve people's lives and well-being. In this masterclass, we will look at how digital technology can improve happiness and fulfillment at work and at home. We'll talk about how to design digital experiences that prioritize human needs and values including social relationships, autonomy, and purpose. Speaker: Federico Galatti Digital Transformation & Human-Centered Design Expert Alumni ZIGURAT - MBA in Digital Transformation

Masterclass Medición y presupuesto de un modelo arquitectónico en formato IFC

En esta masterclass nos enfocaremos en el uso de aplicaciones habilitadas para conectarse directamente con modelos BIM generados bajo el estándar abierto IFC. Se trata, en efecto, de un estándar cada día más extendido dentro del ámbito de la arquitectura, la ingeniería, y de la construcción en general. Por ello, uno de los objetivos a cubrir es la obtención de las mediciones de todos los elementos de cualquier modelo de edificación y, si procede, cuantificar el presupuesto total de la obra asociada a dicho modelo. Ponente: Diego besada Director del Máster Internacional en Cálculo y Modelado BIM de Instalaciones. Especialista en interoperabilidad proyectos BIM de instalaciones.

ZIGURAT Institute of Technology reveals its new image

This online institution for master's and postgraduate programmes in the Built Environment and Tech Management is unveiling its new image to unite the brand and emphasise its values.

ZIGURAT Institute of Technology is announcing its new visual identity that encapsulates the essence of the company and its future vision. The new brand represents solidity and precision, which are fundamental pillars of ZIGURAT. Also, the new colour scheme embodies the innovation that characterises the institution.

“We are delighted to present our new brand identity, which marks an exciting milestone in our history. This rebranding reinforces our commitment to providing pioneering education to our students and our dedication to society”, says Pau F. Aldomà, CEO of ZIGURAT.

ZIGURAT's last rebranding was back in 2016, featuring several sub-brands and a more subdued image. This time, the objective was to adapt to the post-pandemic era, offering a new freshness, simplicity, and along with new forms of communication.

“Simplifying means understanding, and that is the strategy we have employed through visual language”, says Fran Heredia, Creative Manager of ZIGURAT. “The typographic unification, shapes, colours, and brand architecture work give the new ZIGURAT a personality in line with its values of commitment, innovation, and courage”, he concludes.

Transform Tomorrow Today: A Statement of Intent 

ZIGURAT's new slogan summarises the brand identity. Transform Tomorrow Today means committing to positively impacting the lives of students, the cities they inhabit, and society as a whole through education.

"Because of this, we didn't want to talk about ourselves, but about the strong purpose of our entire ecosystem and what we want to achieve together as a community", emphasises Aldomà.

Two Colours, Two Schools 

Ocean green and electric blue are the colours that represent ZIGURAT's two schools: the School of the Built Environment and the School of Tech Management, respectively. Through these colours, the unique identity of each school is cemented, while also unifying and strengthening this leading brand.

“This new brand is the result of a careful strategic evolution that reflects our determination to stay at the forefront of online education in the world of the Built Environment and Tech Management”, says Xavier Díaz, Marketing Director. “This shift propels us forward and reinforces our clear intention to transform the future of our students through today's education”, he concludes.

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