Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC)

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC)
Academic Partner

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) is an international centre for research, education, investigation and development oriented toward architecture as a discipline that addresses different scales of territorial analysis and urban development as well as diverse architectural projects, digital processes and information environments. Located in Barcelona, one of the international capitals of Urbanism, the institute develops multidisciplinary programmes that explore international urban and territorial phenomena, with a special emphasis on the opportunities that arise from the emergent territories and on the cultural, economic and social values that architecture can contribute to society. IAAC sets out to take R+D to architecture and urbanism and to create multidisciplinary knowledge networks, and to this end the institute works in collaboration with a number of cities and regions, industrial groups and research centres, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Texas, the University of Chicago and more, developing various research programmes which bring together experts in different disciplines such as engineering, sociology; anthropology; architecture and other fields of investigation. IAAC has made a name as a centre of international reference which welcomes students and investigators from diverse countries, among which are India, Australia, the USA, Poland, Argentina , Ethiopia, Iraq and others. The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia offers a 1 year and a 2 year Master programme in Architecture and Urbanism and 1 year Master programme in Advanced Interaction accredited by the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Directors of the program plus the academic staff, are committed to a long-term prospectus of creating an international research and academic centre in Barcelona, bringing together international students, professors and researchers from different fields in order to materialize experimental forms of communication, inhabitation, technologies and planning.


The Master in Advanced Architecture emerges this year as an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through the researching of territorial, architectural and parametric design operations for the production of Self-sufficient Habitats. Proposing a dynamic, customized structure, the Institute gives students the opportunity to create single or multi-scalar Studio agendas based on their academic interests within the programme. In this way, the IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of architects with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments, economic forces, information flows, fast-growing cities and massive energy consumption and waste production. The programme is oriented at graduates who wish to commit and develop their design research skills in the context of new forms of practice within architecture and urbanism, ranging from large-scale environments to digital fabrication.


The Master in Advanced Interaction is an international program to explore creative uses of technology for experimental and practical purposes. Our learning-by-doing research integrates methods used in design, programming and social sciences to produce projects prototypes and products that will define the outer limits of what is possible to do imaginatively with technology today. Our approach is playful and exploratory; we encourage experimentation and thus the necessary iterations and failures that accompany it. We strongly believe that taking risks is the only way to create something outstanding, innovative, relevant and that will contribute meaningfully to society. The Research Studios are the main part of the MAI. They focus on building technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills by working on real-life situations. Each studio has a research agenda and students will develop individual portfolio projects around the main brief of the studio. Special emphasis will be put on the relevance of the project for society. Guest critics will be invited to assess work, and regular input from students in the studio is encouraged and required. By the end of the studio, students will have a portfolio of projects and a working prototype of a thesis project. Projects will be part of an exhibit at the end of the year. Students sign up to one of the research studios and work in it throughout the year. Studio Masters: Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi Chris Sugrue and Arturo Castro Inside / Outside: Research in Human-Computer Interaction IAAC Research Studio with Chris Sugrue and Arturo Castro We are looking for students from different walks of life, with an interest in developing and improving how we communicate through technology. The nature of the program is collaborative and interdisciplinary so we expect well-rounded individuals that are open to sharing and contributing to the development of projects of others. With access to the IAAC Studio working space and its prototyping fabrication lab, students have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers. They are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas. The aim of the Institute is to prepare graduates who, after the completion of the program, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments.

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