Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is a cutting edge education and research center dedicated to the development of an architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitability in the early 21st century. Based in the 22nd district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with faculty and students from over 35 countries, including USA, China, India, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Sudan. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (ecology, energy, digital manufacturing, new technologies), pursuing their own lines of enquiry on the way to developing an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively in their home country or globally.

IAAC has carried out research projects in Brazil, Taiwan, Croatia and Romania. In 2008 it was chosen to take part in the official section of the Venice Biennale with the project Hyperhabitat and in 2010 it presented a 1:1 scale house (entirely produced at IAAC) at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid where it won the People Choice Award. IAAC has the most advanced digital production laboratory of any educational institution in southern Europe, with laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and a platform for manufacturing chips.

IAAC organizes a Master in Advanced Architecture course and a Master in Advanced Interaction course, both in conjunction with the UPC Polytechnic University, and a Master in Smart City Projects. IAAC also offers academic programs in Valldaura Campus such as the Master in Design for Self Sufficiency. Valldaura Self-Sufficient Labs is a research center for self-sufficient habitats located on an historic 130 hectare farm in the Collserola Natural Park, in Barcelona metropolitan area. IAAC completes its academic offer with Fab Lab’s programs; Fab Lab Bcn is part of the global network of Fab Labs affiliated to MIT’s Center for Bit and Atoms.

Since 2004 the IAAC has run a biannual competition, the Advanced Architecture Contest which past editions were Self-Sufficient Housing, Self-Sufficient City, Self-Fab House and City Sense. The Competition invites architects, engineers, planners, designers and artists to contribute in making the world more habitable by developing proposals capable of responding to the latest emerging challenges in diverse areas such as ecology, information technology, architecture, urban planning, etc.


Objectives

IAAC’s activities find their roots in the following objectives:

  • To stimulate, promote and develop research on the diverse areas of advanced architecture, increasing the potential of information gathering teams in architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.
  • To teach, develop, promote and diffuse the knowledge and training of technical and scientific staff in architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.
  • To act as a consultant to public authorities and public or private organizations on questions of architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.
  • To establish scientific and academic collaborative ventures with universities and major national and international information-gathering centers specializing in architecture and related disciplines (such as informational technology and sustainable development, among others).
  • To establish appropriate collaborative ventures with local, regional and national government bodies and the private sector in terms of their own core activities.
  • To facilitate closer contact between basic and applied research, acting as a center of technology transfer when appropriate.
  • To organize scientific encounters and national and international forums.
  • To organize exhibitions and promote publications on a local, national and international level.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

Masters in Advanced Architecture

Campus Full time 9 months October 2016 Spain Barcelona

The program 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... [+]

Masters in Advanced Architecture

 

Emergent territories & Radical Region, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Tectonics & Fabrication Ecologies

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia offers a 1 year (75 ECTS) and a 2 year (130 ECTS) Master programs in Architecture and Urbanism 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 center in Barcelona, bringing together international students, professors and researchers from different fields in order to materialize experimental forms of communication, inhabitation and planning. The program 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. Over the last three years, the IAAC has received students from more than 30 different countries, including China, Skopje, United Kingdom, U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Colombia, Korea, making it in an exceptionally international and multicultural place.... [-]


Masters in Design for Self-Sufficiency

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Spain Barcelona

The Master of Design for Self-sufficiency is based on the principle of "learning by doing" and aims to teach students how to design and build a self-sustaining [+]

Masters in Design for Self-Sufficiency

 

One year in your life

130 ECTS CREDITSThe Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia offers yearlong program in Campus Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs, a research center for self-sufficient habitats. The Master of Design for Self-sufficiency is based on the principle of "learning by doing" and aims to teach students how to design and build a self-sustaining habitat from advanced manufacturing techniques and production.During the program students will learn to design and produce simple objects obtaining materials from nature and elements that create energy, to collaboratively produce permanent structures such as warehouses, service buildings, gazebos, bridges and other elements that promote the conservation and wise use of the property.The program will literally follow the four seasons, accompanying the courses and workshops related to the design and manufacture, with natural processes connected to sustainable forest management, planting and harvesting according to permaculture techniques, making this one life experience crucial in their training experience as designers.... [-]