Master in Advanced Architecture

Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

Program Description

Master in Advanced Architecture

Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

IAAC offers in Barcelona international Master programs in Advanced Architecture (MAA), oriented to architects, engineers, and designers from all over the world eager to imagine the future of our cities and societies and committed to building it in the present.

Being the first Master in Advanced Architecture of the world, the IAAC’s MAA has now reached its 17th edition. During this time IAAC has received and been home to over 1000 students from more than 70 countries, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

In the version of 9 months (MAA01) or 18 months (MAA02) the Master in Advanced Architecture is accredited by the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with 75 ECTS and 130 ECTS respectively. The MAA is directed by the architect and researcher Areti Markopoulou.

The Master in Advanced Architecture program emerges as an innovative open structure focusing on three select Research Lines (Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter-Intelligent Construction) all led by internationally renowned experts, and bringing together students and faculty from different disciplines and origins, towards the creation of a networked hub of excellence, the IAAC Community, dedicated to research and innovation for the habitability of the 21st Century.

CONTEXT AND AGENDA

In order to allow the highest quality and applied research, the Master in Advanced Architecture proposes a multidisciplinary and multiscalar approach, considering architecture as a transversal field, for which it is imperative to integrate all research and applications with the knowledge of specialists, form a diversity of fields of expertise.

In this sense, the Advanced Architecture Agenda establishes the responsibility to confront the process of global urbanization from a multi-scalar and operational perspective, as well as through the development of prototypes that promote environmental, economic and social sustainability.

In the early 20th century, the concept of ‘dwelling’ was defined as a ‘machine for living’, a reference to a new way of understanding the construction of inhabitable spaces that characterized the Machine Age.

Today, a century later, we face the challenge of constructing sustainable or even self-sufficient prototypes; living organisms that interact and interchange resources with their environment, and that function as entirely self-sufficient entities, as trees do in a field. In this way, each action in the territory implies a manipulation of multiple environmental forces, connected with numerous flows and networks such as energy, transport, logistics, and information, generating newly inhabitable and responsive nodes with the potential to use and produce resources.

Territorial and urban strategies, as well as building operations, therefore call to be coordinated processes that extend architectural knowledge to new forms of management and planning, in which multi-scalar thinking also entails an understanding of shifting dynamics, energy and information transmission, as well as continuous adaptation.

Architecture is always facing the responsibility of responding to emergent needs, technologies and ever-changing programs. We must ask more of architecture: we as architects should be required to design inhabitable organisms that are capable of developing functions and integrating the processes of the natural world that formerly took place at a distance, in other points of the surrounding territory.

The models created for the metropolis of the last century are unable to accommodate new developments linked to contemporary urban lifestyles, which ever more discontinuous in space and time. The building-over of the global landscape requires us to project at the same time the full and the empty, the natural and the artificial, in such a way as to make economic impetus compatible with sustainable development.

It is necessary to generate complex knowledge linked to a multi-layered reading of realities that have traditionally been thought of as separate, such as energy manipulation, nature, urban mobility, dwellings, systems of production and fabrication, the development of software, information networks, etc. This opens up the possibility of generating new prototypes, capable of engaging with complex and changing environments.

Finally, every new urban or architectural production needs to update its materiality and reinterpret construction techniques of the past centuries, which are very directly based on the transformation of locally available materials. It is now time for interaction between disciplines and technologies to engage in a vision that embraces different fields of research.

RESEARCH LINES

In its perspective of multidisciplinarity and transcalarity, MAA is organized in an open academic structure which combines mandatory and elective courses around different main research lines:

Research Lines for MAA01 and MAA02 (first year)

  • RS1: INTELLIGENT CITIES, directed by Willy Müller
  • RS2: SELF SUFFICIENT BUILDINGS, directed by Enric Ruiz Geli and Mireia Luzárraga
  • RS3: DIGITAL MATTER, directed by Areti Markopoulou

Thesis Studios for MAA02 (second year)

  • TS1: SELF-SUFFICIENT HABITATS, directed by Vicente Guallart
  • TS2: CLIMATIC MATTER, directed by Jordi Pagés and Lluis Viu
  • TS3: C.BIO.MA, directed by Marcos Cruz

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in Advanced Architecture is articulated in three different programs: MAA01, MAA01+OTF, and MAA02. During the first year (October 2017 – June 2018) the students enrolled in the programs will work together in a common educational platform, with a common organization and academic structure. After the completion of MAA01, students enrolled in MAA01+OTF or MAA02 will follow two different organizations and academic structures.

MAA02 combines the first year Master with the second year of investigation to develop a thesis project. During this second year, students are required to deal with a project counting on the possibility to develop it with international faculty and enterprises, highly specialized in different fields.

MAA+OTF combines MAA01 with a postgraduate program called Open Thesis Fabrication (OTF), which is an intensive applied research program that combines Academy and Industry and focuses on developing innovative solutions in a wide range of fields.

+++ PROGRAM ORGANISATION – MAA01 +++

  • MAA01
  • PHASE 1 (20 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 2 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 3 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 4 (15 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 5 ONE TERM EXTENSION (25 ECTS CREDITS)

+++ PROGRAM ORGANISATION – MAA02 FIRST YEAR +++

  • MAA02 FIRST YEAR
  • PHASE 1 (20 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 2 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 3 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 4 (15 ECTS CREDITS)

+++PROGRAM ORGANIZATION – MAA02 SECOND YEAR+++

  • MAA02 SECOND YEAR
  • PHASE 5 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 6 (16 ECTS CREDITS)
  • PHASE 7 (20 ECTS CREDITS)

STUDENT PROFILE

Candidates for the Master in Advanced Architecture are architects, engineers, and designers from all over the World curious about how the world is changing and committed to driving this change.

Therefore 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 tectonic details and material properties.

Once successfully finished the master, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is today is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award-winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)

Last updated January 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
Duration
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9 - 18 months
Full time
Price
Price
18,750 EUR
for the 9-month version; 30.465 € for the 18-month version
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Locations
Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
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