In the framework of widening the possibilities of research and production in IAAC, and the further implementation of our platform of development between academy and the real-world application, research and the industry, focusing and developing the potentiality towards a marketable product, IAAC proposes the next steps in its field of applied research from Open Thesis fabrication to building innovation, design & logistics.


The aim of the programme, in line with the opportunity of making a difference, is to develop research to be applied through patents or products for marketing. This will be obtained through the common goal of researching of different fabrication techniques, materials and form, towards the implementation of a large-scale prototype, understanding the potentials of digital fabrication together with new needs of current society and the market.


All the OTF participants will be working together in 1 group towards a collective goal and project, in turn subdivided into different specialized research teams each focusing on a specific aspect of the project’s development. Hence the implementation of a 1:1 scale prototype allowing to test techniques and materials on a real scale.

Some of the research themes are:

  • Design
  • Materials and Materiality
  • Software and Hardware
  • Structure
  • Fabrication
  • Assembly
  • User interfaces
Degree Postgraduate Diploma in Open Thesis Fabrication by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 10th edition
Credits 45 ECTS
Duration 6 months – September 2019 to March 2020 – Full Time
Language English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 9.500€
EU: 7.600€
Admission Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other professions. Prior experience in digital fabrication.
*Pending of accreditation

OTF develops the applied research programme in partnership companies, whose involvement will vary according to project focus. These companies consist in Ceràmica Cumella, ASCAMM, Santa&Cole, Roca, ABB, Breinco, Cricursa, Fupicsa.

The program also counts on the collaboration of experts in various fields such as engineering and structures, materials, technical components, and much more, allowing the development of a full scale and fully functioning prototype.



Areti Markopoulou

Academic Director / MAA01, MAA02, MaCT Programme Director and Studio Faculty / DMIC Leader / Board of Trustees Member

Alexandre Dubor

MRAC Director / OTF Co-director / MAA, MAI, OTF Senior Faculty / Robotic Expert

Edouard Cabay

OTF Co-director / MAA Senior Faculty




Windmill Structural Consultants is a consultancy whose activity is rooted in the study of the science of structures with the aim to be able to provide a true and personalised answer to every problem. In this sense, the work of Windmill is also based on the development of structural analysis software, which its founders have been working on for 15 years, and which allows, through appropriate and constant adjustments, the analysis of specific or atypical problems, either by geometry, by construction process or the materials used. Furthermore, we understand and wish to influence the understanding of, structural problems in an open and debatable manner, and as being, sometimes, a fundamental part of the architectural proposal.




MEREFSA is a pioneer company in the fabrication of silicon, PTFE and in the commercialisation of its derivated products. In its facilities in Viladecans, Catalonia, all kind of processes are carried out: mixing, extrusion, welding, casting, and cutting.



The family workshop CERÀMICA CUMELLA, founded in 1880 in Granollers (Barcelona), originally devoted to the manufacturing of traditional ceramics and pottery for daily use, has finally become the central core of an intense public and professional activity. Ceràmica Cumella has lately experienced a notorious increase in the industrial production of serial pieces -floorings, socles, lattices, coatings, steps, modular elements undoubtedly specific in many cases since they are ordered pieces. Cumella with the conviction of a necessary integration of technical tradition and innovative process, encouraging with a steady hand and continued research, for example, on the definition of colours and the manufacturing of the corresponding glazes, both for mechanical or manual applications; or on finding solutions on how to keep up with present technological requirement. Toni Cumella spontaneously associates craftsmanship with serial production, personalisation, adaptability, history and culture, not necessarily by this order. He sees it all as a use of concepts, techniques and processes so as to achieve a specific form of life.




The Ascamm Private Foundation has been a reference Industrial Technological Centre within Europe for twenty-five years and our vision is the production of our own technology aimed at obtaining high added value products and the provision of solutions that enable company strategy and innovation management improvement. Ascamm’s mission is to generate value in our environment through applied R+D, innovation and intensive knowledge services orientated towards improvements in competitiveness and business efficiency in widely differing sectors, such as transport (automotive, including electrical, railway and aeronautics mobility), health (medical instrumentation, equipment and TIC applications), construction, industrial equipment and energy, electrical appliances and consumer electronics, packaging, together with plastic and metal transformation.




For 28 years now, Santa & Cole has lived for industrial design, an art consisting of focusing on everyday objects in order to seek a better use experience, thereby leading us to reflect upon material culture. Santa& Cole generates elements of domestic and urban furniture and lighting, plant elements (living matter) and books (likewise alive). A range that is only apparently dispersed, converging upon a single concern: not to accumulate, but rather to select; not to enjoy quantity, but rather quality. Santa & Cole is organised around four core themes: 1. Strategy, Structure and Knowledge, 2. Editing Policy, 3. The Importance of Design for Santa & Cole and 4. Policy Knowledge Management.




Breinco is a Catalan company dedicated to the production of urban elements and urban furniture using concrete. Its philosophy is oriented to define a new generation of products which are set to improve our surroundings thanks to their sustainability, while constantly striving for eco-efficiency in the manufacture of products, using recycled materials and incorporating new technology in the design of multifunctional spaces. Following these strategic guidelines, Breinco has evolved its product research and development and has created a new line of products, eco-logic®, being the first Spanish company to produce air clean® concrete pieces with photocatalytic properties, which cause a decontaminating, self-cleaning effect and which reduce the emission of environmentally-harmful NOx.



CRICURSA was founded in 1928 with the intention of bringing form, material and processing into high technology glass bending, in order to explore the possibilities of bent glass as a decorative element. After more than 8o years of experience, it now offers architectural glass, curved and flat interior and exterior glass, and is present in many of the most famous architectural works around the world. Passionate about architecture, creativity and innovation, their aim is to continue inspiring the best engineers and architects in the world, in close collaboration with Facades and installers and all professionals, partnering CRICURSA to the efficiency and capacity to deliver ideas and concepts of the designers.




Tecnalia is a private, independent, non-profit applied research centre of international excellence. The whole team at Tecnalia has one goal: to transform knowledge into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life by generating business opportunities for industry. Tecnalia is committed to generating major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 6 business divisions, covering economic sectors of Energy, Industry, Transportation, Construction, Health and ICT. Tecnalia has been granted over 250 patents and promoted more than 30 spin-off companies.