INTRODUCTION

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design – MaCAD is a unique online programme training a new generation of architects, engineers and designers with the skills that the industry of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) demands nowadays.

The programme provides expertise in the application of the latest digital softwares for design simulation, analysis and optimization of digital data in architecture,offering a broad and advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of computational design.

Based on a Data Driven, Learning by doing  and Design by Research methodology, the master offers a unique online educational experience.

In contrast to the traditional Online programs, the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design– a 60 ECTS accredited Master degree consisting in three 15 ECTS postgraduate programs- offers a real-class “virtual” environment, based on a continuous, interactive and collaborative learning process.

MaCAD’s modular design allows students to start the Masters in October 2020 or in January 2021.

The Master offers to academic schedules:
MaCAD Fall edition 2020/2021 – Course held from October 2020 – July 2021
MaCAD Winter edition 2021 – Course held from January 2021 – December 2021

There are limited places available for the MaCAD Winter edition programme. We are only accepting a small number of new applications.

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Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design
Degree The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design is accredited by the School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 1st edition
Credits 60 ECTS
Duration 10 months – From October 2020 to July 2021 OR January 2021 to December 2021 // Full Time
Format Online (synchronous or asynchronous)
Language English
Tuition Fee 7.500€

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design is accredited with 60 ECTS and it’s articulated into 3 modules + a Master Thesis.
Students can apply to each module independently as a postgraduate programme, each one accredited with 15 ECTS.

Postgraduate in Advanced Computation for Environmental and Structural Design
Postgraduate in Building Information Modelling and Smart Construction
Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence in Architecture
Degree Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 1st edition 1st edition 1st edition
Credits 15 ECTS 15 ECTS 15 ECTS
Duration 3 months // October 2020 – December 2020 3 months //  January 2020 – March 2021 3 months // April 2021 – June 2021
Format October – December 2020 January – March 2021 April – June 2021
Language English English English
Tuition Fee 3.200€ 3.200€ 3.200€
Postgraduate in Advanced Computation for Environmental and Structural Design
Degree Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 1st edition
Credits 15 ECTS
Duration 3 months // October 2020 – December 2020
Format October – December 2020
Language English
Tuition Fee 3.200€
Postgraduate in Building Information Modelling and Smart Construction
Degree Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 1st edition
Credits 15 ECTS
Duration 3 months // January 2021 – March 2021
Format January – March 2021
Language English
Tuition Fee 3.200€
Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence in Architecture
Degree Postgraduate Diploma by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 1st edition
Credits 15 ECTS
Duration 3 months // April 2021 – June 2021
Format April – June 2021
Language English
Tuition Fee 3.200€

STUDENT PROFILE

For Architects, Designers, Engineers who want to become experts in Advanced Computation and lead the change in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

Do you want to learn new tools and methodologies working with the leading experts and faculty, in an innovative educational structure that puts the students’ needs and creativity at the centre? Do you want to continue your education online and take part in a complete master programme, based on collaborative work and interactive learning?

Then the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design – MaCAD is made for you!

 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design connects the students to an international network of practitioners, institutions and companies, leading pioneer computational design applications in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) field.

On the one hand,  working in a “virtual class” environment, students have the possibility to interact with faculty and colleagues in a highly professional context getting ready for the operational and working model of a professional practice. On the other hand, a series of industries and international offices, connected with IAAC and MaCAD offer in an annual basis internship positions and job opportunities for IAAC Alumni.

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design, based on a Data Driven, Learning by doing  and Design by Research methodology, offers a unique online educational experience, articulated in 3 modules followed by a Master Thesis Project.

The Advanced Computation for Environmental and Structural Design module focuses on a design paradigm that is informed by environmental analysis and strategies for structural optimization. Across this module, students will receive the most advanced knowledge on the latest software developments and tools for environmental simulation and structural optimization at every scale of the design workflow: from building to urban scale.

This module is composed of the following courses:

  • Environmental and Structural Design – Theory – 3 ECTS
  • Environmental and Structural Design – Studio – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Environmental Analysis for Architectural Design – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Structural Optimization Strategies – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Complex Forming – 3 ECTS

The Building Information Modelling and Smart Construction module focuses on the recent paradigm of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by reviewing the most relevant paradigms in three different aspects of it: Integrative modelling, collaborative workflows, and cloud-based data management in design. In this postgraduate, you’ll learn the most advanced tools to face this ubiquitous challenge that architects face nowadays.

This module is composed of the following courses:

  • BIM and Smart Construction – Theory – 3 ECTS
  • BIM and Smart Construction  – Studio – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Integrative Modelling – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Collaborative Workflows – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Cloud-based Data Management – 3 ECTS

The Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence in Architecture module focuses on teaching theoretical and practical knowledge in the use of most advanced tools for the design through machine learning and artificial intelligence. In this postgraduate course, you will learn the most advanced techniques for designing with such tools, using GAN models or deep learning algorithms to assist or fully automate the design at different levels.

This module is composed of the following courses:

  • Artificial Intelligence in Architecture – Theory – 3 ECTS
  • Artificial Intelligence in Architecture – Studio – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools Generative Building Design – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Computer Vision & Urban Space – 3 ECTS
  • Digital Tools for Algorithmic Geometrical Optimization – 3 ECTS

This fourth phase focuses on the extended research of the Development Studio Project of Module three (15 ECTS credits). During this period, students have the opportunity to integrate to their projects more in-depth issues related to the computational agenda, as well as the inherent material, organisational and spatial complexities determined by the chosen working scale and the experience gained during the year’s programme.

THE MaCAD ONLINE EXPERIENCE

AN ONLINE REAL-CLASS ENVIRONMENT

In contrast to the traditional Online programs and tutorials, the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design offers a real-class “virtual” environment, based on a continuous, interactive and collaborative learning process.

The MaCAD is not an solitary experience, as the program gives the possibility to be part of a selected group of international students, seamlessly connected thanks to the most advanced platform for video-conferencing and collaborative working.

The limited number of students (a maximum of 25 per course) ensures that each student can be rigorous and continuously followed by the faculty and the academic coordination team, with dedicated hours for academic counselling and administrative support.

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FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Students can choose to follow the program in Synchronous or Asynchronous format, according to their time-zone or their personal schedule, and based on tutorials and lectures + mentoring group sessions.

> In the Synchronous format, students follow the tutorials and lectures using a video-conference and collaborative work tool (ZOOM). Immediately after, the course continues with the live mentoring group sessions with the faculty and the other students, in order to review the students’ work and project development.

During the rest of the day, students can develop their work individually or interacting with their colleagues, counting on online conferencing tools and the online campus tools, including online campus platform and chat rooms.

> In the Asynchronous format, tutorials and lectures are recorded daily and shared with the students. After having watched the recorded tutorials and lectures, students join the live mentoring group sessions in video-conference with the faculty and the other students, in order to review their work and project development.

During the rest of the day, students can develop their work individually or interacting with their colleagues, counting on online conferencing tools and the online campus platform, including online forums and chat rooms.

SYNCHRONOUS CALENDAR

Central European Time (CET) // West Africa Time (+1)
Lectures & Tutorials – 10.00 to 12.00
Live Group Mentoring – 12.00 to 13.00

 

East European Time  / Central Africa Time  (+2)
Lectures & Tutorials – 11.00 to 13.00
Live Group Mentoring – 13.00 to 14.00

Russia / Turkey / East Africa Time (+3)
Lectures & Tutorials – 12.00 to 14.00
Live Group Mentoring – 14.00 to 15.00

 

 

*Please note that final schedule might slightly change and could vary according to local daylight savings time 

INDIA time
Lectures & Tutorials –  13:30 – 15:30
Live Group Mentoring – 15.30 to 16.30

 

CHINA time // West Australia Time
Lectures & Tutorials – 16.00 to 18.00
Live Group Mentoring –  18.00 to 19.00

EAST AUSTRALIA TIME
Lectures & Tutorials – 18.00 to 20.00
Live Group Mentoring – 20.00 to 21.00

*Please note that final schedule might slightly change and could vary according to local daylight savings time 

ASYNCHRONOUS CALENDAR

New York and East Coast Time ECT
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 09:00 AM onwards 

Live Group Mentoring – following day, 12:00 – 13:00

Central America and Mexico Time
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 08:00 AM onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 11:00 – 12:00 AM

Los Angeles and West Coast Time
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 06:00 AM onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 09:00 – 10:00 AM

 

*Please note that final schedule might slightly change and could vary according to local daylight savings time 

Central European Time (CET) // West Africa Time (+1)
Recorded Lectures & Tuto
rials – Available from 15:00 onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 18:00 – 19:00

East European Time  / Central Africa Time  (+2)
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 16:00 onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 19:00 – 20:00

Russia / Turkey / East Africa Time (+3)
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 17:00 onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 20:00 – 21:00

 

*Please note that final schedule might slightly change and could vary according to local daylight savings time 

INDIA time
Recorded Lectures & Tutorials – Available from 18.30 onwards
Live Group Mentoring – following day, 21.30 – 22.30


*Please note that final schedule might slightly change and could vary according to local daylight savings time 

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

David Andres Leon

David Andrés León 

David Andres Leon is an architect with focus on the research, training and development of computational tools for the AEC industry.

He currently works for McNeel Europe providing support for third- party developers pushing the boundaries of interoperability and computational design globally. He is also part of the faculty of the Masters for Advanced Architecture in IAAC where he teaches in the Digital Matter studio alongside Areti Markopoulou. David also teaches programing for architects at the MPDA Masters programme of the UPC.

David holds a Master of Science Degree from the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) in Universitat Stuttgart and a Masters Degree in Advanced Design and Digital Architecture from the Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona (Elisava). He has been involved in several research undertakings of which stand out his participation in German research platform FAT-LAB in Stuttgart and his collaboration as a research assistant in the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) for the EU-Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive Action project Flora Robotica. David is also the co-author of varios publications in the field of architectural research and robotics.

PROGRAMME FACULTY

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design connects the students to an international network of faculty, including

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

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MAA, MaCAD, CIEE, GSS Senior Faculty / Computational Advisor / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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PhD Supervisor // MaCAD Senior Faculty

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Aldo Sollazzo

MRAC Director / GSS Director / MAA & CIEE Senior Faculty / Computational Expert / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Head of Studies / MAA, MRAC, MaCT, CIEE Studio & Theory Faculty / Research Methodology Advisor / PhD Supervisor

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Manja Van de Worp

MAA // MaCAD Faculty // MRAC Faculty // YIP Structural Engineering London

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MaCAD Master programme Assistant

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MaCAD Master programme Assistant

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