INTRODUCTION

In Barcelona, IAAC offers an international Master programme in Advanced Architecture (MAA). The MAA is oriented towards 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.

As the first Master in Advanced Architecture in the world, the IAAC’s MAA has now reached its 19th 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 four select research lines (X-Urban Design, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter, Advanced Interaction) all led by internationally renowned experts. These areas of study bring together students and faculty from different disciplines and origins towards the creation of a networked hub of excellence. The IAAC Community dedicates itself to research and innovation for the habitability of the 21st Century.

MAA01
MAA02
Degree Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 19th edition 10th edition
Credits 75 ECTS 130 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2019 to June 2020 // Full Time 18 Months – From October 2019 to June 2021 // Full Time
Language English English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 18.750€
EU: 15.000€
Non-EU: 30.400€
EU: 24.350€
Admission Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions. Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in Advanced Architecture is articulated in three different programmes: MAA01, MAA01+OTF and MAA02. During the first year (October 2019 – June 2020) the students enrolled in the programmes 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 a 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 programme called Open Thesis Fabrication (OTF), which is an intensive applied research program that combines Academy and Industry and focus on developing innovative solutions in a wide range of fields.

MAA 01

 

With 7 day access to the IAAC Studio working space and its prototypes fabrication lab, students have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas. The aim of the Institute is to form graduates who, after the completion of the programme, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments, engaging in projects that range from large-scale sustainable planning and building construction to the industrialized fabrication of architectural components. The Master in Advanced Architecture comprises the following elements:

Introductory Studio IS // Research Studios RS // Development Studios DS // Obligatory Seminars SO // Studio Support SS // Elective Seminars SE // Workshop WS // Lecture Series LS

The programme is organised in four plus one (4+1) phases:

DESIGN STUDIO AND INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS

The 10-week introductory term provides a common grounding of knowledge and skills to new IAAC students. It is a formative platform structured by a Design Project and Four Complementary Courses anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to Self-sufficiency, Design Strategies, Innovative Forms of Planning and Contemporary Culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

  • IS. INTRODUCTORY STUDIO (8 ECTS credits)
  • SO.1 | DIGITAL FABRICATION – Introduction to Digital Fabrication (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.2 | THEORY CONCEPTS – Advanced Architecture Concepts (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.3 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.4 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Introduction to Programming and Physical Computing (3 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The second term is an open educational structure where the students attend a Research Studio, one Obligatory Seminar of Computational Design, plus two among the three Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The second term is divided in three different research lines: X-Urban Design, Self-sufficient Buildings,Digital Matter and Advanced Interaction.

  • RS | RESEARCH STUDIO (I-IV) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SO.5 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the Research Studios and Seminars of Phase 2 is done according to several criteria listed in IAAC terms and conditions. 

DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The third term is an open educational structure where the students attend the Development Studio, corresponding to the Research Studio they chose in the second term, and three seminars: one Obligatory Seminar of Computational Design, plus two among the several Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The third term is divided in four different research lines: X-Urban Design, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter and Advanced Interaction.

  • DS | DEVELOPMENT STUDIO (I-IV) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SO.6 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the Seminars of the Third Term is done according to several listed in IAAC terms and conditions. 

MASTER DESIGN PROJECT AND GENERAL WORKSHOP

Phase 4 focuses on the extended research of the Development Studio Project of Phase 3 (13 ECTS credits).

The students during this period have the opportunity integrate to their projects more in-depth issues related to the self-sufficiency agenda, as well as the inherent material, organizational and spatial complexities determined by the chosen working scale and the experience gained during the year’s program.

The transversal workshop (2 ECTS credits) offered by the Master program is a short-term intensive experience, in which the students work together on collective projects organized by local or invited international tutors.

Note: According to academic objectives the transversal workshop could take place either in Phase 4 or in any other phase during the academic year.

OPEN THESIS FABRICATION

Phase 5 is OPTIONAL and consists of the Open Thesis Fabrication programme. The OTF programme – open to both MAA students and external participants- seeks to develop and complete full-scale prototypes using advanced CNC machinery, innovative material solutions, and smart energy applications. Enrolled participants will be followed by experienced advisors, have special work meetings with leading professionals of the field of digital production, and regular contact with industrial experts.

Detailed programme of the Open Thesis Fabrication Here

IAAC is organising Lecture Series along the academic year, counting on international invited experts on the fields of Design, Architecture and Technology. The Lecture Series is transversal to the IAAC educational programmes and students participation is mandatory as it is a transversal platform for widening knowledge, generate debates and network with other students and experts around the world.

MAA02 FIRST YEAR

The first Academic year of the Master in Advanced Architecture (consisting in MAA01) comprises the following elements:

Introductory Studio IS // Research Studios RS // Development Studios DS // Obligatory Seminars SO // Elective Seminars SE // Workshop WS // Lecture Series LS

The programme is organised in four (4) phases:

DESIGN STUDIO AND INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS

The 10-week introductory term provides a common grounding of knowledge and skills to new IAAC students. It is a formative platform structured by a Design Project and Four Complementary Courses anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to Self-sufficiency, Design Strategies, Innovative Forms of Planning and Contemporary Culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

  • IS. INTRODUCTORY STUDIO (8 ECTS credits)
  • SO.1 | DIGITAL FABRICATION – Introduction to Digital Fabrication (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.2 | THEORY CONCEPTS – Advanced Architecture Concepts (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.3 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.4 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Introduction to Programming and Physical Computing (3 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The second term is an open educational structure where the students attend a Research Studio, one Obligatory Seminar of Computational Design, plus two among the three Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The second term is divided in three different research lines: X-Urban Design, Self-sufficient Buildings,Digital Matter and Advanced Interaction.

  • RS | RESEARCH STUDIO (I-IV) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SO.5 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the Research Studios and Seminars of Phase 2 is done according to several criteria listed in IAAC terms and conditions. 

DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The third term is an open educational structure where the students attend the Development Studio, corresponding to the Research Studio they chose in the second term, and three seminars: one Obligatory Seminar of Computational Design, plus two among the several Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The third term is divided in four different research lines: X-Urban Design, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter and Advanced Interaction.

  • DS | DEVELOPMENT STUDIO (I-IV) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SO.6 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the Seminars of the Third Term is done according to several listed in IAAC terms and conditions.

DEVELOPMENT STUDIO PROJECT/GENERAL WORKSHOP

Phase 4 focuses on the extended research of the Development Studio Project of Phase 3 (13 ECTS credits).

The students during this period have the opportunity integrate to their projects more in-depth issues related to the self-sufficiency agenda, as well as the inherent material, organizational and spatial complexities determined by the chosen working scale and the experience gained during the year’s programme.

The transversal workshop (2 ECTS credits) offered by the Master programme is a short-term intensive experience, in which the students work together on collective projects organized by local or invited international tutors.

Note: According to academic objectives the transversal workshop could take place either in Phase 4 or in any other phase during the academic year.

MAA02 SECOND YEAR

The second Academic year of the Master in Advanced Architecture comprises the following elements:

Research & Development Studios RDS // Seminars Workshop SW // Lecture Series LS // Workshop WS

The programme is organised in three phases:

First Term of the second year

During the first term of the second year the students are proposing their thesis project, that they are going to develop throughout the year, their strategies in the research and design project studio.

It is a formative platform structured by a Research Design Project and three complementary courses, anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to the research lines of the thesis themes design strategies, innovative forms of planning and contemporary culture, supporting the theoretical research as well as the practical development of the thesis projects. All classes in this term are obligatory.

  • RDS. | Research and Development Studio (I – III) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SW.1 | THEORY CONCEPTS (3 ECTS credits)
    • Mod 1. Research and Methods
    • Mod 2. Economics and Sustainability
    • Mod 3. Theory and Knowledge
  • SW.2 | ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS (2 ECTS credits)
    Python
  • SW.3 | PRACTICE FABRICATION (2 ECTS)
    Interaction and Prototyping – LLUM Festival

Second Term of the Second Year

This period is structured by the Research and Development Studio and four seminars focused on Theory, Advanced Computational Tools and Fabrication. All class in this term are mandatory.

  • RDS. | Research and Development Studio (I-III) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SW.4 | THEORY CONCEPTS (2 ECTS credits)
    • Mod 1: Research and Methods
    • Mod 2: Economics and Sustainability
    • Mod 3: Theory and Knowledge
  • SW.5 | ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS (2 ECTS credits)
    Machine Learning
  • SW.6 | ELECTIVE SEMINAR – ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS (2 ECTS credits)
    • Option 1: Advanced Robotics
    • Option 2: Advanced Sensing
  • SW.7 | PRACTICE FABRICATION (2 ECTS)
    Interaction and Prototyping – LLUM Festival

Third Term of the Second Year

This term is structured by the Research and Development Studio and Seminars focused on the practice of the investigation itself. In this term the students are finalising their proposal and constructing prototypes of their thesis projects. All classes in this term are mandatory.

  • RDS. | Research and Development Studio (I – III) (15 ECTS credits)
  • SW.8 | THEORY CONCEPTS (1 ECTS Credits)
    • Mod 1: Research and Methods
    • Mod 2: Economics and Sustainability
  • SW.9 | ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS (2 ECTS credits)
    BIM Building Information Modelling
  • LS | LECTURE SERIES (2 ECTS)

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 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 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.

WORK AFTER MAA

Natalie Alima – MAA02 2013/15 

Research Fellow at RMIT University Melbourne

Farshad Mehdizadeh – MAA 2011/12

Director of FMZD Architects

Alexandre Dubor – MAA 2011/12

Director of IAAC’S Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

Utsav MathurMAA 2015/16

Founder & CEO at GMETRI studio

Maite Bravo – MAA 2007/08

Professor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Peter Magnus – MAA 2015/16

Founder at Hable Studios & IAAC’s Teaching Assistant

Maria Cynthia Funk – MAA 2014/15

Associate Dean of the Environment Studies Cluster of the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde

Ali Basbous – MAA 2008/09

Founder of BAD. Built by Associative Data studio

Carlos Bausa – MAA 2013/14

Environmental Design Analyst at Foster and Partners

FACULTY

Areti Markopoulou

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

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Mathilde Marengo

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

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Vicente Guallart

IAAC Founder / Valldaura Labs Director / MAEB Co-Director / Urbanization.org Director / Board of Trustees Member

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MAA Senior Faculty / Advanced Interaction Research Studio Leader / Computational Expert

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Alexandre Dubor

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

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Edouard Cabay

OTF Co-director / MAA Senior Faculty

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Academic Coordinator / MAA, MaCT Faculty / OTF and MAA02 Coordinator

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Willy Müller

Urban Sciences Lab Director / MAA, MaCT Seminar Faculty / X-Urban Design Studio Leader / Board of Trustees Member

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Aldo Sollazzo

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

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Chiara Farinea

Head of European Projects / MAA01 Faculty

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Rodrigo Aguirre

MAA, CIEE, GSS Senior Faculty / Computational Advisor

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Stephanie Chaltiel

InnoChain PhD Candidate / MAA Senior Faculty / Digital Fabrication Expert

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Angelos Chronis

InnoChain PhD Candidate / MAA, MaCT, MAI Senior Faculty / Computational Expert

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Manuel Gausa

MAA Senior Faculty / Advanced Theory Director / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Enric Ruiz Geli

MAA Senior Faculty / Self-sufficient Building Studio Leader

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Klaus Obermaier

Advanced Interaction Advisory Committee Member

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Guillem Camprodon

Smart Citizen Project Manager / MAA Faculty / Expert in Physical Computing

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Honorata Grzesikowska

Urbanization.org coordinator / MaCT Studio & MAEB Faculty/ Urban Projects Research

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Anastasia Pistofidou

Fab Textiles Coordinator / Fabricademy Guru / MAA, MDEF Faculty

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Raimund Krenmueller

MRAC Faculty Assistant / Expert in Digital Fabrication & Computational Design

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Jordi Vivaldi

MaCT Seminar Faculty / MAA Faculty

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Lluis Viu

MAA02 Senior Faculty / Climati Matter Research Line Leader

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Jordi Pagès

MAA02 Senior Faculty / Climati Matter Research Line Leader

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José Starsk Naya Lara

MAA & MRAC Faculty / MAI Unity Tutor

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Ricardo Devesa

MAA Senior Faculty / Theory and Advanced Knowledge

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Manja Van de Worp

MAA Senior Faculty / Experimental Structures

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Marcos Cruz

MAA02 Senior Faculty / C.BIO.MA Research Line Leader

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Kunaljit Chadha

MAI & MRAC Faculty Assistant / MAA Fabrication expert / OTF Fabrication expert

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Cristian Rizzuti

MAA, GSS Faculty / MaCT Seminar Faculty / MRAC Faculty Assistant / Multimedia Design Expert

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Ricardo Mayor

Fabrication expert / MAA Faculty

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Lana Awad

Fabrication expert / MAA Faculty

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