INTRODUCTION

The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) is a unique programme which is orientated towards training change makers that city administrations, governments, industries and communities need, in order to develop projects for the transformation of our cities in the era of big data.

Taking place in Barcelona, the capital of urbanism, this programme aims at redefining the practice of urban planning and management through big data analytics, computational design and citizen design science.

The MaCT prepares the new professionals and urban technologists for the creation of applied visions and solutions that have the power to fuel progress of urban environments for many generations. Using real case studies and in collaboration with the industry, city administrations and the European Commission, the programme works on cities through the creation of responsive, decentralised, productive, digital and hyper-connected systems.

MaCT 01
MaCT 02
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 5th edition 2nd edition
Credits 75 ECTS 120 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2019 to June 2020 // Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning 18 Months – From October 2019 to June 2021 // Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning
Language English English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 18.750€
EU: 15.000€
Non-EU: 30.400€
EU: 24.350€
Admission Urban Planners, Urban Designers, Engineers, Architects, Economists, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Social & Environmental Scientists. Urban Planners, Urban Designers, Engineers, Architects, Economists, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Social & Environmental Scientists.

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in City & Technology is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through researching on new categories of projects, technologies and solutions related with information and communication technologies in urban environments.

IAAC gives students the opportunity to create individual Studio agendas and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on Citizen Innovation, Cities New Business Models, Urban Apps, Smart City Infrastructure, new Citizen-based Services, Open Data Development and more. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments.

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 materialise their project ideas.

The aim of IAAC 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, related with the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.

The Master in City and Technology comprises the following elements:

  1. Theory – TC (seminars and master classes, all terms)
  2. Strategic Planning – SP (seminars, all terms)
  3. Technology – TE (seminars, all terms)
  4. Urban Design – UD (seminars and workshops, all terms)
  5. Design Studio – ST (studios, all terms)
  6. Lecture Series – LS (all terms)

RESEARCH STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Fall Term is a formative platform structured by a Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to ICTs for cities, new tools for city analysis,  Open Innovation, design strategies, innovative forms of planning and contemporary culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Cities (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Programming & Data Visualisation)
  • TC – Digital City (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data I (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Google Urbanism (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Future Mobility (3 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS –  Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

NOTE: Research Studio and Seminars of Term 1 are obligatory.

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The 11-week Winter Term is structured by one Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars continuing with the development of technical skills in data analytics and computation as well as introducing new categories of projects for the design of buildings, the infrastructures of services, the user interaction and the technologies of information.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Buildings (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Physical Computing)
  • TE – Blockchain 4 Cities (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data II (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS)
  • UD – UD Workshop (1 ECTS)
  • SP – Urban Data Analytics (2 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS – Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

NOTE: Design Studio and Seminars of Term 2 are obligatory.

PILOT PROJECT THESIS AND SEMINARSThe 12-week Spring Term is structured by one Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new processes and tools on how citizens can be involved in the development of sustainable, open and user-driven innovation ecosystems.TERM 3 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of People (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Urban Apps)
  • TC – New City Business Models (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Cities for Citizens (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Big Data Strategies (3 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS –  Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

NOTE: Pilot Project Thesis and Seminars of Term 3 are obligatory.

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master in City and Technology is aimed at Urban Planners, Urban Designers, Engineers, Architects, Economists, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists, EntrepreneursSocial & Environmental Scientists and graduates related with the transformation and management of our cities and technologies of information. The course aims to transform these people into social innovators, project leaders and chief strategists who will foster the conversion of art, science, industry, and politics towards the unfolding of a new future.

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

WORK AFTER THE MaCT

There is currently a lack of professionals who are capable of leading projects where the aim is to transform our cities from the 20th-Century production and distribution model to the 21st-Century paradigms. The MaCT programme aims to create future professionals who will be able to lead projects in both the public and private sector that focus on Urban PlanningSmart Buildings, Big Data Analysis & Visualization, Urban ICT, Mobility & Transportation Analysis, Mobility Micro & Macro Simulations, and GIS software.

Moreover, graduates of the MaCT will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to work in the public sector as Public Policy Administrators, Public Space Administrators, Mobility Analysts and Urban Planners.

In addition to the public sector, we aim to create strong professionals in the private sector such as Environmental Resources Managers, City Waste Managers, Clean Energy Optimisation Managers, Urban Welfare Inspectors, Urban Studies Advisors and finally, experts in Urban Data visualisation, Mobility Micro and Macro Simulations, GIS Software, and Augmented and Virtual Reality.

In general, our goal is to create future professionals who will be able to work in a series of departments, depending on their focus of expertise. Such sectors include Renewable Energy, Innovation, Infrastructure and Transportation, Smart–Technologies, Urban Consulting, Academies, City Management, Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Recycling and Public Waste, Data Visualisation and, of course, Urban Planning.

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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Winy Maas

Seminar Faculty

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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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Jordi Vivaldi

MaCT Seminar Faculty / MAA Faculty

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Manuel Gausa

MAA Senior Faculty / Advanced Theory Director / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Marco Ingrassia

Academic Coordinator / MAA Faculty / OTF Coordinator / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Cristian Rizzuti

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

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Alex Mademochoritis

MaCT Programme Coordinator & Seminar Faculty / CIEE coordinator

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Mara Balestrini

Making Sense Project Leader / MDEF Faculty / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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COLLABORATIVE ENTITIES

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is launching an EU accredited Master programme in City and Technology. The Master programme represents an effort of facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the mutual learning of urban experiences among cities.

Barcelona is considered to be at the forefront for urban strategic planning, awarded the European Capital of Innovation (“iCapital”) prize “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens” by the European Commission.

Hence the MaCT proposes to learn not only from the experiences of Barcelona, thanks to a solid collaboration with the urban government but also from practice-based experiences through the direct collaboration and with professionals in the fields of design (public space, buildings, service infrastructure, user interaction), technologies of information, social sciences and participatory processes, economics, finally applying this content into real case studies.

INTERNSHIPS

After the end of the Master in City and Technology (MaCT), our students have the exclusive opportunity to be placed as interns in one of the many collaborative companies of the programme. The following companies are specifically interested in IAAC students with the MaCT profile:

At the completion of the programme, the coordinator will inform the students regarding the application process.