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INTRODUCTION

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who are capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimised construction eco-system. The Master is focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems.

Through a mixture of seminars, workshops and studio projects, the master programme challenges the traditional processes in the Construction Sector. It investigates how advances in robotics and digital fabrication tools change the way we build and develop processes and design tools for such new production methods.

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The MRAC offers an international and multidisciplinary environment where engineers, designers, architects, craftsmen, academics and industry partners have the opportunity to rethink the construction industry. The master will take place in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, a creative space fully equipped with the most recent manufacturing technologies, in Barcelona, an international hub for innovation in a traditionally rich industrial region.

MRAC 01
MRAC 01 + OTF
MRAC 02
Degree Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction + Postgraduate Diploma in Open Thesis Fabrication. Both accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction – YEAR 02 Research Thesis accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Edition 3rd edition 10th edition 1st edition
Credits 75 ECTS 120 ECTS 120 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2020 to June 2021 // Full Time
or
9 + 9 months – From October 2020 to June 2022 // Part Time
15 Months – From October 2020 to February 2022 // Full Time 18 Months – From October 2020 to June 2022 // Full Time
Language English English English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 18.750€
EU: 15.000€
Non-EU: 25.500€
EU: 20.500€
Non-EU: 30.400€
EU: 24.350€
Admission Based on student profile evaluation Based on student profile evaluation Based on student profile evaluation

MRAC 01

Degree Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 3rd edition
Credits 75 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2020 to June 2021 // Full Time
or
9 + 9 months – From October 2020 to June 2022 // Part Time
Language English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 18.750€
EU: 15.000€
Admission Based on student profile evaluation

 

MRAC 01 + OTF

Degree Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction + Postgraduate Diploma in Open Thesis Fabrication. Both accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 10th edition
Credits 120 ECTS
Duration 15 Months – From October 2020 to February 2022 // Full Time
Language English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 25.500€
EU: 20.500€
Admission Based on student profile evaluation

 

MRAC 02

Degree Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction – YEAR 02 Research Thesis accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Edition 1st edition
Credits 130 ECTS
Duration 18 Months – From October 2020 to June 2022 // Full Time
Language English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 30.400€
EU: 24.350€
Admission Based on student profile evaluation

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master Programme in Robotics and Advanced Construction is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through a series of class seminars that are put into practice through hands-on workshops. IAAC gives students the opportunity to create individual studio agendas and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on the knowledge acquired during the seminars and workshops split into 3 Modules. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of the construction sector.

The master offers a flexible structure to allow both full time or part-time dedication to the master. Full-time students can complete the programme in 1 academic year (October to July) while part-time students can complete it in 2 academic years. Monthly encounters with professionals and researchers are condensed into one week of seminar lectures and hands-on workshops per month and are combined with online classes and video conference reviews to offer the possibility for students to study from abroad with part-time jobs. Full-time students will have the possibility to develop their own studio and thesis project during the 3 remaining weeks of each month, while part-time students can extend their study over 2 years to complete the studio and thesis project and acquire the master degree.

Students will be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers from all over the world, this environment will encourage them to develop collective decision-making processes and materialise their project ideas.

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction offers students the possibility of pursuing the programme in 4 different modalities:

– MRAC 01 – 9 month full time, 75 ECTS
– MRAC 01 PT – 18 month part-time , 75 ECTS
– MRAC 01 + OTF – 15month full time, 120 ECTS
– MRAC 02 – 18 month full time, 120 ECTS

The MRAC programme comprises the following elements:

T. – THEORY SEMINARS
S. – SOFTWARE SEMINARS
H. – HARDWARE SEMINARS
W. – WORKSHOPS
R. – RESEARCH AND DESIGN STUDIOS
V. – VISITS

MRAC 01 First year

Term 1 – Materialising with Machines

Advances in File to Factory workflow allows for precise and complex constructions. In this new paradigm, the architecture will be mass customised, constructive logic will be encoded, new materials will be introduced and materiality will be programmed.

During this first term, students will explore the possibilities being already offered by digital fabrication and computational design to gain control over the entire process of materialisation from digital to physical, from the human intention to the robot execution. A special focus will be given on the challenges and opportunities raised by Robotic and Additive Manufacturing for construction.

Topics

  • S.1 – Software 1 : Algorithmic Design
  • H.1 – Hardware 1 : Robotic Actuators
  • T.1 – Theory 1 : Materialising with Machines
  • R.1 – Research Studio 1 : Robotic Craft
  • W1.1 – Workshop 1.1 : Additive Manufacturing
  • W1.2 – Workshop 1.2 : Subtractive Manufacturing
Term 2 – Scanning and Learning machines

Advances in data collection (sensors, drones, …) and analysis (optimisation algorithm, AI, …) allows for better integration of the construction specific challenges such as site monitoring and adaptability, heterogeneous materials, inventory management, assembly tolerances, changing climate conditions and team coordination.

During the second semester, students will integrate increasing amounts of data in their workflow, using robotic sensing and digital simulation to get new information of the construction process. Physical computing and analytics will help drive new decision making processes including iterative logics, computational optimisation and artificial intelligence.

Topics

  • S.2 – Software 2 : Robotic Control
  • H.2 – Hardware 2 : Robotic Sensors
  • T.2 – Theory 2 : Scanning and Learning Machines
  • R.2 – Research Studio 2 : Robotic Sensing
  • W2.1 – Workshop 2.1 : 3d Scanning in Construction
  • W2.2 – Workshop 2.2 : Adaptive Fabrication
Term 3 – Human-Machine collaboration

Advances in Human-Machine Interactions and mixed realities allows for a seamless collaboration between humans and robots in factory and construction sites, taking advantages of the best of both virtual and real world.

During the third semester, students will extend their skills and perspectives towards new devices and strategies that combine existing manual constructive methods with the digital and robotic ones. This new digital craftsmanship in factories and construction sites will be the scenario students will use to explore the potential of collaborative robots and Augmented Reality for the construction sector.

Topics

  • S.3 – Software 3 : Machine Learning
  • H.3 – Hardware 3 : Robotic Interaction
  • T : Theory 3 : Human – Machine collaboration
  • R.3 – Research Studio 3 : Final Project
  • W3.1 – Workshop 3.1 : Collaborative Robotics
  • W3.2 – Workshop 3.2 : Swarm Robotics
MRAC 01 Part time modality

IAAC offers students the possibility of pursuing this Master’s degree through both full-time and part-time modalities. While the full time modality consists of a 9 months program along the course of one academic year, the part time modality consists of a 9 + 9 months program along the course of two academic years.

The MRAC part time format has been designed for all those interested students and professionals with part time jobs from Spain or abroad, to attend the courses. The format combines online teaching content and remote reviews with intensive weeks to allow students to manage their work/study balance easily,  with a required presence of only one week per month in Barcelona, and one day per week required availability for remote reviews. In detail the two year format unfolds as follows:

  • During the first academic year of the MRAC 01 part time modality, Seminars will be arranged in remote for the students not to miss any classes and reviews, while physical attendance will be required in IAAC 1 week every month for the following content: one kick off intensive seminar week, happening the first week of each term; two intensive hands-on workshops lasting one week each, happening at the beginning and closing of each term.
  • During the second academic year of the MRAC 01 part time modality, students will focus on their research project to be developed in the MRAC Studio of each term, with online classes and reviews. Every month, the students will come to IAAC for one week to produce their prototypes and to take part in scheduled visits at renewed industry and research centers.

MRAC 01 + OTF

MRAC 01 First year + OTF: 3D printing Architecture


The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction first year can be combined with the complementary program OTF : 3D printing Architecture. This allow students to apply the knowledge learnt into this unique applied research program center into the revolutionising technology of additive manufacturing for the construction of sustainable architecture. For more information, please see the dedicated page about the OTF program: https://iaac.net/otf

MRAC 02

MRAC 02 Second year – Research Thesis

Targeted towards students’ future career in Academia, Start-up or Industry, the second year of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction offers the occasion to develop a thesis project with the support of IAAC infrastructure, experts and network, with the goal to maximise its impact on our society. 
Students can choose to work either individually or in a group, and can propose their own topic and collaborative company, or choose from the one proposed by IAAC and its strong partners.  The development of the project will be supported by advanced seminars in Technology, Theory and Business to bring the proposal state of the art research that can really impact the construction industry. To this end, students will collaborate with one specific industry / academia or incubator to develop their project, with a series of internship immersion in the collaborative company as well as review and support directly on the thesis project. 
In parallel to the development of the Thesis Project Studio, the second year of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction offers a series of seminars enhancing both the theoretical, practical and digital skills of the students. Students will also have the occasion to join cross-disciplinary workshops to build large prototypes and installations.

Topics:

  • R.4 – Research Thesis
    • Academy track
    • Startup track
    • Industry track
  • RS.1 – Research Support 1 : Economics of Sustainability & Impact/LCA
  • RS.2 – Research Support 2 : Advanced Technology – specific to the project
  • T.4.1 – Theory 1 : Research Methods
  • T.4.2 – Theory 2 : Business Innovation
  • T.4.3 – Theory 3 : Market for Industry Research
  • W.5 – Workshop 5 : Cross-Disciplinary Project
  • W.5 – Workshop 6 : Cross-Disciplinary Prototype
  • I > Internship at collaborative Industry / Academia / Incubator

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

The Master is being developed in close collaboration with industrial partners. Detailed list of partners to be announced.

Industry Partner collaboration within previous IAAC masters editions includes:

eurecat
Cricursa
Universal Robots
Robots in Architecture
Heatherwick studio
Scaled Robotics
Tallfusta
Acciona
tecnalia
Autodesk
KUKa

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

IAAC is a leading education and research centre on Robotics and Future Constructions. Some of the latest projects of IAAC following parts of the agenda of the MRAC can be found below.

Musical Robotic Façade

Notes: This programme is subject to change according to technology updates and real case studies by industry partners.

DIRECTORS

Aldo Sollazzo is an architect and researcher, an expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Master in Architectonic Design in 2007, Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC in 2012, Fab Academy diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona, Aldo is currently involved in several projects running in parallel. Since 2011, he is the manager of Noumena, a firm embracing data-driven design, investigating between the boundaries of new digital paradigms and design strategies applied to architecture, robotics and fabrication, through a hands-on and experimental approach.

He is also the founder of Fab Lab Frosinone and Director of Reshape, a digital platform promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, towards the definition of new cutting-edge practices and disruptive ideas in the field of wearable tech and fashion design. Since 2015 he is faculty at IAAC, covering the positions of Director of IAAC Global Summer School, co-Director of the new Master of Robotics and Advanced Construction, and instructor of digital tools.

He is one of the Supernode of Fab Academy, the educational platform founded by Neil Gershenfeld from the MIT’s Center of Bits and Atoms. For the same programme, he is also a local coordinator for Fab Academy Paris.

Alexandre Dubor is an architect and researcher combining new technologies in an attempt to improve how we build and live in our cities. He holds a Master degree of Architecture & Engineering from EAVT & ENPC (France) and a Master Degree in Advanced Architecture from IAAC (Spain), with a specialization in robotic fabrication and large-scale additive manufacturing (FabBot 3.0).

He holds as well a French architectural licence (HMONP) and has worked in various architectural offices from competition stage to delivery (Libeskind, Atenastudio, iDonati, AREP) while exploring the potential of scripting and coding in a separate practice (Collectif277). Since 2012, he is working at IAAC as an expert in digital and robotic fabrication. He is now leading the Open Thesis Fabrication programme as well as the Master in Robotic and Advanced Construction at IAAC.

Together with IAAC staff, students and industrial partners, he is investigating how new advances in material, digital fabrication and computational design could lead to a better construction ecosystem, towards a more efficient, affordable, sustainable and personalised built environment.

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) is aimed at engineers, designers, architects and craftsmen willing to push the boundaries of robotics and advanced manufacturing. An undergraduate degree in a field related to the above disciplines will be required.

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

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 to the transformation and management of the construction sector.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Students will learn to manipulate and integrate robotics and advanced manufacturing process; create and generate a parametric design for mass customisation in the connected industry 4.0; integrate computer vision and sensor feedback for complex material systems and fabrication processes; explore the potential of computational optimisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, understand and integrated the potential of autonomous robot systems, develop new applications of augmented reality and connected mobile devices and propose new digital design and building technologies for both prefabrication and on-site construction.

By bringing together international researchers and industry partners from a wide variety of fields and cultures, IAAC seeks to create a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, a place to rethink the construction sector and train the new generation of professionals capable of having a positive impact on our future built environment and economy.

STUDENTS WORK

SCHOLARSHIPS

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PROJECT PROPOSAL: “HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL SHAPE THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?”

In a crucial moment of digital shifts, the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) invites you to participate in the definition of a new Construction protocol. Thanks to technological advancements, novel mechanical and digital solutions are emerging, questioning traditional design, fabrication and assembly protocols.

 

Robotics arms, autonomous robots, augmented reality are introducing new disruptive methods to control, interact and define a new Construction era.

Defining new tools allows reshaping the way we envision Architecture, increasing our ability to control the multiple layers impacting our built environment, proposing more sustainable, efficient methods of design and construction.

 

For the MRAC Scholarship Competition, we invite participants to propose a new technology or analyse an existing one and answer the following question: How this technology can shape the industry?

 

REQUIRED MATERIAL 

  1. Submit a single A4 sheet that can contain any type of information (text, drawings, sketches, renderings, diagrams, references…) with the aim of proposing, analysing or answering how the technology selected by the participant can shape the construction industry.

To apply the candidates should fill up the Scholarship Application Form at this link and upload their projects in there.

 

COMPETITION DEADLINES

Start and end dates to be released soon.

 

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will release the name of the winners on its official website.

FACULTY

Alexandre Dubor

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

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Aldo Sollazzo

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

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MRAC Coordinator / IAAC Global Summer School Coordinator

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Raimund Krenmueller

MAA and MRAC faculty / Expert in Digital Fabrication

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Roland Snooks

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / MRAC Faculty / Kokkugia / RMIT

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José Starsk Naya Lara

MAA & MRAC Faculty / MAI Unity Tutor

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Mateusz Zwierzycki

MRAC Faculty // MAA02 Faculty // BTU

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Ricardo Devesa

MAA Senior Faculty / Theory and Advanced Knowledge / Actar Publishers & urbanNext.net

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Angel Muñoz

MAA, MRAC, GSS Faculty / Physical Computing Expert

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Irene Rafols

MRAC Faculty // Eurecat Technology Centre

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Shajay Bhooshan

MRAC Faculty // Zaha Hadid Architects

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Alicia Nahmad

MRAC Faculty // PHD Reaserch Fellow Human-Robot Collaboration

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Long Nguyen

MRAC Guest Lecturer // ICD

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MRAC Faculty Assistant / MAA Computational Expert / OTF Computation Expert /Noumena

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Kunaljit Chadha

MRAC Faculty Assistant / MAA Fabrication expert / OTF Fabrication expert

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Johannes Braumann

MRAC Faculty // Robots In Architecture // UFG Linz

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Laura Puigpinós

MRAC Faculty // Eurecat Technology Centre

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daniel serrano

MRAC Faculty // Eurecat Technology Centre

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Wes McGee

MRAC Faculty // University Of Michigan - Taubman College Of Architecture And Urban Planning

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MRAC Faculty // SensiLab

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MRAC Faculty // Node

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MRAC Faculty // Eurecat - Smart Management Systems

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MRAC Faculty // Eurecat Technology Centre

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MRAC Faculty / MAA Faculty / Università Di Bologna, Co-De-It

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Mathilde Marengo BW

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

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MRAC Visiting Faculty // Georgia Institute Of Technology

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MRAC Faculty // Eurecat Technology Centre

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MRAC Faculty // Scaled Robotics

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MRAC Faculty Assistant // Multimedia Artist & Digital Creativity Expert

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MRAC Faculty // RWTH Aachen // Construction Robotics Journal

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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

IAAC’s Master in Robotics and Advanced Constructions (MRAC) mission is to train a new generation of professionals capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem.

In order to do so, this new programme relies on a Scientific Committee made up by seven members, coming both from the professional and the academic world, who are chosen from among the top international experts of the field.

  • Sigrid Brell-Cokcan (Robots in Architecture ; RWTH Aachen)
  • Kasper Stoy (ITU Robotics, Evolution and Art Laboratory)
  • Roland Snooks (Kokkugia ; RMIT)
  • Fabian Scheurer (Design to Production)
  • Jose Daniel Garcia Espinel (Acciona Innovation)
  • Fabio Gramazio (ETH Zurich, DFab, Gramazio & Kohler Architect)
  • Areti Markopoulou (IAAC’s Academic Director)
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / Robots in Architecture / RWTH Aachen

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Kasper Stoy

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / ITU Robotics, Evolution and Art Laboratory

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Fabian Scheurer

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / Design to Production

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José Daniel García Espinel

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / Acciona Innovation

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Fabio Gramazio

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / ETH Zurich, DFab, Gramazio & Kohler Architect

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

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Roland Snooks

MRAC Scientific Committee Member / MRAC Faculty / Kokkugia / RMIT

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