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The Master in Advanced Architecture is articulated in three different programs: MAA01, MAA01+OTF and MAA02. During the first year (October 2017 – June 2018) the students enrolled in the programs 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 program 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.

+++ PROGRAM ORGANISATION – MAA01 +++

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:

  1. Introductory Studio IS
  2. Research Studios RS
  3. Development Studios DS
  4. Obligatory Seminars SO
  5. Studio Support SS
  6. Elective Seminars SE
  7. Workshop WS
  8. Lecture Series LS

 

The program is organized in four plus one (4+1) phases:

  • Phase 1: Introductory Studio and Seminars (20 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 2: Research Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 3: Development Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 4: General Workshop and Final Studio development (15 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 5: Open Thesis Fabrication (25 ECTS credits, optional).
  • Lecture Series (throughout the year) (2 ECTS credits).

The body of the students of this Master Program will be multi-disciplinary. The program is aimed at Professionals and Graduate Students of any design-related discipline (Architects, Designers, Interior Designers, Engineers, Software Developers).

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 Five 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 (2 ECTS credits)
  • SO.3 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.4 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Produino (2 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The second term is an open educational structure where the students attend a Research Studio and one Obligatory Seminar related with the studio, plus two among the four Optional Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The second term is divided in three different research lines: Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings and Digital Matter.

  • RS | RESEARCH STUDIO (I-V) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SS.1 | STUDIO SUPPORT SEMINAR 1 (I-V) (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO5| OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SO.6 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • 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 the student’s preference and to the obtained grades acquired in the MAA Phase 1.

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 in support of the Studio, plus two among the several Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The third term is divided in three different research lines: Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings and Digital Matter.

  • DS | DEVELOPMENT STUDIO (I-V) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SS.2 | STUDIO SUPPORT SEMINAR (I-V) (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.7 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SO.8 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the optional Seminars is done based on the student’s preferences and on the grades acquired at Phase 1 and Phase 2.

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 intergrate 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 program. The OTF program – 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 program of the Open Thesis Fabrication HERE

+++ PROGRAM ORGANISATION – MAA02 FIRST YEAR +++

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

  1. Introductory Studio IS
  2. Research Studios RS
  3. Development Studios DS
  4. Obligatory Seminars SO
  5. Studio Support SS
  6. Elective Seminars SE
  7. Workshop WS
  8. Lecture Series LS

The program is organized in four plus one (4+1) phases:

  • Phase 1: Introductory Studio and Seminars (20 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 2: Research Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 3: Development Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 4: General Workshop and Final Studio development (15 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 5: Open Thesis Fabrication (25 ECTS credits, optional).
  • Lecture Series (throughout the year) (2 ECTS credits).

INTRODUCTORY TERM

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 Five 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 (2 ECTS credits)
  • SO.3 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.4 | DIGITAL TOOLS – Produino (2 ECTS credits)

RESEARCH STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The second term is an open educational structure where the students attend a Research Studio and one Obligatory Seminar related with the studio plus two among the four Optional Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.

The second term is divided in three different research lines: Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings and Digital Matter.

  • RS | RESEARCH STUDIO (I-V) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SS.1 | STUDIO SUPPORT SEMINAR 1 (I-V) (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO5| OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SO.6 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • 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 the student’s preference and to the obtained grades acquired in the MAA Phase 1.

DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The third term is an open educational structure where the students attend the Development Studio and three seminars: one Obligatory Seminar in support of the Studio, plus two among the several Elective Seminars that they choose according to their academic interests. The third term is divided in three different research lines: Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings and Digital Matter.

  • DS | DEVELOPMENT STUDIO (I-V) (10 ECTS credits)
  • SS.2 | STUDIO SUPPORT SEMINAR (I-V) (3 ECTS credits)
  • SO.7 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SO.8 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)
  • SE. | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Please note: The distribution of students for the optional Seminars is done based on the student’s preferences and on the grades acquired at Phase 1 and Phase 2.

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.

+++PROGRAM ORGANIZATION – MAA02 SECOND YEAR+++

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

  1. Research & Development Studios RDS
  2. Workshop Seminars SW
  3. Lecture Series LS

The program is organized in three phases:

  • Phase 5: Research & Development Studio and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 6: Research & Development Studio and Seminars (16 ECTS credits)
  • Phase 7: Research & Development Studio and Seminars (20 ECTS credits)

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, II, III) (10 CREDITS)
  • WS1. | WORKSHOP (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.1 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 1 Theory & Methods (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.2 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 2 Theory & Knowledge (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.3 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 3 Processing (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.4 | OBLIGATORY DESK CRIT REVIEWS Economics & Sustainability (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.5 | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Research and development Studio and Seminars

Phase 6, is a term period structured by the Research and Development Studio and 2 Seminars focused in the 2 main parts of a thesis research: theory and practice in different scales of investigation. All classes in this term are obligatory.

  • RDS. | Research and Development Studio (I, II, III) (10 CREDITS)
  • WS1. | WORKSHOP (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.6 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 1 Theory & Methods (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.7 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR2 Theory & Knowledge (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.8 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 3 Processing (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.9 | OBLIGATORY DESK CRIT REVIEWS Economics & Sustainability (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.10 | ELECTIVE SEMINAR (3 ECTS credits)

Research and development Studio and Seminars

Phase 7, is a term period structured by the Research and Development Studio and a Seminars focused in the practice of the investigation. In this term the students are finalizing their proposal and construct prototypes of their thesis projects. All classes in this term are obligatory.

  • RDS. | Research and Development Studio (I, II, III) (10 CREDITS)
  • WS1. | WORKSHOP (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.11 | OBLIGATORY SEMINAR 1 Theory & Methods (3 CREDITS)
  • SO.12 | OBLIGATORY DESK CRIT REVIEWS

NOTE: The following program refers to the Academic Year 2017-2018. The program for the Academic Year 2018-2019 may be subject to slight variations. Seminars are subject to change according to faculty availability. Students obligatory need to attend 6 seminars.

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MAA01 IN BRIEF

Edition: 17th edition

Degree: Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Credits: 75 ECTS

Duration: 9 months – From October 2017 to June 2018 – Full Time

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 18.750 € (details)

Admission: Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

MAA02 IN BRIEF

Edition: 7th edition

Degree: Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Credits: 130 ECTS

Duration: 18 months – From October 2017 to June 2019 – Full time

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 30.465 € (details)

Admission: Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.