IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

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The Master in City & Technology is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through the 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 Infrastructures, 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 the 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)
  7. Research Trip – RT


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


  • ST – Fab City Design Strategies (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Digital City (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Produino (3 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Intro Digital Fabrication (1 ECTS credit)
  • SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Open Source Urbanism (2 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS credits)

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


The 12-week Winter Term is structured by two Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new categories of projects for integrating the design of public space and buildings,the infrastructures of services,the user interaction and the technologies of information.


  • ST – Fab City Design Strategies / Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – New City Business Models (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Urban Analytics (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Responsive Cities (3 ECTS credits)

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


The 12-week Spring Term is structured by the Pilot Project Thesis as a case study and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new processes and tools on how cities can evolve towards sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems to boost Future Internet research.


  • ST – Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Citizen Innovation (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – UD Workshop (2 ECTS credits)

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

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Edition: 2nd edition

Degree: Master in City & Technology 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 2017 – Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 16.000 €

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