IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

PhD Programs

InnoChain is a 4 year international research network for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training and secondment programme. The network is funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network scheme.

INNOCHAIN FRAMEWORK

The research network assembles a highly cross disciplinary team of experienced researchers drawn from architecture (CITA/KADK (coordinator), Bartlett School of Architecture, Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) and engineering (Universität Stuttgart/ITKE and Universität für Angewandte Kunst Vienna/IOA) and leading industry partners (Foster + Partners, White Arkitekter, BIG, HENN, ROK, Cloud 9, Buro Happold, str.ucture, designtoproduction, Smith Innovation, Blumer-Lehmann, S-Form, Factum Arte Desarrollos Digitales and McNeel Europe).

This call is for a 3 year PhD Scholarship that is fully integrated within the network. The PhD student will be enrolled at IAAC-UPC. It is our ambition that the PhD will start in September of 2015.

INNOCHAIN Project Summary

The InnoChain network is a shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture, enabling more sustainable, better informed and materially smarter design solutions. The network aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with a strong industry focus that can effect real changes in the way we think, design and build our physical environment.

The programme investigates the extended digital chain as a particular opportunity for interdisciplinary design collaboration. Challenging the traditional thinking of design as a linear process of incremental refinement, InnoChain identifies three axes of design innovation potential communication, simulation and materialisation appearing as distributed and interdisciplinary activities across the design chain. Situating feedback between design processes as a key concern for developing holistic and integrated design methods, the network will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and interface with material fabrication.

With a strong inter-sector focus, InnoChain connects “research in practice” with “research in academia”. Assembling 6 internationally recognised academic research environments leading research into computational design in architecture and engineering and 14 innovation pioneering industry partners from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication, the programme will establish a shared training platform for 15 early stage researchers. The network creates a structured training programme focussed on supervision of individual research projects, an inter-sector secondment programme as well as collective research events including workshop-seminars, colloquia, summer school and research courses that provide a unique opportunity for young researchers to obtain new knowledge and skills positioning them between strong innovative research practice and influential industrial impact.

Read more about the network here: http://innochain.net/

INNOCHAIN Academic Partners

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INNOCHAIN Industrial Partners

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