The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) opens the doors to a new edition of the Global Summer School (GSS), blending both online and onsite workshops and creating a common platform for students all over the world with IAAC network of experts and renowned lecturers in the main educational experience of summer 2024.

For over 14 years, IAAC’s faculties and students have collaborated both physically and digitally, with the aim of fostering knowledge sharing and expertise exchange within a global learning community comprising architects, engineers, designers, and innovators. This summer, IAAC proposes a modular workshop model for GSS, aiming to enhance hands-on experiences at IAAC Barcelona while maintaining digital accessibility through an agile online format. GSS24 offers participants the opportunity to engage in four workshops focusing on the latest digital tools and software, covering topics such as bamboo architecture and fabrication, advanced computation design, digital data & urban analytics and artificial intelligence for regenerative design.

Throughout the years, GSS workshops have represented a celebration of forward-looking education, inviting participants to envision a new paradigm of Advanced Architecture across various scales. The learning objectives of GSS encourage exploration of new design solutions, architectures, and tools, empowering participants to become change makers in the evolving world and society.
Thanks to its intensive and dynamic format, GSS participants have the flexibility to tailor their own learning journey, either through a two-week workshop at IAAC or by selecting a single or more online modules offered throughout July 2024. Led by IAAC faculties and alumni, the GSS workshops ensure immersive workflows and individual project exploration and development.
Furthermore, GSS students will have the exclusive opportunity to access Global Lectures, weekly online gatherings featuring experts from the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, relevant to each workshop theme.

Join the IAAC GSS programme this summer, and choose one or more workshops to become an integral part of the GSS community!

Students and Professionals can decide to apply to one or more GSS courses investigating the Bamboo architecture & fabrication, advanced computation design, urban analytics and artificial intelligence.

Here is the list of workshops:


Bamboo at Work Workshop – On site in Barcelona

// from 1st to 12th of July 2024

The early bird offer fee is 1200€ until May 31st, 2024, increasing to 1500€ thereafter, covering all course material costs; the final application deadline is June 24th at 6pm (CET).



Advanced Computation for Design Workshop – Online

// from 1st to 5th of July 2024

Faculty: Hesham Shawqy; Faculty assistant: James McBennett

The early bird offer fee is 300€ until May 31st, 2024, increasing to 350€ thereafter. The final application deadline is June 28th at 6pm (CET)



Urban Analytics for Participatory Design Workshop – Online

// from 8th to 12th of July 2024

Faculties: Ana Gallego, Laura Guimarães; Lecturers: Mathilde Marengo, Iacopo Neri, Maria Isabel da Rocha Lima, Renata Cleaver Malzoni

The early bird offer fee is 300€ until May 31st, 2024, increasing to 350€ thereafter. The final application deadline is July 5th at 6pm (CET)



AI for Regenerative Design Workshop – Online

// from 15th to 19th of July 2024

Faculties: Angelos Chronis, Oana Taut, Stanislava Fedorova, Serjoscha Duering

The early bird offer fee is 300€ until May 31st, 2024, increasing to 350€ thereafter. The final application deadline is July 12th at 6pm (CET)


To register for the Global Summer School, participants need to submit the online application form, where they will be asked to provide their personal details and select their workshop(s) of choice. No CV or portfolio is required. Applications are open until June 21, 2024, for the in-person workshop. For the online workshops, the application deadline is the week before each workshop begins.

The Global Summer School is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree (including those currently in progress) related to the fields of architecture, design, arts, and engineering who wish to apply to the program. No extensive previous knowledge is required. Participants will be introduced to the workshop topics, software, and tools through lectures and reviews.

Applicants have the possibility to apply for one or more online modules with discounted early bird fees within May 31st.

Learn more about the GSS24 new edition from the official website:


> GSS Lead Coordination: Laura Ruggeri

Contacts: [email protected]


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