The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is offering scholarships to bright individuals whose projects address the challenges of a changing world. To enter the Scholarship Competition, please submit your design proposal by the 31st of January 2023. Winners will be announced on the 17th of February 2023.

IAAC invites its future students to submit their project proposals to the Institute’s Scholarship Competition, which aims to give an answer to some of the current global challenges: Climate Crisis, Data Management etc.

Most of the IAAC courses are Limited Entry, which means a limited number of students can enrol in them every year. Some of them can soon run out of availability. We suggest you to apply within the end of the current term of applications to secure a place in your Educational Programme of interest. More info on the IAAC Guide for Applicants.

The information on the competition’s proposal (topic, requirements and format) for each programme is detailed below. To apply, each candidate should visit the Application Portal, register and upload their Scholarship project proposal as an additional Supporting Document to their application.

Master in Advanced Architecture – MAA

Project brief:  

“Architecture for Climate Adaptation” – Design an architectural proposal which responds to the issues associated with climate change such as sea level rise, heat island effect, loss of biodiversity among others.

 Apply here

Master in City & Technology – MaCT

Project brief:

“Data Urbanism” – Develop a strategy for urban planning and design based on the overlapping of different types of data, for a city of your choice. The analysis and planning proposal must be based on a problematic that relates to the selected city’s relation to climate change.

Apply here

Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities – MAEBB

Project brief:

“Ecological Wood Construction” – Create a design proposal at any scale, from architecture to furniture/object, using wood as the primary material, and relating in some way to ecological principles.

Apply here

Master in Design for Emergent Futures – MDEF

Project brief:

“Cultivating Regenerative Futures” – Present an idea that could be connected with Fab Lab Barcelona’s research areas. It should contain principles of regeneration at multiple scales, and that contribute with existing work in the field of distributed design and manufacturing, bioregional development, and futures studies.

 Apply here

Master in Robotics & Advanced Construction – MRAC

Project brief:

“Design, Architecture and Robots: call for innovation” – Propose a computational or digitally fabricated solution to envision how Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Systems can challenge traditional architectural processes and bring innovation for the design and construction industry.

Apply here

Maestría Online en Ciudades: El Urbanismo Próximo – MOEC

Resumen del Proyecto:

“Ciudad: Ecología y Cambio Climático” – Diseñar una solución innovadora para las ciudades del Siglo XXI capaz de responder a los desafíos del cambio climático, para una ubicación en el contexto de América Latina. Los solicitantes son libres de elegir la escala de su propuesta.

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3D Printing Architecture Postgraduate Programme – 3DPA

Project brief:

“A Vision for a 3D Printed Architecture” – Describe your vision between the use of this advanced technology for construction, and the desire to develop a holistic design approach to architecture.

Apply here

Master in Design for Distributed Innovation – MDDI

Project brief:

“A decade of Harmless Entities for the Global South” – Design a system that reconfigures the relationship between Technology, Communities and Ecosystems, and is implemented and unfolded in 10 years, applied in any Global South context.

Apply here

Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design – MACAD

Project brief:

 “Building Hallucinations” – Design a creative proposal for how the current trend of AI generative models can be converted, interpreted or improved into spatial data that can be used beyond inspiration for design and into the generation of 3D buildings with high complexity.

Apply here

Who can participate?

In order to participate, candidates interested in the Scholarship Competition must fulfill the Eligibility Criteria as described in the IAAC Guide for Applicants.

How to apply for the scholarship?

To apply, each candidate should visit the Application Portal, register, select the programme they wish to apply for, upload the necessary supporting documents and finally upload their Scholarship project proposal as an additional Supporting Document.

The full list of mandatory supporting documents to prepare for the Scholarship Competition are the following:

1) Letter of intent written in English
2) A Portfolio showcasing samples of your work in English
3) CV (Curriculum Vitae/ Resume).
4) Two letters of recommendation written in English
5) A scanned copy of your bachelor’s diploma.
6) A copy of your valid passport (or I.D. if you are a citizen of a member state of the EU.)
7) The scholarship project proposal which corresponds to the Selected Programme’s proposal topic.

Important: A 50€ Application fee (non-refundable) is to be paid to submit your application.

For more detailed information on the Supporting Documents listed above please consult the IAAC Guide for Applicants.


The submissions should be A3 PDF panels (1 to 2 pages max) graphically explaining the project proposal.

Competition Details

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia announces every year a Scholarship Competition giving our master’s applicants the chance to win partial scholarships covering 50%, 30%, 20% of the tuition fee of any of the Educational Programmes listed above.

Important Deadlines

Start date: 1st December 2022 – 00:00 (CET)

End date: 31st January 2023 – 23:59 (CET)

Winners announced: 17th February 2023

Selection and Evaluation Process

Once an application is received, the Admissions Coordinator will start reviewing the submitted applications to check whether they meet all eligibility requirements. Once the eligibility check is completed, Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email.

For more information refer to the IAAC Guide for Applicants.

The Selection Committee

The Jury will be integrated by master programme Directors, faculty and special guests and professionals coming from the different topics to be addressed by the competitions.  

Winners Announcement

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will inform all applicants on the results of their scholarship application on February 17th 2023.