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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is a private nonprofit foundation, with 17 years of activity, organised in four departments, all of them dedicated to research, education, production and outreach, with the mission to imagine the future habitat of our society and build it in the present.
These departments are:
- The Advanced Architecture Group, directed by Areti Markopoulou
- The Fab City Research Laboratory, directed by Tomás Diez
- The Urban Sciences Lab, directed by Willy Müller
- The Valldaura Project for Self-sufficiency, directed by Vicente Guallart
IaaC sets out to take R+D to architecture and urbanism and create multidisciplinary knowledge networks. To this end the institute works in collaboration with several cities and regions, industrial groups and research centres, including the City Council of Barcelona, the Collserola Natural Park, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), as well as diverse companies among which CISCO, Endesa, Kuka Robotics and many others. Together with these the Institute develops various research programs and projects bringing together experts in different disciplines such as architecture, engineering, biology, sociology, anthropology and other fields of investigation.