INTRODUCTION

Over the last fifteen years, IAAC has received and been home to over 1000 students from more than 70 countries, including China, the UK, the USA, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iran, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Colombia, Korea and more, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

IAAC Alumni community is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture and collaborating with IAAC in multiple academic and international research operations.

IAAC Alumni Meeting

3rd Global IAAC Alumni Meeting – Venue & Speakers Announced!

In the last 18 years, the IAAC has opened its doors to more than 1,000 students from more than 70 countries. Some of the most outstanding among them, will return this May to Barcelona to present their latest works and discuss the future of architecture. Professional and research-based works, which spans from Advanced Material Systems…

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3rd Global Alumni Meeting Announced – Join the Call for Speakers!

IAAC is proud to finally announce its 3rd Global Alumni Meeting! For this very special occasion, we would like to extend an invitation to all our Alumni around the globe to join us on the 17th of May in Barcelona to share, learn and celebrate together another year of success. Enter the Call for Speakers…

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IAAC is proud to finally announce its 2nd Global Alumni Meeting!

IAAC feels very proud about its Alumni community, and knows they’ve become game-changers and pioneers in their respective fields of work; for these reasons and as part of the alumni festivities, IAAC has decided to select 10 Alumni as guest speakers.

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IAAC Alumni News

Arian Hakimi – IAAC Alumni Stories

Arian Hakimi is an Iranian architect, researcher and educator. Studying his B.arch at University of Tehran with his thesis focus on “Lost Arts of Persia”. He completed his Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA02) degree at IAAC in 2012, with a final thesis in Urban Design & Smart Solar Houses utilising computational morphogenesis design methodology. Upon…

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3rd Global IAAC Alumni Meeting – Venue & Speakers Announced!

In the last 18 years, the IAAC has opened its doors to more than 1,000 students from more than 70 countries. Some of the most outstanding among them, will return this May to Barcelona to present their latest works and discuss the future of architecture. Professional and research-based works, which spans from Advanced Material Systems…

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Alumni Success Stories – Monish Kumar Siripurapu

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is pleased to highlight alumni success stories! The research developed by our alumnus Monish Siripurapu on biomimicry cooling systems inspired by the structure of beehives has been recognised by United Nations Environment Programme. Monish took the Open Thesis Fabrication programme in 2015 and collaborated as an assistant in…

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3rd Global Alumni Meeting Announced – Join the Call for Speakers!

IAAC is proud to finally announce its 3rd Global Alumni Meeting! For this very special occasion, we would like to extend an invitation to all our Alumni around the globe to join us on the 17th of May in Barcelona to share, learn and celebrate together another year of success. Enter the Call for Speakers…

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Natalie Alima – IAAC Alumni Stories

Natalie Alima is a researcher with a multidisciplinary approach to architecture that fuses biology, robotics and parametric design. She has a passion for controlling, manipulating and hacking into nature through intricate and complex geometries. Natalie is currently undertaking an ANAT Synapse residency at SensiLab with professor Jon McCormack. The project explores new processes that link digital design, robotic…

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FARSHAD MEHDIZADEH – IAAC ALUMNI STORIES

After a few weeks of autumn and the start of the new academic year, we release a new Alumni Story! In this case, the story of one of our most successful former students in recent years: Farshad Mehdizadeh, from Iran.   Founder of FMZD Architects, his professional career began in Tehran, at Fluid Motion Studio. He later moved…

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Alexandre Dubor – IAAC Alumni Stories

Alexandre Dubor is an architect and researcher combining new technologies in an attempt to improve how we build and live in our cities. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture & Engineering from EAVT & ENPC in France, and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), with…

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UTSAV MATHUR – IAAC ALUMNI STORIES

Utsav Mathur is a former student from India, graduated from the Master in Advanced Architecture (Class of 2016). He describes his experience at IAAC as an intense academic year that helped him develop skills in Computational Design, Robotics, Digital Fabrication, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and electronics among others.   He is a firm believer and…

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Maite Bravo – Iaac Alumni Stories

We start July with a new Alumni Story. Maite Bravo, from Chile, who is a former student at the Master in Advanced Architecture (Class of 2008) and she is currently part of IAAC Faculty. She highlights the Institute as a unique place that allowed her to change the way she conceives architecture and learn every day from students, researchers…

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Peter Magnus & Antonio Atripaldi – IAAC Alumni Stories

Peter Geelmuyden Magnus and Antonio Atripaldi are former students at the Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA). Both alumni highlight their experience at IAAC as an opportunity to research and grow professionally within a passionate and dynamic international atmosphere. Peter Magnus is a Norwegian architect specialized in construction technology and urbanism with focus on computational design…

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Maria Cynthia Funk – IAAC Alumni Stories

IAAC Alumna Maria Cynthia Funk (Master in Advanced Architecture, class of 2015) explains the impact her experience at IAAC had in her career by learning a new and more disruptive way of conceiving architecture, focused on offering proposals and solutions to the challenges of the future affecting our cities and habitats. Now back in Manila,…

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IAAC Alumni’s Pulpo Collective Installation at the Vivid Sydney Festival 2018

IAAC is proud to present ‘Nacre’: the Pulpo Collective’s installation for the Vivid Sydney Festival. Nacre takes inspiration from the many shell middens found during excavations of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. The design of this lustrous work incorporates the geometry of sea shells, and it uses technology to translate environmental data to illuminate a hidden, underwater…

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IAAC Alumni Awarded with Honourable Mention at the Reshape Competition 2017

IAAC is glad to announce that the Master in Advanced Architecture project Water-Driven Breathing Skin, by students Montakan Manosong, Irene Ayala Castro, Chieh Chang and Zina Alkani, has been awarded with the Honourable Mention at the Reshape Competition 2017 held during the In(3D)ustry Exhibition in Barcelona.

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IAAC Alumni Chenthur Raaghav about Responsive Intelligence at TEDxVienna

Last October 21st at the Volkstheater of Vienna, IAAC Alumni Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran was invited to deliver his TEDxVienna talk about “Responsive Intelligence”, exploring the ideas of material research and design computation that culminated his MAA thesis about Graphene and its Architectural Applications.

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FINAL PRESENTATIONS + ALUMNI MEETING + GRADUATION CEREMONY & PARTY

Join IAAC at the Celebrations for the End of 2017 Academic Year The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia prepares itself for the end of Academic Year’s Celebrations. Fifteen appointments will fill up these upcoming weeks from Tuesday 13th until Friday 30th of June. Four locations, in Poblenou, city centre and Collserola Park will host…

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Speakers and Program Announced at the Second IAAC Global Alumni Meeting

Less then a couple of weeks to go for the second IAAC Global Alumni Meeting. For this very special occasion, IAAC extended an invitation to all its Alumni around the globe to join us on the 19th of June in Barcelona to share, learn and celebrate together another year of success.

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IAAC is proud to finally announce its 2nd Global Alumni Meeting!

For this very special occasion, we would like to extend an invitation to all our Alumni around the globe to join us on the 19th of June in Barcelona to share, learn and celebrate together another year of success. Call for Speakers We feel very proud about our Alumni community, and we know they've become…

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IAAC Alumni looks at silk as a construction material

IAAC Alumni Ilaria la Manna’s Bombix Bricks project looks at silk as a valid construction and structural material to be used within architecture. The overall goal is to create a growing space, acting as a temporary installation. Through time, the morphology of the fabric would be reduced back again to to its initial liquid state, allowing one to restart a different development in their desired location.

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Discover the Alumni Scholarship Programme!

IAAC is glad to announce to its Alumni Community that, starting from the next academic year 2018/19-20, students who successfully graduated from a IAAC Master Programme in the past will have an automatic 40% discount on the tuition fee of all Master Programmes. To complete the existing academic offer currently structured around the Master in…

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Ali Basbous – IAAC Alumni Stories

Ali Basbous is a Lebanese architect living between Barcelona and Beirut who graduated at IAAC from Master in Advanced Architecture (2009). After his experience at the IAAC he opened his own studio BAD.Built by Associative Data from which he applies the use of powerful modeling and design software to discover new architectural forms that can respond to contemporary culture,…

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Aldo Sollazzo – IAAC Alumni Stories

Aldo Sollazzo is a Master in Advanced Architecture (class 2012-2013) & Fab Academy graduate. Aldo is  founder of Noumena, a firm embracing data-driven design, investigating between the boundaries of new digital paradigms and design strategies applied to architecture, robotics and fabrication, and the Reshape platform focused on disruptive ideas in the field of wearable tech and fashion design.…

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Ece Tankal – IAAC Alumni Stories

IAAC Alumna Ece Tankal (Class 2013-2014), Co-founder of the Experience Design studio Hyphen-Labs explains the impact her experience at IAAC had in her professional life by allowing her to step out of her comfort zone to come up with amazing ideas and projects. Find out more about IAAC's Master in Advanced Interaction.

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Carlos Bausa – IAAC Alumni Stories

Stories about extraordinary people engaged in important endeavors across the world Each of our IAAC alumni has a story to tell, and we will be gathering them in a series of videos that will be posted in our website and social media channels every month. IAAC community is making its mark on the world in diverse ways and…

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Sameera Chukkapalli: Needlab rethinks architecture to empower and help communities worldwide

Needlab is a non-profit architectural research organization started by IAAC alumni Sameera Chukkapalli, who has been collaborating with the FAB City project to explore how architecture can have a positive social impact on communities. For Sameera this begins with honouring and creating connections to places and people.

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IAAC Alumni Farshad Mehdizadeh is the Middle East Architect of the Year 2017

IAAC is proud to announce that the award of Middle East Architect of the Year 2017, was given to its Alumni Farshad Mehdizadeh, founder of Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects. Born in Isfahan, Iran Farshad started his professional career at the Fluid Motion Studio in Tehran. Later he went on to work for the Lab Architecture Studio in Melbourne,…

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IAAC Alumni’s Biocentric Design Group Invited at the Oslo Innovation Week

Last September the Oslo Innovation Week invited the Biocentric Design Group, founded by IAAC Alumni Thora Arnardottir, Noor El-Gewely and Jessica Dias, to present at the Micro Algae & Seaweed and the Sustainability Pecha Kucha sessions of the event.

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IAAC is proud to finally announce its 2nd Global Alumni Meeting!

IAAC feels very proud about its Alumni community, and knows they’ve become game-changers and pioneers in their respective fields of work; for these reasons and as part of the alumni festivities, IAAC has decided to select 10 Alumni as guest speakers.

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Help Deciding this Year’s Best Architecture, IAAC Alumni Need your Votes!

The 5th Annual Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards are now open, and IAAC is very proud to have not one, but two Alumni projects eligible for the vote, which will be open until Thursday, March 30th. One A+Award Finalist in every category will win an award based on the number of public votes they receive.…

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IAAC Alumni to Inaugurate the Civil Engineering Faculty of Osijek

Congratulations to IAAC Alumni Dinko Peracic and Roman Šilje and their team for the opening of the new building for the University of Osijek’s Faculty of Civil Engineering in Osijek, Croatia. The volume of the building is determined by the urban plan almost as an interpolation, where the form is embedded in a set of planned buildings. It is…

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IAAC Alumni to Build the Upcoming Mixed Use Destination in Beirut

No. 5 is the address for the upcoming mixed use destination in Beirut. The project is the brainchild of a collaboration of two of IAAC’s alumni entities, BAD. Built by Associative Data, whose founders are Ali Basbous and Luis Fraguada, and MARZ Studio, founded by Farshad Mahdizadeh andHooman Talebi. The complex will be located in the heart of…

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Carlos Bausá: Environmental Design Analyst at Foster + Partners

Carlos Bausá: Environmental Design Analyst at Foster + Partners "Here in Foster and Partners, I am doing things that I could only dream about as an architect" explains Carlos Bausá. Carlos, who graduated at IAAC Master in Advanced Architecture in 2014, has already spent a year and a half working in the firm’s headquarters in…

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Ilaria la Manna: Looking at Silk as a Construction Material

IAAC Alumni Ilaria la Manna’s Bombix Bricks project looks at silk as a valid construction and structural material to be used within architecture. The overall goal is to create a growing space, acting as a temporary installation. Through time, the morphology of the fabric would be reduced back again to its initial liquid state, allowing one…

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Alejandra Diaz de Leon: Fab Lab Mexico

Alejandra is an IAAC alumni of the Master in Advanced Architecture of the academic year 2012/13 who majored with a focus on the Research Line RSII Self-Sufficient Buildings with the project Social Innovation Incubator. She is currently working with FabLab Mexico City, and Kinetica, Latinamerican Network of Fab Labs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu09NLMXkXI

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Arian Hakimi: Designer for Zaha Hadid Architects

Arian is an IAAC alumni from the MAA02 2010-12 program. He is currently working as an architect at Zaha Hadid office in London and he is one of the team members working on the KAFD metro station project in Saudi Arabia. Arian developed various typologies and algorithms for the generation of facade components on double curved surfaces. He has conducted practical researches in the fields of parametric…

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Carmen, Ece & Jin: The High Line NYC

Congrats to Carmen, Ece and Jin, who partnered-up to form the creative collective Hyphen-Labs. Carmen studied at IaaC in 2013-14 in the RS4 Advanced Interaction research line developing Hexis. Ece worked in RS3 Digital Matter (2013/14) with a final project Translated Geometries. Jin developed her main research in OTF (2014) with the project Minibuilders. Check out their latest installation Prismatic at The High Line in New York City. https://vimeo.com/150895684

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Nasr Chamma: Refugee Camp Planner

Nasr is an IAAC alumni from the MAA01 2012-13 program, where he completed the project under the title Hygro Pavilion along with other team members. He is currently working in Jordan as a Research and Development intern for UNHCR. His main contribution is to aid in design and planning solutions that help to improve the living conditions of refugees…

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1ST IAAC GLOBAL ALUMNI MEET // 22ND & 23RD OF JUNE 2015

1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet | A Global Network Over the last ten years, IAAC has received and been home to over 500 students from more than 60 countries, including China, the UK, the USA, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iran, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal,…

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1st IAAC Alumni Symposium

1st IAAC Alumni Symposium OPENING DISCUSSION // Sharing Knowledge Manuel Gausa, Vicente Guallart, Willy Müller – IAAC Founders Lucas Cappelli, Tomas Diez, Areti Markopoulou – IAAC Directors SESSIONS // 10.30 // [Architecture I] Young architects, new ideas, future projects. Liv Grete Framgard (Norway, 2012), Drew Carson (USA, 2013), Stuart Maggs (UK, 2013), Hemant Purohit (India,…

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1st IAAC Alumni Meeting // SYMPOSIUM

We held the IaaC Alumni Symposium on Tuesday 23rd of June at IaaC. The Symposium touched 4 topics relative to the post-IaaC professional and academic lives of the Alumni. For topic, 4 Alumni presentations took place in "TED-Talk" format, each session closing with an open discussion. During the presentations, the speakers had the opportunity to…

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1st IAAC Alumni Meeting // WORKING MEETING

On Monday 22nd of June we had the inauguration of the first IaaC Alumni meeting at the Valldaura Labs, a sight that had evolved visibly for many f the former generations of Alumni. The Alumni present at the meeting came from 17 different countries, including Iceland, Norway, Russia, Argentina, India, USA, Mexico, Philippines, and more;…

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