MaCAD Scholarship Competition 2021

Competition Details

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia announces a new Scholarship Competition for the next edition of our online Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture and Design (MaCAD) giving our master’s applicants the chance to win three partial scholarships covering 20% of the tuition fee.


Project Brief

“Designing between Utopia and Dystopia” 

How are the tools that we currently use to design shape the way that we live in the future? 

Participants are invited to develop a dual utopian/dystopian vision about the impact that the most advanced tools in computational design have in the future.

Can you envision how tools for Environmental and Structural Optimization will shape our world? 
Can you envision how BIM and Smart Construction will transform our world? 
Can you envision how Artificial Intelligence in Architecture will change our world?  

We encourage participants to unleash their imagination and come up with visionary utopias/dystopias driven by these three themes.  Using visual storytelling and a 60 second, square format animation as a medium,  present your visions focusing on the transformative power of technology. Your animation or gif can make use of any technique to capture the essence of your concept by showing a transition from dystopia to utopia, or from present to your utopian vision of the future.

In order to participate in the MaCAD Scholarship Competition , candidates must:

  • Submit a response to one of the above question in mp4, avi or gif format, 1024x1024px , 60 seconds max (max 50MB)
  • Add a max 300 word abstract describing your project
  • Hold a first-level academic diploma or Bachelor degree, or about to graduate within the academic year 2020/21.
  • Have a full proficient level in English.
  • Complete the IAAC scholarship application form below in full.

*If you have already applied to an IAAC Master program, please send an email to the Applications Department ([email protected]) to communicate that you are participating in the scholarship competition as well. In this email, please attach your project proposal (as indicated on the scholarship page ”Project Brief”)

*Only individual entries are allowed

*Candidates can submit maximum one proposal per topic, Maximum 3 responses overall

*Currently enrolled students and alumni of IAAC are not eligible

Competition Timeline

Start date: 31st of May – 00:00 (CET)

Submit by date: 30th June 2021 – 23:59 (CET)

Winners announced: 15th July 2021 – 23:59 (CET)


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 3 themes.

The jury guests will be announced on 15th June.  



Three winners will receive 20% Discount of the whole master’s fee

Online publication on IAAC platforms

*Discount only applies to the cost of the MaCAD Master programme and not to individual  Postgraduate programmes.


Winners Announcement

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will release the name of the three winners on its official website in July 2021.

For questions and info please email [email protected].

Scholarship Application Form