During the first term of the academic year, students in the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design (MACAD) participate in the ACESD Theory Seminar, led by Areti Markopoulou with Lora Fahmy as the faculty assistant. The course explores the dynamic interplay among architectural design, technology, and the production of the built environment within the realm of environmental sustainability.

Sustainability and collective intelligence. Project by Athanasios Vagias and Saif Al Islam Mahfouz.

ACESD Theory Seminar emphasizes the ongoing integration of environmental design with diverse aspects of the built environment, considering computational methods and diverse factors such as alternative building materials, resource flow, embodied carbon footprint, waste generation, advanced manufacturing, biodiversity, and inter-species ecologies. During the course students had the possibility to develop critical thinking on sustainable and environmental design in architecture and the build environment and cultivate a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between architecture and the environment through multidisciplinary expert lectures and critical discussions. Take a look at the projects.

Students this year were granted an exclusive chance to engage in the online Responsive Cities Symposium held in Barcelona last November. The symposium’s theme, centered on Collective Intelligence Design, closely aligned with their ongoing research.


About Responsive Cities

Responsive Cities is a biennial international symposium on the future of cities organized by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. The 2023 edition, focusing on “Collective Intelligence Design,” took place within the framework of the Green Skills for Cities project. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, the project is developed by the Advanced Architecture Group of IAAC in Spain, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in Austria, University of Genoa (UNIGE) in Italy, and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) in France.

About the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design is a unique online programme training a new generation of architects, engineers and designers with the skills that the industry of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) demands nowadays. The programme provides expertise in the application of the latest digital softwares for design simulation, analysis and optimisation of digital data in architecture, offering a broad and advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of computational design.


Apply to the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design today, the first Application Period for the Academic Year 2024/25 is now open.