Urban Sciences Lab


The Urban Sciences Laboratory at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (USLab @ IAAC), is a research laboratory created in 2015 dedicated to producing theoretical and applied knowledge to help understand and solve the urban issues of our contemporary society (R+D).

The USLab, directed by the IAAC Co-founder Willy Müller, is based on the premise that only an integrated approach will solve the urgent and complex problems affecting our cities. This conglomerate of disciplines includes HabitatTechnologyEconomySociety, and Ecology. Together, these disciplines are engaged in formulating new models, tools and methodologies to train the professionals of the future cities.

Based on 10 paradigms associated to our contemporary urban culture, ranging from the growth and expansion of urban areas, climate change challenges, the rapid implementation of communication and technology devices, the appearance of new forms of mobility, new channels for social participation and governance, etc., the USLab aims to be positioned as a prominent international research and educational center with students, faculty, and partner institutions worldwide.

The USLab is structured around several initiatives, including academic programmes (Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Sciences); diffusion initiatives (lectures, events, and exhibits); scientific research (publications and research projects); while also providing professional expertise for urban projects worldwide.

The [email protected] district of Barcelona, where the USLab is based, is one of the great international centres of architecture and urbanism, becoming a hub for a new generation of ideas and initiatives around the development of the city, capable of attracting talent and stimulating innovation.

The IAAC Urban Sciences Laboratory is working together with the Fab Lab Barcelona and the Fab City initiative, as well as with distinguished universities worldwide. It also fosters exchanges with renowned Urban Science Laboratories, such as CUSP in New York.


Willy Müller

Urban Sciences Lab Director / MOeC Co-Director / MAA, MaCT Seminar Faculty / X-Urban Design Studio Leader / Board of Trustees Member

Jordi Vivaldi

MaCT Seminar Faculty / MAA Faculty