Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs is a project promoted by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia for the creation of a self-sufficient habitat research centre. Located in the Collserola Natural Park, in the heart of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, it has laboratories for the production of energy, food and things, and develops projects and academic programmes in association with leading research centres around the world.


The Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings is an 11-month immersive academic programme with an emphasis on using a practice-oriented approach to train professionals with advanced expertise in the design and construction of ecological buildings. The programme takes place in the Valldaura Labs, in Barcelona, Spain.

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The Master in Mass Timber Design – MMTD is a 10-month online education program imparting the next generation of architects, designers and engineers with the skills to design, develop and build mass timber buildings. MMTD provides expertise in theories, cases, techniques, tools and design projections of mass timber construction and the interrelated fields of architecture, structural design, assembly systems, material science and thermodynamics.

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During the lockdown, Valldaura acts simultaneously as a place of residence and research for international students. The students work during these days in the development of their final presentations, as well as in tasks related to food production, collaboration with the entities of Barcelona or the printing of sanitary protection material. This forced isolation has…

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Presentation of Ildefons Cerdà General Theory & IAAC’s Urbanization.org Platform at Harvard University

In 1867, Barcelona's urbanist Ildefons Cerdà set the science of making cities known as urbanization. 150 years later, his work is now translated into English thanks to the initiative of IAAC founder Vicente Guallart, who will be presenting Cerdà's work as well as new IAAC's project urbanization.org at Harvard University on 4th April.   Barcelona's engineer Ildefons Cerdà,…

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Ildefons Cerdá’s ‘General Theory of Urbanization’ Book Launch was a great success

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Teoria general de la urbanització by Ildefons Cerdà, the Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), in collaboration with the Diputació de Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya through Incasòl, and the CCCB, presented this week its first translation into English and…

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Vicente Guallart

IAAC Founder / Valldaura Labs Director / MAEBB Co-Director / Urbanization.org Director / Board of Trustees Member

Daniel Ibañez

MAEBB Co-Director / MMTD Director / Board of Trustees Member / MMTD Narratives Faculty

Laia Pifarré

Operations Manager at Valldaura Labs

MAEBB academic coordinator / MAEBB faculty

Technical Coordinator of Valldaura Labs

Green Fab Lab Manager

Marziah Zad

MAEBB Faculty

Honorata Grzesikowska

Urbanization.org coordinator / MAEBB Faculty/ Urban Projects Research

Documentary producer

MAEBB Faculty

MMTD Tools Faculty

MMTD Techniques x.2 Faculty

MMTD Techniques x.1 Faculty

Elena Orte and Guillermo Sevillano

MAEBB Faculty / MMTD Project Faculty / Suma Architectura

Miquel Rodríguez

MAEBB Faculty

Oscar Aceves

MAEBB Faculty / Energy

Jochen Scheerer

MAEBB Faculty / Water

Guillem Camprodon

Sense making - Fab Lab Barcelona / MAEBB Faculty / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Eduardo Chamorro

Digital Fabrication / Fab Academy Faculty / MAA Faculty / MAEBB Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Alex Ollero

MAEBB Faculty

Marta Domènech

MAEBB Faculty / MAP 13

David López

MAEBB Faculty / MAP 13

Mariana Palumbo Fernández

MAEBB Faculty / MAP 13

Waugh Thistleton Architects / MMTD Project Faculty