IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
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Educational Program - Academic Structure

Academic Structure

Core Courses

Research Studios:

Close to the body (Oscar Tomico)

Number stations (Carlos Gomez).

Fundamentals of Physical Computing

Programming interactivity

Theory Seminar


Elective Courses and Seminars

Beyond Processing

Objects that talk


Designing Interfaces for Museums

Programming and Creativity

Folding structures


Reactive visuals

Natural behavior

Principles of electronic

Sensors and actuators

Physical and virtual spaces

Web Mashups

Sustainable batteries

Human to human interaction

Visual programming

Interactive storytelling

How to hack almost anything

Interactive film

Mobile activism

How to listen

Media Arts Histories

Mobile games

Philosophy and technology

Books: from paper to screen

Ethical design

User Experience Design for Visual


Public interactive space

Social Networks for Social Change

All the information you can read

Data Flow programming for performances

Digital Fabrication

*Sample courses. The courses will be subject to change.


Skill based Workshops

Tools for Communication

Digital Fabrication

Materials and building techniques


Design Management


Research Studios

Research Studios focus on building up technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills by working on real life situations. Each studio has a research agenda and students will develop individual portfolio projects around the main brief of the studio. Special emphasis will be put on the relevance of the project. Guest critics will be invited to assess the work, and regular input from students in the studio is required.

By the end of the studio, students will have working prototypes of a thesis project and will exhibit their projects. Students will sign up to one Research Studio throughout the year.

Lecture Series

The past year IAAC welcomed artists, designers, academics and researchers such as:

Theo Jansen

Mark Ganter

Frank Steiner

Salvador Borrós

Albeto Villarreal (Agent)

Adrian Bowyer

Theodore Spyropoulos

Enrico Dini

Rupert Soar

Justin Marshall

Hannes Walter

Massimo Banzi

Ward Callens

Maria Voyatzaki

Philippe Morel

Angel Beccassino

Sean Hanna

Lars Hesselgren

Michael Jakob

Carlos Leite

The lecture program for the upcoming year will be announced shortly.

*Lecture Series and some of the Workshops will be shared with the Master’s of Advance Architecture students.


Boot Camp

This 3 days initial experience will introduce students to the methodology of learning by doing -the core of the program. Students will be living in can Valldaura, cooking together and taking part of different activities that will teach them how to work as a group and how to find their own roles within the group itself. Driving from leadership and theatrical and improv techniques, the boot camp will make sure the basis for learning as a group are there before the academic program begins.