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Educational Program - Master in Advanced Architecture

Master in Advanced Architecture

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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia offers a 1 year and a 2 year Masters program in Architecture accredited by the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development.

MAA01 (1 year, 75 ECTS)
MAA02 (2 years, 130 ECTS)

The Self-sufficiency Agenda - central to all research lines developed in IAAC - establishes the responsibility for confronting the process of global urbanization from multi-scalar operations and through prototypes that promote environmental, economic and socialsustainability.

 RESEARCH LINES

INTELLIGENT CITIES
SELF SUFFICIENT BUILDINGS
DIGITAL MATTER
DESIGN WITH NATURE
ADVANCED INTERACTION

Directors of the program plus the academic staff, are committed to a long-term prospectus of creating an international research and academic centre in Barcelona, bringing together international students, professors and researchers from different fields in order to materialize experimental forms of communication, inhabitation and planning.

The program is oriented at graduates who wish to commit and develop their design research skills in the context of new forms of practice within architecture and urbanism, ranging from large-scale environments to digital fabrication.
Over the last three years, the IAAC has received students from more than 30 different countries, including  China, Skopje, United Kingdom, U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Colombia, Korea, making it in an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

PROGRAM
The Master in Advanced Architecture emerges as an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through the researching of territorial, architectural and parametric design operations for the production of Self-sufficient Habitats. Proposing a dynamic, customized structure, the Institute gives students the opportunity to create single or multi-scalar Studio agendas based on their academic interests within the program. In this way, the IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of architects with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments, economic forces, information flows, fast-growing cities and massive energy consumption and waste production.
With access to the IAAC Studio working space and its prototypes fabrication lab (Fab Lab Bcn), students have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas.
The aim of the Institute is to form graduates who, after the completion of the program, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments, engaging projects that range from large-scale sustainable planning and building construction to the industrialized fabrication of architectural components.

FACULTY

Research and Development Studios:

Manuel Gausa (Architect)

Willy Muller (Architect)

Areti Markopoulou (Architect)

Enric Ruiz-Geli (Architect)

Hernan Diaz Alonso (Architect)

Mette Ramsgard Thompsen (Architect)

Luis Fraguada (Architect)

Mireia Luzárraga (Architect)

Claudia Pasquero (Architect)

Marco Poletto (Architect)

Javier Peña (Chemical Engineer)

Rodrigo Rubio (Architect)

Silvia Bures (Biologist)

Xavi Gonzales (Interaction Designer)

Carlos Gomez (Interaction Designer)

Alex Posada (Telecommunication Engineer)

Guillem Camprodon (Computer Scientist)

 

Seminars:

Vicente Guallart (Architect)

Neil Leach (Architect)

Dennis Dollens (Architect)

Lluís Viu Rebés (Architect)

Jordi Pages Ramon (Architect)

Enrico Dini (Engineer)

Manja van de Worp (Engineer)

Silvia Brandi (Architect)

Josep Mias (Architect)

Tomas Diez (Urbanist)

Maite Bravo (Architect)

Edouard Cabay (Architect)

Fabian Scheurer (Computer Scientist)

Alexandre Dubor (Architect)

Anastasia Pistofidou (Architect)

Ricardo Devesa (Architect)

Marc Viader (Architect,Computer Scientist)

David Dalmazzo (Computer Scientist)

Valérie Bergeron (Architect)

Victor Arribas (Material Engineer)

Spyros Stavoravdis (Architect)

Gonzalo Delacámara (Economist)

Mathilde Marengo (Architect)

Pablo Ros (Architect)

José Ballesteros (Architect)

George Jeronimidis (Architect)

Tom Pawlofsky (Architect)

Petr Novikov (Architect)

Sasha Jokic (Architect)

Dave Pigram (Architect)

Iain Maxwell (Architect)

Cristobal Castilla (Designer)

Gerard Passola (Ecologist,Biologist)

Julian Vincent (Biologist)

Pierre Belanger (Achitect/Urbanist)

Michel Rojkind (Architect)

Michael Knauss (Architect)

Cristina Sendra (Chemical Engineer)

José Pérez de Lama (Architect)

Luis Lafuente Molinero (Mathematic)

Salvador Rueda (Biologist)

Andreu Ulied (Engineer)

Christine Otto Kanstinger (Architect)

Aaron Betsky (Architect and Critic)

 

PREVIOUS LECTURERS
Shigeru Ban, Peter Eisenman, Peter Cook, Farshid Moussavi, Massimiliano Fuksas, Theo Jansen, Thom Mayne, Yona Friedman, Chris Wan, Ben Van Berkel, Gunter Pauli, Neil Gershenfeld, Philip Ball, John Palmesino, Benjamin Ball, Carlo Ratti, Usman Haque, Natalie Jeremijenko, Pierre Belanger, Pier Giorgio Oliveti, Jane Burry,  Michael Sorkin, Mike Weinstock, Nader Tehrani, Manuel De Landa, Ricardo Bofill, Behrok Khoshnevis, Mike Schlaich, Hanif Kara, Brett Steele, Pepe Ballesteros, Santiago Cirugeda Parejo, Luca Galofaro, Toyo Ito, Bostian Vuga, Axel Kilian, Benedetta Tagliabue, Alejandro Gutierrez, Juan Herreros, Winka Dubbeldam, Neil Leach, Minsuk Cho, Alfonso Vegara, Nikos Salingaros, Stephen Wolfman, Michael Rojkind, Duncan Lewis, Greg Lynn, Winy Maas, Josep Lluís Mateo, Fernando Menis, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Max Sanjulián, Amadeu Santacana, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, José María Torres Nadal, Mark Wigley, Yung Ho Chang, ILSA & Andreas Ruby, Jacub Szczesny, Jou Min Lin, Lucy Bullivant, Momoyo Kaijima, Andrés Jaque, Carlos Arroyo, Angel Borrego, Ecosistema Urbano, Bernhard Franken, Jaime Lerner, and many others.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION
Master Program applicants should fill in the application form online here and upload the following documents:

  • Completed application form (online form)
  • Letter of intent (maximum two pages DIN A4 format)
  • Copy of (valid) passport
  • Legalized copy of the applicant’s architecture degree (Bachelor or higher degree from other professions) legalized. The legalisation should be done according to the country of origin of the applicant. More Information here.
  • The official Translation to Spanish of your diploma. More information here.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio containing representative samples of design work (academic and / or professional). The portfolio should not exceed 8MB in DIN A4 format.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A non-refundable application fee of 120€, payable by bank transfer to:

Bank: Santander

Agency: 6784

Address: Via Augusta, 182. CP 08021. Barcelona. Spain

CCC: 0049 6784 34 2416153702

IBAN: ES58 0049 6784 3424 1615 3702 

BIC/SWIFT: BSCHESMM

Holder: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

 Note: Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is the applicant’s name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWITF instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.

All documents should be submitted in English. These documents will be reviewed and will serve to determine whether student will be admitted to the program.

If you are unable to apply online, you can send your application via email to: applications@iaac.net


TUITION FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE MAA_01 (9months, 75ECTS)

 
Tuition for the year 2014/2015 is 16,000€. The selected candidates must send to the Institute a scanned proof of a down payment of 2,500€ to confirm participation, maximum 4 weeks after their acceptance. The remaining part of the tuition fee (13,500€) may be paid either in one instalment before September 1st 2014; or two instalments, 60% (8,100€), before September 1st 2014 and 40% (5,400€) before December 1st 2014.

All payments must be paid  by bank transfer only to:

Bank: Santander

Agency: 6784

Address: Via Augusta, 182. CP 08021. Barcelona. Spain

CCC: 0049 6784 34 2416153702

IBAN: ES58 0049 6784 3424 1615 3702 

BIC/SWIFT: BSCHESMM

Holder: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

 Note: Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is the applicant’s name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWITF instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.


TUITION FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING MAA_01 AND OPEN
THESIS FABRICATION

 
The tuition for the Students that will decide to enter both the Master in Advanced Architecture and the Open Thesis Fabrication programme for the year 2014/2015 is 21,100€. The selected candidates must send to the Institute a scanned proof of a down payment of 2,800€ to confirm participation, maximum 4 weeks after their acceptance. The remaining part of the tuition fee (18,300€) may be paid either in one instalment before September 1st 2014 or two installments, 60% (10,980€), before September 1st 2014 and 40% (7,320€) before December 1st 2014.

All payments must be paid by bank transfer only to:

Bank: Santander

Agency: 6784

Address: Via Augusta, 182. CP 08021. Barcelona. Spain

CCC: 0049 6784 34 2416153702

IBAN: ES58 0049 6784 3424 1615 3702 

BIC/SWIFT: BSCHESMM

Holder: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

 Note: Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is the applicant’s name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWITF instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.


TUITION FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE MAA_02 (18months,130ECTS)

 
Tuition for the year 2014/2016 is 26,500€. The selected candidates must send to the Institute a scanned proof of a down payment of 3,000 to confirm participation, maximum 4 weeks after their acceptance. The remaining part of the tuition fee (23,500€) may be paid either in one installment before September 1st 2014; or divide it into 3 installments: 35% (8,225€) before September 1st, 2014; 30% (7,050€) before December 1st 2014 and 35% (8,225€) before September 1st, 2015.

All payments must be paid  by bank transfer only to:

Bank: Santander

Agency: 6784

Address: Via Augusta, 182. CP 08021. Barcelona. Spain

CCC: 0049 6784 34 2416153702

IBAN: ES58 0049 6784 3424 1615 3702 

BIC/SWIFT: BSCHESMM

Holder: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

 Note: Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is the applicant’s name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWITF instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.

For more information email us: info@iaac.net