IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
join the IAAC mailing list
* indicates required

IAAC Event's

Rome 20-25 Workshop // IAAC


28th, 30th and 31st of May 2015

10h00 til 18h00 at IAAC


IaaC is participating in the international research "Rome 20-25. New Life Cycles for the Metropolis”, in which 24 universities are collectively focusing on the re-interpretation of Rome, while generating proposals for the Agri/Fab City of tomorrow. 

In the recent “Encrypted Rome” seminar, conducted by the IaaC faculty Pablo Ros, 23 students from the MAA_01 investigated and proposed different future models of organization for hyper-productive territories: productive landscapes for future cities. 

Now, we invite you to participate in the Rome 20-25 workshop where we will develop project scenarios and architectural-scale proposals for a selected 1km x 5km area, generating new visions and prototypes for a Self-Sufficient habitat.

The results will be presented and exhibited in October at the MAXXI Museum by the Urban Planning Department of the City of Rome.



Manuel Gausa

Silvia Brandi

Mathilde Marengo

Jonathan Minchin

Pablo Ros

Carmelo Zappulla


Faculty Assistant

Lina Monaco



Marco Ingrassia

1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet // 22nd & 23rd of June 2015

1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet | A Global Network

Over the last ten years, IAAC has received and been home to over 500 students from more than 60 countries, including China, the UK, the USA, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iran, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Colombia, Korea and more, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

IAAC Alumni community is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture and collaborating with IAAC in multiple academic and international research operations.

This year, to underline the importance and the efforts developed by this community, IAAC is organizing the IAAC Global Alumni Symposium and Exhibition, as well as Alumni Networking & Learning, to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2015, inviting all the Alumni to come and take part, either through a project in the Exhibition, as a keynote speaker, or by physical presence at the event.


1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet | Call for Projects | Call for Keynotes

IAAC presents the 1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet | Call for Projects, aiming to bring together for the first time the Global Network of IAAC Alumni and their world class projects in the fields of research, education and architecture.

30 pioneer projects developed by the IAAC Alumni Global Network will be selected for an Exhibition hosted by IAAC, as well as being featured in the Exhibition Catalogue, given to the alumni present at the Exhibition as a token of gratitude. Projects should represent the efforts of pioneer research in the fields of education and advanced architecture, pushing towards new ideas for the future of architecture, cities and technology.

In parallel to the Exhibition, 3 IAAC Alumni of excellence will be selected, and invited (covering costs of travel and accommodation*) as keynote speakers in the IAAC Alumni Symposium, open to the public of Barcelona, towards the promotion of this Network and its development in the city of Barcelona.

The Symposium will also be streamed live online.

*Should the keynote have developed the projects intended for the Conference with another IAAC Alumni, IAAC will cover the expenses of flights and accommodation for one IAAC Alumni representative.


1st IAAC Global Alumni Meet | Events Calendar

20.06.2015 // SONAR // Barcelona

21.06.2015 // SONAR // Barcelona

22.06.2015 // Symposium & Exhibition // Alumni

23.06.2015 // Networking & Learning // Alumni

24.06.2015 // San Juan // Barcelona

25.06.2015 // Master Graduation & Party // IAAC


Alumni interested should write to alumni@iaac.net to receive the packaged template, rules & requirements for submission.


IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Full Program



Thursday 9th of April 2015

Giovanna Carnevali

Fundación Mies van der Rohe


Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi Architecture


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Xiangning Li

Tongji University College of Architecture & Urban Planning


Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Izaskun Chinchilla

Izaskun Chinchilla Architects


Tuesday 28th of April 2015

Mitchell Joachim

Terreform ONE, NYU


Thursday 14th of May 2015

Oscar Tomico

Designing Quality in Interaction Research Group, TU/e


Saturday 23rd of May

Innovation Pavilion Symposium

Beyond Building Barcelona, organized by IAAC

Skylar Tibbits, Anupama Kundoo, Fabian Scheurer, Claudia Pasquero, Mark Burry, Philippe Block, & more TBC soon

@ Fira de Barcelona, Av. Joan Carles I, 64 // 9.00h - 15.00h


Thursday 28th of May 2015

Bob Sheil

The Bartlett School of Architecture


CLOSING LECTURE - Monday 22nd of June 2015

Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro


IAAC Lecture Series is FREE and OPEN to the Public

Lectures are held @ IAAC Auditorium

19.30 – 21.00

(unless otherwise indicated)


For more information, contact: info@iaac.net


WikiHouse (no fees required)

Prototyping & Construction Process

19/5 – 22/5

The open design concept of Wiki House allows us to customise, fabricate and assemble a full scale house with only a few people in only a few days. In collaboration with the AA school we will assemble and demonstrate the design and production process of a locally manufactured version of the Wiki House V3.3.

For more information and to register, click here

Or contact beyond@iaac.net


N.E.RO. (no fees required)

Networking Environmental RObotics


N.E.RO. technology focusses on data collection and the translation of diverse environmental conditions into useful and accessible information and resources. During this event, we will explain the fabrication process and assembly of the first version of the N.E.RO drone. Come and learn to fly!

For more information and to register, click here

Or contact beyond@iaac.net

BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA // Making Things Talk // Workshop

Making Things Talk (no fees required)

Prototyping The Internet Of Things


Over the past years we have began to use the Internet no longer exclusively from a table with a keyboard and a mouse, but it becomes a constant activity, being used from bed to work, on the subway or in a bar, for professional purposes or leisure. For many of us the Internet is already present in our lives almost constantly, but how?

For more information and to register, click here

Or contact beyond@iaac.net

BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA // Building with Robots // Workshop

Building with Robots (no fees required)

Emerging construction process

20/5 – 22/5

With designers seeking to push the limits of what is a possible using computational design, parametric modeling techniques, and real-time process feedback, industrial robotic tools have emerged as an ideal development platform to reconsider way of materializing digital complexity.

For more information and to register, click here

Or contact beyond@iaac.net

BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA // Computational Couture // Workshop

Computational Couture

Expanding the horizons of dress making towards an algorithmic approach

19/5 – 22/5

Clothes can be considered as the very first form of mediators between body, space and events, condensing in their aesthetics not only the evolution of its relation to the physical functions of the body (movement, protection, temperature regulation) but also the evolution of cultural expression precisely by exceeding the purely indexical performative relations, designing not only for the needs but for the desires.

For more information and to register, click here

Or contact beyond@iaac.net

BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA // Pavilion of Innovation 2015 // Symposium

Beyond | The Next Boundaries of Construction

Pavilion of Innovation 2015 - Symposium

Saturday the 23rd of May 2015

Curated by IAAC|FabLabBarcelona

@ 9.00-15.00, Fira de Barcelona

For more information, please contact beyond-submissions@iaac.net


The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 in Beyond Building Barcelona, curated by IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona, presents new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects, forming the basis of future buildings and cities. Novel and reactive materials, advanced digital/robotic manufacturing techniques and responsive environments are the key topics presented, towards shaping the future of the building industry.

The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will host a Symposium, where pioneer architects and designers will be discussing the future technologies and innovation in construction.



Philippe Block

Founder, BLOCK Research Group, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


Mark Burry

Director, Design Research Institute at RMIT University, Sydney, Australia


Hernan Diaz Alonso

Director, xefirotarch, Los Angeles, United States


Eva Gladek

Founder, Metabolic, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Anupama Kundoo

Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Madrid, Spain


Alastair Parvin

Designer, WikiHouse, London, UK


Claudia Pasquero

Co-founder, ecoLogicStudio, London, UK


Enric Ruiz Geli

Founder, Cloud 9, Barcelona, Spain


Fabian Scheurer

Founder, Design to Production, Stuttgart, Germany


Skylar Tibbits

Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, Boston, United States

APPLICATIONS OPEN // PhD scholarship in integrating building physics for performance control

PhD scholarship in integrating building physics for performance control

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia PhD scholarship vacancy applications


The PhD scholarship is posted in the following project:

“Integrating Building Physics for performance control”


InnoChain is a 4 year international research network for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training and secondment programme. The network is funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network scheme.

The research network assembles a highly cross disciplinary team of experienced researchers drawn from architecture (CITA/KADK (coordinator), Bartlett School of Architecture, Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) and engineering (Universität Stuttgart/ITKE and Universität für Angewandte Kunst Vienna/IOA) and leading industry partners (Foster + Partners, White Arkitekter, BIG, HENN, ROK, Cloud 9, Buro Happold, str.ucture, designtoproduction, Smith Innovation, Blumer-Lehmann, S-Form, Factum Arte Desarrollos Digitales and McNeel Europe).

This call is for a 3 year PhD Scholarship that is fully integrated within the network. The PhD student will be enrolled at IAAC-UPC. It is our ambition that the PhD will start in September of 2015.


INNOCHAIN Project Summary

The InnoChain network is a shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture, enabling more sustainable, better informed and materially smarter design solutions. The network aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with a strong industry focus that can effect real changes in the way we think, design and build our physical environment.

The programme investigates the extended digital chain as a particular opportunity for interdisciplinary design collaboration. Challenging the traditional thinking of design as a linear process of incremental refinement, InnoChain identifies three axes of design innovation potential communication, simulation and materialisation appearing as distributed and interdisciplinary activities across the design chain. Situating feedback between design processes as a key concern for developing holistic and integrated design methods, the network will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and interface with material fabrication.

With a strong inter-sector focus, InnoChain connects “research in practice” with “research in academia”. Assembling 6 internationally recognised academic research environments leading research into computational design in architecture and engineering and 14 innovation pioneering industry partners from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication, the programme will establish a shared training platform for 15 early stage researchers. The network creates a structured training programme focussed on supervision of individual research projects, an inter-sector secondment programme as well as collective research events including workshop-seminars, colloquia, summer school and research courses that provide a unique opportunity for young researchers to obtain new knowledge and skills positioning them between strong innovative research practice and influential industrial impact.

Read more about the network here: http://innochain.net/




The project is focused on building performance simulation and new fabrication techniques for the application of “smart materials” in architectural construction. If computers were once the size of buildings, buildings are now becoming computers, both performative, employing I/O Communication protocols, and programmable, at material scale. To integrate these new paradigms into building practice in effective and applicable manners we need new tools that communicate and relate building performance, operation, use and material . The project will focus on materials that change properties on specific inputs (including shape memory polymers and foams) and new composite materials that present pre-set combinations of mechanical properties. The project will develop new methods for designing, controlling and fabricating materials that actuate in response to occupation or environmental change. Key concept include: designing with growth, adaptability, repair, replication and energy savings in architecture.

Expected Results:

To develop new design methods that integrate simulation of building performance, operation and material actuation/behaviour. To test material actuation as means of energy saving in the built environment.


Professor Manuel Gausa, Professor Eduard Bru, Associate Professor Areti Markopoulou

Industry collaborations:

Mc Neel (Design software developer Rhino3D, Spain) and Foster + Partners Limited (Architecture Practice, UK)

Planned secondments:

The planned secondments include two 4 month periods, one at McNeel, and one at Foster + Partners.

McNeel to situate the development of active interfacing between design, occupation and material within industry standards for modelling building physics and building operating. Foster will situate and contextualise developed communication interfaces, provide project context for direct application of concepts and tools.




The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is an international centre for Education Fabrication and Research dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st century habitability.

Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with researchers, faculty and students from over 60 countries.

Every year IAAC selects 100 new students from all over the world that gather at IAAC and give life to this significant laboratory for experimentation in order to envision the dwellings and the cities of our time, as well as their future. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (self sufficiency, digital fabrication, parametric design, new material development, interaction), pursuing their own lines of enquiry and research towards the development of an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively both in their home country and globally.

IAAC is Education, with the Master in Advanced Architecture and the Master in City & Technology giving the next generation of architects the space to imagine, test and shape the future of cities, architecture and technology.

IAAC is Fabrication, with the Fab Lab Barcelona, the most advanced digital production laboratory in Southern Europe, a laboratory where you can build almost everything, that recently hosted Fab10, the 10th annual worldwide Fab Lab conference.

IAAC is Research, with Valldaura Labs, a self-sufficient research centre located in the Collserola Metropolitan park, 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona, where a series of laboratories are implemented for the production and testing of Energy, Food and Things.

And IAAC is also Barcelona, the European Capital for Innovation (2014), the city that aims to be a self-sufficient city, a fab-lab city, a smarter city. Thanks to its innovative visions, IAAC is strategically aligned to the new urban policies of the city, developed in close collaboration and mutual inspiration between the two entities. 

Researchers: Professor Manuel Gausa, Professor Eduard Bru, Associate Professor Areti Markopoulou and Dr. Mathilde Marengo



A bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture. Mature skills in relative material sciences, computational modeling, fabrication and programming are expected and must be demonstrated in the application.

According to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, to be eligible, each researcher must fulfill the following criteria at the time of recruitment by the host institution concerned within the time frame of this project:

1. Nationality

The researcher may be of any nationality.

2. Mobility

At the date of recruitment by the host institution, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the country (Spain) of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project.

3. Qualifications and research experience

Early stage researcher: means a researcher who, at the time of recruitment by the host institution, has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree and is in the first 4 years of his/her research career.

Read more about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/


Terms of Employment

The position is a Full Time position and will refer to the Terms and Conditions of IAAC-UPC. For further information on said terms and conditions, please contact innochain@iaac.net



In order to be admitted to the Doctorate of Architectural Design it is necessary to include the following documents in the application:

a) Architecture Degree

b) Architecture’s academic transcript

c) Master’s degree

d) Master’s academic transcript (It is necessary to have obtained a mark equivalent to 8 (out of 10) in the master’s dissertation

e) CV and Portfolio

f) Research projects carried out

g) Publications

h) Certificate from the center where completed your studies stating that the master completed gives access to doctorate in the country of origin.

i) Proposed work plan, with the following format:

1_Title, Name of the PhD program (InnoChain) and PhD focus (see PhD Focus above), student's full name, e.mail, Phone number and Degree you have.

2_State of the art; Research framework; proposed methodology, objectives and outcomes

3_Proposed timetable of research development for the 3 years of the research duration (starting in September 2015)

The extension of the document should not exceed 5 pages.

j) 2 reference letters including the full name of the referee, referee’s position and institution, email of the referee, and telephone contact of the referee.

If something is missing, the application shall not be considered complete, and therefore not accepted.

In order to be able to do the PhD in English, a good written and spoken level is required for all applicants. The minimum level should be set:

• TOEFL Test (>80 iBT) certificate or equivalent is needed.

• Certificate in Advanced English (Level A o B) o Certificate of Proficiency in English.

• IELTS (mínimum rate: 7, in the Academic version or General Training).



Candidates should register in both of the following online links:

1_ http://apply.iaac.net/applications/view.php?id=28349

2_ https://preinscripcio.upc.edu/home_candidat.php?idioma=3

Please upload to links all the documents required for application (see APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS above).

3_Once having completed both online forms, please send one email to

innochain@iaac.net and postgrau.arq.bcn@upc.edu

Indicating that you have completed your pre-registration and application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is the 17th of May 2015 at 24.00 CET


For further information about the application requirements, please contact Areti Markopoulou or Mathilde Marengo by telephone at +34 933 209 520 or by e-mail at innochain@iaac.net.

Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria is encouraged to apply for the scholarship regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity.

Applicants will be informed by mid June 2015 of the results of the application procedure. Some applicants may be asked to further discuss application content in a Skype interview with the relative Selection Committee.