IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
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Institute - Vision & Objectives

Vision & Objectives


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is a cutting edge education and research centre dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges regarding the construction of habitability in the early 21st century. 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 faculty and students from over 35 countries, including USA, China, India, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Sudan. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (ecology, energy, digital manufacturing, new technologies), pursuing their own lines of investigation towards the development of an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively in their home country or globally.

IAAC has carried out research projects in Brazil, Taiwan, Croatia and Romania. In 2008 it was chosen to take part in the official section of the Venice Biennale with the project Hyperhabitat and in 2010 it presented a 1:1 scale house (entirely produced at IAAC) at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid where it won the Peoples Choice Award. IAAC has the most advanced digital production laboratory of any educational institution in Southern Europe, with laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and a platform for manufacturing electronics.

IAAC organizes the Masters course in Advanced Architecture (1 year and 2 year course) in conjunction with the UPC Polytechnic University.
The educational programs also include the Open Thesis Fabrication course that is open to students from all around the world, and the Master in Advanced Interaction, oriented to programers and designers. Also, our Fab Lab offers the Fab Academy program, which is part of the global network of Fab Labs affiliated to MIT’s Center for Bit and Atoms. 

Since 2004 the IAAC has run the biannual Advanced Architecture Contest (Self-Sufficient City, Self-Sufficient Housing, Self-Fab House and City Sense). 


IAAC’s activities find their roots in the following objectives:

1. To stimulate, promote and develop research in the diverse areas of advanced architecture, increasing the potential of information gathering teams in architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.

2. To teach, develop, promote and diffuse the knowledge and training of technical and scientific staff in architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.

3. To act as a consultant to public authorities and public or private organizations on questions regarding architecture and its interaction with other disciplines.

4. To establish scientific and academic collaborative ventures with universities and major national and international information-gathering centres specializing in architecture and related disciplines (such as information technology and sustainable development, among others).

5. To establish appropriate collaborative ventures with local, regional and national government bodies and the private sector in terms of their own core activities.

6. To facilitate closer contact between basic and applied research, acting as a centre of technology transfer when appropriate.

7. To organize scientific encounters and national and international forums.

8. To organize exhibitions and promote publications on a local, national and international level.