Master in Advanced Architecture

Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya

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Tipología Master
Lugar Barcelona
Duración 9 Meses
Inicio Octubre
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Have you studied a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture? Would you like to further extend your knowledge on this matter? IAAC offers in Barcelona an international Master programs in Advanced Architecture (MAA), oriented to architects, engineers and designers from all over the world eager to imagine the future of our cities and societies and committed to build it in the present.

Being the first Master in Advanced Architecture of the world, the IAAC’s MAA has now reached its 16th edition. During this time IAAC has received and been home to over 1000 students from more than 70 countries, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

In the version of 9 months (MAA01) or 18 months (MAA02) the Master in Advanced Architecture is accredited by the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with respectively 75 ECTS and 130 ECTS. The MAA is directed by the architect and researcher Areti Markopoulou.

The Master in Advanced Architecture program emerges as an innovative open structure focusing on three select Research Lines (Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter-Intelligent Construction) all led by internationally renowned experts, and bringing together students and faculty from different disciplines and origins, towards the creation of a networked hub of excellence, the IAAC Community, dedicated to research and innovation for the habitability of the 21st Century.

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Pujades 102, 08005, Barcelona, España
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Inicio Octubre
Pujades 102, 08005, Barcelona, España
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· ¿Cuáles son los objetivos de este curso?

In order to allow the highest quality and applied research, the Master in Advanced Architecture proposes a multidisciplinary and multiscalar approach, considering architecture as a transversal field, for which it is imperative to integrate all research and applications with the knowledge of specialists form a diversity of fields of expertise. In this sense the Advanced Architecture Agenda establishes the responsibility to confront the process of global urbanisation from a multi-scalar and operational perspective, as well as through the development of prototypes that promote environmental, economic and social sustainability.

· ¿A quién va dirigido?

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 tectonic details and material properties.

· Requisitos

Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

· Titulación

Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

·  What is the language of the program? Do I need an English Certificate to apply to the Masters?

All programs, classes, conferences and workshops at IaaC are in English, so there is no requirement of the knowledge of Spanish. IaaC does not require a proof of knowledge of the English language, but we do expect our students to have a very good level in both speaking and writing. Please note that in some case an English Certificate might be required from your Country in order to issue your Visa.

·  Which are the Research Lines and Thesis Studio offered for MAA?

The Master in Advanced Architecture emerges as an innovative structure focusing on three Research Lines on MAA01 and in the first year of MAA02 (Intelligent Cities, Self Sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter | Intelligent Constructions) and three Thesis Studios on the second year of MAA02 (Self-sufficient Habitats, Climatic Matter, C.Bio.Ma). All the Research Lines and Thesis Studios are led by internationally renowned experts, and mixing students and faculty from different disciplines and origins, towards the creation of a networked hub for research and innovation for the habitability of the XXIst Century.


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Javier Alascio
5.0 15/10/2017
Lo mejor: Estudiar en el IAAC ha sido una experiencia irrepetible de la que estoy gratamente satisfecho. Ha sido un año muy intenso, en el que he aprendido muchísimo, personal y profesionalmente. He ampliado mis habilidades en el area del diseño y la fabricación digital, compartiendo experiencias con gente de todo el mundo y haciendo grandes amistades
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Hansuli M.
5.0 30/03/2016
Lo mejor: Once I finished the course, I realised that this is the bestprivate institute for Architects in Spain.
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Urban Architecture
Urban Design
Environmental Architecture
Digital Matter-Intelligent Construction
Intelligent Cities
Self-sufficient Buildings
Creative thinking
Sustainable Construction
Renewable Energy
Sustainable development
Natural Architecture


Alexandre Dubor
Alexandre Dubor
OTF Co-director

Alexandre Dubor is an architect expert in digital and robotic fabrication currently working at IAAC as researcher, teacher and project manager in R+D. He studied in architecture and engineering (Ma. ENSAVT / ENPC, Ma. IAAC) and have worked in the past at Studio Libeskind, Atenastudio, iDonati, AREP and Appareil. He’s a multidisciplinary designer exploring the potential raised by digital tools and new materials for the improvement of the build environment.

Areti Markopoulou
Areti Markopoulou
Academic Director

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, educator and urban technologist working on the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is currently the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, one of the leading international platforms for education. Areti is also co-editor of the Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu, and co-founder of StudioP52, a collective arts & tech gallery.



The Master in Advanced Architecture is articulated in three different programs: MAA01, MAA01+OTF and MAA02. During the first year (October 2017 – June 2018) the students enrolled in the programs will work together in a common educational platform, with a common organization and academic structure. After the completion of MAA01, students enrolled in MAA01+OTF or MAA02 will follow two different organizations and academic structures.

MAA02 combines the first year Master with a second year of investigation to develop a thesis project. During this second year students are required to deal with a project counting on the possibility to develop it with international faculty and enterprises, highly specialized in different fields.

MAA+OTF combines MAA01 with a postgraduate program called Open Thesis Fabrication (OTF), which is an intensive applied research program that combines Academy and Industry and focus on developing innovative solutions in a wide range of fields.


In its perspective of multidisciplinarity and transcalarity, MAA is organised in an open academic structure which combines mandatory and elective courses around different main research lines:

Research Lines for MAA01 and MAA02 (fist year):

  • RS1: INTELLIGENT CITIES, directed by Willy Müller
  • RS2: SELF SUFFICIENT BUILDINGS, directed by Enric Ruiz Geli and Mireia Luzárraga
  • RS3: DIGITAL MATTER, directed by Areti Markopoulou

Thesis Studios for MAA02 (second year):

  • TS1: SELF-SUFFICIENT HABITATS, directed by Vicente Guallart
  • TS2: CLIMATIC MATTER, directed by Jordi Pagés and Lluis Viu
  • TS3: C.BIO.MA, directed by Marcos Cruz

Información adicional


IaaC was born with the aim of generating complex knowledge. It is necessary to generate complex knowledge linked to a multi-layered reading of realities that have traditionally been thought of as separate, such as energy manipulation, nature, urban mobility, dwellings, systems of production and fabrication, the development of software, information networks, etc. 

This opens up the possibility of generating new prototypes, capable of engaging with complex and changing environments. Finally, every new urban or architectural production needs to update its materiality and reinterpret construction techniques of the past centuries, which are very directly based on the transformation of locally available materials. It is now time for interaction between disciplines and technologies to engage in a vision that embraces different fields of research.

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