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IAAC Barcelona offers the 17th edition of the first and oldest Master in Advanced Architecture worldwide. 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.

The Master in Advanced Architecture program emerges as an innovative open-structure program 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, IAAC Community, dedicated to research and innovation for the habitability of the 21st Century.

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.

You can find more information on our blog: http://www.iaacblog.com/programs/courses/maa-01/

Course Structure

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. Nowadays its focus is on pylos projects and self sufficiency. There is also the possibility to extend the master in two years, during this second year the aim is to focus on your own thesis project. You can find more information on the IAAC blog: http://www.iaacblog.com/programs/courses/maa-01/

Student Profile

Candidates for the Master in Advanced Architecture are architects, engineers and designers from all over the World curious about how the world is changing and committed to drive this change.Therefore 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.

Once successfully finished the master, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is today is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.

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Visit the Master In Advanced Architecture page on the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia website for more details!





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