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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Noel Sampson

What Do Cities, Refugee Camps and Entrepreneurs Have In Common?

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We recently caught up with former student Noel Sampson (1984), an architect from Nicaragua who completed our program as a Mundus Urbano student in 2013. Since graduating, Noel has worked…


3 Essential Books on Development

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Before delving into the specifics of topics covered in our program such as emergency shelter or slum upgrading, it’s important to look at the big picture. How does the practice…


Rethink Development to Fix Urban Poverty, Says Mbongeni Ngulube

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“In terms of access to housing and right to the city, the question is, how do you help poor people access enough power to lay claim to space?” This week…


Celebrating 10 Years of Mundus Urbano

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As many of you know, our one-year master program is a second-year track within the prestigious Mundus Urbano master at Darmstadt University, forming part of the Mundus Urbano Masters Programme…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

− Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

− Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University