Make a positive impact

Through Architecture & Design


Be part of the solution

To problems like climate change, poverty and conflict


Emergency Architecture and Development

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


Diverse Employment Possibilities

Over 95% of our alumni work in the field of social design and development in a broad range of contexts


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International Setting

Over the last ten years, we welcomed 202 students from 53 countries



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 UIC Barcelona (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya).

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 & Partners

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. Students will also obtain a certificate from our partner organization IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 53 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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FIELD TRIP TO BEIRUT-Spaces of conflict recovery and reconstruction in post-disaster landscapes

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During the next month, teachers and students from UIC, AUB, Chalmers and RMIT university will work together on the planning and design components of the post-disaster recovery and reconstruction plan…

Reframing Urban Resilience

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We continue the academic year with our course “Reframing Urban Resilience”, led by professor Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri and our director Dr. Carmen Mendoza-Arroyo. This course gives an introduction of the…

Gender, Space and Culture

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In our course Gender, Space and Culture led by Dr Apen Ruiz, the students are introduced to the various approaches and assumptions that are implicit in the phrase “Gender and…

Low-Tech Architecture in Development

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After starting the year with online classes, our students returned to hands-on learning to gain some practical skills with the workshop Low Technology Construction taught by our professor Emilio Hormías.…

This master represented an outstanding professional change in my career as an architect. It has a multidisciplinary team of teachers and experts from all around the world that taught me the global knowledge required to launch my career as a humanitarian worker. This experience opened my life towards a complete different path and I will always be grateful for all the support received.

Esther Menduiña, Spain, Year 2015-16

Studying this degree has prepared me to take on urban and social challenges, professionally and personally. The course content not only gave me the relevant knowledge to prepare for the humanitarian sector, but also provided me with the opportunity make international networks and industry connections.

Pratika Talegoankar, Australia, Year 2017-18

Taking advantage of both experienced practitioners and relevant researchers, and the combination of classes, workshops, and the internship, this program is a unique opportunity for professionals aiming at humanitarian work. The University provides us with a fast and yet thorough learning process, connecting us to robust networking. The Master definitely assists us to pave a career path.

Fabiano Satori, Brazil, Year 2017-18

The field trip and workshop experiences not only gave me the practical knowledge to engage and work alongside local communities but to do so with great care and empathy.

Damini Rathi, India, Year 2017-2018