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Emergency Architecture and Development

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

International Setting

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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Implementing the New Urban Agenda: A Public Space Policy Framework

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Now that the New Urban Agenda–the world’s designated blueprint for sustainable urban development adopted at Habitat III last month–has been signed and sealed, the focus on the historic agreement has…


Development by Design 2: Alejandro Haiek, Clara Irazabal and Eric Cesal

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We are excited to announce the second edition of our Development by Design conference, an event series organized in collaboration with Roca and conceived by our master program to highlight…


A Beginner’s Guide to Participatory Planning: 5 Online Resources

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This week our third-time visiting professor Nabeel Hamdi is back at our campus to lead his workshop on Participatory Urban Planning. The Oxford Brookes professor, considered one of the earliest…


4 Job Posts For Shelter Professionals With IOM in Haiti

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The International Organization for Migration, the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration, is looking to fill four positions asap to reinforce its shelter operations in areas affected by…

"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

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− 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