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Emergency Architecture and Development

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


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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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Our Master is turning 10!

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We are excited to announce the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of our Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture! Ten years ago we started this journey and could…

Building green, resilient and equitable cities

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Designing greener and more sustainable cities is what most architects and urban designers aspire to and advocate. But while an increasing number of global cities embrace the green-city movement as…

Architects design for the people – Interview with alumni Soledad Viteri

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In this new part of our alumni interview series, we talked to Soledad Viteri, who completed our master in 2017 and went back to her home country of Ecuador to…

Exploring the field of commons

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Last week we welcomed again our guest professor Torange Khonsari from London Metropolitan University, where she leads the MA for Cultural Commons, to host our workshop on Participatory Planning and…

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