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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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Alumni Renata Mendez On Working in Emergency Response After Hurricane Maria

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In our latest alumni interview, we catch up with Renata Mendez (1991), who completed our program in 2017 and recently concluded an internship with the United Nations Environment Program from…


Barcelona’s Top Manta and The Immigrant’s Right to the City

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In this article, originally posted on their blog Raw City Dwellers, our 2017-18 students Pratika Talegaonkar and Damini Rathi contemplate the struggle of Barcelona’s manteros for their right to the city….


New International Master in City Resilience Design and Management

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Last call for applicants! If you are looking for opportunities to bridge research and practice and make a difference in how cities are tackling the most pressing global challenges of…


Two Former Students On How They Founded Office of Displaced Designers

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In our latest alumni interview, we catch up with former students Kimberly Pelkofsky (1983) and Shareen Elnaschie (1980), who completed our program in 2013. Two years ago, they started up…

"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