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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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Between utopia and pragmatism – interview with alumni Fabiano Sartori

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The integration and social inclusion of migrants and refugees has always been one of the core issues of our Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture. One of the aims…

10 influential books on shelter, settlements and development from the past decade

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At our 10th anniversary event, Ian Davis, visiting professor in Lund, Kyoto and at Oxford Brookes as well as honorary professor at RMIT University, spoke to us about “Ten Significant Developments in…

Ten Significant Developments in Shelter and Settlements from 2009-2019

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For the 10th anniversary of our Master of International Cooperation and Emergency Sustainable Architecture, we had the honour to welcome Ian Davis as our guest speaker for the event. Drawing on more…

Taking a stand – the architect’s role in sustainable spatial and social refugee integration

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Today is World Refugee Day. We are currently witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, according to the UNHCR. Among them are…

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