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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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Why Sanitation Access in Informal Settlements Needs a Feminist Perspective

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Though much of the mainstream architectural discourse around informal settlements centers on the issue of adequate housing, it is inadequate sanitation that poses an even greater risk to the health…


25 Women in Social Design, Emergency and Development

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If there’s one thing we can learn from International Women’s Day which took place last week on March 8th, it’s that we shouldn’t limit our celebration of women to one…

How IFRC’s Shelter Research Unit Develops Better Transitional Shelter

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A great short documentary by our partner organization The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) explaining the importance of their Shelter Research Unit in developing advanced…


Alumni’s Community Center in Senegal Nears Completion

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All we could feel was shock and profound sadness at the loss of our former student Nerea Perez-Arrospide in a tragic motorcycle accident during her internship in Senegal in September…

"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