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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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What’s New For Our 2018-19 Course

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Tomorrow September 21st we welcome our new group of students for the 2018-19 academic year, who come from no less than 19 countries(!): Algeria, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France,…


Last-Minute Spot Available For Our 2018-19 Course!

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A last-minute spot has become available for our 2018-19 course due to start in only one week. Given the time restriction and the time it takes to acquire a visa,…


A New Book Translates Seminal Architect John Turner’s Unpublished Texts into Spanish

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This Tuesday September 4th at the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona, faculty member Kathrin Golda-Pongratz will present a new book about the British architect John Turner, known for his…


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…

"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