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Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction – MRAC

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Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction – MRAC


The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who are capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimised construction eco-system. The Master is focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems.

Through a mixture of seminars, workshops and studio projects, the master programme challenges the traditional processes in the Construction Sector; It investigates how advances in robotics and digital fabrication tools change the way we build and develop processes and design tools for such new production methods.

The MRAC offers an international and multidisciplinary environment where engineers, designers, architects, craftsmen, academics and industry partners have the opportunity to rethink the construction industry. The master will take place in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, a creative space fully equipped with the most recent manufacturing technologies, in Barcelona, an international hub for innovation in a traditionally rich industrial region.

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Today, the construction sector is facing a need for change and to be able to take a new approach to how our environment is built. Growing cities are challenging the sector to find better ways to build more and at a lower cost. Furthermore, the limited resources that we have on this planet push us towards a more sustainable way of building, inhabiting and reusing our constructions. On top of this, an aberration from mass-produced cities indicates a need for a more holistic design, integrating the various needs and desires of the inhabitants.

In addition to this, the construction sector has not yet taken advantage of the digital revolution that is happening in other manufacturing sectors, such as in the automobile and aerospatial engineering. While studies predict that Automation, Robotics and AI will possibly increase productivity by 60{d857388f21b456b5950843ccf3ce3afcfd8f254def444a67f9da77e83e0d77e9} in the construction sector, they also open new opportunities for design and for the increased performance of buildings.

In this context, IAAC proposes a new interdisciplinary Master in an effort to train a new generation of professionals who are capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem. Master candidates can expect to learn about the start of the art in Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing technologies, as well as theory and practical tools of computational design and artificial intelligence. Master candidates will become fluent in the use of these technologies through continuous hands-on experiments, methodology, and a series of workshops and pilot projects with research and industry partners.


Students will learn to manipulate and integrate robotics and advanced manufacturing process; create and generate a parametric design for mass customisation in the connected industry 4.0; integrate computer vision and sensor feedback for complex material systems and fabrication processes; explore the potential of computational optimisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, understand and integrated the potential of autonomous robot systems, develop new applications of augmented reality and connected mobile devices and propose new digital design and building technologies for both prefabrication and on-site construction.

By bringing together international researchers and industry partners from a wide variety of fields and cultures, IAAC seeks to create a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, a place to rethink the construction sector and train the new generation of professionals capable of having a positive impact on our future built environment and economy.

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EDITION: 1st edition

DIRECTORS: Alexandre Dubor and Aldo Sollazzo

DEGREE: Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction



FULL TIME – 9 months – From October 2019 to June 2020.

PART TIME – 9 + 9 months – From October 2019 to June 2021.


Non EU: 16.000€
EU: 12.800€

ADMISSION: Engineering, Design or Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.