IAAC Graduation & Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony took place on June 28th at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs, officiated by IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo. More than a hundred and fifty students, coming from forty different countries, and accompanied by their families, attended the event opened by the end-of-year speech of IAAC Academic Director Areti Markopoulou.

At the beginning of the ceremony Areti also welcomed the special guests who attended the event on that evening, representing some of IAAC collaborative entities: Mr. Estanislau Roca, Deputy Rector of Architecture and Infrastructure at the UPC, Mr. Guillem Costa, vocal of the Board of COAC, the Architects’ Association of Catalunia, and Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, one of the world leading mathematical economist, expert in microeconomics, who served several times in the cabinet of the Catalan government.

Students representative speeches followed before the Master in Advanced ArchitectureMaster in City & Technology, Master in Advanced Interaction and Open Thesis Fabrication diploma deliverance started.

After this first session, was the moment of the Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony, where IAAC Faculty Jordi Vivaldi presented the Theory and Advanced Knowledge Award to students Merve Savatli and Pranav Kashyap of MAA01, for their project The Transmogrification of Capitalism in Istanbul.

Next was the turn of IAAC Senior Faculty Willy Müller and Jordi Vivaldi presenting the X-Urban Design Award to the MAA01 students Rim Youssef and Madhurya Bayyapuneedi for the project Staple ScarcitiesEnric Ruiz Geli and Mireia Luzárraga presented the Self-sufficient Buildings Award to the MAA01 student Mohammad Amin Ziaie Bigdeli for the project Particles and Energy.

Academic Director Areti Markopoulou, and Faculty David Andrés León, Raimund Krenmüller and Angelos Chronis presented the Digital Matter Award to the MAA01 students Shruti Jalodia, Nikol Kirova, Hayder Mahdi and Ewald Jooste for their project SynapseIAAC Senior Faculty Luis Fraguada presented the Augmented Senses Award to the MAI student Agustina Palazzo for the project Radio CosmoSuit.

Alexandre Dubor and Edouard Cabay presented the Digital Adobe Award to the OTF students Daniele Fiore and Ya-Chieh Chang for their project Derivative Construction System. Sebastiano Scacchetti and Alex Mademochoritis presented the Designing With Fluxes Award to the MaCT students Venessa Williams, Saulė Gabrielė Petraitytė and Camille Feghali for the project Urban Radar.

Presented by IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo, the Climatic Matter Award went to the MAA02/Thesis student Mohammad Akram Khan for the project Water Driven Building Block; the C-Biom.A Award went to the MAA02/Thesis student Catalina Andrea Puello Acosta for the project Vibrant Cloud; the City in the Age of Hyperobjects Award went to the MAA02/ Thesis student Pablo Agustin Vivas for the project Thermodynamic Infrastructure in the Age of Global Warming and the Self-sufficient Habitat Award went to the MAA02/Thesis student Cristina Pardo Pajuelo for the project Plug&DisPLAY.