Welcome Ceremony and Opening of the 2018/19 Academic Year

This week IAAC welcomed 169 new students from more than 40 countries for this year’s Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA01 and MAA02), Master in City & Technology (MaCT01 and MaCT02), Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC), Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB) and Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) programmes.

The incoming student body comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, bringing a broad range of skills to the classroom. Expertise range from Economics and Management to Fine Arts; from Product and Interior Design to Philosophy and include traditional subjects such as Engineering and Urban Planning along with new fields of studies such as Information Management or Communications Design.

On the 18th anniversary of our Master’s programme in Advanced Architecture, the first world-class and globally consolidated studies in this field, Architecture is still the main background of our students, with a 60% of Architects enrolled.

This is also one of the most racially and ethnically diverse classes in the Institute’s history. India, Turkey, United States, Lebanon, China, United Kingdom, Poland, Syria and Spain are among the countries with the highest number of students in this academic year.

In addition to that, we also celebrate the successful attempt to overcome the gender gap in the student body, with a result of 45% of female students and 55% of male students enrolled.

On the day of the Opening of the Academic Year, IAAC Head of Studies, Mathilde Marengo, gave a welcome speech and then introduced the academic team and each of the programme coordinators: Marco Ingrassia (Head of Coordinators, OTF + Coordinator MAA02), Valentina Toscano (Coordinator MAA01), Laia Pifarré (Coordinator MAEB), Laura Ruggeri (Coordinator MRAC), Alex Mademochoritis (Coordinator MaCT) and Chiara Dall’Olio (Coordinator MDEF).

After a brief introduction on behalf of the team, the new students took to the stage to introduce themselves, sharing their hopes and dreams for their stay at IAAC. Some of the previous year’s students were also present at the welcome day, giving the students some tips to make the most of their educational experience in Barcelona.