During the second year of the Master in Advanced Architecture + Thesis Project (MAA02), students have the unique opportunity to work for a period of 1 year on an Individual Thesis Project, focused on the development of a research or pilot project based on the student’s interest, and the learnings of the first year. IAAC supports the student in selecting their Thesis Project topic in order to better orient them according to their future career interests and opportunities. Each student, according to their specific topic, is assigned one or more Thesis Advisors that follow the development of the work throughout the year.

In parallel to the development of the Individual Thesis Project, the second year of the MAA02 offers a series of seminars enhancing the theoretical, practical and computational skills of the students.


Customizing comfort

From parts to purpose – embracing circularity by redefining furniture composition Problem In contemporary furniture markets there is a problem of the environmental impact caused by inefficient design, excessive waste generation, and unsustainable consumption. Results are overproduction, resource depletion, and high carbon emissions during production processes. Additionally, limited design solutions don’t fully meet user needs, … Read more


Context Inter Disciplinary In this project, we explore the intersection of digital nomadism, autonomous mobility, and AI-enabled sensing technology. Inspired by thinkers like Tsugio Makimoto, Pierluigi Coppola, and Tim Ferriss, we aim to create an autonomous living space that supports a mobile, remote work lifestyle. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise of digital nomadism, … Read more

The Adjunct Amphibian

 Amphibious attachment systems for existing stilt houses to counteract flash floods along the Brahmaputra river plains in Assam, India Context The river Brahmaputra, with one of the largest tributary systems in the world, divides the state of Assam into almost two halves. This means that a large geographical area in Assam is prone to floods and … Read more

In pursuit of Identity

Exploring architectural identity of the city with 3D GAN and Stable Diffusion with case study of Kazan This research proposes to explore the ability and accuracy in styding and representing architectural identity of the city through the set of artistic experiments with all generated 3d geometry and 2d images in order to meet expectations of … Read more

Neuro-Sensitive Spatial Biophilia

We are daily exposed to negative environments and situations in our daily lives, such as city noise, spending a lot of time indoors, lack of greenery, and long working hours. Studies have shown that we spend 35 hours per week in such conditions and that stress is a major cause of illnesses. The best stress … Read more

“Cura Salada” – Robotic Spatial Printing of Salt-Clay Composites for Healthy Vernacular Habitats

Research Introduction Poor quality health services is an emerging phenomenon in various countries. The situation is worse in low income countries where 10 percent of hospitalized patients can acquire an infection during their stay versus 7 percent in high income countries. Disinfecting healthcare facilities is a crucial aspect in order to reduce this phenomenon. Therefore … Read more

Sponge Tectonics

PASSIVE ABSORPTION AND RETENTION SYSTEM  OF RAINWATER IN NON-ORTHOGONAL BUILDINGS with the understanding of the internal structure needed for materiality is fundamental to applied the logic in a natural based materiality by analysing materials that are absorbent and sustainable. Even having a materiality that allows absorbtion of water its fundamental for the design to help … Read more


Wooden Mosaic tries to tackle the increasing global demand for timber by using waste branches from Timber industries. These waste branches are transformed into modular blocks with conventional tools, offering a sustainable supplement to the current timber industry. Using the waste wood, the aim IS to decrease the environmental impact associated with logging and wood … Read more

Neuroimmersive Space: User-Centric Adaptive AI-Generated Virtual NeuroArchitecture

Our surroundings influence our cognitive-emotional processes and shape our physical, psychological, and social well-being in a variety of ways every day. Can neurotechnology and VR technology help us in conceiving user-centric adaptive spatial experiences, where both the space and the user are in a constant mutation—a continuous feedback loop and the space itself becomes an active … Read more

Neuro-Sensitive Spatial Biophilia

We are daily exposed to negative environments and situations in our daily lives, such as city noise, spending a lot of time indoors, lack of greenery, and long working hours. Studies have shown that we spend 35 hours per week in such conditions and that stress is a major cause of illnesses. The best stress … Read more

Map for Entrepreneurs

Problem “Where”- an independent entrepreneur or a startup faces difficulty in finding the best place to open their business as many projects fail due to poor selection of site or insufficient feasibility studies “What”-   are the parameters required to perform a quick and reliable feasibility study Solution Map for Entrepreneurs is a tool that … Read more

Project Zephyr

Navigate your day through cool comfort! The Zephyr Project is tackling a problem that we all know too well: the heat in our cities is getting crazy Over 50% of our survey participants (n=30) suffer from extreme heat and worry about high UV levels every other day in summer, and I’m sure you all can … Read more


Cary is a carpooling platform designed for daily commuters travelling from peripheral areas to the city core. Our innovative ride package, flexible scheduling, and advanced matching algorithm connect drivers and passengers from the same area, ensuring unmatched comfort for frequent travellers. Cary helps save time and money while reducing traffic and fostering connections among users.


will update everything after finals : ) ECOVEY is a project of Urban Shift, developed during the Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA02) at IAAC, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, by students: Anastasija Vidović (IAAC), Alessa Honetschläeger (WU), Killian Karb (HDM) Erik Allmer (TU Wien) faculty: Chiara Farinea, Fiona Demeur & the Urban Shift … Read more


Project Chan-Ka: Pioneering Sustainable Lunar Habitats The concept of Project Chan-Ka represents a significant leap in lunar habitation design. This innovative approach to creating a sustainable environment on the Moon is a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of space exploration. The project envisions a habitat constructed from interlocking 3D printed components made … Read more


An outdoor gardening solution made for the main purposes of water conservation and selective shading, especially in cities that are subjected to extreme drought and heat. Abstract Anyone who has a garden or desires one will tell you that they imagine it to look something like the above image, with ripe and plush fruits and … Read more