Make a positive impact

Through Architecture & Design


Be part of the solution

To problems like climate change, poverty and conflict


Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts


Diverse Employment Possibilities

Over 95% of our alumni work in the field of social design and development in a broad range of contexts


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International Setting

Over the last 14 years, we've welcomed 288 students from 69 countries



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 UIC Barcelona (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya).

This is 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 & Partners

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. Students will also obtain a certificate from our partner organization IFRC.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in top institutions working in areas of post-disaster, post-conflict and sustainable urban development. We have agreements with over 40 organizations globally  including international institutions such as UN Habitat, MSF and Shelter Centre as well as smaller scale NGOs, and research institutions such as BCNUEJ.


Included in the tuition costs is a fieldtrip where we team up with local organizations on on-going projects, as well as students from RMIT’s MoDDD and local universities. This 10 day workshop provides a unique experience to put into practice the theory and tools gained throughout the Masters. Look in our blog for to see previous Fieldtrips.

Course Certified by IFRC

Our Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements course is certified by the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), providing students with the necessary skills to lead and coordinate Shelter Clusters on the field during the emergency response phase. The course is course taught by professionals from the IFRC as well as from other organizations like MSF, IOM, and UNHCR.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 53 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.

Alumni are making an impact
institutions have hosted our students' internships
of graduates are hired in the sector within one year of graduating


We have agreements with the top leading agencies in humanitarian response and development, leading universities, and form part of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme.

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