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IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 1-14 July 2019, that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. The program is led by expert tutors, combined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the topics to be treated during the course. These will be broadcasted in the different node-cities, all globally connected. Participants will join a global agenda and an international laboratory at their disposal to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in the different cities where other teams reside. please feel free to add/edit content to this section (learning modules, etc.)

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Maria Kuptsova is an architect, artist, researcher and educator. She holds a Master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC (2013). She has worked as a Project Architect at Cloud9, Enric Ruiz-Geli in Barcelona, developing projects in both architectural and urban scale. Maria has been a part of Advanced Architecture Group at IAAC, as a faculty, researcher, european projects and academic programs coordinator. She has been leading a list of design and research projects at IAAC, teaching and curating both graduate and undegraduate academic programs,  moderating and organising international conferences and other public events, as well as participating in a list of festivals and exhibitions. Currently Maria is a PhD candidate, as well as researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Innsbruck, Institute of Urban Design, Synthetic Landscape Lab. In her research and design practice Maria aims to enhance responsive interaction models between designed object, human, biologic and digital systems, implementing a new design logic for spatial interventions.


Elena Mitrofanova works in Architecture, Planning, Design and Digital Fabrication. In 2012 graduated Moscow Institute of Architecture as architect-designer. In 2014 took a Master of Advanced Architecture in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC. There Elena continues her thesis and a research work in alternative energy resources in collaboration with Dr. Paolo Bombelli (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge) – Moss Voltaics project. Currently Elena is working at the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, Shukhov Lab, as well as teaching at the MARCH – Moscow Architecture School.


Ivan is an engineer, programmer and digital fabrication master. ?Graduated MSFU Faculty of Computer Sciences, Fab Academy studies in Barcelona, intern in Valldaura Lab for Self Sufficiency. Ivan has a wide experience as a tutor, including Digital Fabrication Master at MISiS, Master for Prototyping Future Cities at HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, workshops at FabLab Barcelona, FabLab Moscow, Shukhov Lab, IaaC Summer School, AA visiting Moscow, and others.

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Strelka Institute – Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, 14/5, Moscow, 119072

Shukhov Lab HSU – Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, 20, Moscow, 101000

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IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design, etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English.


After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about advanced design strategies. They will be familiar with parametric software, data visualization and use of digital machines. The last day of course participants will join a presentation of developed projects reviewed by a renown jury and will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.


Each participant is responsible to investigate which documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin. The school will provide a confirmation letter regarding the participation to the course, and will assist where possible the visa process.


Fee for Moscow is 500€ and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee is required. Flight tickets, accommodation and food are not included in the fee. Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the software installed. Further details about the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.


In order to register to the Global Summer School, participants need to submit the online application form, where they will be asked to fill their personal details and to upload a CV. Portfolio is not required. GSS19 Moscow dates are from 1-14 of July 2018 and applications are open until May 2019.

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