With the current global crisis and urban growth rates, we are facing emerging challenges to reshape our ecosystems, in order to improve resilience and introduce advanced solutions while still respecting our natural resources.  The GSS Global Agenda focuses on the impact of novel technologies in addressing these contemporary challenges within our built environment and living habitats.

How can new technologies enhance the way we design and inhabit our environments?

How will these new habitats perform? What resources will they produce?

During the last edition, Global Summer School India node started an initiative about introducing   ‘Robots in Art, Architecture & Construction’. It is an initiative to repurpose design and construction process to change the way we build and develop processes and design tools, to have mass customized architectural elements using Digital and Advanced Robotic Fabrication Techniques.

The Global Summer School India node aims to establish a manifesto to make architects, designers and engineers as innovators and change agents in the field of art, architecture & construction. By way of introducing advanced technology for construction and a holistic design approach to art & architecture, and focus on revolutionizing technology and processes to address real world problems and provide innovative solutions that are optimised and sustainable.

During the workshop, participants will explore a series of methodologies looking to incorporate advanced design thinking, generative algorithms and dynamic material feedback to existing industrial processes, accompanied with novel interfaces for robotic/digital tools programming, material research and performance-based design. The first of these was the investigation of multi-scalar modelling techniques and an aim to better understand their potentials within the discipline of architectural design modelling for generative, analytical, and fabrication-related processes. The potentials of a multi-scalar modelling approach explored here apply to the computation of specific material properties in the context of experimental structural systems and digitally-driven production processes. Articulated to challenge the quality of feedback between design, material properties and making.


The Global Summer School program is a full-time two weeks course that will run from the 29th June until the 10th July 2020: workshops, global lectures and prototyping will happen during the course at the same time along with India node, in different geographic areas worldwide; Barcelona, New York City, Hong Kong, Manila, Tehran, Melbourne, Beirut, Budapest, Shanghai, Quito and more.

IAAC Global Summer School India Program is a intense course 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.

Introductory sessions are going to be organized for participants in topics ranging from parametric and associative modelling in Rhino/Grasshopper to prototyping. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore form finding strategies through theoretical and practical scripting sessions with computational design tools, Investigating the material and its structural implications through multi  axis robotic tools and scale model making which later on will be built as a series of digitally fabricated architectural elements in 1:1 scale, embedded with smart sensorial interaction. Led by tutors from Leading design research programs, IAAC/Barcelona and professionals from the field of architecture and engineering.


Are you a student or professional with a creative mind interested in the fields of architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design and prototyping?
By becoming one of the GSS participants, you will join a unique global agenda having an international laboratory at your disposal to test:
–new design hypothesis
–innovative architecture and design proposals
–digital use of computational design softwares
–fabrication of a final prototype (its scale could vary from each node)




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GSS2020 – Faculty

Rodrigo Aguirre is a Nicaraguan architect specialised in parametric tooling, digital fabrication and manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor in architecture at UAM (American University) of Nicaragua and completed a master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain. Rodrigo collaborates with the Institute’s R + D department and is involved in projects relying on advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design. He is a principal member of the computational faculty and leads workshops internationally.


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GSS2020 INDIA –  Director

Chirag is an architect, with expertise in computational design and digital fabrication. After completing architecture from CEPT, India, he furthered his interest through researching and developing interdisciplinary skills of advanced architecture architectural and parametric design at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain, followed by expertise in digital tools and digital fabrication by graduating Fab Academy (Course by MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms) from Fab Lab Barcelona. He is  partner at Noumena as well as involved with RESHAPE – Digital Craft Community and NERO | Netwokring Environmental Robotics, Barcelona, Spain. He has also been visitng faculty at IAAC(Spain), Fab Academy(Spain & Italy), CEPT(India), VMCA(India), TDV(India). Currently, he is setting up D3lab | Digital Design Dimensions; an advanced manufacturing lab for architecture practice in India.


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GSS2020 INDIA –  Tutor

Sujay is an architect practicing in Mumbai. After graduating from KRVIA in Mumbai, he completed his Master of Robotics and Advanced Construction  (MRAC) from IAAC Barcelona, Spain.  His interest in the confluence of technology and design resulted in his experiments with digital fabrication techniques. He is currently researching the possibilities of additive manufacturing, particularly concrete printing and its applications within architecture.



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GSS2020 – Assistant

Masters in Advanced Architecture (MAA02) – IAAC, Barcelona, Spain


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GSS2020 INDIA –  Assistant

Visiting Faculty  – BSSA, Mumbau, India

Co-Founder, Townhouse 2.0 (TH2.0), India

AADRL, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK


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GSS2020 INDIA –  Assistant

Co-founder – D3LAB | Digital Design Dimensions LLP

Professor – Gijubhai Chhaganbhai Patel Institute of Architechture, Interior Design & Fine Arts (GCPIA), India


IaaC Global Summer School India 2020 will take place at the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA)  by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)Mumbai, maharashtra, India.

BSSA has a well-equipped, on-campus fabrication workshop with facilities for CNC milling, laser cutting, 3d printing, woodworking, metalworking, ceramics, and printmaking. The use of laser cutting machines along with carpentry tools is an integral part of teaching and learning at BSSA. All facilities are used extensively across the bachelor’s and Master’s programs. With the recent addition of the 6 axes Robotic Arm and a CNC Machine, the fabrication workshop opens up new possibilities for research with students.

VENUE: Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA), 5th Floor, Mithibai College Building, V. L, Vaikunthlal Mehta Rd, Vile Parle West, Mumbai-400056, Maharashtra, India


To register for the Global Summer School 2020 Program, participants need to fill their personal details and upload a CV in the Application form below. GSS20 dates are from 29th June to 11th July and applications are open until the 31st of May 2020.

For more information: [email protected]



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 India is 595 € for students and 795 € for professionals, all taxes included and limited seats only.


495 € (Students) | 0 seat(s) booked / 10 seat(s) available


525 € (Students) | 0 seat(s) booked / 10 seat(s) available

695 € (Professional) | 0 seat(s) booked / 5 seat(s) available


Please get in touch on [email protected] to know more.

Early Bird Offer ticketed on First Come First Serve. All the fee 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.