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The GSS is presenting a unique online experience interconnecting its extraordinary network of faculty, industry collaborators, nodes and laboratories in the biggest online educational summer course ever done before.  Since the very first editions we have been digitally connected, meeting, sharing, learning together in an incredible global environment of innovators and educators. 

For the 2020 edition we decided to present a novel, flexible model, enriching our digital routes within a new format. The GSS20 will offer 4 online courses exploring at different scales the impact of novel tools in the definition of a new Advanced Architecture

This new program will be a celebration of alternative models and future education dealing with the challenges of the new world transforming our cities, architecture and technology.

Each student can now trace a personal path in this dynamic format, picking single modules or enrolling for the entire program. Every module will be run by IAAC faculties, allowing students to interact, work together, develop projects, participate in Global Lectures and meet our international experts and guests.


from topologies to tectonics

“Digital Morphologies” studies lightweight, low-mass and self-supporting convoluted structures. Linking computational design and optimisation methods, with advanced manufacturing protocols and assembly processes, this workshop explores the development of digital tectonics into structures that unify envelope, structure, form, and experience into a unique system

The main objective of this workshop is the design of thin-shell systems that push the limits of form, structure, and space.

Meshing as a design tool

The topological properties of meshes permit to discretise, tessellate, cluster and segment single continuous bodies. This conjunction of actions addresses new ways to describe complex self-supportive curvilinear surfaces into series of developable flat components with tangential overlaps for efficient fabrication and construction.

At course completion the participants will:

  • Learn how to use meshing tools to create complex geometries.
  • Implement mesh topological relations as a form-finding tool. 
  • Understand the concepts of mesh discretisation and tessellation.
  • Apply clustering and segmentation on meshes.
  • Be capable to create parametric fabrication workflows.

MAIN FACULTY: Rodrigo Aguirre // IAAC Computational Design Expert
FACULTY ASSISTANT: Ashkan Foroughi Dehnavi // IAAC Computational Designer and Roboticist

Full Syllabus & Schedule 

urban analytics with computer vision and machine learning

We are living in exciting and unique times. Advancements in technology are unleashing an unprecedented production of Data as surprising as the growing capacity to store these massive amounts of bytes. Unfortunately, the ability to analyse these data volumes increases at much lower rates. Surprisingly the majority of the unstructured data produced comes from image-based contents, but, in this era of data expansion, novel extraction techniques can be introduced to describe an image’s semantics.

The emerging field of visual analytics focuses on handling these massive, heterogeneous, and dynamic volumes of information by integrating algorithmic approaches based on deep learning architectures. As a result, cognitive methodologies are achieving higher levels of computer vision functionalities: detection, localisation, recognition, and understanding which are very useful for semantic knowledge exploration and image understanding.

Tools: Python, Opencv, Yolo v.4, Mask R-CNN.

At course completion the participants will:

  • Drive image analytics towards spatial configuration and design decision.
  • Understand the concepts of computer vision and machine learning.
  • Be capable to decode image contents implementing image analytics.

MAIN FACULTIESAldo Sollazzo // IAAC Robotics & Computational Design Expert
Iacopo Neri // Computational Urban Design Expert
Soroush Garivani // IAAC Robotics Instructor
Francesco Polvi // IAAC Alumno

Full Syllabus & Schedule

collaborative design workflows with Speckle 

Advances in architectural geometry and the rising ubiquity of design computation and visual programming amongst architecture practices has led to the design and construction of more complex, larger scale architectural projects. Consequently, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has witnessed the emergence of custom technological solutions tailored within some of the most progressive architecture practices to better understand and visualise complex digital design workflows. In such context, the course, based on the open source data platform Speckle, aims to stage a high frequency iterative digital design workflow between several “simulated” stakeholders: design, analysis and reporting.
The main goal is to prototype a truly open, frictionless and integrative design process across the workshop participants.

At course completion, students will:

  • Understand the basics of cross-platform data exchange and interoperability in Speckle.
  • Be able to send/receive complex geometrical datasets to/from different software (Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit and Dynamo) via Speckle.
  • Be capable of setting up a project directory for an architectural design project, organise data streams, store consistent project information and collaborate via the Speckle admin web app.

MAIN FACULTY: Paul Poinet // Research Fellow in Web-based Collaboration in Construction at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management in London

Full Syllabus & Schedule

fabrication through remote controlled robots

Many industries are being disrupted by innovative technological breakthroughs that significantly enhance or supersedes traditional processes. The construction sector is constantly evolving to be able to give greater freedom to Architects and designers. The future calls for innovative technologies such as robotics, AI and automation to be an integral part of the design and building industry to bridge the gap between Design, Engineering and Construction phases.

To quote Isaac Asimov ,‘You just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans’, this course will focus on a manufacturing driven design approach towards conceiving spaces.

Wood is perhaps one of the most widely used materials for building and construction, which makes it doomed to wastage. Re-organising and re-configuring this surplus material environment into a usable raw material requires a flexible design protocol. This demands a continuously adaptive and iterative system. Industrial Robots allow this flexibility to manipulate and assemble the stock to create usable sustainable structures.

At course completion the student will:

  • Learn how to translate design into robotic processes.
  • Design flexible protocols for material manipulation and assembly.
  • Be capable to execute the project controlling from remote IAAC robots.

MAIN FACULTIES: Kunaljit Chadha // IAAC Digital and Robotics fabrication Expert
Ricardo Mayor // IAAC Fabrication Expert

Full Syllabus & Schedule


Are you interested in fields of architecture & design, urban planning, technology and you are looking for a multidisciplinary experience?
Submit your application until the 17th of July 2020 // seats are limited.

Requirements:  the GSS courses are open to all applicants with a bachelor degree related to the fields of Architecture, Design, Arts and Engineering willing to engage in the program. No previous extensive knowledge is required. The participants will receive lectures and classes to be introduced to the workshops topics, softwares and tools.


Date: From the 29th June until the 3rd July
Tools: Grasshopper

Applications closed


Date: From the 13th July until the 17h July
ToolsBim / Speckle

Applications closed! 


Date: From the 6th until the 10th July
ToolsPython and Computer vision

Applications closed!


Date: From the 20th until the 24th July
Tools: Cloud Robotics

Applications closed


Apply now to reserve your seat in one or more GSS courses!
Choose one option below, the applications are open until the 17th of July 2020.


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Applications will be accepted until the maximum number of students is reached and considered valid once all required fields mentioned in the online application form have been submitted.




IAAC has an active Alumni community distributed around the world, allowing a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge.

Thanks to the Alumni collaborations, IAAC empowers the bonds with the community members placing them in strategic countries to allow the GSS program global extension in different Nodes-cities around the world, such us: Barcelona, New York City, Hong Kong, Pune, Manila, Tehran, Melbourne, Beirut, Budapest, Shanghai, Quito and more.

Counting on this network, the GSS participants can therefore choose the node to which apply to between the ones present in the IAAC GSS nodes network.
Explore our GSS nodes and APPLY to one of them from the list below! Coming soon nodes will open soon.

IAAC Global Summer School 2020 dates are from the 29th June to the 11th July 2020. You can submit your application until the 31st of May 2020 // seats are limited.

Applications will be accepted until the maximum number of students is reached and considered valid once all required documents mentioned in the online application form of each node, including the receipt of the fee payment, have been submitted. Find detailed information about the fee payment and requirements within each node’s webpage.


  1. Can I apply to one GSS online course?
    The GSS online courses are tailored for participants willing to improve their skills in just one or any tools proposed in the GSS online courses.
    Participants can therefore choose to apply for one GSS online course or more than one (see EARLY BIRD OFFER > APPLY section).
  2. Does each GSS online course provide a certificate?
    Yes, it does. After the completion of a GSS online course, the GSS participant will receive from IAAC a GSS diploma to certify his/her attendance to the program.
  3. How can i get the full GSS certificate?
    By applying and attending to the full set of GSS online courses, the GSS participant will receive a full GSS diploma stating all the courses attended during the program.
  4. There will be presential classes with instructors?
    During the GSS online courses, participants will attend classes, lectures and final presentations connected into a unique online platform with IAAC faculties and international keynote speakers.
  5. How can I interact with other participants?
    The GSS program makes use of the Zoom video meeting & conferencing platform, a very powerful tool which allows participants to interact during the classes with faculties and invited lecturers. A specific Slack channel will be available for chat support for the students during the workshops.


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