Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Master in Parametric Design in Architecture at UPC Barcelona - Oct 2018-July 2019

The emergence of ICTs has led to a paradigm shift in architecture. Parametric design, digital fabrication, 3D printing, and prototyping are revolutionizing 21st-century architecture, creating new multidisciplinary professional profiles able to meet the challenges of this socioeconomic change.

An architectural project is a complex process, in which knowledge management must link to design in an operational way. Parameters are all the categories of information that affect decision-making when a project is carried out. 

Parametric architecture can aim to go beyond geometry and the form, to design a system taking in all the variables and categories involved in the process. This is the potential offered by modern software tools: Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, Revit, Dynamo, BIM (Building Information Modeling), etc. This changes the design process, making architects into builders of systems, not just models.

Many courses provide a partial perspective, based on the direct application of software in numerical control machines to produce complex objects. This UPC master's degree offers a comprehensive approach: it trains professionals in advanced architectural creation, focusing on efficiency in buildings and a commitment to the environment.

The master’s degree in Parametric Design in Architecture is an international program that seeks to teach and explore technology efficiency. It is oriented to the integration of computational tools and digital manufacturing technology in building systems and architectural design.

It's taught at the l'Escola d'Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV), which has a residence for international students, as well as the latest technology in equipment and facilities. Its Model Workshop, digital laboratories, and technology & innovation research teams CODA and SMIA,  as well as its involvement in the FAB-Lab Barcelona network of Digital Fabrication Centres, mean that students can explore all the possibilities of parametric design.

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