Watch a presentation of the LiAi master program here.
Laboratory of Immediate
Architectural Intervention (LiAi)
The Master program is structured around the idea of
architectural intervention, interrogated in relationship to its
duration and effects in and around the community where it takes
place, indeed, in it its potential to create community. Whilst the
program's approach can be related to certain artistic practices, it
is rooted in an understanding of spatial conceptualization and
production as the architect´s most important skill. The Laboratory
explores the possibilities of architectural practices which
conceive and articulate diverse processes of community development
and transformation. Real local, regional, national and global
issues transverse the laboratory's practices of performative,
immediate intervention in, and transformation of, space in 'real
time and place'. The "sites" of these interventions in the public
sphere are in general made, not given, and their 'construction'
comes about in relation with governmental agencies, diverse
institutions, people, materials, things and other actors. The
projects are often developed in relation with or within non-western
environments which makes cultural understanding and research also
essential to the laboratory.
At the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, we
believe that our only option is to understand, critique, intervene
in, and devise the various apparatuses which are enmeshed in our
enactments of the world as human beings and therefore as architects
in order to qualitatively transform the worlds we inhabit.
Our work questions one of architecture's apparatuses - the
oft-persistent mirroring and representation of spaces of neoliberal
agendas - and develops transversal, diffractive methodologies that
produce effects in exchange with, and to transform, sites.
The Laboratory interrogates an expanded notion of site. Sites,
as apparatuses, are made, not 'given'. Real local, regional,
national, and global issues transverse the laboratory's practices
of performative, immediate intervention in, and transformation of,
space in 'real time and place'.
The Laboratory broadens the architect's range of activities, and
empowers its community through its members' ability to actually
make a difference. This making a difference entangles us ethically
and politically in the world.
The program is led by Oren Lieberman (Guest Professor) and
Alberto Altés, and includes a number of studio-based courses in
which students engage in independent research and study, workshops,
lectures, reading seminars, study visits, and
intervention/projects, often with the help of guest faculty and
The program is articulated with additional courses on technology,
history and theory, run by Thomas Olofsson and Roemer van Toorn as
well as with guest participations from local and international
architects, artists and lecturers, other faculty from the Art
campus, local institutions and public figures.
Previous guests at LiAi:
Roger Tudó and Claudi Aguiló (HARQUITECTES and dataAE,
Barcelona), Susan Kelly (Goldsmiths, London), Joan Vila-Puig and
Elvira Pujol (Sitesize, Barcelona), Aida Sánchez de Serdio (UB,
Barcelona), Per Nilsson (Konsthögskolan Umeå), Javier Rodrigo
(Transducers, Spain), Francesco Apuzzo and Axel Timm (Raumlabor,
Berlin), Linda Stoian Cassens (Swiss Architecture Museum), Roland
Spolander (Konsthögskolan Umeå), Olle Forsgren (City Architect
The program is led by:
Alberto Altés Arlandis
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More information on the Master program
LiAi can be found at: uma-liai.org
UMA LiAi publication on the studio