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The Network

As a result of the importance ASCER places on the professional working environment, which it endeavours to educate about ceramic tiles and their applications, the Association has since 2004 set up a series of Ceramic Tile studies departments at different Schools of Architecture in Spain and abroad.

ASCER's Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments

The Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments embodies the rapprochement and collaboration between Universities and the ceramic tile manufacturing sector and creates a community that delivers value all round, to the advantage of one of the basic tenets of ASCER’s thinking: innovation.

The Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments currently consists of the schools of Architecture in:

o Barcelona - Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ESARQ – Advanced School of Architecture) at the International University of Catalonia.

o Alicante - Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Advanced Technical School of Architecture) at the University of Alicante.

o Valencia - Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Advanced Technical School of Architecture) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

o Madrid - Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Advanced Technical School of Architecture) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

o Castellón - Escuela de Arquitectura Técnica (School for Architectural Technician) at the Jaume I University in Castellón.

As well as teaching their own students, the Ceramic Tile Studies Departments also educate and promote to a broader audience through lectures, visits, exhibitions and publishing material that fosters understanding of ceramic and the diversification of how it used in the field of architecture.

Tough not included in the Ceramic Tile Studies Departments, ASCER’s collaboration with the Universities of Darmstadt in Germany (since 2008) and Harvard (GSD) in the U.S. (since 2007) merits special mention. Darmstadt’s University includes the training workshop "Material Innovations: Ceramics" within the Sustainable Design and Construction Department, which is headed by prestigious architect and lecturer Manfred Hegger, winner of the Solar Decathlon Prize in Washington in 2007 and 2009.

In Harvard, two research projects have been undertaken that will analyse the industry in terms of customization and the sustainability of ceramic. Prestigious professors Christoph Reinhart and Martin Bechthold guide, in this case, students in the development of prototypes resulting from this research.

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