Deadline for submission
April 8th


XXVIII Conference of the Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics


November 13-15
In Person Conference
iBAG – UIC Barcelona

Deadline for submission
April 8th


XXVIII Conference of the Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics


November 13-15
In Person Conference
iBAG – UIC Barcelona


UIC Barcelona

The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, is a private university located in Barcelona, Spain. Founded in 1997, has become a recognized academic institution both nationally and internationally. UIC Barcelona offers a wide range of academic programs in various fields of study, including health sciences, architecture, social sciences, humanities, communication, economics and business, and strives to combine academic excellence with a practical approach and comprehensive student education. UIC Barcelona is characterized by its humanistic approach and commitment to ethical and social values. It aims to educate professionals capable of facing current and future challenges and encourages active student participation in research projects and extracurricular activities. UIC Barcelona is also engaged in research and knowledge transfer. It has research centers and collaborates with other academic institutions and companies to promote
innovation and development.
The iNSTITUTE FOR BiODiGITAL ARCHITECTURE & GENETICS (iBAG), within the UIC Barcelona (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya), has three fields of action: research, teaching and professional practice. It all started in 2000, with the foundation by Alberto T. Estévez of the Genetic Architectures Research Group & Office (research and professional practice), which leads the Master in Biodigital Architecture program (teaching), that also started in 2000, at ESARQ – UIC Barcelona, the School of Architecture founded by Alberto T. Estévez, its first Director.

Basically, it is about applying the new biological and digital techniques to architecture and design. This led to the creation of the world’s first genetic architecture laboratory in 2000, where genetics began to be applied to architecture (bioluminescent trees, biolamps, bioprinting, electron microscopy structures research, etc.), and the first digital architecture laboratory located in a Spanish school of architecture (design and digital manufacturing). And all organizing an international interdisciplinary group of architects, designers, artists, engineers, biologists, geneticists and philosophers. New understanding from nature and computation, from natural intelligence and artificial intelligence, from bio-learning and machine-learning, to the potential of bio-manufacturing and digital-manufacturing.

iBAG images, © Alberto T. Estévez

Our team

Alberto T. Estévez


David A. Torreblanca-Díaz


Yomna K. Abdallah

General Coordination

Affonso Orciuoli

Institutional Relations
  • Angad Warang
  • Ignasi Pérez Arnal
  • Cristóbal Becker
  • Frank Henderson
  • Marcelo Fraile
  • Natalia de Andrade
  • Cemal Sönmez

Main theme

Biodigital intelligent systems

SIGraDi 2024 main theme is about the application of biodigital intelligent systems in the world of architecture design and art, from a research, teaching and professional practice perspectives.

Biodigital intelligent systems refer to a confluence of principles from biology, digital technology, and artificial intelligence (AI) to create intelligent systems inspired by living organisms through a systemic approach. This field encompasses a wide range of interdisciplinary areas, including bio-inspired robotics, artificial life, evolutionary algorithms, computational neuroscience, and more. They often draw inspiration from biological structures, processes, and mechanisms, highlighting the power of biological systems and natural intelligence to create advanced and innovative technologies to adapt, learn, and solve complex problems. By emulating the principles and mechanisms observed in living organisms, these systems can exhibit remarkable capabilities such as self-organization, self-repair, robustness, and adaptability. Examples include bio-inspired robots to navigate challenging terrains, swarm robotics systems inspired by the collective behavior of social insects, neural networks based on brain, evolutionary algorithms to optimize complex tasks by mimicking natural selection and genetic variation. Finally, Biodigital Intelligent Systems are changing our world and pushing it towards a Biodigital future.

AI generated images by © Alberto T. Estévez + Yomna K. Abdallah


Subtopics and keywords

Design theories, methodologies, and conceptual models. Digital architecture and design history. Digital strategies. Design cognition, and project communication. Hacker/maker culture, DIY, and FabLabs. Decentralized design. Decolonizing Design. Collaborative and collective design.

Subtopics and keywords

New pedagogies, strategies, and methodologies. Lifelong Learning and Digital Education. Hybrid Education. Online Learning. Collaborative and Participative Design in education.

Subtopics and keywords

Digital fabrication and Industry 4.0. Robotics. Digital craft. Integrated manufacturing systems. Emerging digital fabrication systems. Design for Manufacturing and Assembly.

Subtopics and keywords

Formal patterns. Shape grammars. Fractal geometries. Generative Design. Parametric Analysis. Machine Learning. Predictive Modeling. Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Subtopics and keywords

Virtual Reality (VR). Augmented Reality (AR). Mixed Reality (MR). Digital interfaces. Metaverse. Phygital interaction.

Subtopics and keywords

Interaction design. Human-Computer Interaction. Internet of Things (IOT). Interactive and responsive objects. Smart Cities.

Subtopics and keywords

Biologically informed disciplines (biodigital, biomimicry, bionics, biophilia, etc). Biodigital architecture, urbanism and ecosystems. Biodigital product design and fashion design. Sustainable design. Biomanufacturing and biomaterials. Artificial intelligence and biodigital intelligent systems.

Subtopics and keywords

Convergences through new technologies, architecture, design and cinema. Artistic installations and performances. Mapping. Audiovisual approaches. Artificial intelligence and media art. Video game design.

Subtopics and keywords

Performance-based design. Simulations: Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), thermal analysis, solar simulations, kinematics simulations, etc. Analytics.



With its sophisticated international communications, mild Mediterranean climate, wide array of recreational activities and cosmopolitan feel, it is no wonder that Barcelona currently attracts over 7 million tourists a year. Throughout its 2000-year history, Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, has made significant contributions to architecture, art and culture: Barcelona, also is an important center for research, teaching and practice. Traditionally open to foreign influences while maintaining its strong Catalan identity, Barcelona has adopted a modern and dynamic approach to the way it handles its commercial, industrial, creative and educational activities. Barcelona also boasts one of the largest university communities in Europe, made up of nearly 200.000 students and 12.500 professors. In its 500 years of university life, Barcelona has shown a strong commitment to providing quality education.
A cosmopolitan city, with an international, multicultural atmosphere.

•Ranked among the best cities to live in internationally.
•One of the world’s leading cities in innovation, business, culture, art and design.
•The chance to practice Spanish, the world’s second most-spoken language.
•Climate, cuisine, cultural activities, architecture, night-life, safety, friendliness, beach, mountains.
•Excellent scientific facilities (Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, The Alba Synchrotron, Biocat, Science and Technology Park Network…).
•Catalonia is home to 250,000 students, 15,000 lecturers, 800 research groups and 2,500 researchers.

Photos by © David A. Torreblanca-Díaz and © Alberto T. Estévez


Marcos Cruz

Marcos Cruz, is an architect and professor of Innovative Environments at the Bartlett, UCL. His main research focuses on bio-integrated design in buildings. He runs Bio-ID with Dr. Brenda Parker, a multidisciplinary research platform and Masters programme that investigates design that is driven by advances in bio-technology, computation, materials and fabrication. He was co-editor of and founder of the BiotA Lab (2014-18). Cruz was the Director of the Bartlett from 2010-14.

Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue, is an internationally renowned architect founder with Enric Miralles (1955-2000) of the international studio EMBT Architects, with offices in Barcelona (HQ), Shanghai, and Paris. Amongst her most notable works include the New Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, the Santa Caterina Market, the Headquarters of Gas Natural Fenosa and the Diagonal Mar Park in Barcelona, the Spanish Pavilion for World Expo Shanghai 2010 (winner of the prestigious RIBA Best International Building 2011 Award).

Round table discussion

Research in Biodigital Era / Natural & Artificial Intelligence

This round table, moderated by Neil Leach, will be made up of a selection of the authors of the papers presented throughout the day, commenting on advanced research issues, issues on Natural & Artificial Intelligence, and issues on tracks (1) Digital architecture and design: theory, history, and society, (5) Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR), and (6) Interaction design, interfaces, and devices.

Moderator: Neil Leach

Neil Leach, is a British architect and theorist. He is Professor at Florida International University, the European Graduate School and Tongji University. He has also taught at the AA School of Architecture, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, SCI-Arc, Southern California, Nottingham, Bath, Brighton, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Art, etc. He is currently the Director of the Doctor of Design program at Florida International University. He is co-founder of DigitalFUTURES.

Teaching in the Biodigital Era / Biological World (& Digital Intersections)

This round table, moderated by Yomna K. Abdallah, will be made up of a selection of the authors of the papers presented throughout the day, commenting on issues of university teaching, issues about biology in its application to architecture and design, with their corresponding intersections with the digital world, and issues about tracks (2) Education in digital and hybrid contexts, (7) Biodigital architecture, biodigital design and ecosystems, and (8) Artistic practices and creative industries.

Moderator: Yomna K. Abdallah

Yomna K. Abdallah, professor at ESARQ-UIC Barcelona (the School of Architecture of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya). Deputy Director of the iBAG-UIC Barcelona (Institute for Biodigital Architecture & Genetics) and the Master Program in Biodigital Architecture. Her research interest is focused on embedding bioactive agents in the built environment, through biomaterials, Engineered living materials and biosystems (bioreactors). Co-author of many research papers and projects on her research line.

Practice in the Biodigital Era / Digital World (& Biological Intersections)

This round table, moderated by Rosa Cervera, will be made up of a selection of the authors of the papers presented throughout the day, commenting on issues of professional practice, issues about digital in its application to architecture and design, with their corresponding intersections with the biological world, and issues about tracks (3) Digital fabrication, robotics and automation, (4) Parametric design, generative design, and Building Information Modeling (BIM), and (9) Performance, simulation, and analytics.

Moderator: Rosa Cervera

Rosa Cervera, architect (ETSAM, 1978), doctor (UPM, 1989), and internationally recognized for her research on sustainable and bionic architecture. She has taught Composition and in several university master’s degrees, such as the University Master’s Degree in Advanced Architecture and City Projects. She has been Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Alcalá (2004-07), Professor since 2018, and professor at various universities, such as Columbia (2009-10) and Miami (2015).


Important dates

April 8

Deadline for Abstract Submission

May 13

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

July 22

Deadline for Full Paper Submission

September 02

Notification of Full Paper Acceptance

September 30

Submission of final conference papers

October 07

Deadline for Registration

November 04 - 08

Online workshops

November 13 - 15


After November 15: enjoy Barcelona!



Call for Abstracts SIGraDi 2024

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the SIGraDi 2024 Conference. We invite you to submit abstracts of academic research and professional practice by April 8th. Abstracts must be original and unpublished, they cannot be sent simultaneously to another conference or journal, and they must be written following the guidelines of the APA 7th standard in one of the three official SIGraDi languages (Spanish, Portuguese, or English). The texts must contain 450 – 550 words in addition to references and be organized according to the following structure.

Title: The name of the work must be concise and consistent with the purpose of the study.

Keywords: 5 keywords (mandatory) that identify the project.

Introduction: General and specific problems, objectives, and relevance.

Methodology: Methods, stages, and techniques.

Results: Key findings or expected results.

Discussion: Contribution and impact.

References: Relevant sources.

Evaluation criteria

The text of the abstract should not mention the names of the authors or their institutions. The abstracts will be reviewed by a blind international scientific committee under the following criteria:

  • General organization.
  • Concordance with the main theme or tracks.
  • Originality.
  • Relevance.
  • Quality of the methodology.
  • Quality of references.

Authors with accepted abstracts will be able to submit their full articles for a second phase of blind review. The accepted full texts will be published in the Proceedings book with ISBN and on the Blucher and Cumincad Open Access platforms.


 The submissions will be through SIGraDi’s OpenConf platform.

*Please select Make Submission in Authors area.

If you have questions, please contact the organizers of SIGraDi 2024 at the following email:


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    Institute for Biodigital Architecture and Genetics Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

    Barcelona, Spain.


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