Master’s in Global Smart City Manager

This master’s program is designed within the framework of the Smart City concept, in order to provide the participant with a multidisciplinary approach, while taking into account the emerging technological tools in urban contexts. We train students to become Smart City Managers, who will lead departments of Smart Cities, with the aim of providing coherence to all the initiatives and projects of a city, from a smart and sustainable vision.

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Academic Year (60 ECTS)


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Today, 55% of the world's population lives in urban areas and it is projected that by 2050 this figure will rise to 68%

In this context, the sustainable development of cities becomes more relevant than ever. The new urban models must be set up with a bigger picture in mind and conceived with more respect towards the citizens and the planet.
The focus of the master’s program is on understanding, projecting and evaluating how the decisions and actions taken in the development of projects and in the usual activity of our organizations, have multiple economic, environmental, social and technological impacts.

Career Prospects

Students of our Master’s programs can take advantage of our extensive partnerships and relationships with a wide-range of entities applying technology, urban planning and innovate designs to cities around the world. Thanks to our experience in the sector, we are able to assist our students in any of their professionals concerns and guide them by offering exclusive professional opportunities. In the world we live in today, building your personal brand is crucial. We are here to help you along the way and get your name out there.

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Academic Content

In order to manage efficiently a smart city, we need to understand their evolution and plan the next steps strategically. Social innovation, urban resilience, housing and sustainable buildings are some of the topics covered in this block, enhanced by tools such as GIS and BIM.

  • Module 1: New Urban Agenda For Cites 4.0
  • Module 2: Smart Urban Development
  • Module 3: Smart Building And Equipment

You will work on different models of sustainable mobility and smart road infrastructures. New technologies and their potential in waste management and industrial symbiosis will be placed into focus when discussing circular economy. Technological infrastructures, such as IoT and 5G, will be introduced as the underlying driving forces of a smart city.  

  • Module 1: Infrastructures And Mobility
  • Module 2: Sustainability And Circular Economy
  • Module 3: Smart Networks Infrastructures

You’ll find out about strategic and legal framework and the available funding programs for a smart city project. You’ll learn how to analyze public-private partnerships and how to transform digitally administrative services. Finally you’ll discuss the subject of open government and how to extract value from data collected in a smart city, focusing on open data and big data.

  • Module 1: Strategic Project Financing
  • Module 2: Provision Of Urban Services
  • Module 3: Citizens, Government And Data Valorisation

In master’s final thesis the students will propose a subject, an object of work within the framework of the areas studied in the different subjects of the master’s program.

International Student Weeks


For a week, Barcelona becomes the ideal place to meet your fellow students and teachers and do some networking while getting to know one of the most famous cities in the world.


Take the opportunity to visit the must-see places of São Paulo and enjoy this adventure of personal and professional development.


During 10 days, students will be able to participate in face-to-face classes given by the best researchers and BIM experts of the National Taiwan University (NTU), one of the most prestigious Universities in Asia.


Zigurat presents a unique experience that combines face-to-face learning and online training, with (optional) on-site international activities that create the perfect chance to understand the conceptualization of BIM and how this methodology is being adopted in real projects around the world.

A great opportunity to meet your peers for an intense week of conferences, workshops, company visits and roundtables with renowned lecturers and professionals from all of our Institution’s instruction areas from Architecture and Engineering to those of Innovation School (Digital Transformation & Smart Cities).

Faculty Board

  • Mark Saunders

    Academic Director
    Chartered scientist and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Cities in Ferrovial Services. Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School.

  • Xavier Izquierdo

    President of the think-tank Knowurbannet for the development, implementation and management of urban transformation processes and Smart Cities.

  • Albert Mateu

    Industrial Engineer and MBA. CEO & Partner at Green Bending. Co-founder of the International Pneumatic Waste Collection Association (IPWCA).

  • Albert Sorrosal

    MBA. Key Expert for the European Commission (DG REGIO) in Technical support for cross-border cooperation programmes of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI CBC).

  • Andrea Gaifami

    Director of International Operations at SOGES SpA and is in charge of European territorial cooperation projects. Expert in local development.

  • Chris Dymond

    Founder at Unfolding Ltd. Co-founder & Director at Sheffield Digital. Smart Societies Consultant at Perform Green Ltd.

  • Cristina Guillén

    Economic and Business Sciences. Experience in both public and private sectors. Consultant with experience in energy, sustainability, innovation.

  • Daniela Idrovo

    Architect, PhD in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuations. Researcher at SENESCYT Barcelona. Coordinator of management, communication and fundraising at La Dinamo Fundació.

  • David Delgado

    Architect. BIM Consultant and CEO at DDV. Active member of the GuBIMCat. Partner at buildingSMART Spanish Chapter. Director of Master’s in Global BIM Management at Zigurat.

  • Eduardo Alvárez

    Civil Engineer. PhD in Engineering and Transport Infrastructure. Postdoc in Economic History (University of Cambridge). Senior lecturer and researcher.

  • Eduardo Martinez

    Political scientist and computer scientist. Smart Cities and Public Sector Consultant at Indra. Coordinator of Smart projects at ESDi (Superior School of Design).

  • Eva Bufi

    Msc Civil Engineer, MBA. Expert in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and structuring of investment projects. Managing Director at Ardana Consultants.

  • Helena Ruiz

    Economist and PhD in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuations. Operations Manager en Bcn Advisors. Consultant in urban management and researcher in the field of residential market for the real estate sector.

  • Hildebrand Salvat

    Owner at Ceres and responsible for the technical management of the company, including the R + D area. Expert in tools such as eye-tracking, techniques such as netnography, neuromarketing.

  • Jordi Teixidó

    PhD in Economics. Lecturer at the University of Barcelona. Researcher on climate economics and environmental policies.

  • Jordi Marin

    Partner & Co-Founder en GIRAFFE Strategy. Partner en myHEALTH WATCHER. Digital Government Advisory Board - Member en Huawei.

  • Mauricio Espaliat

    Consulting Engineer. Specialist and consultant in Strategy and Instruction. Expert in Sustainability, Environment Health and Circular Economy.


Ramon Gras


Urbas Innovation Researcher at Hervard University. Co-Founder of Aretian Urban Analytics and Design MDE per Harvard University. MEng in Systems Engineering by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jeremy Burke


Urbas Innovation Researcher at Hervard University. Co-Founder of Aretian Urban Analytics and Design Master in Design Engineering at Harvard University Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University

Verónica Kuchinow

Agricultural Engineer. Founder & CEO SÍMBIOSY. Congress Curator en Circular Economy European Summit

Andrea Gaifami

Director of International Operations at SOGES S.p.A.

Raül R. Janssen

Registered Lawyer and Engineer in Computer Science. Consulting Director of the firm AGTIC Consulting, S.L.

Alumni Success Stories

The students of our masters tell us their experiences with our innovative methodology and how their training in Zigurat has transformed their professional career.

This is just one of many success stories amongst the Zigurat Alumni. Many of our students go to work on internationally renowned companies in the AECO sector. To see more of these cases click on the following link.

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Our Unique Learning Method

This program provides executive-level courses designed to meet the needs of leading professionals that seek the flexibility and comprehensiveness of our online Master’s in Smart Cities. Our methodology is composed of seminars, case challenges, workshops, group work, site visits and live or recorded lessons from our global expert faculty board.

Real projects that are changing the world
Practical learning or 'learning by doing'
The impact of technology in engineering and architecture
Collaborative work
The grant that best matches your professional profile

Our candidates come from all over the world and our objective is to promote diversity and the enriching experience that a truly global program offers our students. We are happy to offer candidates interested in our Master’s in Smart Cities the opportunity to apply for grants and enjoy flexible payment options.

Alumni Ambassadors Program

Our extensive network of happy alumni is proof of our commitment to academic excellence. We are happy to put you in contact with an alumni from your region so you can hear their experience.

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