IRAP Institute for Spatial Development is a research unit at the University of Applied Sciences HSR (Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil). HSR itself is a member of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), one of the seven technical universities in Switzerland.
IRAP was established in 2000 for applied science and research in various fields of spatial planning. In this regard, IRAP cultivates an intensive exchange with lecturers of the Spatial Planning Department.
IRAP is represented by an interdisciplinary team of six teachers and ten additional members, being specialized in the disciplines of Architecture, Geography, Cultural Engineering, Urban Planning and Transport Planning. This allows researchers from IRAP the possibility of running a comprehensive analysis on complex tasks such as urban areas and geospatial information in spatial/ territorial planning.
Within YPLAN, IRAP brings on the one hand, the experience of urban spaces planning , and on the other hand, technical knowledge regarding Geographical Information Systems (GIS), in order to develop innovative solutions for interactive geographic mapping of urban spaces. The Faculty will be responsible for the transfer of Swiss knowledge and best practices to Romanian partners and students from the pilot group.