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Doctoral Programme in Architecture from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

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Pre-registration period academic year 2023-2024: June 30 until September 30, 2023

The aim of the Doctorate in Architecture is to train researchers and specialists capable of responding in their field to the problems existing in our society, promoting the generation of innovative knowledge at the service of society. 

To do this, students will acquire training that enables them to generate studies that deepen the knowledge of all dimensions that affect architecture at various levels, as well as the different dynamics of the human and technological systems in which they are involved.

The Doctorate in Architecture program offers a wide range of research lines. These include scales that study landscape and city management; innovative construction systems; content that works in composition, history and architectural heritage; and new subjects in sustainability, cooperation, citizen participation and public health.

This Doctoral Programme in turn aims to respond to currently existing theoretical and methodological challenges, to provide new knowledge that will improve the systems in which architecture is developed from a scientific and ethical perspective. Defending an architecture and an urbanism in which innovation can coexist with different cultures without exclusions, from a humanist perspective in which the sciences and the arts can coexist.

The incorporation of doctoral students into the different research groups is also an objective, in order to specialise and expand the specific contents of each line of research. The existence of specific committees external to the university, during the process of preparing the thesis, guarantees the quality of the research and increases the possibility of creating scientific networks around the thesis, of great help for the doctoral candidate.

The doctoral student of the program acquires a greater depth in the vision of any of the different scales and environments that he chooses from the architectural discipline such as the planning of the landscape and the city, the design of buildings, innovative construction systems, the contents that they work on composition, architectural history and heritage, and new subjects in sustainability and cooperation.

In all these lines, the doctoral student will be able to lead research projects and will specialize in content that will enrich their professional status.

The Doctoral Academic Committee has the general objective of ensuring the quality of doctoral theses and the general education of all doctoral students.

In order to do this, they assess the Doctoral Activities Document (DAD) on an annual basis, as well as any progress doctoral students have made on their Research Plan. Similarly, the committee is responsible for the final approval of the doctoral thesis so that it can be defended before the examining board.

Doctoral Academic Committee for Architecture

Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo . Department of Architecture. [email protected]

Dra. Marta Benages . Department of Architecture. [email protected]

Dr Josep Muntañola. External collaborator UPC.

Coordinator:   Dra. Carmen Mendoza

Group members:  DDra. Carmen Mendoza, Dr. Pere Vall, Dra. Marta Benages, Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri, Dr. Diego Navarro, Dr. Borja Ferrater, Dra. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Dra. Apen Ruiz Martinez, Sara Eltokhy, Ashley Howard.

  • Research subline: Sustainable recovery and displacement

Coordinator: Dra. Carmen Mendoza

This research line addresses the knowledge gap for city planners, policymakers and support agencies related to how to respond to the increasing link between disasters, migration and displacements at an urban scale.

  • Research subline: Community-based Urbanism

Coordinators: Dr. Pere Vall i Dra. Marta Benages

Using qualitative GIS and social cartography, this research line is oriented to community-based river management (citizen use and perception, citizen-based river groups, citizen science); characterization of environmental volunteering (significant life experiences, motivations, benefits and barriers); and, healthy aging and co-production of green environments

  • Research subline: Urban and regional resilience toward sustainability

Coordinator: Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri

This research line is framed around the exploration and implementation of the concept of resilience as a set of adaptive and transformative capacities enhancing self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Research and teaching team

Dra. Carmen Mendoza

Dr. Pere Vall

Dra. Marta Benages

Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri

Dr. Diego Navarro

Dr. Borja Ferrater

Invited researchers and collaborators

Dra. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz

Dra. Apen Ruiz Martinez

Coordinator: Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo

Group members:  Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo, Dr. Víctor Echarri, Dr. Juan Trias de Bes, Dr. Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Dr. Josep Lluís Guinovart, Dr. Jordi Roviras, Dr. Pedro Casariego, Dr. Oriol Carrasco, Dr Íñigo Ugalde, Cristina García Castelao, Cinta Lluís, Alessandra Curreli, Zuzana Prochazkova.

  • Research subline: Innovative construction systems with ceramic elements

In this line, those constructive systems for architectural envelopes that use ceramic products in an innovative way are investigated, both in brick or tile formats, as well as in large-format and small-thickness tiles and sheets.

  • Research subline: Heritage and factory mechanics. Structural understanding of historic buildings. Sacred heritage and its conditioning of space

Coordinator: Dr. Josep Lluís Guinovart

Deepening of the knowledge of the architectural heritage, from the Romanesque to the beginning of the 20th century, through the massive capture of data with the existing technology at our disposal. Also in this line of research, sacred heritage, its state of conservation, legislative requirements and modes of intervention in it are analyzed.

  • Research subline: Energy efficiency of buildings and environment

Coordinator:  Dr. Víctor Echarri

The objective is to quantify the annual energy demand of buildings based on the constructive solutions of the envelopes, applied passive systems, advanced air conditioning systems, as well as the environmental impacts derived in all phases of the construction, use, reuse and demolition of buildings through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

  • Research subline: Structural Analysis and Design

Coordinator:  Dr. Pedro Casariego

Research focuses on the analysis and design of structures in the field of architecture, project engineering and construction and provides structural support in product development in the field of industrial and environmental engineering.

  • Research subline: Architecture and health

Coordinator:  Dr. Jordi Roviras

Analysis of the spaces we inhabit in terms of health and well-being and study of new products or construction systems that provide a clear healthy benefit to the user. The hygroscopic and hydrothermal capacity of materials, indoor air quality, toxic-free materials, acoustic quality and comfort, lighting and electroclimate, among others, are considered.

Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo

Dr. Víctor Echarri

Dr. Juan Trias de Bes

Dr. Felipe Pich-Aguilera

Dr. Josep Lluís Guinovart

Dr. Jordi Roviras

Dr. Pedro Casariego

Dr Íñigo Ugalde

Dr. Oriol Carrasco

Cristina García Castelao

Coordinator:  Dr. Alberto T. Estévez

Members of the group: Dr. Alberto T. Estévez, Dr. Yomna K. Abdallah, Dr. Pablo Baquero, Dr. Magda Bosch, Dr. Dragos Brescan, Karl Chu, Dr. Josep Corcó, Dr. Dennis Dollens, Dr. Gabriel Fernández , Dr. Agustí Fontarnau, Dr. Marcelo Fraile, Dr. Daniela Frogheri, Dr. Effimia Giannopoulou, Dr. Marwan C. Halabi, Dr. Aref Maksoud, Dr. Abel Miró, Affonso Orciuoli, Dr. Lamila Simisic, Dr. Angad Warang , Ignasi Perez Arnal

  • Research subline 1: BioDigital Architecture (& Theory)

Coordinators:   Dr. Alberto T. Estévez i Dr. Josep Corcó

Together with its corresponding Master in Biodigital Architecture, this line of research addresses the application of genetics to architecture in an interdisciplinary way from two points of view: the real, natural and biological, worked with geneticists, and the metaphorical, artificial and digital, that uses CAD-CAM and AI technologies. Biological and digital morphogenesis, digital organicism, emergence, metaphysics and computation, artificial intelligence, complexity, sustainability, are his keywords.

  • Research subline 2: Biological Architecture (& Digital)

Coordinators:   Dr. Alberto T. Estévez i Dra. Yomna K. Abdallah

Introduction of biological techniques in architecture and design with digital tools to achieve a biodigital fusion, understanding the potential of bio-learning, bio-manufacturing and genetics. With this, the world's first genetic architecture laboratory was created in 2000, where genetics began to be applied to architecture and design (bioluminescent trees, biolamps, bioprinting, SEM research on structures, biomaterials, etc.).

  • Research subline 3: Digital Architecture (& Biology)

Coordinators:   Dr. Alberto T. Estévez i Dr. Angad Warang

In a pioneering, international and interdisciplinary environment, widely demonstrated for more than two decades, since the year 2000, when the first digital architecture laboratory in Spain was set up, mention should be made specifically of architecture and computing research and teaching from concepts such as Intelligence Artificial (AI), Ambient Intelligence (AmI), Deep Learning (DL), Evolutionary Computation (EC), Logistic Regression (LR), Machine Learning (ML), Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), Shape Grammars (SG), among others.

  • Research subline 4: Architectural Composition (& Projects)

Coordinators:   Dr. Alberto T. Estévez i  Dra. Judith Urbano

This line of research is the oldest at the UIC Barcelona, founded in 1998 by Professor of Architectural Composition Dr. Alberto T. Estévez, and includes possible research on architectural composition and architectural projects, theory and history of architecture and design .

Dr. Alberto T. Estévez

Dra. Yomna K. Abdallah

Dra. Magda Bosch

Dr. Josep Corcó

Dr. Gabriel Fernández

Dra. Judith Urbano

Dr. Dragos Brescan

Dr. Pablo Baquero

Dr. Dennis Dollens

Dr. Agustí Fontarnau

Dr. Marcelo Fraile

Dra. Daniela Frogheri

Dra. Effimia Giannopoulou

Dr. Marwan C. Halabi

Dr. Aref Maksoud

Dr. Abel Miró

Affonso Orciuoli

Dra. Lamila Simisic

Dr. Angad Warang

Ignasi Pérez Arnal

Everything you need to know about the doctoral candidates and students, the thesis supervision, the duration of the programme and the conditions of the Doctorate.

Specific doctoral information

Before the end of the first year, the doctoral student must submit their Research Plan to a committee of experts outside the UIC, the specific doctoral committee (CED) , for further approval by the DAC.

The aspects to be considered for the oral presentation and which will be evaluated are as follows :

  • To demonstrate the scholarly objective of the research plan: current status, contribution of work in current period, relevance of the topic.
  • Present the methodology and the proposed work plan to achieve the project's scholarly objective.
  • Show that the project's proposed objectives can be reasonably achieved within the stipulated timeframe.
  • Doctoral candidate’s communicative skills.
  • The ability to provide a critical and reasoned response to the questions posed by the Committee.
  • Present other relevant data during the current period of the research plan: incorporation of the doctoral candidate into a research team (if appropriate).

Development and approval  

  • The specific committee must evaluate the quality and feasibility of the Research Plan, and it may reject it if it does not seem appropriate.
  • Each member of the CED shall evaluate the aspects indicated in the template and, if desired, indicate the optional recommendations, mandatory modifications, or any other comments it may consider in relation to the evaluated research plan.
  • At the end, the president of the CED shall fill in the evaluation report

Assessment of your research plan:

  • PASS (project and presentation are correct)
  • PASS BUT WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT (CED recommends that the doctoral student make some changes that do not substantially affect the research plan, but can improve the thesis project)
  • PROJECT WITH compulsory MODIFICATIONS (the project must be reviewed, to incorporate the changes indicated by the CED that modify the research plan presented to a significant extent (objectives, methodology, capacity to carry out...) The doctoral candidate must submit the project again, in writing or in oral presentation to the CED, as directed.
  • FAIL (The doctoral candidate will be advised to submit a new project to the CED)

Everything you need to know about the procedure for general admission, the documentation for admission and the general academic requirements. 

A) The recommended profile for doctoral students is as follows: 

  • To be in possession of a degree (bachelor’s or master’s degree) related to the scope of Architecture at all its conceptual and scalar levels, namely: Architecture, Urbanism, Engineering (which leads to a connection with the field of Construction and Structures), Design, Fine Arts, Art History (which leads to a connection with the field of History of Architecture), Philosophy (which leads to a connection with the field of Aesthetics), etc., or other related fields that include subjects related to Architecture research and the disciplines related to it. 
  • Previous experience in undertaking a research project. 
  • A vocation for the arts, techniques and/or research. 
  • Language level. 

b) Admission criteria , the Academic Doctoral Committee (DAC) shall select candidates based on the following weighting: 

  • Transcript, curriculum vitae, and previous research experience (40%) 
  • Disciplinary affinity with our lines of research (10%) (proposed research plan)
  • Personal Interview (20%) (Letter of Support)
  • Language level (20%): English at a minimum level of B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
  • Letter of motivation for enrolling on the doctoral programme (10%)

Grants and financial aid

The UIC Vice-rector for Research offers predoctoral contracts for doctoral studies. There are also several different  grants  awarded by different public and private institutions to carry out doctoral studies.

Defended theses

General regulations, links of interest.

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Documents to be presented, for the reading of a Doctoral Thesis - General requirements

(It is necessary to consult also the "specific requirements” of the different Academic Committees. See below)

All  documents must be signed with an original signature and delivered on paper or with  certified electronic signature and sent by email in PDF files

(In this link you can download a PDF to keep track of the documents you have)

 All the following official forms can be found on the website of the  Doctoral School  

  • ADT - Authorization by the thesis supervisor for the submission of the defense proposal .

Signed by the supervisor or supervisors.   

  • ADU  – Thesis quality report and authorization by the Academic Committee for its submission Signed by the head of the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program (The PhD Coordinator).
  • IE- External referee report "Referees" from two Phd experts, external to the UPC. 
  • (If requesting the "International doctor mention" mention, the experts must belong to an institution of higher education or research center not Spanish).
  • T- Proposal for the Appointment of the Examination Panel (proposed by the Supervisor and signed by the Coordinator of the PhD). It is necessary to complete all the information requested in the T form. For the Faculty of the UPC, it suffices to indicate only name and position. The Panel should be composed of 5 members +2 substitutes or by 3 members + 2 substitutes. (Substitutes members shall be written on the last two places of the T form). Most of members of the Examination panel (or most of the members that finally act, if a substitute member is required) have to be external to the UPC and to the rest of the participating Organizations. (In the event that there is an external director, the UPC members + the members belonging to the institution of the external director cannot be a majority).  Retired teachers of the UPC count, for this purpose, as internal members. The external experts who have made the reports, can be part of the Examination panel. The directors can not. Some members of the Panel (others than President or Secretary)  may act by videoconference (Skype) if the Academic Commission of the program authorizes so. This modality must be indicated at the T Form. In this case, the thesis’s qualification will not be incorporated into the student’s file, until we have received the assessment certificate, with original signature, from the remote member (it is not enough emailing the document).  Depending on the place of origin, it could take more than 20 days. All members need to have the academic degree of PhD. In addition, the ones from UPC need to have "accredited research experience", in accordance with the rules of the Doctoral School.

              (If you request the" international doctor mention", please see the requirements, below) 

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Introduction of activities

  As of the 2020-21 academic year, the DAD is no longer presented on paper and is generated on the ATENEA PhD platform, in one or two steps:

  1) DRAC (UPC Research Descriptor)

First, the activities should be entered into the DRAC. As appropriate, they must be entered by the doctoral student or by their director (the joint ones). (The transferred activities can be checked at any time by making a "preview" in AteneaPhD).

More information at DRAC / PhD students:


It is necessary to mark the check box , as indicated in the DRAC application: "The doctoral student activity report (DAD) is for activities related to doctoral students' training and research. So, in each reference, you have a check box to include or not include a reference to DAD. "  For any questions about the DRAC you can also write to [email protected]

2) Other activities

On the other hand, the activities that, due to their characteristics, cannot be entered into the DRAC, but also correspond to the formative stage of the doctoral student, can be listed in a single PDF and uploaded to the AteneaPhD section “other activities”. In this PDF there should be no activities already entered into the DRAC.

DAD generation and validations by the directors

When the doctoral student had entered all the activities, he/she must notify their director or tutor and ask him/her to access AteneaPHD and generate and validate the DAD.

As soon as the director generates the DAD in AteneaPhD, the activities of the DRAC become part of the DAD. Previously, you can do a "preview" to check that everything goes correctly.

If there is more than one director, the second will only have to validate (external directors cannot access this platform and should not validate).

Finally, the Doctorate office will ask the coordinator to also validate said DAD.  In due course, we will provide this validated Activity Document, to the members of the thesis committee.

  • TDX: Author statement for the incorporation of the thesis to theTDX

Signed by the doctoral student. Check only one of the given options

In this case, it is recommended to indicate the personal email. This document must be submitted with the rest of the documentation for the deposit, although the date of the reading is not yet known (leave this information blank). The publication of the thesis is mandatory, in all cases, after reading. For very justified reasons, the date of publication may be postponed

  • Complete doctoral thesis in PDF The thesis must be submitted in the online platform  ATENEA PhD  .File name format: "Doctoral thesis of SURNAMES, FIRST NAMES"

Once uploaded, the doctoral student must request their directors to "validate" it in the Atenea platform. 

The names of the Departments promoting the Programs, which should also appear on the cover of the final thesis, are as follows:

Doctoral degree in Architectural Design - Department of Architectural Design

Doctoral degree in Architectural, Building Construction and Urbanism Technology - Department of Architectural Technology

Doctoral degree in Architectural, Civil and Urban Heritage and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings - Department of Architectural Representation

Doctoral degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment - Department of Architectural Technology

Doctoral degree in Theory and History of Architecture - Department of History and Theory of Architecture and Communication Techniques

Doctoral degree in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation - Department of Architectural Technology

Doctoral degree in Urbanism - Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning

Please, consult the "Specific Requirements" section of this website, to learn if the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program requires a printed copy of the thesis for their own purposes. According to the UPC's Academic regulations for doctoral degree courses, the doctoral thesis shall consist, of a minimum, of an introduction to the topic of study, the objectives to be achieved, a statement of the research as a fundamental part, the discussion of the results obtained, the conclusions and bibliography.

  • Two thesis summary form (Resum de Tesi Doctoral)   The abstracts must be one in Catalan or Spanish and other in English; also, in the language of the thesis, if it is different from the previous ones. In separate documents (Max 3950 characters each summary). The same texts as in the Word file, indicated above. Include the Unesco nomenclature
  • Photocopy of the DNI (Spanish) or passport in force (not a NIE) . 

  NOTE : We will review  that the doctoral students had presented, at the beginning of their studies, all the documents necessary for admission to a doctoral program, duly legalized, if necessary. If there is any missed document, it must be provided at this time.

Article-based doctoral thesi

Some PhD programs allow to submit "article-based doctoral thesis"

Interested students should start the procedure by submitting  this  Request to submit an article-based doctoral thesis

International doctor mention 

In case of requesting the “International doctor mention”, at least one doctor belonging to an institution of higher education or research, not Spanish, has to be part of the Examination Panel.

The responsible for the international stay (the person who signs the stay certificate) can not be a member of the Examination Panel.

And in addition to the documents listed above, the following ones are needed:

  •  MI - Doctorate mention - Application for the International Doctorate mention
  • AA- Approval and authorization for the International doctor mention mention
  • Certificate in support of the stay of research or studies

With original signature of the person responsible for the stay and with the institution’s letterhead or stamp. The certificate or certificates should justify a minimum of three months of stay, which could be interrupted. In this case, one part of the thesis, at a minimum the summary and conclusions, must be drawn up and exposed in one of the usual languages for scientific communication, in your field of knowledge.  The languages must be different from those that are official in Spain. This rule shall not apply if the research stay, reports and experts come from a Spanish-speaking country.

Specific requirements of the different academic committees.

Some Doctoral Programs have established specific requirements on how to proceed. Regardless of this, all the documents listed above should be delivered to the Doctorate Office, before the registration of the thesis. You should be aware of the particularities of each program.

Doctoral degree in Architectural Design

Doctoral degree in Architectural, Building Construction and Urbanism Technology

Doctoral degree in Architectural, Civil and Urban Heritage and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings

Doctoral degree in Architecture, Energy and Environment

Doctoral degree in Theory and History of Architecture

Doctoral degree in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation

Doctoral degree in Urbanism

T o take into account:

In the event that there has been a change in the Supervisor of the thesis or the incorporation of a co-Supervisor, you will not be able to deposit the thesis, up to one year after the change or new assignment. The duration of the doctoral studies in RD 99/2011, is a maximum of three years, if it is full-time and the minimum is two, counted from the first enrollment until the day of the deposit.  

To proceed to the reading of a Doctoral Thesis, the circuit is the following, in the order indicated:

1. The doctoral student will deliver all the documents indicated below to the Doctorate Office ("Documents to submit for the reading of the Thesis"), after having obtained the required authorizations. That is, when all the Academic Committee procedures and paperwork had been finalized. Some programs require that the doctoral student begin the paperwork two or three months before be able to enroll the thesis (next step). You should review the “Special requirements” listed below

2. We will do the enrolment of the thesis , after having reviewed the documents and having entered them into the academic computer system. We will notify the doctoral student when the enrolment had been done. (Please consult the Academic Calendar, below.)

3. The doctoral student pays the enrolment fee .

You can do it through your "e-Secretaria", by credit card, or by printing the enrolment form and presenting it in one of the bank offices that are specified on it. 4. We send the thesis to the Doctoral School 5. The Doctoral School starts the procedure to approve both the reading and the Examination panel.

6. The Doctoral School admits the Doctoral Thesis for defense and appoints the examination panel . 7. We make the official announcement of the reading day  and send it by email to the Examination panel, the directors, the student, the coordinator of the program and the Doctoral School. In addition, we publish the reading notice on our website. Also, the Doctoral School publish the announcement in its website 8. We make the reservation of the reading room and/or the public link to the videoconfeence and deliver the official forms to the members of the Examination panel. 9. After the reading, we deliver the minutes signed by Examination panel and other official documents to the Doctoral Schoo l. (If a member of the panel acts by videoconference, we need to wait until the original assessment certificate from that member – not by email- arrives at our Secretary).

10. The Doctoral School introduces the assessment of the thesis, in the academic computer system. 11. The doctoral student may apply for the Degree certificate ,  from the day on which the assessment of the thesis shows in his/her e-Secretary. Procedure:


Note: Travel and accommodation . The budget for the members of the Examination Panel residing outside of Barcelona is up to a total of 500 euros for the thesis without the "International doctor" mention and up to 1000 euros for the thesis with this mention. Although our Doctorate Office does not manage travel, only for guidance, we inform that from the moment the Doctoral School starts the procedure to approve both the reading and the Examination panel (point 6), it will be necessary to wait for a minimum of 45 days, before the thesis defense.  Only about 30 days if there is not need to make any travel arrangements. This account will stop if the Doctoral School finds any incidence with the thesis or the proposed examination panel. The reading date proposed will not be firm until the Doctoral School had formally approved the thesis reading. You can read a thesis within three months following its admission by the Doctoral School (point 7).

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Below is a list of best universities in Spain ranked based on their research performance in Architecture. A graph of 32M citations received by 1.72M academic papers made by 40 universities in Spain was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. Technical University of Madrid

For Architecture

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2. Polytechnic University of Valencia

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3. Technical University of Catalonia

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4. University of Seville

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5. Carlos III University, Madrid

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6. University of Malaga

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7. Complutense University of Madrid

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8. University of Granada

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9. University of Salamanca

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10. University of the Basque Country

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11. University of Castilla La Mancha

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12. University King Juan Carlos

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13. University of Alicante

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14. University of Murcia

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15. University of Valladolid

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16. Autonomous University of Barcelona

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17. University of Saragossa

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18. University of A Coruna

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19. University of Vigo

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20. University of Extremadura

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21. University of Alcala

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22. James I University

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23. University of Cantabria

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24. Polytechnic University of Cartagena

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25. University of Oviedo

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26. University of Deusto

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27. Pompeu Fabra University

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28. University of Valencia

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29. Autonomous University of Madrid

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30. University of the Balearic Islands

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31. University Ramon Llull

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32. University of Girona

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33. University of Cadiz

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34. University of Barcelona

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35. Rovira i Virgili University

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36. University of Santiago de Compostela

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37. University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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38. University of Navarra

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39. University of La Laguna

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40. University of Jaen

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The best cities to study Architecture in Spain based on the number of universities and their ranks are Madrid , Valencia , Barcelona , and Seville .

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Spain is known for its architectural and design appeal all over the world. Students who want to study architecture find Spanish universities to be the ideal destination. Other than the attractive landscapes of Spain, the historical and geographical architecture is one of the many reasons to study in Spain . 

Considering the tuition fees for architecture can get up to €30,000 per year at some universities in Spain, some students might not be able to afford it. Therefore, Spain also offers the option of getting an online degree , both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Here are some of the best universities to study architecture in Spain: 

University of Navarra

Offered by the School of Architecture at the University of Navarra, the teaching mentality is built around learning with projects in a problem-solving environment. The university’s partnership with prestigious companies has benefited the student’s future after graduation. Team-work and workshops are a priority in the School of Architecture courses. 

The program is taught both in English and Spanish, and it offers several subjects, divided into three parts depending on the students’ interests. The three topics include Creative Project Management / Creative Management, Urban Project Management / Urban Management, and Technical Project Management / Technical Management. The degree in architecture takes five years to complete.

To become a professional architect in the industry of renowned names, students must continue their studies further and receive a Master’s degree in Architecture.

ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

The Barcelona School of Design and Engineering offers a degree in both engineering and architecture simultaneously. The program takes four years to complete, and the graduating title has accreditation from The University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia. The program comprises four courses and eight semesters, with the final semester including a project which allows you to get the degree.

The university offers students the possibility of getting an internship in Spain through partnerships with big companies such as Sony, Hard Rock Cafe, Swarovski, etc. To get an internship deal, students must fulfill the main requirement of having at least 120 ECTS credits when applying. 

ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering provides courses in two main languages of instruction, English, and Spanish. The variation of language depends on the course.

European University of Madrid 

Whether a potential student is interested in a bachelor’s degree or master’s in architecture, the European University of Madrid – School of Architecture, Engineering and Design gives both degrees. One of the most popular degrees in this school is the Bachelor’s degree in Fundamentals of Architecture. After graduating with the major mentioned above, students can continue their studies and get a Master’s degree in Architecture. 

Upon completing this five-year-long degree, students can apply to any company or institution in the European Union. The qualifications that graduates earn at the School of Architecture provides them with the skills and knowledge to become a certified architect in the making. 

In the fifth year of studies, students must work on their diploma project. This final task counts for 12 ECTS credits and it is an essential requirement for graduating.

International University of Catalonia

The International University of Catalonia offers a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture located in the city of Barcelona. With about 60 seats available, this undergraduate program lasts a little more than four years – 10 semesters. Students are supposed to learn in three different languages: English, Spanish, and Catalan. The academic staff is almost 100% composed of practicing professionals in architecture who work on personal projects aside from teaching. 

More than 80% of graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from this university get employed in the related occupation of architecture. Those interested in further advancing their careers professionally can choose from the master’s degrees offered by the university. Some of them include a Master’s degree in Architecture and Design Business Management and a Master’s degree in Biodigital Architecture.

Nebrija University

At Nebrija University, applicants for undergraduate degrees can enroll in a double degree made out of Fundamentals of Architecture with Interior Design. Although the program is in Spanish, English language proficiency is a requirement for enrollment. The exam is held on university premises. Another exam required for admission is the psycho technical test which makes up 15% of the entry requirements. 

The first semester includes the basics of applied sciences subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Geometry, etc. During the second and third years, students get an introduction to the history of architecture, structural, and architectural projects. Students attend professional development workshops by the end of the fourth year and the beginning of the fifth. 

To graduate with a Bachelor’s in Fundamentals of Architecture + Interior Design, students must select two electives to complete within the final semester along with the final project. 

IE School of Architecture and Design 

The IE School of Architecture and Design has campuses in two locations in Spain: Madrid and Segovia. Taught entirely in English, the Bachelor in Architectural Studies takes five years to complete. Students need a master’s degree to get licensed and practice architecture professionally. Through this institution, students can attend master’s studies in Architecture in Madrid and Amsterdam as a combination of programs. 

In the first two years of their bachelor’s, students are presented with the basics of architecture and guides on implementing their ideas in a work-like environment. The third-year continues to teach students about the initial techniques around architecture. The fourth and fifth years are considered the advanced years. 

Research techniques – taught at the end of the degree, are a priority for architecture and student advancement. 

Rovira i Virgili University 

A Bachelor’s degree in Architecture is available at the Rovira i Virgili University. As an undergraduate degree in Architecture, this program takes five years to complete. Depending on whether students choose full-time or part-time studies, the duration may be prolonged or shortened. 

According to the requirements of practicing architecture internationally and in Spain, a five-year bachelor is crucial. The languages of instruction include Catalan, Spanish and English. English language, however, is not a compulsory requirement, considering the university might deliver only a few selected subjects in English. 

Rovira i Virgili University offers two kinds of specialization in the Architecture department: Architectural Heritage and Urbanism. The first one invites students to learn about the technical aspects of architecture, and the other focuses more on the design and planning of the buildings. 

Rey Juan Carlos University

The Rey Juan Carlos University offers a bachelor’s degree in the Fundamentals of Architecture as an option for a full-time or part-time university degree. Located in Madrid, applicants are given the choice of choosing from two consecutive start dates to enroll officially: September and October. Tuition fees are stable, and the cost is approximately €38,570 per year. 

With a Bachelor’s in the Fundamentals of Architecture, students can immediately apply for a master’s in the same or similar field to become a certified architect and pursue the desired careers. The duration of this undergraduate degree is five years, and the only language of instruction is Spanish. 

This program includes numerous courses on architecture such as project and construction management, sociology and urban planning, business and management, construction, design, and art.  

University of Salamanca 

The University of Salamanca invites students to enroll in a master’s degree program in Architecture and Interior Design. This program lasts for eight months, and it is held entirely on the Salamanca University campus. Upon completion of the degree, the graduate must have a total of 90 ECTS earned. 

The entire academic year will include seminars and workshops to train future graduates for the job industry. The graduation requirements include students presenting their work for a whole academic year by the end of the program. There are three projects in total that students should complete while studying to qualify for the diploma. 

University of Alcala

The School of Architecture at the University of Alcala is one of the oldest in Spain, created in 1999. They offer all higher education levels in architecture, including undergraduate degree programs, a Master’s degree in Advanced Architecture, and a Doctorate in Architecture, which requires a specific research project. 

The specialization courses offered at the University of Alcala School of Architecture include numerous aspects of architecture. 

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Máster en Arquitectura Madrid

Master's Degree in Architecture (Qualifying Degree) Madrid

The first school in Europe to achieve NAAB certification and RIBA validation. This Masters Degree in Architecture facilitates students to practice the profession in the USA and UK.

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Masters Degree in Architecture

The Master’s in Architecture at Universidad Europea is a 9-month programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed as a global architect and manage all sorts of projects including construction, urban planning, sustainability and advanced project design . The Master in Architecture is defined by three pillars - Innovation, Internationally, and Integration.

With a focus predominantly on experiential learning, having learned the theory from our esteemed faculty, you will have the opportunity to put what to have learned into practice through work placements and real life projects. In recognition for its international focus, the programme has been awarded the NAAB certification (Substantial Equivalency USA) and RIBA validation (Royal Institute of British Architects) facilitating you to practice architecture in the USA, Great Britain and across the Commonwealth, respectively.

Why study a Master's in Architecture at Universidad Europea?

Following current national and European legislation, our Master’s Degree in Architecture (Qualifying Degree) adopts a Learning By Doing method in which students will learn by practicing the profession.

  • You will be offered the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops, including workshops on technology, construction, urban planning, sustainability and advanced project design–all taught by renowned professional lecturers and doctors.
  • The programme will train you to become a global architect who will go on to work on projects that meet the needs of today’s society. This will include meeting today’s demanding technological requirements, which can only be achieved through horizontal working structures.
  • Innovation: intensive training and use of Digital Design, Digital Manufacturing in the FabLab and robotics as a new paradigm for production and thinking. The interactive and evolutionary possibilities of simulations made with parametric design, building information modelling, energy simulation–together with the benefits of prototyping which can be completed using laser cutters, 3D printers or robots–encourage collaboration in all areas of learning and, at the same time, foster new architectural ways of thinking.
  • An International Mindset: NAAB Certification (National Architectural Accrediting Board, USA) and RIBA validation (the United Kingdom’s architectural association). Finally, we are working on formalising opportunities for international exchanges around the globe.
  • Integration: transversal learning to support students in developing their individual project. The integration of a range of diverse areas of expertise and disciplines is an increasingly important characteristic to have in today's complex professional ecosystem. Coherent and enriched development from multiple perspectives adds evident value to any work, which is why you will train in environments that facilitate this.
  • International exchanges where you will complete intensive workshops and visit the most prestigious studios in the world.
  • NAAB International Certification and RIBA Validation.

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Top School in Europe

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

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Students have visited prestigious studios such as those of Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Among the four best schools

According to El Mundo ’s rankings, it is one of the best universities for Architecture.

Certifications and Recognitions

NAAB Certificado Actualizado

The Universidad Europea de Madrid has received the International Certification designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the following professional degree program or sequence:

Bachelor’s Degree in Fundamentals of the Architecture + Master’s Degree in Architecture – 2015

The term “International Certification” identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a program accredited by the NAAB in the United States and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. The designation is valid for six years beginning 1 January of the year in which the final visit (Visit 3) took place. In order to maintain the designation, the program must be visited again in the sixth year of the designation. Schools with programs identified as holding NAAB International Certification are not formally “accredited” as that term is used with reference to programs in the United States and may not refer to their programs as “accredited” by the NAAB. However, students who graduate from internationally certified programs are able to apply for individualized review of their credentials on an expedited basis for purposes of the Educational Evaluation Services for Architects program administered by the NAAB on behalf of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

The following documents are available and can be downloaded from the Web:

  • Communication from NAAB to the University about granting of Substantial Equivalency, current International Certification (March 3, 2015)
  • NAAB International Certification
  • 2019 Conditions for NAAB International Certification
  • Procedures for NAAB International Certification
  • Program Self-Evaluation 2014
  • Program Self-Evaluation Report for 2021 NAAB International Certification
  • NAAB Visiting Team Report
  • Decision Letter


In 2019, the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) validated the Bachelor’s Degree in Fundamentals of Architecture and the Master’s Degree in Architecture.

RIBA is the most prestigious architects’ association in the world, and counts the most globally recognised architects among its members. The association has been dedicated to promoting the quality of architect training since 1837.

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The three pillars of the Master–integration, innovation and an international outlook–are the basis for helping students in preparing for their future.

José Jurado

Professor of the Master's Degree in Architecture


“The Master’s Degree has been a process during which new interests and ways to approach architecture have emerged – all of which have been crucial to my work. I had the opportunity to learn new methods, approaches and tools, which all came together when working on my final project”.

Javier Fuentes

Former student of the Master's Degree in Architecture. Partner at Archiologics

Masters in Architecture study plan

Offered in the current academic course

At the end of this programme, students will receive the official title of Master in Architecture issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid.


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30 places available

  • Key competencies on this programme
  • BC1: Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context.
  • BC2: Students must be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired and have the ability to solve problems in any new or unfamiliar situations which may arise within a broader (or multidisciplinary) context–relating to their area of study.
  • BC3: When faced with the difficulty of making tough decisions, students must be able to apply what they know, and, when information is limited, they must take into account the social and ethical responsibilities associated and apply this to the situation.
  • BC4: Students must be able to communicate their conclusions – and the knowledge and reasonings behind them – to audiences who may be both specialised and non-specialised in the area. They must be able to do so in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • BC5: Students must possess the necessary learning skills that will enable them to continue to study in a self-led, autonomous way.
  • CDC1: Responsibility: Students must be able to accept the consequences of – and be accountable for – their actions.
  • CDC2: Self-confidence: Students must be able to act confidently and with enough motivation to achieve their objectives.
  • CDC3: Awareness of ethical values: Student’s must possess the ability to feel, judge, argue and act in accordance with their moral values in a coherent, persistent and autonomous way.
  • CDC4: Communication skills: Students must be able to express concepts and ideas effectively, including being able to communicate concisely and clearly in writing. They must also be able to speak effectively in public.
  • CDC5: An understanding of interpersonal relationships: Students must be able to demonstrate active listening skills as a way of reaching agreements. They must do so using an assertive communication style.
  • CDC6: Flexibility: Students must be able to adapt and work in diverse and varied situations, and with a range of different people. This involves assessing and understanding different points of view and adapting their own approach, depending on the situation.
  • CDC7: Teamwork: Students must be able to actively participate when looking to achieve a common goal within a team. This involves listening, respecting and valuing the ideas and proposals offered by other team members.
  • CDC8: Initiative: Students must be able to proactively anticipate when to propose solutions or alternatives to any situations that may arise.
  • CDC9: Planning: Students must be able to effectively establish their goals and priorities by defining the optimal actions, deadlines and resources required to achieve them.
  • CDC10: Innovation-Creativity: When problems arise, students must be able to devise new and different solutions that add value.
  • SC1. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out building structures.
  • SC2. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out interior division systems, carpentry, stairs and other finishing work.
  • SC3. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out roof enclosure systems and other bulk work.
  • SC4. Must be able to conceive, calculate, design, integrate their plans into buildings and urban complexes and carry out supply and drainage installations for water, heating and air conditioning.
  • Demonstrate specific competence in Projects: Composition, projects and urban planning
  • SC5. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and develop both basic projects and implementation projects, sketches and blueprints.
  • SC6. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and carry out urban projects.
  • SC7. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, cultivate and carry out project management.
  • SC8. Demonstrate the ability to develop functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.
  • SC9. Demonstrate the ability to intervene in, conserve, restore and rehabilitate heritage buildings.
  • SC10. Ability to exercise architectural criticism.
  • SC11. Ability to draw up and manage urban projects of all scales.
  • SC12. Ability to use basic data collection and analysis methods as the basis for all aspects of the planning and design process. Must possess knowledge of research methods.
  • Specific competence for the Final Project
  • SC13. Once the student has completed the necessary credits for the Degree, they must carry out an original individual project, in which they must demonstrate their ability to prepare, present and defend their chosen area. This will be done before a university committee. At least one renowned professional from an organisation will be among the panel. The exercise will consist of an integral architecture project of professional nature in which all of the student’s architectural skills and knowledge acquired throughout the degree are synthesized. The project will allow students to demonstrate that their skills are sufficient to bring their project to fruition and comply with the applicable technical and administrative regulations.

Employability after studying a Masters in Architecture in Spain

If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extra-curricular internship. You are allowed to choose any area of study; however, we remind you that the internship is an educational addition to your studies. Therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you will benefit from the internship experience.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Master’s Degree, students will be prepared to carry out the following roles within the field of Architecture:

  • Architect / Project Manager: become a professional with your own studio, or join another studio, and take charge of architectural design and its technical and document development.
  • Consultancy and collaborations in multidisciplinary architecture, technology, management, engineering, design and urban planning teams.
  • Take part in architectural competitions, rehabilitation, architectural research, curating exhibits, teaching and much more.
  • Become NAAB accredited and enter the American market.

Start your future at Universidad Europea

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Start your admission process by calling +34 917407272 or request information and our advisors will contact you.

Place reservation

Once you have been admitted, secure your place by paying the reservation fee.

Submit the required documents to formalise your enrolment.

Scholarships and Grants

We want to help you. If you choose to study at Universidad Europea, you will have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of UE and official scholarships.

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Credit recognition and transfers

You don’t have to stick with something you don’t like. That’s why we’ve designed specific plans for credit recognition and transfers. Request your online credit recognition review free of charge, transfer your academic file and start studying at Universidad Europea.

For transfers from the Health Science Foundation Year Physiotherapy programme at Universidad Europea de Madrid, submit your application from April 25 to May 25, 2022.

Admissions Process

Admissions to the Graduate School at Universidad Europea are open year-round, although registration in any of its programmes is subject to the number of spaces available.

If you would like to receive personalised advice from the Graduate Admissions team, you can visit us at one of our two campuses (Alcobendas or Villaviciosa de Odón), or, contact us via:

Phone: (+34) 91 740 72 72

Email: [email protected]

Once we have contacted you, you must provide the following essential documents:

  • Application for Admission.
  • Copy of your DNI or identification number.
  • Copy of your degree certificate

The Postgraduate Admissions team will invite you to take the entrance exams corresponding to the program of your interest. You will also be asked to attend a personal interview with the director of the Master's Degree who will submit a favourable report to the University's Postgraduate Committee.

For this Master’s Degree specifically, the entrance exams will consist of a personal interview and an assessment of your academic record.

* Candidates will not be charged, and their place will not be guaranteed until the reservation is formalised.

Profile for prospective students and how to access this degree

This Master’s Degree is aimed at students who have the following profile:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in architecture.

Admissions requirements

Students must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and comply with the Ministerial Order EDU/2075/2010, of 29th July. This degree is aimed at students who are looking to become qualified professionals and who are ready to train in an international and technology-focused environment – all led by a top-class faculty.

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Our teaching staff

  • Andrés Abásolo Alcazar
  • José Agulló Rueda
  • Luis Álvarez Alfaro
  • Carlos Arroyo Zapatero
  • Felipe Asenjo Álvarez
  • Francisco Javier Avilés Montes
  • Rodrigo Blasco Chicano
  • Jorge Cerdá Inglés
  • Beatriz De La Puerta Gancedo
  • Francisco José Domouso De Alba
  • Aurora Donoso Sequeiros
  • Francisco Javier Espejo Gutierrez
  • José Luis Esteban Penelas
  • Lorenzo Fernández-Ordoñez Hernández
  • Alberto Galindo Muñoz
  • Álvaro Galmés Cerezo
  • David García Nieto
  • Diego García Cuevas
  • Pablo Gil Martínez
  • Francisco Javier González González
  • Sally Gutierrez Dewar
  • Silvia Herrero Alonso
  • Beatriz Inglés Gosalbez
  • Carlos Javier Irisarri Martínez
  • Lourdes Jiménez Garcinuño
  • Adolfo Jordán Ramos
  • José Jurado Egea
  • Miguel Lasso De La Vega
  • Miguel Luengo Angulo
  • Juan José Mateos Bermejo
  • José María Medina Villaverde
  • Ángela Monje Pascual
  • Néstor Montenegro Mateos
  • Yera Moreno Sainz Ezquerra
  • Susana Moreno Soriano
  • Javier Mosquera González
  • Aránzazu De La Peña González
  • Javier Pérez Piñero
  • Mateus Porto Schettino
  • Esther Redondo Martínez
  • Miguel Ángel Rego González
  • Pablo Saiz Sánchez

Academic quality

As part of its strategy, the University has an internal quality plan whose objective is to promote a culture of quality and continuous improvement, and which allows it to face future challenges with the maximum guarantee of success. In this way, it is committed to promoting the achievement of external recognitions and accreditations, both nationally and internationally; the measurement and analysis of results; simplification in management; and the relationship with the external regulator.

Members of the Degree Quality Commitee (CCT)

  • Bachelor’s Programme Director
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Department Director
  • Degree Coordinator
  • Internship Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s Final Project Coordinator
  • QPartner of the Vice-Rector’s Office

Key Degree Improvements

Initiatives already implemented:

  • Including the work schedule at the beginning of the academic year.
  • MSC Software made available in mylabs (the remote access platform).
  • Including more practical exercises in Simulation classes.
  • Including more lab practical activities.

Main Degree Results

  • Eficiency Rate: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Employability Rate: 100%
  • Student Satisfaction with the Degree: 3,5 Out Of 5
  • Professors Satisfaction with the Degree: 4,2 Out Of 5
  • Student Satisfaction with the Professor: 4,4 Out Of 5
  • PAS satisfaction with the faculty/school: 4 Out Of 5
  • Satisfaction of graduates with the degree: 4,2 Out Of 5

Evaluation Process Results

  • Result of the Verification Process (2011)
  • Final accreditation renewal assessment report (2016)
  • Final accreditation renewal assessment report (2021)
  • Final Renewal Report

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Frequently asked questions

How long are architecture masters.

The Master in Architecture at Universidad Europea in Madrid is 9 months long and consists of 60 ECTS . The aim of the programme is to equip you with the skills necessary to lead architecture projects around the world, and be familiar with the latest tools and technology used in the sector. The programme, therefore, includes modules such as digital urban planning, industrialised construction, and bioclimatic architecture.

Which master in architecture is best?

Our master in architecture at Universidad Europea has been awarded the NAAB certification (Substantial Equivalency USA) and RIBA validation (Royal Institute of British Architects) facilitating you to practice architecture in the USA, Great Britain and across the Commonwealth . Such certifications open doors to greater career prospects. It is also ranked as one the best schools of architecture, according to El Mundo’s rankings.

In addition, over the course of the programme, you can take part in international visits to some of the leading architecture firms, learning from and making contacts with the very best in the industry.

What can I do after masters in architecture?

This Msc in architecture opens doors to a variety of careers in the sector. Many of our graduates from this programme go on to achieve success in areas such as:

  • Architect / Project Manager at an established studio or establishing their own
  • Architectural research, curating exhibits, teaching and much more.

Is it hard to study architecture?

The master in architecture at Universidad Europea is a challenging programme designed to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to reach the very top of the architecture field. Throughout the programme you will have the support of a top faculty, made up of experts and professionals from leading architecture studios and organisations .

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Recent PhD graduates

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Amin’s dissertation takes as its subject the manifold ways in which Baghdad, in the years following World War II, became a locus of architectural encounters, contributing to a profound transformation of architecture globally all the while engendering a unique local movement. During this crucible moment, specifically between 1955 and 1965, native architects and artists articulated a global imaginary that envisioned their unique contribution to the world, challenged hegemonic modes of practice, and pioneered the institutionalization of architecture in Iraq and the Middle East.

Amin holds a Master of Arts from Harvard University, a Post-Professional Master in Architecture from Princeton University, and a Bachelor in Architecture and a Minor in Interior Design from the American University of Sharjah. He practiced at various firms in Europe and the Middle East, most recently OMA and MVRDV in the Netherlands.

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Maria has worked on policy research projects for the World Bank, Colombia’s National Planning Office and the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkeley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from her hometown university in Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, and was awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She has advanced her doctoral dissertation work with support from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Kate’s artistic practice intervenes in public space with momentary fictions that transform familiar situations and behaviors. She works with communities, from Peruvian villages, to Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Boston, to strengthen the sense of agency through the co-production of wonder.

Past projects include a co-curated 2017 exhibition, The New Inflatable Moment, at Boston’s BSA Space, which captured the utopian sensibilities of inflatable structures from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Kate’s work has received support from, among others, the Harvard Sinclair Kennedy Fellowship for academic research, and from ArtPlace America for her long-term collaboration, Department of Play. For several years, Kate has taught seminars and lecture courses in the Landscape Architecture department at the GSD, and has been the lead instructor for the summer English for Design program. She serves as an MDes Research Tutor. Her essays have been published in, among others, Geoforum, Critical Sociology (co-authored), UCSB’s react/review journal, and New Geographies: Extraterrestrial . She has a book chapter forthcoming in NASA in the American South (University of Florida Press, Brian Odom, ed.). Her creative work has been featured in the Journal of Architectural Education, FastCo, Metropolis Magazine, Next City, and NPR’s All Things Considered.

[email protected] deptofplay.com

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Aleksandr is a doctoral fellow with the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative and the Center for History and Economics. Dissertation research has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. Prior to the GSD, he completed his MArch from Princeton University and his BA in Architecture from Yale University. He has worked for architectural firms in the United States and Europe. His writing has appeared in Architectural Histories , Perspecta , Pidgin, Log , Clog , The Architectural Review , Architectural Record , and elsewhere.

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Brett is from Rhode Island and prior to pursuing his PhD he received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University (2004) and a Masters with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard (2011). His Master’s thesis: “The Nascent Picturesque: Visualizing Wilderness and Industry in the New World” was based on a close reading of Thomas Pownall’s Topographical Description , a document that describes the inland expanse of British North America in the mid-eighteenth century. This work focused on the statesman’s observations of an emergent American civilization; especially the native industrial pursuits that bound settlers to the land, forming a social contract between industry, nature and society.

[email protected] brettculbert.com

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His ongoing research interests include early modern surveying and cartography, historical coastal reclamation practices, infrastructure design and construction in extreme environments, the effects of militarization of landscapes, nature and aesthetics in the early American republic, literature and constructed landscapes, and more generally, the relationship between design, construction, and environment in the modern Americas. He recently published several articles on engineering and environmental policy, and a digital atlas of water infrastructure in the Potomac Valley. In addition to his dissertation, he is currently at work on an article about military geometry and continental-scale diagrams, and a documentary film about marshlands in Massachusetts. He was born in New York City and holds a BS from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.

[email protected] johndeandavis.com

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Her dissertation and research work delves into the ideological dimension of architectural conservation, and strives to develop a socially inclusive approach to the field by using the tools of architecture and the philosophy of history and memory. Her research project has been funded by the prestigious TALENTIA grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Foundation, the David Rockefeller Foundation, and the Harvard Asia Center, among others. These grants have allowed her to pursue fieldwork in Brazil, Latin America, and China, respectively.

In 2016, Natalia was hired as the head professor for the graduate core course on architectural conservation theory at the Harvard GSD. During that appointment, she had a crucial role in developing an inclusive and international curriculum for the Critical Conservation program along with its founders, Profs. Michael Hays and Rahul Mehrotra. She is also the founder and editor in chief of the Harvard based publication OBL/QUE , an online journal on architectural conservation that gathers innovative interpretations of architectural projects located around the world. The publication received the Haskell Award from the AIA New York Center for Architecture in 2017.

[email protected] nataliaescobar.es

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He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Zagreb (2005) and worked in a number of Croatian architectural offices . He also holds a Master in Design Studies in History and Philosophy of Design from the Harvard GSD (2011), and a Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Griffin GSAS (2013).

Igor has experience in curatorial practice, having worked for both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the GSD’s Exhibition Department. He served, moreover, as the Deputy Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a member of the research and curatorial team for “Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative”- a travelling exhibition of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative, where he was also a Research Fellow.

He is a Graduate Student Affiliate of the Harvard University Center for European Studies and of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Igor’s doctoral research has been supported by fellowships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and from the Krupp Foundation.

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Before her PhD, Samaa worked as an architectural designer at offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cairo, and later, a visiting studio instructor at the American University in Cairo. Her dissertation research has been supported by fellowships from the Society for the History of Technology, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

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His research uses qualitative and archival methodologies and is broadly interested in Africa’s relation to the global history of urbanization and capitalism. Brandon is committed to a comparative approach to urban studies in both his research and teaching. This approach sees African and American urban history, theory, and practice informing each other.

Brandon earned his master’s degree in Urban Studies from University College London and his undergraduate and honors degrees from the University of Cape Town. He has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe, and worked for the African Centre for Cities. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, where he is also conducting work for the African Studies Center.

Brandon’s has received fellowships and funding from: The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; The American Association of Geographers; The Graham Foundation; The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; and was recently awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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He has a BA (Art History) and a BMus (Baroque Flute Performance) from Oberlin College, an MED (Architectural History) from Yale University, and an AM (Architecture) from Harvard University. His research has received generous support from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Dumbarton Oaks, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18 th – Century Studies. Prior to Harvard, he worked for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA.

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Lisa has a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. Prior to beginning her PhD program, Lisa worked as an intern architect at Ateliers Jean Nouvel; as a video and sound editor for the Science Media Group; and as a freelance animator and sound designer. Continuing work in educational video production includes the design and implementation of the forthcoming online course, The Architectural Imagination , a co-production of HarvardX and the GSD.

[email protected] lisahaberthomson.com

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Tommy is a doctoral fellow with the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative and a John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Tommy’s dissertation research has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Richard Rogers Fellowship, and the Harvard Graduate Society. Tommy holds a Master’s of Science in Computational Science and Engineering from Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University. Tommy’s writing has been published in the Journal of Urban History , Environmental Research Letters , the Routledge anthology Architecture and the Smart City, and the Urban History Association’s blog Metropole .

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In 2021, one of her dissertation chapters was published as a peer-reviewed article in the 38th issue of Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. She wrote this article titled “Prospective and Retrospective: Le Corbusier’s Twofold Voyage d’Orient” after spending a summer researching in the archives of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Based on a new reading of the last manuscript of Le Corbusier’s book Le Voyage d’Orient , this article demonstrates how the architect re-wrote a segment of his own history, especially in relation to his ideas of modernity, tradition, inspiration, and attachment to Mediterranean architecture.

Before enrolling at Harvard, she received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a master’s degree from Williams College and the Clark Art Institute. Her doctoral project has been supported by several research centers at Harvard and beyond, including the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Fondation Palladio.

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Manuel López Segura (PhD ’22) is an architect with a Master’s in architectural history. His research in the GSD MDes program focused on the involvement of architecture in the construction of Spain’s democracy, welfare state, and regional identities during the 1980s. He has enjoyed the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. He is the recipient of a 2018-2020 La Caixa Scholarship. As a PhD student, he works on the architecture of political conflict in 1950s to 1970s Italy. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at the annual conferences of the European Architectural History Network, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and the Anglo-Catalan Society, as well as at Yale University and other fora.

Manuel holds a professional degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of València, Spain, an MA in Architectural History from The Bartlett, University College London, and an MDes History & Philosophy of Design from the GSD. Manuel knows French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, and some German. He has served as a teaching assistant to Professors Rafael Moneo and Hashim Sarkis and as a teaching fellow in the courses BTC I, BTC III, and Theories of Landscape Architecture at the GSD, and Landmarks of World Architecture at FAS.

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Morgan’s articles appear in the journals Art History , Word & Image , Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz , and Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies . Topics addressed in these essays include the aesthetics of Psalm-singing in Huguenot-occupied churches and towns; the influence of Calvinist cartography on John Milton’s poetry; and the cultural ecology of colorless window glass in late-Renaissance secular architecture. Forthcoming writings will also be featured in edited volumes on Renaissance drawing, sculpture, and landscape architecture.

Before beginning his graduate studies, Morgan completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University, and worked as an architectural designer in New York and Chicago.

[email protected] morganng.com

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Bryan previously received a BA in philosophy and a BArch from Mississippi State University, an MA in philosophy from Boston University, and an AM in architecture from Harvard. He has taught courses at the GSD, Northeastern University, and Boston University. In addition to his dissertation, Bryan’s recent research includes the architectural implications of phenomenology, the history of flood control on the Mississippi River, mid-century modern architecture in Boston, speculative realism and object-oriented ontology, and the architectural historiography of plantation houses in the Lower Mississippi Valley. His writing has appeared in Philosophical Forum , Harvard Design Magazine , Culture Machine , Log , and MONU , as well as several collected volumes.

[email protected] bryannorwood.me

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Sabrina’s research combines machine learning with cognitive linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience of human visuospatial reasoning, in an effort to lay the foundations for machines that are capable of human-like generative capacities such as imagination and creativity. Her work builds on models of Conceptual Exploration which integrates language as a fundamental component of the cognitive experience. Sabrina uses these language insights to train machines that can perform tasks such as abstract thinking, cross-modal reasoning, concept transfer and concept invention, which is the immanent frontier towards Artificial General Intelligence.

Sabrina’s research draws from key insights from research on Mental Spaces suggesting how humans choose to represent concepts frames the choices they make during in subsequent spatial reasoning tasks. As such, representations instantiate frame consistent choice architectures. This means that representations can both reduce or expand the range of exploration of choice outcome. Nudging literature from Cognitive Psychology has shown that this phenomenon can be used for enhancing decision making in rational choice settings. Sabrina’s work asks how it might also augment the human imagination and creative arts. This has bearings on the nature of agency and intentionality.

Generative Models enable an expansion in our conceptual agency,  authority and imagination in the realm of the Arts but also New Ways of Thinking. By forecasting and generating Art Futures, and possible Future Worlds, Sabrina is currently developing generative models for applications in Neural Diversity and Brain Machine Interfaces.

Sabrina holds an M.P.S. from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU where her research explored how human agency and intentionality are mediated by the design of interactive systems, focusing on the the development of intelligent virtual environments that sense, decode, and mediate human choice making behavior.

In collaboration with NYU’s Center for Neural Science, Sabrina developed her thesis, the Human Avatar Project, an anatomical, 27 degree-of-freedom upper-limb simulation to aid Pesaran lab’s research in brain-machine interfaces for robotic prosthetics.

Her interactive work includes the development of a programming language in Urdu, a mobile app that uses computer vision to identify and connect with network devices, and a 120 ft. video installation at InterActiveCorp headquarters in New York City.  She has exhibited Computational Art work internationally and maintains a vibrant artistic practice alongside her research.

Sabrina studied Philosophy at Bard College, completing a thesis, The Stature of Man in the Age of Creative Machines, which explored the cybernetic implications on of machines surpassing human creative intelligence. She is a mentor for OpenAI Scholars Program and currently serves on the board of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. Sabrina is from Karachi, Pakistan.

[email protected] sabrina-osmany.com

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Melany Sun-Min Park (PhD ’20) specializes in the history of architecture in 20 th -century East Asia and the global formations of modernism in visual culture and design. Her dissertation, “From the Truss to the Dome: Architecture as Modern Science in Postwar Korea, 1953-1978,” is an interrelated investigation of architectural knowledge, cultural nationalism, and techno-scientific development in postwar South Korea. It follows the transnational transfer of knowledge and expertise that took place in the wake of the Korean War (1950-1953), a period when colonial forms of institutional training confronted the Cold War technocratic culture.

At the 2020 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Seattle, Melany will be co-chairing the panel, “The Magnitude of Architecture.” In the summer of 2019, she received a Pforzheimer Fellowship at the Harvard Business School to conduct research on the American photographer Ansel Adams and his consultancy for the Polaroid corporation. In 2017, Melany helped coordinate a GSD centenary symposium celebrating the work and life of I.M. Pei.

Melany received an MDes from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she was awarded the Gerald M. McCue Medal. She also holds a MArch from National University of Singapore and a MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her writings have appeared in the Journal of Architecture, Architectural Review, and Singapore Architect (SA). She is currently working on an essay on the construction of Korean fertilizer complexes for Aggregate’s book project, Systems and the South . Melany’s research has received generous support from the following institutions: Harvard Korea Institute, Harvard Asia Center, Society of Architectural Historians, and Canadian Center for Architecture.

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Prior to Harvard, Marianne led field teams in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur, for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other NGOs to support refugees and victims of armed conflicts. In Kabul, she co-chaired the UNHCR Shelter Cluster’s Technical Group, and advised the Kabul Municipality on urban response strategies (2010). Her recent fieldwork focuses on the role of aid agencies in responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanese cities.

She teaches a graduate seminar on the theories of practice in crisis, conflict and recovery. She has written about urban resilience and the ethics of crisis mapping, and contributed to forums such as the UN-Habitat Informal Urbanism Hub, the OpenDemocracy.net’s Cities in Conflict Series, and the Design for Humanity Initiative.

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Prior to starting a PhD, Etien worked as an architect for firms such as the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He holds an M.Arch. with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as well as a B.Arch. and B.A. cum laude from Rice University. His M.Arch. thesis was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize, and his undergraduate work received recognitions including the AIA School Medal, the Rice Visionary Project in Architecture Award, and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.

His dissertation uncovers how the cultural and intellectual context of World War I shaped architects’ appropriation of innovative military construction techniques, from which they sought to create new forms of affordable housing. This research has been supported by grants from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Harvard Center for European Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Etien currently teaches at the Indiana University J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program based in Columbus, Indiana. He received a Distinction in Teaching Award from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning for a prior role as a Harvard Teaching Fellow.

[email protected] etiensantiago.com

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Christina was a Graduate Student Affiliate and Graduate Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Canada Program, and is the recipient of the Weatherhead Center’s Dissertation Writing Grant for the 2021-22 academic year. She was previously the recipient of the Warren Center for Studies in American History Term-Time Dissertation Research Grant in 2020. Christina was a participant in the Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Student Workshop at Dumbarton Oaks in the summer of 2020 and was a doctoral fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal in 2019. She has presented her work at a number of venues including the 2021 New England Society of Architectural Historians annual conference, the 2021 HAUS PhD Symposium at Cornell University, 2019 Annual Conference for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, the Society of Architectural Historians 2018 International Conference in Minneapolis, the Berlin Unlimited Urban Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany, the AIA Washington D.C. Emerging Architects Thesis Showcase and has been published in  MAS Context .

Christina is also a visual artist and electronic musician. She was previously awarded the AIA Atlanta Emerging Voices Award in 2016 and presented an exhibition entitled  Contrapuntal Narratives: Architectural Drawing Machines for Atlanta . She has also exhibited her artistic work at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s fortyK Gallery, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and recently installed a sculpture at the Nashville International Airport. She is also an electronic musician and performs regularly in New England.

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Questions addressed in Justin’s research include: In what ways do the contemporary urban forms of cities in Asia, and their dominant building typologies, reflect the economic and political restructuring of the previous half century? What role do large-scale, diversified corporate conglomerates, such as Samsung Group in Korea and Ayala Corporation in the Philippines, play in urban development? And how can the experience of Seoul and other cities in East Asia, as inductive role models, better inform rapidly developing regions in Southeast Asia and beyond?

Justin holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from Harvard University and completed his bachelor’s degree at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Oxford. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Justin served as a Fulbright Fellow in Seoul, South Korea and was the recipient of a Harvard-Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. He is currently a Graduate Student Associate at the Harvard Asia Center and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Justin is a four-time recipient of the Derek-Bok Center Certificate in Teaching Excellence. Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Justin worked in the international development arena and in affordable housing development in New York City.

[email protected] justindstern.com

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During the 2017-2018 academic year, Adam completed his dissertation on large-scale, middle-income housing in New York City. Offering a counterpoint to familiar narratives of post-war suburbanization and central city disinvestment, the dissertation analyzes a number of vast planned communities built for middle class New Yorkers from the 1940s through 1970s. The dissertation investigates the political and financial alliances that facilitated these projects – many of which remain the largest of their kind in the world – as well as the factors that abruptly terminated this “large-scale approach” in the mid-1970s.

Adam received a BA in art history and urban studies from Princeton University and an AM in Urban Planning from Harvard. He has held fellowships from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and in 2015-2016 he was a visiting scholar at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Over the course of his doctoral studies, he has also worked for a variety of New York City agencies on affordable housing, public finance and land use-related matters.

Adam has also been closely involved in the development of the Harvard Summer School course, “Biology and the Evolution of Paris as a Smart City,” a partnership program between the City of Paris, Harvard, SciencesPo, and the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity. The course, now in its third year, mentors interdisciplinary, international student teams in the development of innovative solutions to urban problems in Paris, France.

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To pursue this line of inquiry, Rodanthi has–over her years at Harvard–experimented with multiple epistemological perspectives and disciplinary methods of knowledge production that range from archival research oriented toward the production of chronicles and historical accounts (History of Art and Architecture) to poetics (Comparative Literature) and the contemporary discourse on architectural production (Graduate School of Design). She has presented her work at conferences and symposia across the world, including the “Disrupting Narratives: New Perspectives on Collage” Symposium at the University of Edinburgh (7/2019), the Field Studies Colloquium at Princeton SA+P (3/2019) the New England Symposium of Architectural Historians at the MIT Dept of Architecture (4/2018), the Panaesthetics Colloquium at Harvard GSAS (2/2017), the MIT Architecture Studies Faculty Colloquium lecture series (11/2014). Rodanthi is also a frequent invited speaker at the Discourse and Methods graduate seminar taught by Mark Goulthorpe at MIT (2014-2019.)

Prior to Harvard, Rodanthi received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the MIT Department of Architecture (SMArchS 2014), where she conducted joint research between the History Theory Criticism and the Architectural Design areas of study, as scholar of the Fulbright Greece, Alexander S. Onassis and A.G. Leventis Foundations. For her research at MIT, she was awarded the Arthur Rotch Special Prize for highest academic achievement and original contributions to more than one research fields. Articles based on her MIT thesis were published at the Kurt Schwitters Society annual journal (2014) and the “Research in Architecture” journal edition of the National Technical University of Athens (2016). Rodanthi also holds a Professional Diploma in Architectural Engineering and a Graduate Specialization Diploma from the Design-Space-Culture Interdepartmental Graduate Program at the NTUA.

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Demetra is co-chairing the ASECS (American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies) sponsored panel at the CAA 2023 conference, and is part of the organizing committee for the upcoming EAHN (European Architectural History Network) conference to be held in 2024 in Athens, Greece. She has also been an organizer of DocTalks , an inter-institutional platform for presentations by and for PhD students, where she spearheaded ‘DocTalks X MoMA’; a doctoral think tank on environmental research that will launch in Fall 2022, under the auspices of the MoMA Ambasz Institute.

An active member of the Harvard-wide Mental Health Task Force, Demetra represented the GSD in the year-long deliberations of the group, while she also worked closely with Deans Dench and McCavana to formulate concrete proposals for the enhancement of advising structures at the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. During COVID-19 she had the opportunity to carry this interest into her professional community, volunteering for the HECAA (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture) DEI ‘Resources’ and ‘Mentorship’ committees. Demetra is particularly interested in questions of equity and inclusion and for the past year she has been a member of Queer Space Working Group, joining colleagues from UPenn, Princeton, ETH and RISD, among other institutions.

A licensed architect-engineer in Greece (MA, MSc with excellence from the National Technical University of Athens), Demetra is further interested in design, and curatorial activities. Beyond the academic walls, she has participated in art exhibitions in Paris, Istanbul and Athens, while her work was on display at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture (Greek Pavilion). She enjoys poetry, crime books, and traveling, and is always up to chat about history and theory in the trays.

[email protected] https://doctalks.net/

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All his research is demonstrated at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC), which is the frontline zero energy house platform. He is enthusiastic about bringing the natural ventilation design into real-world applications and discussed the concept of controllable natural ventilation during several conferences in the field of architecture and indoor air quality.

Wei holds a Bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Southeast University in China. He received a diplôme d’Ingénieur in mechanical engineering and a research master in fluid dynamics from INSA Toulouse. Prior to the Ph.D. program, Wei experienced as a design engineer in an energy infrastructure project in Grenoble and Paris for seven years, and he holds the title of European Engineer. Along with his career, Wei continued to pursue the advanced study in architecture and received a DPEA degree in architecture from ENSA Paris-La Villette (UP6).

Wei maintains a wide range of research interests in historical heritage, architectural theory, and architectural technology. Additionally, he had global integrated research/study experience in energy policy, architectural design, and history, respectively, at the University of Toronto, ETH Zurich, Aarhus School of Architecture, and Université Paris X – Nanterre.


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    There are 4 PhDs in Architecture study programs available at 1 universities in Spain, according to data provided by Erudera.com. Why should you study Architecture in Spain? Spain is one of the world's top study destinations for international students and definitely a higher education paradise.

  5. All PhD programmes

    The UAB has over 65 PhD programmes regulated by Royal Decree 99/2011, on PhD studies, and these are categorised in 5 areas of interest: Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Social and Juridical Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering.

  6. Top PhD in Architecture Programs & Schools in Spain 2023+

    Architecture PhD Programs in Spain A PhD in Architecture is a highly advanced degree program that allows students to delve deep into the theoretical, historical, and practical aspects of architecture and urban design.

  7. PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning

    This study renewed its accreditation on 07 September 2022. Annual PhD tuition fees. Approximate price applicable to all students (non Spanish and non EU included). Secretarial expenses, school insurance and training complements (if applicable) are not included. 200€. Offered place for academic course 2023/2024. 30.

  8. Doctoral thesis

    ATENEA PhD. TDX: Author statement for the incorporation of the thesis to theTDX. ATENEA PhD. Once uploaded, the doctoral student must request their directors to "validate" it in the Atenea platform. Summaries of the doctoral thesis, in electronic format Word. Two thesis summary form (Resum de Tesi Doctoral) Unesco nomenclature.

  9. Top Architecture Graduate Programs & Schools in Spain 2023+

    Popular Schools with Architecture Programs - Degrees in Spain Sponsored Listings Sponsored Listings One important note when choosing a graduate architecture program is that, if you're not already working in the field, you may need to pursue licensure in your state.

  10. Architecture and Construction

    The School of Architecture of La Salle (ETSALS) faces a series of challenges that represent the reinforcement and consolidation of the trajectory followed over the last 20 years.A new stage is opening up that values the teaching experience of these two decades, and proposes to project it in an evolutionary and reformulated way towards the next 20 years, consolidating the work carried out up to ...

  11. Doctorate and PhD programmes in Madrid

    Study your PhD in Madrid with us and start a successful research career. Throughout your studies, we will provide you with the resources and technological tools necessary so that you can study your area of knowledge in depth and approach your research work in an innovative way. Our faculty made up of Doctors and multidisciplinary experts will ...

  12. Spain's 40 best Architecture universities [2023 Rankings]

    40 Best universities for Architecture in Spain Updated: July 18, 2023 EduRank Ranking by academic field Below is a list of best universities in Spain ranked based on their research performance in Architecture.

  13. Best Study Programs in Architecture at Universities in Spain

    There are 54 Architecture study programs available at 28 schools and universities in Spain, according to Erudera. Erudera aims to have the largest and most updated database of Architecture study programs available in Spain, and new study programs are being added weekly.

  14. Online Architecture Graduate Programs & Schools in Spain

    Graduate online architecture programs offer masters degrees, doctorates, and graduate certificates in architecture. That could include a variety of concentrations, including but not limited to construction management and urban and landscape design. Many online architecture programs are designed to support professionals in expanding their skills ...

  15. 148 PhD programmes in Architecture

    148 PhD programmes in Architecture - PhDportal All disciplines Arts, Design & Architecture 1020 Architecture148 Art and Craft3 Art History110 Ceramics and Sculpture0 Dance13 Design109 Drama77 Fashion Design3 Film Studies117 Fine Arts30 Graphic Design9 Industrial Design11 Interior Design6 Landscape Architecture31 Music232 Music Composition62

  16. Study in Spain: the ultimate guide for a PhD in 2024

    Many international students won't have to pay more than 4,000 EUR per year to study in Spain. And numerous study programmes actually start at only 100-150 EUR per year. Still, keep in mind that non-EU/EEA students don't always enjoy the same low tuition as EU/EEA citizens. 2.

  17. Best Universities to Study Architecture in Spain

    Here are some of the best universities to study architecture in Spain: University of Navarra Offered by the School of Architecture at the University of Navarra, the teaching mentality is built around learning with projects in a problem-solving environment.

  18. 187 PhD programmes in Spain

    European and International Business Management. Deusto Business School. Bilbao, Spain. More interesting programmes for you. Find the best PhD programmes from top universities in Spain. Check all 0 programmes.

  19. Master in Architecture

    The Master's in Architecture at Universidad Europea is a 9-month programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed as a global architect and manage all sorts of projects including construction, urban planning, sustainability and advanced project design.The Master in Architecture is defined by three pillars - Innovation, Internationally, and Integration.

  20. Recent PhD graduates

    Morgan Ng (PhD '18) studies the interplay between architecture, visual culture, and the technical sciences in early modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Renaissance Italy. His dissertation examined how developments in military architecture transformed the design and experience of sixteenth-century buildings, gardens, and cities.

  21. Best PhD Degrees in Architecture in the world 2023

    Architectural Engineering. Architectural Technology. Built Environments. Environmental Design. Landscape Architecture. Urban Planning. There are 50 Architecture PhD Degree study programs available at 35 schools and universities in the world, according to Erudera. Here are the top Architecture PhD Degree study programs in the world for 2023.

  22. PhD Students

    PhD Students. Viviana Torero studied architecture and urbanism in Lima and Mexico City. She completed her Master's degree with distinction from the National Autonomous University in Mexico. During her Master's studies, she participated in an academic research stay at the Technical School of Architecture of the University of Seville in Spain.