Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Paris-la-Villette
Paris, France
Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Paris-la-Villette

144 avenue de Flandre
75019 Paris

N 48° 53' 37.23'', E 48° 53' 37.23''
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Degree programmes
Bachelor of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Accreditation to practise project management
Faculty profile

ENSAPLV aims to educate future professionals involved in architecture, urban development and space. In order to constitute an adapted preparation for the professional interventions in constant evolution, this education remains open to its scientific, social and cultural dimensions. The teaching of the design project, striving towards a solution of various changes occurring in the built environment, land developmpent and landscape, constitutes a major goal in the school curriculum. The scientific content of the program is constantly updated. Its aim is to prepare students to work autonomously as architects fully skilled in design, able to carry out diverse tasks concerning architecture and built environment. The main challenge for ENSAPLV is to make students aware of their future ethical and social responsabilities. A significant aspect of teaching at ENSAPLV is its openness to human and social sciences and arts including cinema. Besides, ENSAPLV integrates in its curriculum an architecture-engineering double honours course, jointly structured with ESTP, a French engineering school allowing the students to be awarded both the Architect's Diploma and the Degree in Engineering.

The teaching approach contributes to giving students the ability of mastering a creative synthesis of the knowledge and skills necessary for the accomplishment of the architectural project, as well as to a deeper understanding of the stakes they will have to face in their professional life, while heightening their awareness of the artistic scope of their future work.

ENSAPLV is located in Paris in the 19th arrondissement, close to Parc de la Villette and Cité des Sciences. It also has two annexes. The one situated rue de Cambrai accomodates the computer centre and the other situated boulevard Jean-Jaurès houses the research laboratories.

1649 students (814 Bachelor, 799 Master, 36 PhD), 25% of foreign students.

236 staff members (152 full-time and approx. 84 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

The student association "La Villette Etudiante" provides cultural and sportive activities.

"Passerelle V" association acts as a link between the professional world and the students.

"Pédagogies et Architecture" association aims to encourage the development and awareness of architecture and city among schoolchildren and public


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Admission Requirements

Tuition fees

Bachelor  : 310 €, Master : 430 €, Accreditation to practise project management : 530 €, National diploma of specialisation and in depth studies in architecture ; 838 €, Doctorate : 369 €.

Application Deadline

March 31st for European students, January 31st for non-European students

Bachelor of Architecture, DEEA - Diplom in Architecture conferring Bachelor Degree, 3 years, Bachelor, 180,

Master of Architecture, DEA - State acknowledged Architect's Diploma conferring Master Degree, 2 years, Master, 120,

PhD, Doctorate in Architecture, 3 years at least, PhD, 180,

Accreditation to practise project management, HMNOP, 1 year, Accreditation, 60,

Since 2006 ENSAPLV has adopted the three-cycle degree structure according to the European model (Bachelor, Master, Doctoral degrees) and also offers the educational framework to issue the accreditation to practise project management (HMNOP) which allows the holder to practise the profession on his own.

ENSAPLV also offers Post-graduate education :

– National Diploma of specialisation and in depth studies in architecture (DSA) in the areat of “urban project, land metropolisation” – 3 semesters – 90 ECTS

– 2 Specific Diplomas awarded by the schools of architecture (DPEA) – 2 semesters each – 60 ECTS each”Naval Architecture” and “Architecture and Philosophy”

– a professional Master degree “Ergonomy, organisation and space works” – 2 semesters – ECTS

– an Erasmus Mundus Master course in city regeneration – 2 years -120 ECTS including a mobility period of 1 semester in ENSAPLV on the theme of City and Neighbourhood.

The first cycle three-year course provides the student with a broadly based introduction to the cultural context of architecture, understanding and practice of the architectural project and the process of design in reference to uses, techniques and fundamental knowledges.

It includes a field trip in a european city for the whole promotion of first year students, language courses during the three years and two professional training periods with an overall duration of at least six weeks.

The first cycle is completed by a report of studies which allows the student to lead a reflection on his achievements and get initiated to the different themes of research regarding architectural and urban design.

the Master cycle with a duration of two years gives the student the capacity to define an architectural project that is located in a geographical and social context. It is largely based on a high degree of autonomy, with a broad spectrum of optional subjects that enables each students to define their individual path of study and be initiated into research. The first year of the Master cycle is also the best time to take advantage of an international exchange programme and a long study stay abroad in one of the 100 partner universities of ENSAPLV.

Six thematic axes are ths proposed to permit the student develop into greater depth the approach of his choice :

– Arts and spaces,

– building and technical cultures

– Environment, territories and landscapes

– Heritage and evolution

– City, Architecture and society

– Theory and criticism

Students enrolled fot the Mater degree course are required to write a dissertation and acquire suficient skills in designing so to prepare a final project in the second year presented to a jury.

This cycle includes a two month training period within an architectural practice.

Students whishing to enrol for a Doctoral degree are offered an initiation into research leading to a Master research degree.

The five laboratories are entitled to propose PhD and Post-Doctorate degree.

– AMP lboratory (laboratoire Architecture, Milieu & Paysage – UMR CNRS LAVUE (Laboratoire Architecture, Ville, Urbanism, Environment. The common concern is to conceive and rethink the works of humanity so that their imprint on the Earth contributes to creating environments which are sustainable, habitable and good to live in Their focus is specificially pluridisciplinary as they examine the intersections and interactions of these spaces in the face of environmental challenge and sustainability issues.

– MAP-MAACC laboratory (Modélisations pour l’assistance à l’activité cognitive de conception). The MAAC research team is a unit of the UMR MAP CNRS 3495 (Modélisations et simulation de l’Architecture et du Paysage). The scientific object of the MAP-MAAC is the computer based aid for architectural design and architectural heritage conservation. Three complementary approaches for studyting this scientific object are used : congnitive sciences, computer sciences and engineering sciences.

– GERPHAU laboratory (Laboratoire Philosophie Architecture Urbain) – UMR CNRS LAVUE. Research at the GERPHAU connects philosophy to architecture and urbanism. The lab welcomes a multidisciplinary team of researchers coming from various backgrounds : architecture, urban design/planning, philosophy, landscape design, sociology and ecology. Research activities follow two transversal themes, Dwelling and Representation, and investigate thre topics/axes : inhabited milieux, experience, research by design.

– LA/A laboratory (Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie – UMR CNRS LAVUE. The aim of LAA is to investigate the correspondance between place and collective identity, a potent binomial that has become a problematic formula, which needs to be aggressively redressed. In the context of globalisation can we still insist that different places prefigure specific cultural identities ? Or that today distinct identities call for particular places ?

– LET laboratory (laboratorire Espaces Travail) UMR CNRS LAVUE. The Let is interested in activities of architectural, urban or landscape design considered as a set of practices which contribute to the definition of projects. Focussing on the actors of design is taken into account their relationship with the whole set of thosee involved in projects and notably those projects are made for, as well as with the produced objects or settings.

The multiciscipliary dimension of ENSAPLV, as well as the professional and academic qualifications of its academic staff allowed ENSAPLV to develop an important body of intellectual work, either through its five research laboratories or through the building and design practice of its professors, both in France and abroad. A department of Research has been created in ENSAPLV in 2010 to help and federate the different teams of research, increae the links between research and teaching and encourage their action and its dissemination. As a consequence the five laboratories are part of research units authorized by CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research. They emply about 60 researchers whom through their work and publications contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of architecture and urban planning.