Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Versailles
Versailles, France
Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Versailles

BP 20674
78006 Versailles Cedex

N 48° 48' 2.93'', E 48° 48' 2.93''
Pascal HAMON (head of international office)

t: + 33 (0)1 39 07 40 00
f: + 33 (0)1 39 07 40 99
Vincent MICHEL
Head of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master of Architecture
PhD in architecture
Faculty profile

The ENSA-V, National School of Architecture of Versailles, is a higher education state school under Ministry of Culture and Communication supervision. The school ranks among the 20 state schools that offers higher education in the field of architecture and enables its students to obtain their State Diploma in architecture at the close of a five-year course.
Its primary goal is to train architects capable of exercising a range of professional practices and ready to accomplish new assignments in order to meet the ecological and sociological intricacies of the surrounding world.

The school is located within the buildings listed on the historical register of the ''Petite Ecurie du Roy and the Marechalerie'' of the Chateau de Versailles estate. Of the six schools in the Paris region, the ENSA-V boasts a privileged geographic situation. Situated within the heart of Versailles, opposite the palace, the school is in the direct vicinity of the capital but also close to the peripheral urban fabric, at the crossroads between urbanization and the rural world.
This location opens up a wide range of fields of investigation by offering hands-on access to existing urban sites as well as to sites undergoing extensive change or indeed even still entirely virgin.

950 students (501 Bachelor, 414 Master, 35 PhD), 10% of foreign students.

97 staff members (55 full-time and approx. 42 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

The student association BDE offers many activities (conferences,exhibitions, outings, a cinema club, theater, trips, sailing...) and is in charge of a cooperative.
Architec’Tonic publishes internship and job opportunities that meet the requirements of the school training course.
L’Assaut vert is an association dedicated to the question of sustainable architecture.
La Grande Mousse, a band association for cultural and festive occasions.
Catering : Brasserie La Forge and K’Fet.


Photographic Studio
Media Lab
Laser Cutter
Furniture Shop


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Tuition fees

Bachelor''s: € 298 per year
Master''s: € 420 per year


Application Deadline

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Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture, 3-year programme, Bachelor, 180,

Enrollment: 500 students. Title when degree is completed: “Diplome d”etudes en architecture”

Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture, 2-year programme, Master, 120,

Enrollment: 390 students. Title when degree is completed: “Diplome d”Etat d”Architecte”

PhD in architecture, Doctorate in architecture, 3-year programme, PhD, 180,

The study program is broken up into 3 cycles according to semesters.
Each cycle confers a graduate diploma in architecture:
a Bachelor of architecture at the close of a 3-year course,
a Master of architecture at the close of a 5-year course,
a PhD in architecture at the close of an 8-year course.

Specialized Master”s degrees:
Other specialized masters are also offered by the school, in partnership with universities and confer students an university Master (MA):
– MA: “Historical gardens, heritage and landscapes”
– MA: “Cultural and social history of architecture and urban forms”
– MA: “Sustainable construction and green areas”

Post-graduate diploma:
There is also a post-graduate diploma in architecture issued only by national schools of architecture: an accreditation to work as project manager (Habilitation a exercer la maitrise d”oeuvre en son nom propre) which gives to the Master graduate the accreditation to take on personal responsibilities entailed by project management.


Students master the basics of architectural culture, understanding and practise of architectural projects and design processes.
The 3-year course BA provides students with foundation courses in architectural projects in relation with the town. The pedagogical organization encourages pluridisciplinarity by offering the possibility to exchange and collaborate with coursework on architectural projects and associated fields (technical thinking, humanities, history, artistic culture). 

The school offers two types of project:
the long project (10 to 13 weeks of coursework and seminars) which focuses on coursework and individual corrections under the supervision of a teacher on a common syllabus ;
the studio project (4 to 5 weeks) which involves grouping students into teams and giving them a privileged meeting space to work on pluridisciplinary experiences.

They further students” general knowledge (social sciences-history) and enable them to master techniques specific to architectural projects (technical thinking- artistic knowledge).

There are two compulsory internships :
– a 15-day “building site” internship during the 2nd semester
– a one-month “first experience” internship during the 4th semester so that students can apprehend the wide-range of professional practises.

The BA closes upon the production of a final paper which is an in-depth paper on an associated subject that students choose (technical thinking, humanities, history, artistic knowledge).

The goal is to enable students to apprehend the complexity of scales and contexts involved in architectural projects while developing their autonomy and sense of critical analysis. It aims at preparing students for the different professional modes of practice as well as for research in architecture.
Project themes and paper themes are varied and modified every year, federated by the ” thematic academic network”. Students have the possibility to carry out their first year of their MA abroad within the framework of Erasmus or an international exchange program.

In 4th and 5th years, students carry out three projects they choose at the beginning of the year. The project academic teams help students to set up their own career paths and to address different issues.
Certain projects are carried out jointly with other universities abroad who have common pedagogical objectives. They offer the possibility to study abroad and a part of the expenses are paid by the school.
There are four thematic academic networks at the ENSA-V : “Type, transformation and constructive cultures”, “Intensive towns, edifices and urban fabric”, “Experimental processes”, “Technology and project management”.

Introduction to research is made up of credits based on a plurality of courses and issues addressed. It also implies a specific approach and awareness of research means. 
Several of these courses are in common with the research MA “Cultural and social history of architecture and urban forms” and with the vocational MA “historical gardens, heritage and landscapes”.
The final paper is written during the second and third semesters within final paper study groups chosen by students. 

A 2-month full-time internship in between the second and third semester is supervised by an internship committee common to all students. 

Organized over a semester, the student”s final project is part of a thematic workgroup chosen by students under the supervision of a director, member of the academic workgroup. Students can choose among 5 themes: experimental processes and metropolization ; Towns/territories – habitat, landscape and society; constructive cultures and project management; Environment / architecture – intensive towns ; Urban cultures: towns, heritage and environment, development.

International relations:
Since its inception, the school has embraced a policy of international exchanges with quite a few universities or schools. During the course of their curriculum, students have the opportunity to carry out part of their studies abroad, as international students, for a short or long period of time.  
On the one hand, scientific, cultural and pedagogical conventions have been essectionlished with foreign institutions, thus making welcoming international students to the ENSA-V possible as well as sending French students abroad for a long period of time or for an internship.
On the other, certain conventions concern shorter term exchanges within the framework of a project group which entails a studies abroad trip.
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The ENSA-V has regrouped all its researchers into a single laboratory, the LEAV (Laboratoire de l’Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles) for which approximately sixty researchers and PhD students are currently working.
They have set up partnerships with the universities of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) and Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne and also work closely with many national and international scientific communities.

The school is a member of PRES Universud Paris, the higher education research branch, and has a long-standing partnership with the doctoral school, CRIT of the UVSQ.

LEAV researchers work for four thematic teams: 
– AM:HAUS (new trends in the field of modernisms – history, architecture, urbanism, societies),
– CAT (culture, architecture, technique),
– ICADD (innovation, design, architecture and sustainable development),
– Re-MAP (research, metropolis, architectures, policies).

FabricA is a yearly magazine that contains a digest of research studies carried out by young researchers and PhD students working for the laboratory.



The ENSA-V has its own research laboratory accredited by the Ministry of Culture ans Communication: the LEAV “Laboratoire de l”Ecole d”Architecture de Versailles” in which researchers work for four thematic teams.