Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture Lille
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture Lille


N 50° 37' 12.78'', E 50° 37' 12.78''


Degree programmes
Faculty profile

Lille School of Architecture directs all
its energies to improving constantly the
quality of its programme. This aim is
sustained by the will to put the architectural
and urban studio at the very heart
of the courses of each student. At the
same time there are courses in construction,
history and theory, plastic arts,
urbanism, social sciences, environment
and sustainability.
Our second aim is to prepare architects
for all the professions his training allows
him to embrace, as a practitioner of
space and design. The diversifi cation
of these professions is refl ected in the
various themes
of the 4th and 5th year studios and
Established in 1968, Lille School of
Architecture exchanges students with
more than 20 schools from all over
Europe and, as a small structure, we offer
a personal attention to each of these

The Lille School of Architecture is
transforming the curriculum according
to the Bologna agreement: Bachelor (3
years), Masters (2 years) and Doctorate
programme (3 years). European
students, who wish to enrol for the
complete programme or for a complete
cycle, and who have passed a diploma
recognized as equivalent to French baccalaureat,
have to pass three tests and
an interview with two teachers in May,
as the French students.
They may also ask for an admission
form for foreign students to the French
embassy of their own country in january.

The fi rst cycle aims to give the students
fundamental knowledge of architectural
and urban design. It represents 1600
hours of courses divided in modules.
Both years programme includes initiation
to architecture studio andbasic knowledge
of the architect: buildingand construction,
history andtheory, urbanism, arts and
The second cycle aims to give autonomy
regarding means, methods, and design in
architectural and urban design. Studios
represents hard work for the students.
During the fi rst year of the cycle they assimilate
the basic knowledge all the fi elds
of architecture; during the second they can
choose a speciality. They choose among
different seminars refl ecting the diversities
of the architectural practice: programmatic,
restoration, CAO.
The third cycle is divided in two parts
quite different. The fi rst year of this cycle
completes the academic studies with two
important parts:
– An intensive architectural and urban design
studio: students can choose among
fi ve optional thematics: Metropolisation,
restoration, housing and urban design,
public buildings, architecture and territorial
– An intensive seminar: again students
can choose one of the themes of research
of our school: architectural and urban
history of the XXth century, design and the
ways of design teaching, communication
and architectural critics, urban analysis
and design.
The second year contains mainly two
parts: a professional training of one semester
and a TPFE: a personal and fi nal
work in which a student has to prove his
autonomy and his ability in architectural
and urban design. This third cycle is linked
with partner universities.
The diploma, which is delivered at the
end of this cycle, is the DPLG (Diploma
delivered by the Government).
The school can offer language support
all through the semester or the academic
year. The students who have not the
required language level to attend courses
in French may choose the bilingual studio.
The school can provide the students who
wish to stay more than one semester with
Exchanges dates: Late September to
late January and/or February to June.

Lille school of architecture proposes two
‘post-diplomas’ (doctorate level) and
takes part in four ´DESS or DEA´ (current
French university doctorates):
Both post-diplomas deal with architecture,
heritage and history of the XXth century
and Urban landscape.
The four other doctorates are ´DESS
Cities and Project´ (Lille 1), ´DEA
Cities and Territories´ (Lille 1), ´DEA
Aestheticism and Arts practices´ (Lille
3), ´DEA Cultural Mutations´ (Lille 3).
The school proposes also a formation
for professionals on Architecture,
Territories and Sustainability.