Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, E.T.S.A.
Barcelona, Spain
Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, E.T.S.A.

Av. Diagonal, 649-651
08028 Barcelona

N 41° 23' 4.18'', E 41° 23' 4.18''

Carlos Pérez Lamas

e: informacio.etsab@upc.edu
t: +34 93 401 6333
f: +34 93 401 5871
Ferran Sagarra Trias
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master (Postgraduate)
Faculty profile

The Higher School of Architecture of Vallès (E.T.S.A.V.) is situated in the municipal area of Sant Cugat del Vallès. It is a State school which belongs to the "Universitat Politäcnica de Catalunya" (U.P.C.). The U.P.C. was created in 1978 and it was constituted from the different higher schools already existent on the Architectural and Enigineering areas. These schools had a large tradition and some of them date from the mid XIXth century. The E.T.S.A.V. started to offer academic education in 1974, fi rstly as a subsidiary of the Higher School of Architecture of Barcelona, and as an independent one since 1979. It is not an overcrowded school, there are 1,140 students enrolled (41% females) and 115 teachers. Its main objective is to train professionals technically competent and scientifi cally efficient that can take part in the productive architectural activity and worthy to the development of a sustained society. Students can choose among 50 different students' exchange posts with foreign universities under Socrates programme, or specific agreements with Latin and Northamerican universities.

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Student Activities

The ETSAB has a School Board, which is represented by varous members from the university plus thirty students, including the different qualifications and the Doctorate students. List of associations of students: 1. Delegation of Students of Architecture of Barcelona; 2. E.S.F.A; 3. I.A.E.S.T.E.; 4. B.E.S.T; 6. Club of Sport; 7. Chorale Arquitectura. Associations for all university community: Service of Social Activities of the Polytechnical University of Catalonia. Beside the School Board there are: a Studies Committee, a Library Committe and the ETSAB Library Committee.


CAD - Lab
Light - Lab


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Admission Requirements

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Tuition fees

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Application Deadline

Architecture (94) - AS: 13-14 Sep; SS: 08-09 Feb | Enrolment: Doctorate - AS: 5 to 19 Sep; SS: from 1 to 15 Feb 2013 | Admission period: AS 2013–14: 18 Feb to 2 Sep 2013 | Pre-reggistration: Master Studies and Ph.D. Studies - AS: 15 Jun

Bachelor of Science, Architecture (Syllabus 2010), 2 years, Bachelor,
Diplom, Architecture (Syllabus 94), 5 years, Diplom, 219,
Master (Postgraduate), Various, Master,

Different Master Programmes in a postgraduate level are offered: Landscape Design, Urban Management and Valuation, Architectural Technology; Theory and History of Architecture; Theory and Practice of Architectural Design; Urbanism; Architecture, Energy and Environment.

Ph.D., Various, Ph.D., 60,

Five PhD Programmes are offered: Visual Communication in Architecture and Design (25 seats); Architecture Technology, Construction and Urbanism (20 seats); Theory and History of Architecture (20 seats); Urbanism (20 seats); and Architectural Design (35 seats).

The syllabuses are scheduled in five academic years which are divided into semesters each. Lessons are taught in Catalan and Spanish languages. The E.T.S.A.V. applies a new curriculum syllabus since 1993, it is official in the practice of the architectural designing, in the use and consolidation of the scheduled teaching areas.

Educational programme Students are enrolled in two annual periods: September and February what allows the E.T.S.A.V. to be organised in semesters and the enrolment of 65 students every period. For those students who decide to start their studies in February, they are offered an introductory general course. The studies are scheduled in 5 years divided into two semesters each, and they are organised in two different cycles: a two-year the fi rst one, and a three-year the second one. The learning process is based on problemdesigning teaching. The two fi rst semesters are propedeutic or introductory to the design itself, the following ones are focused on aspects like: a) Techniques. b) Settlement. c) Housing-dwelling and residential environment. d) Urban design. e) Conveyable structure. f) Demodulation and restoration. g) The great scale. h) The fi nal project. Post-graduate Programmes The teachers at the E.T.S.A.V. offer postgraduate and master programmes within the different UPC departments. In 1997-98, 231 students of the second cycle carried out professional training periods by means of co-operative educational agreements.

The ETSAB have seven different Master courses in a Postgraduate level. They can take from 1 to 2 years of enrollment and they offer full and part-time programs with approximately 50 ECTS per semester, depending on student’s choice.

The ETSAB have five different Ph.D. courses. They propose 2 years as minimum period of enrollment. The candidates’ study focuses should lie on research activities. The doctoral schools present different research projects and groups, in which their students are encouraged to take part.

AEA: Art, Aesthetics and Antropology of Space

ARCHT: Present architecture, to construct today, to learn today

CERCLE: Research Group: Architecture Circle

DITEC: Diagnosis y técnicas de intervención en la restauración y la rehabilitación de edificios

EDPA: The expression of the architectural project. Analisys and evolution

FORM: Research Group: Modern Form

GAT: Group of Architecture and Technology

GIRAS: Research Group on Architecture: Project, Territory and Society

GRU: Urbanism Research Group

HAA: History of Art and Architecture


LiTA: Architecture Innovation and Technology Laboratory

LUB: Urbanism Laboratory

MSVA: Modeling and Visual Simulation in Architecture

PUPP: Urban Perspectives: Processes and Projects

PAB: Architectural Pretexts. Barcelona