Universitat Internacional de Catalunya UIc
Barcelona School of Architecture
Barcelona, Spain
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya UIc
Barcelona School of Architecture
ESARQ - Escola Técnica Superior d'Arquitectura
Edifici Alfa - Campus Barcelona Immaculada


e: infoesarq@uic.es
t: +34 93 254 18 00
f: +34 93 418 76 73
Prof. Dr. Alberto T. Estévez
Head of school
Degree programmes
Graduate Study
Master of Science (Postgraduate)
Bachelor of Science (Postgraduate)
Postgraduate Study (Specialiazation)
Faculty profile

The UIC is committed to providing its students with the best academic preparation in both the theoretical and practical realms, and also to providing them with the tools which are necessary for successful access to the labour market.

Please contact the Secretary of the School.

Student Activities

Job offers - We have a list of national and international job offers. This allows students to have access to a job in any city in the world, involving professional pathways into publishing houses, public administration, office work, promotion, consultancy, industry...

Forum - Series of conferences involving prestigious national and international architects.


CAD - Lab
CNC Milling
Computer Room
Conference auditorium
Digital Fabrication Lab
Modelling room


Please contact the Secretary of the School.

Admission Requirements

Information and admissions: Rosa Lladós | Tel: (+34) 93 254 18 00 | rllados@cir.uic.es

Tuition fees

Graduate Study (1st year) € 7.980; Masters in Urbanism Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes - €9.300; Masters in Biodigital Architecture - €9.480; Masters International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture - €8.970; Master Degree in Urban Scenography. Managing spaces in contemporary cities - €8.800; Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All - €3.034; Postgraduate Degree in Materials, Complexity and Technique - €3.750.

Application Deadline

You can send the registration form any time of the year, there is a online registration: http://www.uic.es/en/esarq-postgraduates.

Graduate Study, Degree in Architecture, 10 semesters (I and II Cycles), Graduate, 300,

Course 2011-12: Course start September 7th. End of the year June 15th.

Master of Science (Postgraduate), Msc. in Urbanism Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes, 1 year, Master, 60,

* Official Programme | Pere Vall Casas, PhD: perevall@cir.uic.es

Bachelor of Science (Postgraduate), Msc. in Biodigital Architecture, 1 year (9 months), Bachelor, 60,

* Official Programme | Places: 25 | Director: Dr. Alberto T. Estévez

Master of Science (Postgraduate), Msc. International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture, 1 year (Oct-Jul), Master, 60,

* Official Programme | Director: Giovanna Carnevali – gcarnevali@cir.uic.es

Master of Science (Postgraduate), Msc. in Urban Scenography. Managing spaces in contemporary cities, 1 year, Master, 60,


Postgraduate Study (Specialiazation), Specialist in Accessibility and Design for All, Postgraduate,

* Online

Postgraduate Study (Specialiazation), Specialist in Materials, Complexity and Technique, Postgraduate,

In order to achieve these objectives effectively, the UIC has developed a pedagogical approach based on the following tools and methodologies:

Personalised attention – Individualised attention is paid to our students. The ratio is a maximum of 20 students per lecturer; international approach and teaching in English – At the end of their studies our students should know how to defend their projects in English and communicate using the terminology and vocabulary which is used in their discipline. Students in first year either choose to do 6 subjects in English and 2 in Spanish, or 6 in Spanish and 2 in English. From second year onwards English is never used in less than 5 subjects per year in every academic year; advice and coaching* – Each student is assigned an academic advisor and a professional coach*; working transversally and on different levels – A small university like ours allows subjects to be taught in a crosscutting or transversal way and they all interact with each other. Students also learn to work on various different levels, from the territorial to that of construction, within the same project; vertical workshop – an intensive project Workshop involving teams of students from second through to fifth year; architecture placed at the service of society – ESARQ is the only school of architecture in Spain which teaches compulsory subjects on cooperation, sustainability and accessibility; chairs: links to companies in this sector – we innovate by awarding various chair positions and by carrying out research projects sponsored by prestigious companies such as Ascer, Capital Reig, Uralita, Saloni Ceràmica, Hispalyt, Fundación Adecco, and Valentine.

The teaching and learning process is based on the acquisition of competences:

Crosscutting competences: critical thinking, creativity, analytical and synthesis skills, the ability to plan and organise, good decision-making skills, responsibility, observation, teamwork and leadership, positive study skills, self-discipline, and dedication.

The competences are worked on through a variety of methodologies: lectures, problem-solving, research projects, site visits, project planning, and group and individual learning.

Their acquisition is evaluated using a variety of assessment tools that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the course material. These include objective tests, papers, projects, portfolios, dossiers, memos, self-evaluation and interviews.

The competences are divided between theoretical classes, seminar-workshops, practical classes, external work experience, group and individual tutorials, and group and individual projects and study.

Master’s Degree in Urbanism Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes –

This Masters programme contributes to the necessary methodological framework for the diagnosis, intervention and management of emerging intermediate landscapes. The regeneration of sprawl areas, the transformation of suburban thoroughfares into main streets, or the preservation of cultural landscapes, are being widely considered. This Masters programme recognises the need to meet these challenges by training skilled technicians.

Since the eighties, mature and multidisciplinary critical responses have been consolidated in North American and European contexts, responding to various types of environmental, economic, social and cultural repercussions, generated by a demanding growth without a united overview. We can confirm that at present there are sufficient theoretical and professional grounds for offering an alternative model. Within this context, the Masters in the Regeneration of Intermediate Landscapes aims to contribute to the construction of more efficient and sustainable metropoli.

Masters Degree in Biodigital Architecture –

Within the scope of the research line on genetic architecture in the ESARQ School of Architecture, students will pay special attention to new cybernetic-digital and ecological-environmental architectural design as a way of developing biodigital architecture, emergence, genetic and generative concepts in the biological and digital worlds, biomimesis, biolearning, morphogenesis, etc.

Students will also experiment with genetic driven software, evolutionary processes, emerging  systems, algorithms, parametrics, scripting, etc. New technologies have provided us with new production opportunities (Data-Driven Production, CNC machines, 3D printers) that lead to new formulations of non-standard architecture based on genetic principles (variation, mutation, hybridisation): new architecture for new possibilities.

Masters International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture –

The purpose of the Masters Degree in International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture is to prepare future architects and professionals to tackle these situations and carry out urban planning, housing and emergency construction projects. These professionals will be able to deal with regional planning, settlements, and emergency reconstruction. They will employ specific tools to apply appropriate strategies in order to support the development and recovery of affected communities. The programme therefore aims to establish strategies and criteria for taking action in the areas of urban planning, neighbourhood development and the implementation of architectural projects; while bearing in mind energy efficient systems and sustainability criteria in all areas related to the material and also to local cultures. Furthermore, the programme will train experts to provide solutions for large-scale problems generated by massive and sudden change, professionals who can study and carry out research on materials, city planning, economics, environmental and social aspects, all based on principles of sustainability.

This Masters Programme forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European cooperation programme, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious programmes in the world. The Mundus Urbano programme is a joint European Masters degree programme offered by the following universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Université Pierre-Mendès-France Grenoble and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Master’s Degree in Urban Scenography. Managing spaces in contemporary cities – The Masters programme in Urban Scenography -managing spaces in contemporary cities- addresses subject matter ranging from the basics of traditional scenography to a modern interpretation and design of urban locations. The lecturers are professionals who work in theatre, virtual film and motion pictures.

This programme includes on-site experiences in urban locations such as real theatres. Through a continuous re-creation process, students will build performance experiences in the city, theatres and virtual spaces, while they compile data, memories and ideas from their shared relationship with the urban territory.

The PhD program in Architecture at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya is intended, within the scope of architecture and in all its aspects-students advanced training in the respective research techniques. These lessons may include courses, seminars and other activities aimed at research training, and will include the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis consisting of original research work. The program objectives are to promote original research papers, increase professional development and training of researchers and teachers.
To achieve these objectives we propose a training period consisting of training activities aimed at research and organized research period consist mainly of the preparation and presentation of the doctoral thesis.
Director: Dr. Vincent Sarrablo

Research Groups:

SIBILA_Investigación. Creatividad de Género y Cultura Visual – http://www.uic.es/es/sibila; Arquitecturas Genéticas – http://www.uic.es/es/recerca-area-arquitgenetiques; Historia, Arquitectura y Diseño – http://www.uic.es/es/investigacion-area-arquitectura-diseno.