Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Bordeaux
Talence cedex, FR
Ecole Nationale Superiéure d'Architecture de Bordeaux

740 cours de la Libération
33405 Talence cedex

N 44° 47' 46.34'', E 44° 47' 46.34''
 Charton Murielle 

t: + 33 (0)557351111
Head of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Master of Advanced Studies
Faculty profile

Profile of the faculty

Teaching in architecture began in 1877 when a course was created within the framework of the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts.  This teaching was pursued from 1905 until 1949  by Pierre Ferret, one of the most important architects in Bordeaux.  His son, Claude Ferret, took over from him as head of department from 1942 to 1977. He also designed the present school under the two-fold  influence of Functionalism and Modernism. This new building is located in Talence. It was inaugurated in 1973. Other buidings have been added since to accommodate the growing number of students and the school’s evolution. The last to date, inaugurated in 2003, was designed by the architect Jean de Jacinto and is devoted to training and research.
In 1991 a new department was created in the field of landscape architecture.

The school is located in Talence close to the Bordeaux University campus, 25 minutes

from the historic city center of Bordeaux, famous for its eigteenth-century architecture.
The school is part of the network of French Public Schools of Architecture which are under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Department of Architecture and Heritage.

150 staff members (50 full-time and approx. 100 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

The students' association office (BDA) coordinates the action of 10 different entities involved in different kind of activities : professional meetings, lectures, cultural activities and feasts.




Accommodation cannot be provided.

Admission Requirements

High School diploma (Baccalauréat) or equivalent qualification. Selection on dossier and interview. Admission of  120 students in the 1st year of architecture studies.
For Master degree’s: please inquire at the institution for more information

Tuition fees

Bachelor's: € 310 per year
Master's: € 550 per year
Registration to the National Health Service is included in the fees.

Application Deadline

January for non EU students, March for the others

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor programme:, 3-year programme, Bachelor,

Title “Diplôme d’études en architecture”

Master of Architecture. Title : “Diplôme d’Etat d’architecte”
1-year programme. Title : “Habilitation de l’architecte diplômé d’Etat à l’exercice de la maîtrise d’œuvre en son nom propre”.

Master of Science, Master programme, 2-year programme, Master,

Specialization: Title : DSA “Architecture and major risks” in collaboration with 5 other schools of architecture
Master of Arts and Human Science “Strategy and contracting in Town Planning projects”
Master of Science – Mechanics and engineering –  “Architectural and Urban acoustics”
Master of Science – Mechanics and engineering  “Design and timber construction”

Master of Advanced Studies, Landscape Architect, 4-year programme, Master,

4-year programme. Admission after 2-year studies in higher education and competitive exam. Title : “Paysagiste DPLG”

The identity of the school has been built up over the last hundred years as a school of architecture. The Landscape department has now being contributing  to this identity for over ten years. Many local, national and international partnerships have been greatly developped. The establishment trains architects and landscape architects able to deal with  changing professional contexts  whatever the project,  the frame or scale could be.
The programme is organized into two phases : a three-year (6 semester) Bachelor degree and a two-year (4 semester) Master degree. One additional year leads to the habilitation to sign project in his/her own name

Educational programme

The school’s educational policy is mainly focussed on  training for and producing architectural projects. In this way every aspect related to the project is considered as essential in the learning and analysis process that finally leads to the appropriation of the specific tools required by a project manager, architect or landscape architect.  This policy aims at an open-ended objective in which the complexity of the programme and the diversity of professional practices is taken into consideration. As a consequence the project and its educational policy are in keeping with social, cultural, economic, technical, artistic and political dynamics. In this way the presence of various disciplines (social sciences, environmental sciences, physics, computer science, fine arts and history) is crucial. It contributes  not only to the acquisition of a more global and general knowledge, which is necessary  for design but also creates a critical view point on the architectural project.The project is  seen as a whole, as a process, from the initial idea to the final completion.  The student is taught the various ways to interpret, represent and communicate the project. To become acquainted with the concept of representation means training at all stages of the process : from first sketches to final outline to the transmission of instructions to carry out the project. Created in order to enable a permanent confrontation between different  fields of knowledge, between the scientific  and the creative dimension, the proposed study programme aims at :
–  higher education which  teaches  architects, through their intellectual skills,  to be able to face various professional situations;
– to train responsible professionals able to practice as soon as they have finished their studies, but knowing  that further professional practice will be  essential.

International Relations

The School of Bordeaux develops international relationships with 40 partners within the framework of the European Socrates-Erasmus exchange programme (27 partners) or through bilateral agreements signed with 13 universities outside Europe (Canada, Japan, Australia, Thaïland, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Russia, Argentina and Chile).
The main collaborations are related with student mobility which takes place during the 1st semester of the 3rd year of the Bachelor degree and the 1st year or the 1st semester of the 2nd year of the Master degree. Each year, 50 students join schools abroad and an equivalent number of students are welcomed in Bordeaux. About 15 teachers also participate in international programmes.
Some special programmes are organized through the Erasmus programme (one Intensive Programme in Architecture and one in Landscape Architecture). Two networks have been built : one with Thaïland (Bangkok) and Australia (Melbourne) including the implementation of a joint diploma, research programme, international workshops, publications and international meetings, another one with Argentina (Rosario) and Chile (Santiago) including common Master degree courses and publications. Two other programmes of cooperation are to be noted : one with Morocco (Rabat) and the other one with China (Wuhan).

Post Master

Post Master “Rebuilding the World” (RBW) training program, which takes place at the ensap Bordeaux from September 2018 to September 2019. The «RBW » training programme, lead by ensap Bordeaux, is aimed at developing the ability of designers to set up and pilot projects adapted to environmental constraints, and to encourage the empowerment of local populations through collaborative processes in the design and construction of built structures. It involves assisting the transition towards sustainable land management using dynamics such as « bottom up »  which closely considers the material and cultural realities of the territory before mobilizing energy and resources.

The administrative modalities for the academic year 2018-2019 are the following:
• date limit of reception of candidatures: friday  14th september 2018
• date of begining of the program: thursday 18th october 2018

Corinne Dallet
Gestionnaire parcours spécialisés
T +33 5 57 35 11 51
More information:

The school develops on the one hand fundamental research on questions regarding the essence of the architectural process and the application of physical or social sciences in architecture. On the other hand it develops research which concerns the exploration of a new field of interest, namely the relations between society and environment. The Master programme is directly linked to the research-portfolio of the school.
This institutionalised research work is endowed by researchers and the school’ scientific board which authorised the following 5 research teams :
Group of Research on Environment and Conception (Acoustics and  Confort in Architecture and Urbanism) –  (GRECAU) in collaboration with Toulouse
Production of the City and Heritage (PVP) in collaboration with Toulouse.
Profession Architecture, City and Environment (PAVE) in collaboration with Toulouse
Group of Study on the Regular City (GEVR)
Center of Research on the History and Culture of Landscape (CEPAGE)

The school develops on the one hand fundamental research on questions regarding the essence of the architectural process and the application of physical or social sciences in architecture. On the other hand it develops research which concerns the exploration of a new field of interest, namely the relations between society and environment. The Master programme is directly linked to the research-portfolio of the school.