Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)
Barcelona, ES
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)

Av. Diagonal, 649-651
08028 Barcelona

N 41° 23' 4.18'', E 41° 23' 4.18''

 Direcció ETSAB 

e: direccio.etsab@upc.edu
t: +34934016341
Mr. Félix Solaguren-Beascoa de Corral Dean

Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master (Postgraduate)
Faculty profile

The School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) is the largest and oldest school of architecture in Catalonia. It offers training in all the cycles of university education, both undergraduate and master's degrees, and has a leading role in research in the Spanish and Ibero-American university environment thanks to the work of its teaching staff, which meets through groups of Research from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia BarcelonaTech (UPC). The school is also leading the landscaping education in Spain, and it stays in constant collaboration with the most prestigious schools in Europe.

As a public school, its vocation is at the service of society as a whole, with a strong commitment to an architecture and a lively and cultured contemporary city, and with a special sensitivity for public, democratic and quality space. The studies taught have a strong technical, cultural and urban component, which allows our graduates to be positioned in the most diverse positions of the process of definition and construction of the environment. Becoming liberal professionals, civil servants or contracted by industry, able to understand reality through the architectural project.

The School of Architecture of Barcelona was founded on 18 September 1875 in the heart of the University of Barcelona. Their background goes back to the School of Noble Arts of the Lonja, called the Llotja School, founded in 1775 and sponsored by the Private Business Board of Barcelona, ​​from which the Class of Architecture will be created, directed by Antoni Wineries from 1817. In 1850, he graduated from the old School of Noble Arts, transformed into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Jorge, the teaching of the craftsmanship of Works. The School of Masters of Works is the immediate precedent of the School of Architecture. In 1972, the ETSAB was co-founder of the UPC.

The ETSAB currently has 3,500 students (2,000 undergraduate, 700th final project, and 800 in master's and doctoral degree), as well as incorporating 130 students from exchange programs from more than eighty of the most prestigious schools of architecture of the world. The annual average of degrees that are given to the ETSAB is 375 and the total number of teaching staff is 300.

The ETSAB has enjoyed the prestige of figures such as its first director, Elíes Rogent, or those of modernist architects Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The most significant figures of the Modern Movement and the Catalan school of architecture have also participated in the construction of their teaching tradition and have had a significant influence on the construction of the city: from Josep Lluís Sert and José Antonio Coderch until Contemporary architects such as Rafael Moneo, Oriol Bohigas, Albert Viaplana, Enric Miralles, Ignasi de Solà-Morales and Manuel de Solà-Morales, among others.

The ETSAB continues to exert a continuous influence on the development and design of Barcelona and maintains a permanent dialogue in the debates generated by the city through its critical capacity and its intellectual influence. This capacity to generate and sustain debates typical of architecture and urban development has a significant influence on national and international territory. In this way, it is possible to build a global reference in the field of planning and urban design and construction, in the debates of environmental culture, in technological development, while in the exercise of criticism, and in the investigation of the history and the communication of the culture.

The ETSAB complements its cultural dimension by offering permanent activities in the field of exhibitions, conferences, seminars, roundtables, publications, screenings or concerts. It also has important archives such as the one that concentrates the Gaudí Chair, and with a historical and current bibliographic collection that highlights it among other public and private centers. The ETSAB stands out for the intellectual and social commitment that it imparts in its teaching, thanks to the exigency, the dedication and the intensity of the work that develops the students. The dimension of the center, as well as these characteristics of its teaching, are aimed at achieving a level of excellence in all its educational offers. As a result of this potential, a solid structure of exchange between the students and teachers of the ETSAB has been consolidated in recent years with those of other international 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