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Forms of Analysis and Intervention in the Architectural Heritage

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This postgraduate course can be attended as part of the master's degree Restoration of Architectural Monuments (MRM).

Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.


- Prepare technicians who can assess the relative category of monuments and historic buildings to intervene.
- Know the pathology, and treatment of historic buildings.

Who is it for

Experience or previous studies related to the historical, artistic and architectural heritage from the field of history, art history and architecture, civil engineering or restoration is recommended.



History and theory of restoration, from the origins to the Charter of Venice
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
Monuments and the shape of history. Belonging to a temporal and spacial continuum. Monument historicity Relationship between historiography, historical analysis, socio-political development, conservation and monument restoration.
Assessment of monumental patrimony before the XIX century. Conservationism vs. interventionism in the XIX century. Stern and Valadier. Viollet-de-Duc. John Ruskin.
Venetian relativism: Alois Reigl and Max Dvorak, Restoration in Italy from the end of the XIX century to 1930. Camillo Boito and Restauro moderno,Gustavo Giovannoni and Restauro cientifico, Luca Beltrami and Restauro Histórico.

The generalization of the concept of monument. The Charter of Athens.(1931) Tabula rasa or respect for historical and environmental pre-existences. Cesare Brandi and the Charter of Venice.(1964). Integrated Restoration. Roberto Pane and Critical restoration.

Architectonic restoration as autonomous discipline. Gaps and reintegrations. Additions. Patinas. Reconstructions. Anastilosis. Agregates., Reproductions. Copies.
History and theory of the restoration in Spain (1836-2010)
5 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
Monumental restoration in XIX century Catalunya and Spain. Disentailments.
First romantic-literary visions. First inventaries and commissions of monuments. Vicente Lampèrez, Juan de Madrazo, Elies Rogent, Domenech y Muntaner, Puig y Cadalfach, Torres Balbàs, Jeroni Martorell, Juan Bautista Lázaro.
The 1933 Defence Law, Conservation and Growth of Spanish historical patrimony. Interventions after the civil war.

Interventions in XIX and XX century heritage. Industrial heritage and Modern Movement heritage.
Structuralistic interpretations of the city: Bologna and the Cervellatti Plan. Aldo Rossi and the città análoga.
The case of Barcelona: the transformation of quarters within the modernising ideal, contradictions of a model. The problems of refunctionalizing and elitizing the city.
The European Charter of Architectonic Patrimony (Amsterdam 1975)
Construction knowledge: materials and techniques
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
Technique in architectural memory. Evolution of elements and traditional building procedures.
Vertical structures: Dry stone walls, mud walls, adobe, masonry, brick, mixed. Porches, arches and vaults: types, plans and construction. The gothic vault and its design. The Catalan vault. Foundations.
Horizontal structures: Railings, roofs and flat roofs. Staircases.
Structural and shopwork carpentry. Scaffolding. Trusses. Eaves and gutters. Façades and ornaments. Coverings and paints. Balconies, lintels, capitals, cornices, arches, carpinteries and grilles. Stone, wood and ceramic pavings.
Pathologies, intervention techniques and accessibility
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
General Concepts and main causes: physical, mechanical, biological, chemical, human.
Damage in walls, vaults and stone arches. Fissures, detachments and cracks. Analysis of stability and mechanical behaviour of arches and vaults by graphic statics. Advanced methods of modelling and structural analysis.
Structural consolidation: recomposition, improvement, injections, buttresses, tensor bars, metal seams, metal clips, rings and crowns. Scaffolding, arch forms, propping and shoring.
Damp in old buildings : capillarity, filtration and condensation. Treatments by ventilation, draining, hygroconvection, electromagnetism, capillary interception and air chambers.
Ornaments and façades on historical buildings. Dirt, efflorescences, erosions, cracking, chipping. Cleaning, polishing, consolidation, protection and reintegration of ornaments.
Rusting and corrosion. Cleaning, protection and reintegration of metal structures, banisters and iron fittings. Dehydration, rotting, breaking, insect attacks. Repair, reinforcement, woodworm treatment and reintegration of wooden parts.
Lighting of heritage spaces and buildings.
Urban morphology and intervention in historical centres
6 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
Methods of inherited city analysis. Relation between different scales. Situation and location.
Interdependence between urban design, cadastral map, types and building systems. Basic urban elements. Urban categorization. Singularity in historical quarters: locus, primary elements, study areas and the town in parts.. Primary, secondary and terciary settlements.
Ways of intervention in historical quarters. Proposals. Identification of singular elements and examples of representative types. Case studies: Tarragona and Tarraco, Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral, Granada and the Alhambra, Barcelona and the Cerdà Plan, Elies Rogent and Barcelona University
Writing and management of catalogues and architectural heritage protection plans
4 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Heritage, a modern cult. Heritage assessment and classification. Methodologies. Contradictions between theoretical and legal frameworks. Urban and territorial structure. Demarcation of areas and intervention units. Monuments, landscapes and fabrics. Levels of protection. Treatment of environments. Historical centres. Monumental towns and ensembles.
Protection of cultural heritage buildings: Law 9/1993 for Protection of Catalan cultural heritage. Cultural assets of national interest (BCIN). Cultural assets of local interest (BCIL).Declaration procedures. Problems between public and private law.
Instruments of urban intervention. Revised text of the Urbanism Law 1/2005. Regulations of the Urbanism Law 305/2006. General urban planning: master plans. Municipal urban planning regulation (POUM). Planning Norms, Municipal action plans. Derivated urban planning: Partial urban plans, partial demarcation plans, special plans, catalogue of protected assets, bylaws, urbanization projects.
Special plan for architectonic and/or natural and/or archaeological heritage protection. Categories and protection levels. Assets of interest (BEI). Assets of documental interest (BID). Catalogue of farmhouses and rural houses. Ways of intervention. Analysis of special plans for protection and interior reform of the Tarragona, Girona, Lleida and Barcelona historical centres.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Alvarez Prozorovich, Fernando
    PhD. Architect and Professor of History of Art and Architecture in the ETSAB. Director of the Master in restauration of Monuments and professor of the Ph D Program of the Department of Architectonic Composition (HAA). Visiting Professor Posgraduate Program Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB-PPGAU)Scientific production:

Teaching staff

  • Alvarez Prozorovich, Fernando
    PhD. Architect and Professor of History of Art and Architecture in the ETSAB. Director of the Master in restauration of Monuments and professor of the Ph D Program of the Department of Architectonic Composition (HAA). Visiting Professor Posgraduate Program Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB-PPGAU)Scientific production:
  • Bestraten Castells, Sandra Cinta
  • Casablancas Balazote, Carles Santiago
    Architect ETSAB Barcelona and Rehabilitation MSc in Conservation of Built Heritage by UNESCO Regional Chair CUJAE-Caribbean and Diploma in Legal and Forensic Architecture UPF. He has developed his professional and academic practice in Cuba (Havana), Ireland (Dublin) and currently Spain (Barcelona) where exercising independent professional specializing in rehabilitation and restoration issues, having worked in heritage properties and BCIL BCIN level.
  • Costa Trost, Margarita
    Doctor architect by UPC. Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Design, ETSAB and teacher in various Masters of the UPC. Co-author of the book ""La protecció del patrimoni cultural immoble. Guia per a l'elaboració dels catàlegs municipals de béns protegits", Diputació de Barcelona, 2009.
  • Garcia Belmonte, Bàrbara
  • Graus Rovira, Ramon
    Architect and Technical Architect. Professor of History of Architecture and Construction in the Department of Architecture of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 1999. Particularly interested in the interdependencies between art and architecture.
  • Guardia Bassols, Manel
    Doctor of Architecture. Professor at the UPC. He teaches courses in History of Art and Architecture. Research in Urban History. Some publications: Espai Barcelona i societat to pre-industrial, Editorial Magrana, Barcelona, 1986 / Historical Atlas of European cities. Vol Iberian Peninsula, CCCB-Salvat, Barcelona, 1994 / Make city through markets. Europe, XIX i XX, MUHBA, Barcelona, 2010.
  • Hormias Laperal, Emilio
    Architect, professor at the UPC EPSEB Course: Diploma expansion of Competencies (DAC) in Rehabilitation. Hormias Bestraten Partner Architecture. University Project Coordinator Without Borders (USF). He has developed numerous studies and accessibility plans ( Vilanova , Tarragona , Barcelona and others) in collaboration with public entities and associations.
  • Hostench Ruiz, Oriol
    Architect for the ETSAB. Master degree in Theory and History by the Departament de Composició Arquitectònica of the ETSAB and running his PhD in the same department. Assistant teacher of the subject of History of Art and Architecture III in the ETSAB and teacher of the Master de Restauració de Monuments.
  • Huerta Fernández, Santiago
    Doctor of Architecture. Project and Structural Analysis Professor at the Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM). Consultant in the Analysis of Historical Constructions. Co-founder and President of the Spanish Society for the History of Construction (SEDHC). Director of the Master in Building Structures of the UPM. Director of Publications of the Instituto Juan de Herrera.
  • Julià i Torné, Montserrat
    BA in Art History from the UB. Graduate Forms of Analysis and intervention in Equity Build (FAIPAC) of the UPC. She is currently director of library and Libraries Group belongs to the UNESCO Associated Catalan. Basic vocabulary Coauthor of architectural restoration.
  • Magrinyà Torner, Francesc
  • Manzano Saló, Marc
    Architect. Section of Heritage Conservation and Improvement. Secretary of Housing and Urban Improvement. Department of Planning and Sustainability. Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Martínez Díez, Pablo
    Architect and Lighting Designer.
  • Montón Lecumberri, Joaquín
    Engineer. Department of Architectural Construction II at the UPC
  • Muñoz Soria, Gemma
  • Navas i Ferrer, Teresa
    BA in Art History. Faculty of Geography and History. University of Barcelona. Professor, Department of Transport and Territory (ITT) of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB). 2001-2010: Head of the Traveling Exhibition Service and Education Service of the CCCB Exhibition. Scientific production:
  • Paricio Casademunt, Antoni
    Doctor Architect and Technical Architect and Professor, Department of Architectural Technology I of the UPC (ETSAV) He has been responsible for the Permanent Training area ITeC. His career has been complemented with project management, and historical study and rehabilitation of the building stock. His current search scope is the type of "house cos". A member of the expert commission DAU certificate construction products ITeC
  • Roca Fabregat, Pere
    BEng. MSc. PE. PhD. Professor of Construction Engineering at the UPC. Teaching, research and technology-transfer activity focused in structural analysis and retrofit of masonry and historical constructions, including advanced numerical modelling and extensive testing. A number of innovative retrofit solutions have been developed; practical applications have been promoted and supervised, some of them in World heritage constructions. 20 Doctoral Theses supervised, some in earthquake engineering. More than 250 research papers published in scientific journals and presented at scientific conferences. Has participated in research projects (national and international) financed by public and private funds, having been promoter and coordinator in many of them. Member of the ISCARSAH committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) since 2001.
  • Rosell Amigó, Joan Ramon
  • Rovira i Pons, Pere
    Conservator-restorer of Cultural Property. Bachelor of Fine Arts (UB, 1988), Head of the department of mural painting and stone sculpture of the Center for Furniture Restoration of Catalunya (CRBMC).
  • Salada Rubió, Lluís
    Biologist and Master in Environmental Management in UAB. Consultant of Arda Environmental Management and studies, environmental consultatn since 20 years
  • Santamaria i Varas, Mar
    Architect for the School of Architecture of Barcelona, UPC. She focuses her professional activity in the field of public space, landscape and spatial planning. She is a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and has participated as a guest lecturer at several international seminars.
  • Viñas i Manuel, Enrique
    Doctor in Architecture. Master in Landscape Architecture ETSAB. Full member of the Spanish Society for the History of construction-SEHC, Spanish Association of Gardening and Landscape Art-AEJAP and founding member of the Association for Cultural Heritage civic defense-SOS Monuments

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
30 ECTS (218 teaching hours)
Wednesday  15:30 to 21:00Thursday  15:30 to 18:30
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649. Edifici A
Contact person
Oriol Hostench Ruiz

Telephone: (34) 93 636 03 83
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

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Registration fee
3.500 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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