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Programme

Edition
4th Edition
Credits
120 ECTS (948 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
€12,000
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 15/10/2019
Classes end: 09/10/2020
Programme ends : 31/03/2021
Timetable
Monday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Taught at
EPSEB - Escola Politècnica Superior d'Edificació de Barcelona
Av. Doctor Marañón, 44-50
Barcelona
Why this programme?

The master’s programme in Landscape Architecture Barcelona is focussed on project questions, and management and maintenance of the landscape while maintaining a commitment to current issues. It also places an emphasis on the need to continue investigating the big issues in landscape architecture while at the same time backing the exploration of emerging ideas.

The master’s programme Landscape Architecture Barcelona was founded in 1982-83, and it was the first masters at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the next course will be its 35th anniversary. Throughout this period over 610 professionals have taken this course, which covers a very particular niche in the training for professionals in landscape architecture.

The programme is made up of around 60% project work. The 40% remaining involves acquiring knowledge through attending theory-conference classes given by expert professionals as a complement to the design process aspect of all the workshops.

At the end of the course, the students will have to prepare a final project, which will include spending a period in a landscape architect’s office and doing their thesis.

These courses carried out at the UPC are validated by the International Federation of Landscape Architects – Europe (IFLA – Europe) as being equivalent to all the other course that have been taken all over the world in the last 150 years and will allow anyone successfully completing these course to work as a landscape architect all over Europe.

Aims
  • Develop criteria and basic knowledge in order to enter into the world of aesthetic design and also social, technical and scientific design aspects. 
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary for understanding and evaluating purposes. 
  • Recognise intervention methodologies in landscape through case analysis. 
  • Develop reflective criteria regarding landscape projects and the profession.
  • Have the necessary communication tools and abilities required to be able to work in a multi-disciplinary field.
Who is it for?
  • Architects, town planners, technical architects, and building engineers
  • Engineers: agronomic, agricultural, industrial, civil and others
  • Geographers, geologists
  • Professionals in public administration in charge of or working in planning projects in urban and non-urban areas
  • Environmental consultants
  • Other professionals qualified in technical areas sensitive to interventions in the landscapes

Training Content

List of subjects
8 ECTS 48h
Contemporary Projects Desing Critique
This subject will develop a reflection on the landscape projection mechanisms, starting from the analysis of good European practices based on selected and award-winning projects from the Biennial International of Landscape Architecture and the books of Landscape Architecture Europe (LAE)
9 ECTS 62h
Workshop A1. The Public Space Project
The first module of the master's is the Public Space Project and the duration of the course is six weeks. It's an introduction to the urban context particularly in the public spaces in the city of Barcelona, and addresses the urban planning and strategies in the public space area.
9 ECTS 63h
Workshop A2. The Public Space Project
The second module of the workshop Public Space Project, which takes place over a period of six weeks. The emphasis is on the strategy of details, looking at things on the small scale found in urban public spaces.
2 ECTS 25h
Intensive International 1. Between Public Space and Green
A one-week course. The aim of this intensive workshop is to present a personal vision in landscape projection of a professional-teacher of recognised prestige in the field. The idea is to show the students international professional contexts different form the Catalan ones and to widen their local vision and understanding. The theme will be determined by the invited professor, but will be related to and taught in parallel with the first two main master¿s workshops, the Public Space Project and the Green Systems
9 ECTS 62h
Workshop B1: The Green Systems: from the Urban Green to the Natural Spaces
First module of the Green Systems Workshop. A six-week course which works with the concept of 'perturbations', analysing and projecting onto damaged areas such as quarries, rubbish dumps or forest fires.
9 ECTS 63h
Workshop B2: The Green Systems: from the Urban Green to the Natural Spaces
Second module of the Green Systems Workshop. A six-week course complementing the first workshop, focussing on the concept of green infrastructure, although at the same time of a different nature with a change of project placement.
9 ECTS 62h
Workshop C1. The Water Systems Project
First module of the Water Systems Workshop. A six-week course on a grand scale, analysing the environment at approximately 1:5000 and following the general theme of the Workshop. It is the project of sea-front promenades, fluvial areas, wet lands, etc. focussed on how to work in a better way with degraded spaces, trying to increase our knowledge of the consequences of the interaction between water and land on the vegetation, and from the point of view of transformation, management and maintenance.
9 ECTS 63h
Workshop C2. The Water Systems Project
Second module of the Water Systems Workshop. A six-week course working on a much more reduced scale, trying to understand the mechanisms involved in water cycles, and to look at hydraulic systems as a  way of reading the land. The workshop is centred on studying those spaces where the water erosion of the land has a prominent role in shaping the landscape.
2 ECTS 25h
Intensive International 2. Water and Tourism

A one-week course. The aim of this intensive workshop is to present a personal vision in landscape projection of a professional-teacher of recognised prestige in the field. The idea is to show the students international professional contexts different form the Catalan ones and to widen their local vision and understanding. The theme will be determined by the invited professor, but will be related to and taught in parallel with the two secondary masters workshops, Water Systems and Tourism: New Uses for Old Lands.

9 ECTS 62h
Workshop D1: Tourism: New Uses for Old Territories
First module of the Tourism Workshop: New Uses for Old Territories. A six-week course dealing with the ever increasing influence of tourism on the economy sector, but also its inevitable relationship with the landscape. Massive tourism, particularly the sun and beach model, has often been associated with property speculation and the exploitation of resources.
9 ECTS 63h
Workshop D2: Tourism: New Uses for Old Territories

Second module of the Tourism Workshop: New Uses for Old Territories. A six-week course following the same line as the first module, working in places where the change in the use of the land strongly affects the landscape. Usually working in the same location, emphasising different aspects of the land and achieving projects which are different from the first ones but at the same time perfectly complementary. 

The workshop is structured around three basic areas of work and investigation developed at the same time: developing a deeper understanding of the complex effects of the tourism phenomenon on land and service industries through conferences by specialists in the field; systematising the study of landscape using conventional and non-conventional methods of landscape analysis suitable for the new generation of cartographers with the use of the Geographic Information Systems; and finally, exploring from inside the project the instruments for planning and management, trying out alternative materials and innovative touristic products.
6 ECTS 100h
International Intensive. Redo Landscapes

It is held over two weeks at the end of the course, with classes from 10h to 14h and 16h to 21h. It aims to provide master students the opportunity to work with recognized and emerging figures in the landscape field, both academics and professionals worldwide. Teachers are invited to propose, from a personal approach, his themes and methodologies. The worked issues are debated under a wide perspective (project planning, analytical, diagnostic), and are present in the landscape reality: the project of public space within the limits of the Mediterranean metropolis, the introduction of urban or tourist uses in specific landscapes, such as the coast, etc..

30 ECTS 250h
Final Master's Proposal

In the first part of this course the students will undergo an immersion period of 250 hours of work experience in some international or national landscape offices where we have a collaboration agreement. A professional tutor will be assigned to each student and welcome them and supervise their progress in the workplace. At the same time, the students will have to produce a research project or thesis of a critical nature and showing a holistic vision with regards to all the knowledge assimilated throughout the masters and specifically based on the knowledge acquired during the work experience stage. Finally, an oral presentation of their work with digital/visual supports will be evaluated in front of a panel of three or more experts.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.
Range of modules
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Workshops
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Bellmunt Chiva, Jordi
    Architect by the School of Architecture of Barcelona - ETSAB architect in 1980, since 1982 is professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (UPC). Since 1987 is Professor of the Master of Landscape Architecture (UPC) and since 2000 is its director. From 2000 to 2006, is director of the Higher Certificate in Landscape of the UPC. It is part of the scientific committee of the Paesaggio Architettura journals, Paisea, PaiseaDos, Paysage, Kore and Paisajismo. He is a member of the scientific committee of EURAU'08 (European Congress of Architectural and Urban Research), 'Paisajes 08' and Expopaisaje 2014. Organizes the six European Landscape Biennials of Barcelona. Is a visiting Professor at various university campuses worldwide. He works as an architect and landscape designer. Exhibits and publishes his work in various specialized media and books and articles. He has won major awards throughout his career.
Teaching staff
  • Bellmunt Chiva, Jordi
    Architect by the School of Architecture of Barcelona - ETSAB architect in 1980, since 1982 is professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (UPC). Since 1987 is Professor of the Master of Landscape Architecture (UPC) and since 2000 is its director. From 2000 to 2006, is director of the Higher Certificate in Landscape of the UPC. It is part of the scientific committee of the Paesaggio Architettura journals, Paisea, PaiseaDos, Paysage, Kore and Paisajismo. He is a member of the scientific committee of EURAU'08 (European Congress of Architectural and Urban Research), 'Paisajes 08' and Expopaisaje 2014. Organizes the six European Landscape Biennials of Barcelona. Is a visiting Professor at various university campuses worldwide. He works as an architect and landscape designer. Exhibits and publishes his work in various specialized media and books and articles. He has won major awards throughout his career.
  • Bohigas Arnau, Josep
    Architect. Professor at the UPC (Dept. of Architectural Projects). MA in Architecture (AAD) at Columbia University. Founding member of BOPBAA.
  • Ginés Marín, Maurici
    Lighting Designer. Director artec3 Studio. Professional member of APDI, PLDA, European Lighting Designers Association and of IALD, International Association of Lighting Designers.
  • Goula, Maria
    Maria Goula, architect, Master of Landscape Architecture and PhD in landscape architecture UPC ("The other landscapes; readings variable image").She is currently teacher in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Coordinates and teaches the workshop "New Uses for Old Territories: Integrated Tourism" Master of Landscape Architecture, UPC Foundation. Member of organizing committee of the European Landscape Biennial of Barcelona and she has participated in the organization of all six European Landscape Award: Rosa Barba. Member of the team that has elaborated the educational offers for the official landscape post-desgree programs at the ETSAB and director of the Master degree in Landscape ETSAB-ESAB. She is a principal researcher and charter member of the CRPPb, Centre of Landscapes Research and Design of Barcelona.
  • Mayor Farguell, Xavier
    Ecologist, Biologist.
  • Ruisánchez Capelastegui, Manuel
    Member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 1982, Professor of Architecture and Landscape in the ETSAV (1982-1992), Professor of Urban Planning at ETSAB since 1992 and at the Master of Landscape since 1991. He has been a visiting professor at Washington University in Saint Louis (1994 and 1996) and at Harvard University (2000). Since 2007 is a Professor of the Laboratory of Landscape at IUAV, Facoltà of Architecture of Venice. Architect of the Project Unit, Metropolitan Corporation of Barcelona (1985-1989), and co-founder of Ruisánchez-Vendrell 1988. In 1997 he founded Ruisánchez Architects. From the beginning of his career he has won numerous competitions in architecture, urban planning and landscape. His work has won several awards as the FAD of Architecture, the Premi Catalunya Construcció 2005 or Premi d'Habitatge Social de Catalunya.
  • Tenez Ybern, Victor
    He combines teaching, private and public practice. Head of Coordination of Urban Planning in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and directed the plan of reclamation of fluvial spaces. He teaches Landscape Theory and Landscape Design at the UPC in the same city. He has been invited by several Urban Planning and Landscape Universities like Penn or UIA Venezia and publishes on the same issues.
  • Zahonero Xifré, Anna Maria
    Biologist with a degree from the Universitat de Barcelona and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Has been linked to the UPC since 1992 as a founding member and principal researcher of the Centre de Recerca i Projectes de Paisatge. Has developed curricular content for the Master¿s program in Landscape Architecture (1993-2003), for the Graduat Superior program in Landscape Architecture (1998-2004), and for the Màster Universitari in Landscape Architecture (2006-2009). She has been an associate professor in the Departament d¿Urbanisme i Ordenació del Territori since 2001, where her teachings have primarily been in the field of landscape. Having begun her professional activity in 1993, she founded the company (az) Estudis i Projectes de Medi Ambient i de Paisatge S.L.P in 2006, which primarily works on developing projects on landscape insertion, environmental and landscape reports for urban a.

Career opportunities

  • Landscape architect.
  • Specialist in intervention of green spaces.
  • Responsible for planning departments in public administrations.
  • Specialised consultant in public space.
  • Specialist in regional or territorial development plans.

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