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Information 2020-21 edition
The 2020-21 edition of the master's degree has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
17th Edition
60 ECTS (350 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
October 2021
Monday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this programme?
Today, architecture must be fully aware of environmental needs, and must use design to meet those challenges by means of the most sustainable ideas for the human environment.

As part of this approach, the master's degree covers the subject of Energy, which is very important not only in terms of how natural energies are used, but also for their effective integration in urban buildings and forms.

The programme consists of an initial introductory module entitled "Bioclimatic Architecture," followed by three modules covering the three fields of work of Architecture and Energy: "The Sustainable Urban Space" focusing on strategies in the urban area, "Light and Architecture," focusing on the knowledge and use of light in architecture projects, and "Renewable Energy in Architecture," focusing on the integration of Energies in buildings.

Various visits related to the topics covered in each subject will take place throughout the master's degree programme in Architecture and the Environment: Urban Space, Light and Integration of Energy in Architecture. The students will also have the opportunity to go on optional visit trip to the Technological and Renewable Energies Institute, and stay in the Bioclimatic Houses at the Institute on the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

  • To train specialists in natural environmental control systems in architecture, with knowledge of lighting techniques, climatology and acoustics usable with natural energies.
  • To provide skills for working on the design and assessment of buildings and systems, in consultations on these subjects and in governmental oversight positions.
  • To train specialists able to choose the most appropriate energy systems for specific buildings and their surrounding areas, design the general characteristics of those systems, and integrate them formally and technically into the overall concept of the architectural project.
Who is it for?
  • Architects, technical architects and engineers interested in obtaining a high degree of specialisation in the application of renewable energies in architecture.
  • Other university professionals that need to broaden their knowledge in this field.

Training Content

List of subjects
15 ECTS 90h
Sustainable Urban Space
  • Sustainability.
    • Introduction to sustainability.
    • Life Cycle Analysis.
    • Construction waste. Domestic waste.
    • The water cycle: capture, treatment and storage.
    • Simulation, calculation and study software of solar radiation applied to urban design.
  • Urban dynamics.
    • Territorial models, urban structures and sustainability.
    • Towards sustainable urban development and mobility. Urban mobility.
    • Urban light pollution.
  • Urban morphology.
    • The human and social dimension of the public space.
    • Heat island and urban morphology.
    • Urban catalysts.
15 ECTS 90h
Light and Architecture
  • Light and Architecture.
    • The experience of Architecture.
    • The interior space.
    • The behaviour of materials and light.
    • The indoor and outdoor lighting environment.
  • Light, Energy and Comfort.
    • Light and vision. The visual process.
    • Light units and their relationships.
    • Comfort parameters: qualitative and quantitative.
    • The dynamic visual scene.-The indoor and outdoor lighting environment.
    • Practical workshop on lighting effects.
  • Light and energy efficiency.
    • Lighting technology and energy efficiency.
    • Energy flow. Efficiency.
    • Applied electrical engineering.
    • Environmental legal framework.
    • Calculation and simulation tools.
20 ECTS 120h
Renewable Energy in Architecture
  • Renewable Energy in Architecture.
    • Climate by country and pre-existing conditions.
    • Assessment of thermal behaviour.
    • Special natural air conditioning systems. Capture, solar protection and ventilation.
    • Principles of solar, thermal, photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy.
    • Optimisation of resources through community systems.
  • Integrating renewable energies in architecture.
    • Integrating renewable energies.
    • Types of collectors and their construction specifications.
    • Architectural examples: Active systems.
    • Workshop: designing a simple and composite habitable module.
    • Workshop: design and assessment of the building in an urban area.
  • Façades and envelopes.
    • Functions of the envelope.
    • Tasks to be performed by solar systems.
    • Energy exchange through the envelope.
    • Façades, roofs and filters.
10 ECTS 50h
The student must develop an individual unpublished work, where he must make a synthesis of the knowledge and skills acquired and it will be assessed in an oral presentation evaluated by a jury.
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:

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.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
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
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 platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
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    Doctor Architect. Department of Architectural Technology I of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Coch Roura, Helena
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Teaching staff
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
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    Doctor Architect. Department of Architectural Technology I of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Carceller Roqué, Xavier
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    Doctor in Architecture (UPC). Professor of courses in Urban Ecology, Sustainable City and Territory, Environmental Assessment or Integration of Urban Planning, Legislation, Environmental Management and Diagnosis. He develops the professional activity in the administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia where, among other charges, has been head of the Planning Natural Environment (Department of Environment) and he is currently Head of Service Plans and Programs, in the General Division Environmental Assessment (Department of Planning and Sustainability).
  • Carod de Arriba, Xavier
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    Doctor in Project Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB), specializing in Materials Science. Collaborator of the SEAT / UPC Chair from 2007 to 2012. Associate Professor in the Department of Project Engineering and Construction at the UPC.

  • Coch Roura, Helena
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Corbat Diaz, Enrique
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    Architect. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Crespo Cabillo, Isabel
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Representation at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Feliu Jofre, Alvaro

    Civil Engineer.
  • Ferrero Andreu, Lluis

    Engineer. Department Teacher of Engineering Projects (UPC).
  • Garcia Gil, Manuel
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    Engineer. Department Teacher of Engineering Projects (UPC).
  • Garrido Torres, Pablo
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    Architect. Department Teacher of Architectural Technology of the UPC.
  • Isalgue Buxeda, Antoni
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    Doctor in Physics. Professor ocf the Department of Physics (UPC).
  • López Besora, Judit
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    Architect. Department of Architecture Technology of the UPC.
  • Lorenzo Gálligo, Pedro

    PhD in Architecture. Department of Projects University of Catalonia (UPC).
  • Marín Herrera, Juan Antonio
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    Architect. Department Teacher of Architectural Technology of the UPC.
  • Pagès Ramon, Anna
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architecture Technology (UPC).
  • Roca i Blanch, Estanislao
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    Doctor of Architecture. Award for Teaching Quality at UPC 2011, and Distinction Jaume Vicens Vives 2011. Combines his teaching at ETSAB and other universities, undergraduate and graduate courses, with the task of architect and urbanist, and received, in both respects, several awards nationally and internationally.
  • Sagrera Cuscó, Albert

    Architect. Orgànica Society member.
  • Solsona i Pairó, Xavier
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    Degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (UPC). With his own studio. Associate professor at the Barcelona Architecture Technical College, in the Department of Architectural Constructions. Expert in Environmental Comfort and Natural Environments ¿Light, Climate and Acoustics- for Environmental Control.

Career opportunities

  • Sustainable Urban Design Consultant.
  • Technical Consultant on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Construction.
  • Lighting Technology Designer and Consultant.
  • Renewable Energy Installations Designer.
  • Technical Managers in lighting companies.
  • Specialist in Energy Rehabilitation.

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