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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Master's degree in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration: From the Performance Evaluation (Technical Building Code) to the Intervention Project
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7th Edition
60 ECTS (360 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
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: 13/02/2020
Classes end: 18/12/2020
Programme ends : 04/02/2021
Thursday: 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
The Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration sector is currently one of the cornerstones of professional practice related to architecture, and it will continue to be in the future. This is a trend that has been gaining ground in Europe for several decades and is becoming an emerging global job market. The regulations, including the Technical Building Code (TBC), increase the level of responsibility of technicians, who are required to have exhaustive knowledge of buildings¿ constructive-structural and energy features.

The Master¿s in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration at the UPC School provides all the knowledge and skills needed to completely undertake the rehabilitation cycle of a building. It starts with a study of the property and ends with the complete project, including the analysis of its instrumental and cultural assets, as well as the criteria to develop this new professional activity.

This training offers students the methods, technical tools and attitudes needed for this specialised profile, as well as the possibility of joining a community interested in keeping abreast of the latest innovations which will help them more efficiently tackle the challenges of each project.

The training programme has an outstanding track record of more than ten years, during which time specific pedagogical and methodological instruments have been developed which are unique in the sector. They are then applied in the development of a real rehabilitation project to train professionals with an interdisciplinary vision of the fields of Architecture, Technical Architecture and Engineering, as well as experts in other related disciplines.

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The main objective of the Master¿s is to develop solid knowledge, skills and attitudes for the complete development of rehabilitation and restoration projects with a high level of specialisation.

To achieve this, the secondary objectives are:
  • To develop knowledge, criteria and research methods to apply in the countless possible intervention cases, bearing in mind the nature and behaviour of historical constructions.
  • To understand the historical evolution and current situation of the criteria on how to address actions in an existing building considering its assets and possible uses.
  • Using the most recent international techniques, to master the process of completely evaluating all a building¿s features and diagnosing its lesions and deterioration processes.
  • To recognise how the regulations in place affect historical, buildings, regardless of whether or not they are protected, and the methods to demonstrate ¿the highest degree of suitability possible¿, as required by the new TBC.
  • To become familiar with real different cases of projects and interventions in buildings presented by their own authors, and to analyse their subsequent documentation.
  • To gain the communication skills and tools needed to lead multidisciplinary teams, which are needed to both develop the projects and oversee construction.
Who is it for?
This course is targeted at professionals in the sector from different fields of training:
  • Architects
  • Building engineers and architectural technicians.
  • Civil engineers and technical civil engineers.
  • Industrial engineers and engineers with different specialisations.
Students in their last years of these degree programmes interested in restoration and rehabilitation.

Other specialised professionals who regularly participate in these projects:
  • Historians, archivists or archaeologists.
  • Restorers, graduates in fine arts.
  • Geologists or petrology professionals.
Candidates with other professional backgrounds may be admitted after a personal interview.

Training Content

List of subjects
9 ECTS 80h
Bases de la Construcción Histórica
Knowledge and criteria of the historical ways of building. Materials and constructive elements whose characteristics are often unfamiliar, such as walls, arches, vaults and domes made of bricks and lime mortar, roof reinforcements and frames made of wood, stuccoes, etc.
5 ECTS 30h
Método Sistémico para la Intervención en la Edificación Histórica
  • Theories of intervention in building rehabilitation or restoration, regardless of whether or not it is a heritage site.
  • Historical development throughout the preceding centuries. Current trends.
  • Presentation and complete application of the Objective-Systemic Method to buildings.
6 ECTS 40h
Métodos de Evaluación y Diagnosis Estructural de Edificios Históricos
  • Identification of the pathological states of the building and formulation of causal hypotheses.
  • Application of graphic models based on force polygons to solve structural equilibrium problems.
4 ECTS 20h
Characterization and Evaluation Previous
Identification and description of the materials, features and subsystems comprising buildings with the objective of conducting a performance evaluation. This includes the requirements stipulated by the TBC, the Technical Building Code, adapted to the characteristics inherent to historical buildings.
6 ECTS 20h
Workshop de Proyectos y Proyecto Básico
In the workshop, a project will be undertaken which must be delivered in the form of an ideas contest about a historical but not monumental building, with the support of experts in different areas of architectural intervention. The Basic Project is created based on a building chose by each team, on which they apply all the phases in the Systemic Method until reaching a level of specificity equivalent to what is customarily called a preliminary project.
5 ECTS 30h
Método Sistémico para la Intervención en la Ciudad Histórica
Theories for the knowledge and intervention methods in urban centres. Historical background and development from the Athens Charter until today. Urban renewal today. Presentation and complete application of the Objective-Systemic Method in the historical city.
10 ECTS 70h
Técnicas de Intervención y Casos Prácticos
Reinforcement, repair, restitution and restoration techniques, as well as criteria for choosing, adapting and redesigning, if needed, what is the most appropriate for each of the very different situations one can find in an intervention, including:
  • Restoration of the materials.
  • Reinforcement of the elements: foundations, walls and vaults, floors.
  • Overall reinforcement of buildings.
Different prestigious professionals will explain their projects and architectural rehabilitation and restoration interventions.

Workshop and Case Studies in the Master¿s Programme. All of these cases have been studied or undertaken by the professors in their professional practice:

  • Cathedrals: Barcelona, Lleida, Castelló d'Empúries, Mallorca and Tarazona.
  • Monasteries: Poblet, Santes Creus, Sant Llorenç near Bagà and San Millán de la Cogolla.
  • Works by Gaudí: Casa Botines, Palau Güell and the church at Colonia Güell.
  • Other buildings: Hospital de la Santa Cruz y San Pablo, etc., of great educational value.
7 ECTS 30h
Workshop de Proyectos II
The objective is similar to the previous workshop, but this time undertaken on a building of extraordinary monumental value. The project examines a conflict of values which have to be argued and should be coherent with the criteria applied, but which is resolved with little graphic development, photomontages of the overview coherent with a possible technical solution, even though it is never carried out. To reinforce the intensive work in the reflection stage, the project ends with a debate among students on the proposals submitted.
8 ECTS 40h
Intervention Projects
The preliminary project designed in the basic project continues to be developed until clearly specifying the different designs and details of the definitive constructive elements which resolve all the building¿s shortcomings in terms of structural safety or inhabitability, as well as all the proposals for restorative action, simultaneously indicating the degree to which the different requirements of the TBC are fulfilled and their justification if they are not fulfilled.
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:
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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.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
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.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
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.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
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
  • González Moreno-Navarro, Josep Lluís

    Architect. Chairman from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB at the UPC.
Teaching staff
  • González Moreno-Navarro, Josep Lluís

    Architect. Chairman from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB at the UPC.

Career opportunities

  • Head of intervention projects to rehabilitate or restore heritage sites.
  • Head of construction of rehabilitation or restoration projects.

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