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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration: From the Performance Evaluation (Technical Building Code) to the Intervention Project.


18th Edition
30 ECTS (190 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: 10/07/2020
Programme ends : 24/07/2020
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 post-graduate programme in Diagnosis and Criteria for Intervention in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration is the first part of the Master’s in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration and meets the construction sector’s need for professionals specialising in the phases prior to the development of the constructive project. It is a field of professional action which requires knowledge and skills which are not taught in university programmes today.

This knowledge includes historical construction, which is essential to understanding the strange combinations of materials and elements in historical buildings, and their evaluation in terms of performance, structure or inhabitability or safety, in order to obtain the criteria that will allow participants to discern the cultural values of the building. The coordination and convergence of such a broad body of knowledge is the ultimate objective of the post-graduate programme.

Along with that, the recent (2013) reform of the Technical Building Code (TBC) provides greater flexibility in fulfilment of its stipulations, but does so in exchange for greater responsibility for technicians, who are required to have exhaustive knowledge of the constructive-structural characteristics of buildings and their corresponding performance evaluation.

In order to achieve all of these objectives, the post-graduate programme gathers together the extensive experience of its professors over the 12 years of the post-graduate programme on Architectural Restoration in the 6 editions of the Master’s, which has transformed the many students who have pursued it into expert professionals.

  • 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 know how to recognise and understand the principles of solid mechanics and continuous materials mechanics applied to historical load-bearing structures and foundations, which are radically different to the methods used today given their lack of resistance to traction.
  • To understand and evaluate the environmental behaviour of historical buildings and of their possible users in order to take advantage of their characteristics, inertias, ventilations, etc., to achieve the maximal comfort and thermal efficiency.
  • 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.
  • To know how the regulations in force affect historical buildings, whether protected or not, and the methods used to demonstrate “the highest degree of suitability possible”, as required by the new TBC.
  • To understand the evolution of the fields of Rehabilitation and Restoration from their origins until today, and to establish consensual working procedures in order to optimise the basic decisions in intervention projects.
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.
Postgraduate diplomas 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 this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration: From the Performance Evaluation (Technical Building Code) to the Intervention Project .
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.
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.
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 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.
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 postgraduate course 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 construction of rehabilitation or restoration projects.

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