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25th Edition
30 ECTS (218 teaching hours)
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 07/10/2020
Classes end: 11/06/2021
Programme ends : 01/10/2021
Wednesday: 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this programme?
The postgraduate Forms of Analysis and Intervention in the Built Heritage (FAIPAC) wants to provide the basic tools to train future technicians in the tasks related to the analysis prior to the restoration of architectural heritage elements.

Throughout these twenty-seven years have passed through our courses architects, technical architects, historians, art historians, archaeologists or restaurateurs, forming a community of more than 400 European and Latin American graduates.

  • 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.

Training Content

List of subjects
5 ECTS 38h
History and Theory of Restoration, from the Origins to the Charter of Venice
  • 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). Tábula 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.
5 ECTS 37h
History and Theory of the Restoration in Spain (1836-2010)
  • Monumental restoration in XIX century Catalonia and Spain. Disentailments.First romantic-literary visions. First inventaries and commissions of monuments. Vicente Lampérez, 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)
5 ECTS 38h
Construction Knowledge: Materials and Techniques
  • 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.
  • Facades and ornaments. Coverings and paints. Balconies, lintels, capitals, cornices, arches, carpinteries and grilles. Stone, wood and ceramic pavings.
  • Wall painting and architectural decoration: definition, types and materials, conservation and restoration.
  • Techniques in the 19th and 20th century. The case of Catalonia.

5 ECTS 38h
Pathologies, Intervention Techniques and Accessibility
  • 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 facades 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.
6 ECTS 37h
Urban Morphology and Intervention in Historical Centres
  • 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
4 ECTS 30h
Writing and Management of Catalogues and Architectural Heritage Protection Plans
  • 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.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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.

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.
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 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.
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
  • Alvarez Prozorovich, Fernando
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    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
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    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:
  • Arroyo Casals, Pau

    He has a degree in Fine Arts in the specialty of conservation-restoration of cultural property (UB) and Master in Restoration of Monuments of Architecture and Civil Engineering MRM (UPC). He has carried out studies for the conservation and valorisation of historical monuments, as well as restoration projects and conservation-restoration interventions of various architectural heritage assets. He is currently administrator and technical director of the company Lesena, Integral Heritage Service, S.L. and associate professor of the Degree of Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Assets of the UB.
  • Bestraten Castells, Sandra Cinta
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    Architect, professor at the ETSAB (UPC). Subjects: Housing and Cooperation, Low cost technologies for cooperation, Urban and architectural accessibility. Member of the Council of the Center for Development Cooperation and the Board of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability (UPC). Member of the Board of Directors of the Demarcation of Barcelona of the COAC. Partner of Bestraten Hormias Arquitectura. President of University Without Borders (USF).
  • 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
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    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.
  • Díaz Gómez, Cèsar

    Doctor Architect He has been professor of Architectural Constructions and coordinator of the University Master of Technology in Architecture (ETSAB / UPC) and postgraduate courses on rehabilitation at the Sert School of the COAC. His publications include: Inspection and diagnosis. Guidelines for intervention in residential buildings (Escola Sert, COAC, 2003), Interventions in modern architectural heritage in Catalonia (Ed. UPC, 2017) and The transformation of textile industrial buildings in Catalonia (Ed. UPC, 2017).
  • Graus Rovira, Ramon
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    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
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    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
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    Architect, lecturer at EPSEB (UPC). He teaches the subject "Diploma of Expansion of Competencies (DAC) in Rehabilitación". Partner of Bestraten Hormias Arquitectura. Project Coordinator of the University Without Borders Association (USF). He has developed numerous studies and accessibility plans (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Tarragona, Barcelona and others) in collaboration with public entities and associations.
  • Hostench Ruiz, Oriol
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    Architect for the ETSAB (UPC). Master in Theory and History of the Department of Theory and History of the Architecture and Communication Techniques of the ETSAB and currently a PhD student in the same department. Member of the Research Group of the Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model. Professor of the Workshop of field analysis and representation of the Patrimony built and technical coordinator of the Master's in Restoration of Monuments. Architect for the ETSAB (UPC). Master in Theory and History of the Department of Theory and History of the Architecture and Communication Techniques of the ETSAB and currently a PhD student in the same department. Member of the Research Group of the Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model. Professor of the Workshop of field analysis and representation of the Patrimony built and technical coordinator of the Master's in Restoration of Monuments. Architect for the ETSAB (UPC). Master in Theory and History of the Department of Theory and History of the Architecture and Communication Techniques of the ETSAB and currently a PhD student in the same department. Member of the Research Group of the Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model. Professor of the Workshop of field analysis and representation of the Patrimony built and technical coordinator of the Master's in Restoration of 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

    Degree in History of Art from the UB. Postgraduate in Forms of Analysis and Intervention in the Built Heritage (FAIPAC) of the UPC. She is currently a library director and belongs to the Group of Catalan Libraries Associated with UNESCO. Coauthor of "Basic lexicon of architectural restoration".
  • Manzano Saló, Marc

    Architect. Section of Heritage Conservation and Improvement. Secretary of Housing and Urban Improvement. Department of Planning and Sustainability. Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
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    Doctor Architect Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. He was director of the Department of Architectural Structures and is a member of the research group LITA (Laboratory of Innovation and Technology in Architecture). He is a professor of several postgraduate and master's courses. He has participated in outstanding projects such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the Science and Technology Park of Girona or the integral rehabilitation of the "Estación del Norte" in Barcelona.
  • Martínez Díez, Pablo

    Architect for the ETSAB (UPC). Co-founder of the 300,000kms / s study where transdisciplinary architectural projects are carried out, from territorial planning to industrial design through the lighting of spaces. His lighting projects include the Palau de la Música, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, among others.
  • Montón Lecumberri, Joaquín
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    Technical architect. Doctor by the UPC in the Doctoral Program of the ETSAB: Construction, restoration and architectural rehabilitation. Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC, in the EPSEB. Guest professor in courses of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya, and of the Col·legi d'Aparelladors, Arquitectes Tècnics and Enginyers de l'Edificació de Barcelona. It belongs to the GICITED research group of the UPC. His professional activity focuses on the diagnosis and pathology of wood in construction.
  • Navarro Ezquerra, Antonia
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    PhD in Geological Sciences from the UB, with the Doctoral Thesis "Stony construction materials and synthetic mortars, evaluation of the behavior of these materials in the face of consolidation and waterproofing products". Professor of Building Materials I of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the EPSEB, UPC. Technique of the Materials Laboratory of the EPSEB and research member of the GICITED group (Interdisciplinary Group of Science and Technology in Building).
  • Navas i Ferrer, Teresa
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    Doctor in Geography and Graduate in History of Art from the University of Barcelona (UB). Associate lecturer at the Department of Theory and History of Architecture (THATC) of the UPC. His research has focused on urban history of Barcelona and its metropolitan area, history of Civil Engineering and Cultural Heritage Management. He works at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) as a cultural manager and, since 2015, is linked to the project of the European Prize for Urban Public Space at the CCCB.
  • Paricio Casademunt, Antoni

    Doctor Architect and Technical Architect. Professor of Technology in Architecture. Currently, he teaches as a teacher of the Master's in Restoration of Architecture Monuments of the UPC School, the Rehabilitation Master's degree at COAATEEB, and the Sert School of the COAC. Academic Director of the Postgraduate Course in Pathology and Structural Study at COAATEEB. He has been responsible for the area of Permanent Training of the ITeC. He has published: "Secretos de un Sistema Constructivo: el Eixample" (1ª Edición 2001, 2ª edición 2008) y "La casa de cós al Maresme" (2017). The field of research has focused on architecture and the construction of the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Roca Fabregat, Pere
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    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
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    Doctor Architect, Technical Architect and Industrial Organization Engineer. Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. Specialist in construction materials, pathology of materials and expert in building diagnosis. Professor of the Materials of Construction, Diagnosis in Rehabilitation subjects. Director of the Materials Laboratory of the EPSEB (UPC) and member of the GICITED research group. Author and co-author of different research works related to construction materials and diagnosis processes, published in different books and scientific articles.
  • Rovira i Pons, Pere
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    Conservator-restorer of Cultural Assets. Bachelor of Fine Arts (UB, 1988), specializing in Conservation and Restoration. Responsible for the area of mural painting and stone sculpture of the Center for Restoration of Movable Property of Catalonia (CRBMC). Conservator of artistic and decorative heritage integrated into the architecture and coordinator of conservation-restoration projects associated with architectural restoration.
  • 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.

Career opportunities

  • Project manager in restoration of heritage in public administrations, in promoters and construction companies.
  • Consultant in professional offices.

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