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Information 2021-2022 edition
The 2021-2022 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
1st Edition
New adaptation of the postgraduate course after a trajectory of 25 editions carried out.
28 ECTS (222 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 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
October 2022
Wednesday: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Thursday: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Taught at
Why this postgraduate course?
The postgraduate Forms of Analysis and Intervention in the Built Heritage 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 the postgraduate editions, architects, technical architects, historians, art historians, archaeologists or restorers have passed, 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 42h
Theory and History of Restoration I
  • 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 44h
Diagnosis of Historic Buildings: Traditional Building 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.

4 ECTS 26h
Analysis of Historic Buildings in Barcelona
  • Shaping an identity (650ac-1137). Birth of a capital. From Preromanic Barcelona to Catalan gothic (800-1350). Triumph and decadence of a capital (1350-1714). From the defeat to the Renaissance. Mercantilism and industrial revolution (1714-1888). The city of prodigies: Modernism and Noucentism (18888-1929). From the projects of the great city to the Autarchy (1929-49). The Barcelona of the R.Group (1947-1957). Democratic transition and Olympic transformation (1975-1992) The Barcelona Model crisis (1993-2004).
  • Gaudí: origin and formation. Gúell palace, first synthesis of youth.
  • Teresianas School: constructive logic as the base of the project.
  • Batlló House: the residential style of a reformed house in the Ensanche.
  • Milà House: the architecture of nature.
  • Güell Park: from a suburban garden to an urban park.
  • The Crypt of Güell Colony.
  • Sagrada Familia
5 ECTS 40h
Theory and History of Restoration II
  • 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 44h
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.
4 ECTS 26h
Analysis of Interventions and Management of European Heritage
  • Analysis of interventions in classical heritage:
    • Diocleciano Thermal Baths and Palazzo Altemps.
    • Duomo de Prato and Ruvo di Puglia Cathedral (Bari).
    • Sabbioneta Olympic Theatre.
    • Sant'Eliggio degli Orefici and Castelo Sant'Angelo (Rome).
    • Palazzo della Ragione (Milan).
    • Capella de Santa Maria (Abbazia Della Novalesa, Torino).
    • Villa Barbaro (Vicenza).
    • Villa Biberatica i Palazzo Poli (Rome).
  • Analysis of interventions in Catalan and Aragon's heritage.
  • Analysis of interventions in modern architecture in Holland, Italy and Spain.
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. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).

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.
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
  • Hostench Ruiz, Oriol

    Architect by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master's degree in Theory and History of the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques of the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectes de Barcelona (ETSAB) of the UPC and currently, he is a PhD student in the same department. He has been an associate professor at the ETSAB in the subjects of History of Architecture I and II. Member of the research group of the Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model.
Teaching staff
  • Garcia Belmonte, Bàrbara

    Architect by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Diploma of advanced studies of research sufficiency for the topic "Architecture and Memory: (re) presentation of the place", Department of Architectural Projects, UPC.
  • González García, Reinald

    Doctor in Art History from the University of Barcelona (UB) where he has taught. He has also taught at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and in the doctoral program in architecture at ESARQ. In recent years he has been an associate professor of the Master of Cultural Heritage Management at the UB. He is the partner and founder of Veclus, S.L., a company dedicated to the study and research of Catalan built heritage since 1987 and with more than a thousand buildings studied within the Catalan sphere and especially in the city of Barcelona. He has directly participated in different Bcin's restoration projects in Catalonia.
  • 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.
  • Gueilburt Talmazan, Luis

    Sculptor, painter and writer. He has exhibited his work in Reus, Mollet del Vallès, Vich, Moyá and Nagoya. A student of Catalan modernism and Antoni Gaudí, he has written several books on the subject.He was a professor at the Escola Politècnica Superior de Barcelona at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Hormias Laperal, Emilio
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    Architect, professor at the Higher Polytechnic School of Barcelona of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He teaches the subject "Diploma of Expansion of Competences (DAC) in Rehabilitation". Partner of Bestratén Hormias Arquitectura. Project coordinator of the association Universidad sin Fronteras (USF). He has developed numerous studies and accessibility plans (Vilanova y la Geltrú, Tarragona, Barcelona and others) in collaboration with public entities and associations.
  • Hostench Ruiz, Oriol

    Architect by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master's degree in Theory and History of the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques of the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectes de Barcelona (ETSAB) of the UPC and currently, he is a PhD student in the same department. He has been an associate professor at the ETSAB in the subjects of History of Architecture I and II. Member of the research group of the Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model.
  • Menchón Bes, Joan Josep

    Archaeologist, graduated in Ancient History and Archeology from the University of Barcelona (UB, 1989). Master in Heritage Management (1993), Medieval Archeology (1995) and postgraduate in Medieval and Post-medieval Ceramics (1996) from the UB. Technical chief of historical heritage of the Tarragona City Council. Specialist in Roman and medieval archeology, heritage management. Coordinator and director of archaeological works and heritage intervention.
  • Navarro Ezquerra, Antonia
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    PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB). Professor of Petris Materials in the Department of Technology of Architecture of the Escola Politècnica Superior de Barcelona (EPSEB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor of Pathological Processes and Diagnosis, and Intervention Techniques II, of the Master's Degree in Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques in Building. Technician in the Materials Laboratory of the EPSEB, and research member of the 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 of Architecture and Technical Architect from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Professor of Technology in Architecture at the UPC. Professor of the Master of Rehabilitation of the COAATEEB, and of 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 Ongoing Training area of ITeC. He has published Secrets of a Constructive System: the Ensanche (1st Edition 2001, 2nd edition 2008) and La casa de coso en el Maresme (2017). His research field has focused on 19th and 20th century architecture and construction.
  • Rosell Amigó, Joan Ramon
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    Doctor of Architecture, Technical Architect and Industrial Organization Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Professor of the Department of Architecture Technology of the UPC. He is a specialist in building materials, pathology of materials and an expert in the diagnosis of buildings. Professor of the subjects of Construction Materials, Diagnosis in Rehabilitation. Director of the Materials Laboratory of the Escola Politècnica Superior de Barcelona (EPSEB) of the UPC and member of the research group GICITED (Interdisciplinary Group of Science and Technology in Building). Author and co-author of different research works related to construction materials and diagnostic processes, published in different books and scientific articles.

Career opportunities

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

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