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Urban Design

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School

Urban planning cannot be indifferent to the fast transformations of our society in the new information era. The increasing complexity of the urban phenomena and their interactions, the impact of the new communication technologies in relationship between the city and the territory, the role of the big metropolises, which is getting more and more relevant to an international scale, make the urban planner develop suitable methods and instruments of intervention in this context.

This new common program faces up to the challenges of contemporary urban planning, attending to the development of new instruments for a critical intervention in different contexts. The workshops constitute the core of the each semester.

The Master is divided into three modules, corresponding to the three fields of action of urban intervention "City Design", devoted to planning, "Urban Project", devoted to urban design, and "Regional Design "devoted to regional planning.

There are five types of subjects in the Masters. The workshops deal with the analysis and project designs of real and current cases. The theoretical subjects put forward conceptual discussions and reflections on the recent evolution of the city and the territory and the mechanisms for an urban intervention. The methodological subjects are directed at promoting the knowledge of the application of a technique or instrument from the analysis of several plans and other project design figures. The seminars treat present topics, but with a transcendence beyond the local and concrete thing, which invites theoretical reflection. The specialization courses are subjects that approach practical questions like the land arrangement, systems of mobility, environmental management, etc.


The UPC's Masters in Urban Planning Project Design has been designed to train highly qualified architects in the development of urban projects that have to adapt to a dynamic and very complex urban environment. The Master's program emphasizes the physical form of the interventions, in relation to which the rest of aspects in urban planning are considered (economic, social, management, etc.). This is the reason why the workshops based on real urban planning projects in different towns, carried out in close collaboration with the corresponding administrations, are the focal points of the Masters. The rest of subjects, which bring extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge about the processes of urban and territorial transformations, are articulated around the workshops.

Because the participants on the Master hail from all over the world, they often work in multicultural groups, an enriching situation that is more and more common in the professional activities of urbanists.

The aim of the Master's is to capacitate students to do the following:
- Analyze urban problems in urban and regional areas.
- Design proposals for planning, remodeling and developing these areas.
- Understand the sociological, economic, technical and managerial aspects of urban planning and weave these into their understanding of the forms of physical intervention.
- Incorporate the different scales involved in Urbanism into their designs.
- Develop discriminating, well-grounded views of the field of Urbanism.

Beyond that, the specific objectives in the Master are: (1) think critically and incorporate the dynamics of urban complexity within a clear conceptual framework, (2) encourage research through design, which enables enhanced visibly ability of this method of approach and offer an innovative technique (project as a producer of knowledge), (3) be able to initiate a contextual and flexible dialogue within the framework of a strategic bargaining with the different stakeholders or affected by the design proposal in order to achieve a better understanding of the implementation process, and (4) promote wider perspective on the consequences of decisions and actions on shaping the current and future city.

Who is it for

Architects with advanced or associates degrees.
Urban Developers.
Managers working for public administrations in urbanism departments.
Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.



Territorial Organisation Workshop
15 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 1st year
This workshop focuses on formulating a real, current and representative intervention proposal for one of the issues that territorial organisation is currently dealing with. The effect of massive infrastructures, the geography of activities, recognition of the shape of territories as an intervention criteria, among other things, will be some of the issues that will be articulated in the focus of the project. This project will be initiated using information that has already been generated allowing students to quickly use the materials and create adequately detailed proposals.
Directors: Profs. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel, Dr. Julián Galindo González and Alvaro Cuellar Jaramillo (Urban Development and Territorial Organisation Department).
Assessment: The project developed at the workshop
Post-industrial City Territories
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
Analysis and discussion of metropolitan realities like the growth and transformation process that Barcelona and other Mediterranean cities have experienced over the last few decades. Special attention is given to urban and territorial morphology as expressions of changes in demographics, economic activities, mobility, industry location, tertiary elements, facilities and residential areas. New forms of metropolitan growth. The nature of problems and processes.
Directors: Prof. Dr. Antonio Font Arellano (Urban Development and Territorial Organisation Department).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Territorial Organisation Theory
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This section seeks to offer key urban development and design studies into the origin and evolution of territorial organisation and an evaluation of the current situation of our context and other nearby urban development cultures through the selection and detailed discussion of a meaningful group of plans and studies. This includes definition of objectives, technical development of the main proposals and application instruments.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Joaquim Sabaté Bel and Jordi Franquesa (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Territorial Organisation Experiences. Models, Instruments and Methods
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This course studies the different types of the most commonly used plans in the territorial sector in Spain by presenting and critiquing of a series of case studies. As well this course looks at maps used in the Catalonian territorial sector, as well as maps from some other regions, where it is possible to look at the different types and focuses of methodologies produced nowadays.
Responsibles: Profs. Juli Esteban Noguera (Departamento de Política Territorial de la Generalitat de Cataluña) y Josep M. Carrera Alpuente (Instituto de Estudios Territoriales, Departamento de Territorio y Sostenibilidad de la Generalitat de Cataluña)
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Classes of support to the workshop
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
Discussions related to the workshop. The course will present the conceptual foundations of ecology at planning, landscape ecology principles, criteria for the design and sustainable management of the territory. It also will discuss the processes of growth and transformation of the territory from the socioeconomic perspective or the design of big infrastructures.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urban and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Cultural Landscapes, Heritage and Regional Planning Project
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
This course aims to provide an overview of developments in the treatment of heritage from the protection of cultural landscapes. Learn the concepts of 'cultural landscape' and 'heritage park', make a specific assessment of the situation in our immediate context and the challenges posed by this new conception of the landscape. Evaluate criteria and instruments in the successive stages in the development of a project in an area full of heritage resources and develop through analysis of representative examples, methodological guidelines for intervention.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Estructura y Sistemas Urbanos
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
This course includes discussion about the material, functional and formal characteristics of the contemporary city when it experiences a transition from an industrial economy to a service based economy and from a compact urban configuration towards a more diffuse configuration. Analysis of processes and different forms of traditional growth, new means of locating activities and constructing new residential and commercial zones. Collective space versus public and private space in the contemporary city.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Josep M ª Claret Vilanova and Angel Martin Ramos (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Teoria del Planeamiento Urbano
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
This course is a review of intervention theory in the urban planning field, dealing with things from the contributions of primary plans to urban documentation within the discipline. Reflection on the evolution of theory and planning methods, as well as reflection on the representative elements of recent process stages.
Responsible: Profs. Dr. Miquel Coromines Ayala and Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Urban Planning Workshop
15 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 1st year
This workshop focuses on the analysis and organisation of urban structures and some of its systems using a medium sized Mediterranean city, whose problems and issues and previous history make it especially suitable for academic discussion and professional specialisation, as an example. The project will start with a physical proposal that demonstrates the relationship between design and construction of a city, taking into account timelines and the organisational necessities of process and form management.
Responsible: Profs. Dr. Antonio Font Arellano and Isabel Castiñeira Palou (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: The project developed in the workshop
Regulación Urbanística y Economía Urana
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours. 1st year
The first part of the course deals with urban regulations and management instruments: distribution of land use and building density, quality controls and urban standards, infrastructures and controlling the shape of urban spaces, types of plans, controlling growth and transformation processes and regulation of architecture from the planning stages.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Xavier Carceller (Department of Architectural Construction) and Ferran Navarro Acebes (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).

The second part of the course teaches students how to read the growth and transformation processes of cities from key economic and social perspectives. Things like local labour markets, industrial districts, involvement of new modes of transport and exchange, information flows and spreading of information are some of the economic changes that a city undergoes that require a physical solution.
Responsible: Profs. J. Trullén, R. Boix, I.Muñiz (Area de economía aplicada de la Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona)
Infraestructuras, Medio Ambiente y Ciudad
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 1st year
The aim of the first part of the course is to offer a focused view of the relationship between two concepts (infrastructure and planning) on an urban scale. This course proposes systematising characteristic problems from each type of infrastructure according to remodelled planning where issues and flows (communication, energy, mobility), logistics, environmental infrastructures, public transportation, together with other relatively traditional layouts of streets and urban services constitute fundamental themes.
Responsible: Profs. Joan Miró and Francesc Magrinyà (Department of Infrastructures, Transport and Regional Planning).

The second part of this course introduces environmental principles on an urban scale, integrating them into the urban landscape. New concepts, parameters and techniques following the environmental paradigm are incorporated into this course with the aim of improving the integration of natural and urban environments.
Responsible: Profs. Albert Cuchí and Xavier Carceller (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Project Analysis and Evaluation
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
This course seeks to analyse different aspects of medium sized urban interventions, predominately urban projects, by looking at the different elements and techniques used in recent proposals that have been selected for this course because of their paradigmatic nature.
Responsible: Profs. Drs. Miquel Corominas Ayala y Joaquim Sabaté Bel (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Urban Improvement
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
Recent urban improvement plans and operations, as much for the sector itself as for the variety of situations where they are proposed, for the diversity of objectives and the intervention methods, represent one of the most important chapters in the history of urban development of our cities. This course seeks to classify these things according to common themes, allowing us to do comparative study to establish suitable criteria, objectives and intervention methods for use with different urban improvement situations.
Responsible: Prof. Ricard Fayos Molet (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Urban Design Workshop
14 ECTS. 120 teaching hours. 1st year
This workshop focuses on the relationships between new pieces of a contemporary city that are frequently characterised by their isolation, mutual indifference and insensitivity within the urban context, given that they have generated peri-urban zones where non-integration is the norm.
Designs proposals put forth will focus on exploiting the potential functional and formal links between these peripheral units to be able to configure new city structures and determine their complexity, vitality and beauty.
Responsible: Profs. Drs. Miquel Corominas Ayala, Adolf Sotoca Garcia y Beth Tuà Sardà (Department of Urban and Regional Planning).
Evaluation: The project developed at the workshop
La Construcción de la Forma Urbana.
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours. 2nd year
The urban project, such as the architectural one, is an exercise of synthesis about diferent factors. In this synthesis the invention of the urban form -either of volumes or spaces- is often a key moment to unlock the process. The effectiveness of this form depends on its conformity with the technical and functional aspects, but also depends on a crucial attribute: the internal consistency of the shape itself. The course aims to expose some mechanisms for constructing formal coherence and to come into an analysis and understanding of the logic of form, its process of formation, the relationship of the project with the context or the economy of expressive resources. It seeks to provide conceptual tools to project the urban morphology, without forgetting the other dimensions of the synthesis of design.
Responsible: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Español Llorens (Departament of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Design of Public Space
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours. 2nd year
This course focuses on the discussion about public space projects: streets, boulevards, promenades, squares and parks, through its most characteristic features explained by their authors. This instrumental course, will review the different elements and common techniques used in the construction and maintenance of public space. This seminar will focus in the recent review of public space design and in the gradual enrichment of techniques and materials.
Responsible: Prof. Miquel Corominas Ayala (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
New Residential Designs
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours. 1st year
The scarcity of innovation of different types of residential organisation models put forth over the last few years is in stark contrast to the traditional role of residential design projects as purveyors of new urban organisational models. Given the minimal quality of housing, new offerings tend to be promoted by means of complimentary aspects such as: centrality, accessibility, features, community spaces, entertainment, and proximity to natural spaces... This seminar is based on analysis of designs from the last twenty five years.
Responsible: Profs. Drs Isabel Castiñeira Palou and Francesc Peremiquel Lluch (Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).
Assessment: Work related to the workshop
Módulo Situaciones y Escenarios: Seminario de Investigación
10 ECTS. 40 teaching hours. 2nd year
This fourth module of the Master of Urban Design is the development of a research project, scheduled by a research seminar with a clear methodological orientation.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
    Doctor in Architecture and Economist. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Coordinator of the PhD in Urban Planning and of the Official Research Masters in Urban Planning. Conferences, seminars, master's courses and doctorates in more than fifty universities of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Research activity on the tools, methods and theories of urban development project, and the relationship between patrimonial resources and local development. All this has been translated in more than a hundred of books or book chapters, and in projects recognized four times in the National Awards of Planning.

Teaching staff

  • Batlle Durany, Enric
    Architect, PhD in architecture in 2002 with the thesis recently published by GG entitled 'The Garden of the Metropolis' and Professor in the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of ETSAV. He's specialized in landscaping and has given numerous lectures worldwide. In 1981, together with Joan Roig, creates BATLLE Y ROIG ARQUITECTES, an architectural firm that develops building projects, planning and landscape. His work has won awards both state and international level.
  • Bergadà Masquef, Jordi
    Architect for the ETSAB, professional office in Reus from 1983 to present, several projects of architecture, public spaces and urban design, promoting both public and private, member of Departament of Culture of Demarcation of Tarragona COAC 1992-96. President of this Demarcation 1996-2010, Member of the COAC Governing Board 1996-2012, member of the Commission of Urbanism of Catalonia 2003-2011 and Councilor of Architecture and Urbanism of the City of Reus 1999-2011.
  • Carrera Alpuente, Josep Maria
    Arquitecto y Economista. Director de Planeamiento del Instituto de Estudios Territoriales. Coordinador del Plan Territorial Metropolitano de Barcelona.
  • Castell Puig, Carles
    Biólogo. Doctor en Ecología y Máster en Función Directiva y en Gestión Ambiental en el Mundo Rural. Actualmente es Jefe de la Oficina de Planificación y Anàlisis Territorial de la Diputación de Barcelona (Área de Territorio y Sostenibilidad), desde donde colaboró en la elaboración del PTMB. La aportación de su equipo se centró en la definición y caracterización del sistema de espacios abiertos y en la evaluación ambiental estratégica en aquellos aspectos relacionados con este sistema.
  • Castiñeira Palou, Isabel
    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. She has reconciled her teaching at the ETSAV with classes of Master in Urban Design and with her professional exercise in Castiñeira Corominas Sabaté SCP, CCRS architects, where it has developed numerous works of planning to several scales, territorial and urban.
  • Corominas Ayala, Miquel
    Dr. Architect, Professor of Urbanism at ETSAB. Special doctoral award of UPC for the thesis: "Sòl, tècnica i iniciativa en els origens de l'Eixample de Barcelona". He has participated in several exhibitions about the Eixample and has published several articles, chapters and books about Cerdà and about the Eixample and others about urban planning. He has been invited lecturer in various universities of Europe and America. Architect responsible of Eixample in Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1987. Combines teaching with professional practice of urbanism in the study CCRS, architects and partners. Plan Director de Valle de Hebrón y del barrio de St.Ildefons y Plan especial Diagonal/Poblenou; Planes municipales de Vidreres, St. Pere Pescador, Vilafranca del Penedés, Mollet, Rubí, Vic, La Orotava (Tenerife), Lepe y Almonaster la Real (Huelva); Plan Insular de Tenerife; Remodelación Puerto de Brindisi (Italia) y reordenación viaria cuenca del Beberibe en Recife (Brasil).
  • Cuellar, Álvaro
    Architect, Urban Design Master and PhD student in UPC. He has collaborated with diverse offices of architecture, always in topics related to territorial planning, urban design and urban complex projects. He has participated in work for both public and private agents, most recently in Catalonia, the Canary Islands and Andorra. He combines the professional activity with the research and teaching, being nowadays teacher and investigator in the school of architecture of the UIC and from 2007 teacher in the Master of Urban Design (UPC)
  • Español Llorens, Joaquim
    Doctor in Architecture and professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC). He has been professor of the "Accademia di Architettura" in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and invited professor in various universities of Europe and America. He is the author of books about architectural research, as "Architects in the landscape", "Invitation to the architecture", "Girona: Anatomy of the historic city", "The fragil order of the architecture" (Doctoral special prize, "Archítesis" prize) and "Form and consistency". He has realized his professional work with F. Hereu. With him he has obtained several prizes (FAD prize of opinion, Special mention award of European Public Space, finalist in several FAD prizes, and others architectural prizes). His works have been published in books and specialized magazines, as well as in the monograph "F. Hereu and J.Español. Inventories of Architecture", and have been showed in various exhibition.
  • Esteban Noguera, Juli
    Arquitecto, Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña por su larga trayectoria en el ámbito del urbanismo metropolitano que ha contribuido al conocimiento urbanístico en sus dimensiones teórica, metodológica y profesional. Ha desarrollado su trabajo profesional en el campo del urbanismo. Ha participado en la redacción del Plan General Metropolitano de Barcelona y fue el Director de los Servicios de Urbanismo de la Corporación Metropolitana de Barcelona (1977-1987). Asimismo, fue director de Servicios de Ordenación Urbanística de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (1987-1992).
  • Fayos Molet, Ricard
    Architect (UPC, 1974). Professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC) and professor of various Master¿s programs and international seminars. Since 1984 is linked in several important charges in the town hall of Barcelona and since 1992 is the Technical Director of Planning and Infrastructure of the town hall of Barcelona.
  • Font Arellano, Antonio
    Doctor in Architecture, Professor Emeritus at the UPC. National Planning Award 1983. Works along the lines of analysis and project planning, which has developed in european national and regional research projects, being the author of numerous books and articles in this matter and in urban planning. Professional practice of urban and territorial project, such as technical assistance to the Administrations and Public Organisms. Member of several Scientific Committees and International Academics related to the area of study.
  • Franquesa Sanchez, Jordi
    Architect and PhD in Urban Planning by ETSAB. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC) since 1996. Master in Urban Design. He has realized courses on Theory of Architecture at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Venice, in Goiânia (Brazil), Mexico City and in the city of Lisbon. Lately he has focused his career on the study of techniques to improve teaching in architecture, as founder of GILDA (Group for Logistics Innovation and Teaching in Architecture), within the RIMA program (Research and Innovation in Learning Methodologies ) of the UPC.
  • Galindo Gonzalez, Julian
    Doctor in Architecture and Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC), where also develops his activity as a researcher. He has taught in several courses and international workshops, such as the Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism in Santander. He has coordinated, with the Historisch Amsterdam Museum, the exhibition "The construction of the open city. Amsterdam 1934-1995", presented in Spanish and European universities, and was invited by the universities of Palermo and Venice at the seminars that accompanied the exhibition in Italy. His works and articles have been recognized in publications, magazines and on national and international awards.
  • Henrich Monràs, Jordi
    Architect (ETSAB, 1982) and Master in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University, NY (1985). Architect of the Department of Urban Projects of the Hall of Barcelona (1987-2004) and the Department of Public Space of AMB (2004-2007). He currently works as freelancer, working with J.Artigues, architect, and recently with I. Bennasar, architect, working on projects for public spaces and public facilities.
  • Jornet Forner, Sebastià
    Arquitecto Urbanista (UPC, 1987). Profesor asociado del Departamento de Urbanismo y Ordenación del Territorio de la UPC. Miembro de la ponencia técnica de la Comisión Territorial de Urbanismo de Barcelona, en representación del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Cataluña y para la Comisión Territorial de Urbanismo de les Terres de l'Ebre, en representación de la Federación de Municipios de Cataluña. Profesor en diversos cursos de formación en el campo del urbanismo y la gestión en la UPC, Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona y la Escuela Sert del Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña. Presidente de la Agrupación de Arquitectos Urbanistas de Cataluña. Premio Europeo de Urbanismo 2010, Premio Nacional de Urbanismo de España 2006 por el Plan de Transformación del Barrio de La Mina en Sant Adrià de Besòs, Premio Urbanismo de la XI Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo por el Plan de Ordenación Urbanística Municipal de Montmeló, junto a Carles Llop y Joan Enric Pastor.
  • Magrinyà Torner, Francesc
    Ingeniero de Caminos (UPC 1988). Doctor en Urbanismo (ENPC Paris I Sorbonne; 2002). Profesor de urbanismo en el Departamento de Ingeniería Civil y Ambiental (UPC). Director técnico exposición Mostra Cerdà. Urbs i Territori (1994). Comisario de la exposición Cerdà 150 años de modernidad (2010).
  • Martin Ramos, Angel
    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design and Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC. He has developed an extensive professional practice in the field of the urban and territorial planning and is the author of several published studies on urban, historical and current issues, as well as of the Spanish edition of relevant works of the modern urbanism.
  • Matilla Ayala, Xavier
    Arquitecto. Profesor de urbanismo en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallés. Redactor, con JLP Arquitectos, del Plan de Ordenación Urbana Municipal de Montmeló.
  • Morán Núñez, Francisca Josefa
    Arquitecta y Máster en Arquitectura del Paisaje, des de 2012 crea la empresa especializada en proyectes de paisaje y habitaje (www.pepamoran.com). Actualmente desenvolupa su tesis doctoral. Des de 2005 trabaja como profesora asistente al Máster en Arquitectura del Paisaje de la UPC. Ha trabajado en el equipo de ríos de la Asociación de Municipios del Area Metropolitana de Barcelona (2007-2012). Ha colaborado con: Manuel Ruisánchez Arquitectes SL, Anna Zahonero (az), Estudis Projectes i Paisatge del medi ambient SL i Estudi Martí Franch. Es una de las socias miembro del equipo de redacción de la revista de paisaje Paisea.
  • Navarro Acebes, Ferran
    Architect. He has worked as Head of Planning in several municipalities (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, L'Arboç, La Bisbal del Penedes ...) Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning of the UPC since 1982. Own office since 1976, draft of general and derivative planning (especially historical centers) and of documents for the urban development management. He has written several books and articles about the urban development management, especially on the execution of the urbanism and the transformation of the built city.
  • Pareja-Eastaway, Montserrat
    Economista, Doctora en Economía, Profesora titular del departamento de Teoría Económica de la Universitat de Barcelona
  • Peremiquel Lluch, Francesc
    Doctor of Architecture (UPC). Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning at the ETSAB (UPC). Professor of several graduate programs. Author and director of researching works in the field of Urban Transformation and Urban Residential Project. Member of the Urban planning Research Group. Municipal Architect of Badalona (1985-2007) where was head of urban planning.
  • Pesoa Marcilla, Melisa
    An architect holding an MSc in Urban Planning from the UPC and a doctoral candidate in urban planning (UPC). A lecturer and researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in the areas of theory and history of the city and urban morphology. She has participated as a lecturer in the Master's degree on Urban Planning at the UPC and in international workshops. She is responsible for organising the Urban Planning Research Seminar and is a member of the editorial board of the journals QRU (Quaderns de Recerca en Urbanisme) and ID (Identidades).
  • Pié Ninot, Ricard
    Ricard Pié Ninot, Doctor arquitecto por la UPC y catedrático de Urbanismo y Ordenación del Territorio en la ETSAV-UPC. Ocupó el cargo de director de Servicios de Planeamiento y Gestión Urbanística del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (1989-1992), en el período pre-olímpico. Formó parte del equipo redactor del PGM de Barcelona (1974-1976) y ha realizado diferentes planes a lo largo del territorio catalán y español. Ha sido premiado con el Premio Catalunya d¿Urbanisme 2003 y 2011. Es especialista en cuestiones relacionadas con la ordenación del territorio y el turismo, sobre los cuales ha publicado numerosos libros y artículos. Actualmente dirige diversos grupos de investigación sobre estas temáticas.
  • Quintana Creus, Màrius
    Architect (ETSAB 1979). Architect of the Department of Urban Projects from 1982 to 1988 and Head of the Department of Urban Elements from 1988 to 1992 of the Hall of Barcelona. Professor of School of Design Elisava of Urban Furniture Design from 1988 to 1997. Professor of Urban II at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, during 1992-1993. Professor of Projects III in the School of Architecture of the Vallès from 1993 to 1996. Professor of Projects VII-VIII in the School of Architecture of Barcelona since 1996. Conservative architect of Mies van der Rohe's Pavilion in 1999.
  • Quirante Vilamajó, Rosa
    Sustainability Service the City of Sabadell
  • Sabaté Bel, Joaquim
    Doctor in Architecture and Economist. Professor of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Coordinator of the PhD in Urban Planning and of the Official Research Masters in Urban Planning. Conferences, seminars, master's courses and doctorates in more than fifty universities of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Research activity on the tools, methods and theories of urban development project, and the relationship between patrimonial resources and local development. All this has been translated in more than a hundred of books or book chapters, and in projects recognized four times in the National Awards of Planning.
  • Vall Casas, Pere
    Director del Área de Urbanismo y Ordenación del Territorio de la Escuela Técnica Superior d'Arquitectura de la Universidad Internacional de Cataluña
  • Zahonero Xifré, Anna Maria
    Biologist with a degree from the Universitat de Barcelona and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Has been linked to the UPC since 1992 as a founding member and principal researcher of the Centre de Recerca i Projectes de Paisatge. Has developed curricular content for the Master¿s program in Landscape Architecture (1993-2003), for the Graduat Superior program in Landscape Architecture (1998-2004), and for the Màster Universitari in Landscape Architecture (2006-2009). She has been an associate professor in the Departament d¿Urbanisme i Ordenació del Territori since 2001, where her teachings have primarily been in the field of landscape. Having begun her professional activity in 1993, she founded the company (az) Estudis i Projectes de Medi Ambient i de Paisatge S.L.P in 2006, which primarily works on developing projects on landscape insertion, environmental and landscape reports for urban a

General information

100 ECTS (630 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:12/09/2017Classes end:20/12/2019Programme ends: 30/07/2020
Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  17:30 to 21:30Wednesday  16:00 to 20:00Thursday  16:00 to 20:00
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649. Edifici A
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 70
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 or a university qualification equivalent to an EHEA degree, diploma or degree. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.

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10.000 €
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