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Architecture and the Environment: Integration of Renewable Energy in Architecture

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School

Currently, the architecture sector should be fully conscious of environmental needs and respond with designs that reflect this conscious approach to sustainable human environments. With this approach in mind, energy is a very important issue, not only with respect to the use of natural energy sources, but also in the integration of these concepts into buildings and urban developments. This is really about recovering the positive technical and aesthetic aspects of integrating natural energy components into the architecture of buildings and the environment.

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  • To train natural environment control specialists in architecture, with knowledge of how to use the techniques of lighting, climatology and acoustics usable with natural energy sources.
  • To offer the skills needed to work on design and evaluation of buildings and systems, when consulting for these issues or as a function of administrative control.
  • To train professionals to be able to select the best energy systems for specific situations involving buildings and their environments, to design the general characteristics of these systems and to formally and technically integrate them into a comprehensive concept of an architectural project.

Who is it for

  • Architects, technical architects and engineers interested in obtaining a high degree of specialisation in the application of renewable energies in architecture.
  • Other university professionals that need to broaden their knowledge in this field.



Medio Ambiente Urbano: Materia, Energia e Información
15 ECTS. 130 teaching hours.
Control Energético en la Arquitectura
10 ECTS. 75 teaching hours.
The incidence of the sun and quantity of energy available in each case must be tools for make decisions at urban or architectonical level. In this module the student begins the use of different software for simulation, calculations and analysis of solar radiation applied at the architecture. Another energy form, less studied but not less important for users is the acoustic, either for interior spaces or for urban scale. In this module user-friendly software is used for simulations application on spaces in order to assess and analyze the various proposals with which an architect works in usual situations. Theoretical concepts and the practices carried out prepare students to use the most appropriate tools in their future practice.
Energías Renovables en la Arquitectura
10 ECTS. 70 teaching hours.
Integración de Energías Renovables en la Arquitectura
15 ECTS. 105 teaching hours.
10 ECTS. 100 teaching hours.
The student must develop an individual unpublished work, where he must make a synthesis of the knowledge and skills acquired and it will be assessed in an oral presentation evaluated by a jury.
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

  • Coch Roura, Helena
    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
    Doctor Architect. Department of Architectural Technology I of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Teaching staff

  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
    Doctor Architect. Department of Architectural Technology I of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Beckers, Benoit
    Doctor Engineer. Dept. of Urban Systems Engineering. University of Technology of Compiègne
  • Carceller Roqué, Xavier
    Doctor in Architecture (UPC). Professor of courses in Urban Ecology, Sustainable City and Territory, Environmental Assessment or Integration of Urban Planning, Legislation, Environmental Management and Diagnosis. He develops the professional activity in the administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia where, among other charges, has been head of the Planning Natural Environment (Department of Environment) and he is currently Head of Service Plans and Programs, in the General Division Environmental Assessment (Department of Planning and Sustainability).
  • Carod de Arriba, Xavier
    Doctor en Ingeniería de Proyectos por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Licenciado en Química por la Universitat de Barcelona, especializado en Ciencia de Materiales. Colaborador de la Cátedra SEAT/UPC del 2007 al 2012. Profesor asociado en el Departamento de Ingeniería de Proyectos y Construcción de la UPC.
  • Coch Roura, Helena
    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Corbat Diaz, Enrique
    Architect. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Crespo Cabillo, Isabel
    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Representation at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Cuchí Burgos, Albert
    Doctor of Architecture (ETSAB, 1983) and Professor in the Department of Architectural Technology I of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and coordinator of the line of Sustainable Building of the Master of Sustainability at UPC (Official Master). He works on issues of sustainability and architecture, both in teaching and research, in collaboration with various institutions. He has made presentations, and publications on the issue at national and international level. Founding member of the group "Architecture and Sustainability" of the College of Architects of Catalonia and partnership for sustainable building in GBC Spain. Technical partner in sustainability and building of various institutions, including t Generalitat de Cataluña, Ministries of the Government of Spain, the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona and the Consortium of Santiago de Compostela. He has published several works on an urban scale.
  • Cucurull Descarrega, Domingo
    Gerente de los Servicios de Medio Ambiente de la Diputación de Barcelona
  • Feliu Jofre, Alvaro
    Civil Engineer
  • Ferrero Andreu, Lluis
    Engineer Department of Engineering Projects (UPC)
  • Garcia Gil, Manuel
    Engineer Department of Engineering Projects (UPC)
  • Garrido Torres, Pablo
    Architect.Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • González Benítez, Maria Margarita
    PhD in Science. Professor of Engineering Projects Department of the UPC. Specialist in design for the environment and sustainability tools must.
  • Isalgue Buxeda, Antoni
    Doctor in Physics. Professor, Department of Applied Physics (UPC)
  • Lorenzo Gálligo, Pedro
    PhD in Architecture. Department of Projects University of Catalonia (UPC)
  • Marín Herrera, Juan Antonio
    Architect Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • Montané Balagué, Eduard
    Arquitecte. Founding Member of Set Architects
  • Muntané Raich, Oriol
    Architect Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • Möller Parera, Diana
    Architect. Technical Advisor in thermal and acoustic insulation. Isover Spain
  • Navés Viñas, Francesc
    PhD in Architecture. Department of Architectural Structures (UPC)
  • Pagès Ramon, Anna
    Architect PhD. Department of Architecture Technology (UPC).
  • Pardal March, Cristina
    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • Roca i Blanch, Estanislao
    Doctor of Architecture. He is currently teaching section chief of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the UPC. Award for Teaching Quality at UPC 2011, and Distinction Jaume Vicens Vives 2011. Combines his teaching at ETSAB and other universities, undergraduate and graduate courses, with the task of architect and urbanist, and received, in both respects, several awards nationally and internationally.
  • Roset Calzada, Jaume
    Doctor in Physics. Polytechnic University of Catalonia. UPC
  • Rull Bertran, Rosa Maria
    Architect. Lecturer in Projects at the Alicante Higher Polytechnic School (EPS-UA), the ESARQ-UIC, and the BAU - University of Vic. Founding partner of the studio Bailo+Rull - ADD + ARQUITECTURA
  • Sagrera Cuscó, Albert
    Architect. Orgànica Society member.
  • Santamaria Garcia, Pere
    Architect Department of Architectural Technology I (UPC)
  • Santana Serra, Carmen
    Architect Founding partner of Archikubik
  • Serrasolses Domènech, Jaume
    Biologist. Plot Engineering Founder Tecnoambiental.
  • Solsona i Pairó, Xavier
    Degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (UPC). With his own studio. Associate professor at the Barcelona Architecture Technical College, in the Department of Architectural Constructions. Expert in Environmental Comfort and Natural Environments ¿Light, Climate and Acoustics- for Environmental Control.

General information

60 ECTS (480 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:15/10/2018Classes end:03/06/2019Programme ends: 14/10/2019
Monday  16:00 to 21:00Tuesday  16:00 to 21:00Wednesday  16:00 to 21:00Thursday  16:00 to 21:00
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Contact person
Marta López

Telephone: (34) 93 401 58 69
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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Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
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 appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
6.400 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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Payment of enrolment fee
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 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme

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