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Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Urban Design and the master's degree European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism.
Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.

This module of the Master in Urban Design contains several theoretical subjects, methodological and workshops, with a joint program of 30 credits. It focuses on urban planning and related research.
The subjects of this Graduate are distributed as follows:

Urban Planning Workshop
Structure and Urban Systems
Theory and Methodology of Urban Planning
Regulation and Urban Management
Infrastructure and Urban Development
Urban Economy and Financing of Urban Development
Environment and Urban Development


This module deals with the characteristics and problems of European urban system. Studio will be combined with courses on Theory of urban project, Landscape and public space design, Environmental planning and Urban economics. Main issues to be considered will be the relation between environment and city, the arrangement of mobility flows (people and goods) in relation to the spatial distribution of urban activities; the design of new residential and productive tissues in reasonable compact cities; enhancing urban heritage and landscape or the improvement of spatial distribution of centrality values and public and private facilities. Barcelona or other main cities use to become relevant case studies.

Who is it for?

The postgraduate course is aimed at architects and civil engineers, and especially to new graduates of these degree courses (including students pending of the final project). Thus, the program is conceived as a continuation of the training in urban planning that the syllabus do not allow to develop sufficiently in the first and second cycle.

Similarly, in courses others than workshop, the master shall be open to other professionals associated with some of the facets of urban transformation, such as geographers, economists, lawyers, etc.



Urban Planning Workshop
15 ECTS. 120 teaching hours.
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.
Theory of Urban Planning
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
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 Regulation and Urban Economy
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours.
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)
Infrastructure, Environment and City
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
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).
Urban Structure and Systems
4 ECTS. 20 teaching hours.
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).

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • 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.

Teaching staff

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gómez de Zamora Martínez, Daniel
    Licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas por la UCM. Máster en Arquitectura del Paisaje por la UPC. Máster en Restauración de ecosistemas por la UAH, UCM, UPM y URJC. Profesional independiente que enfoca su actividad laboral en la consecución de un urbanismo resiliente. Ganador del concurso Quarry Life Award 2016.
  • Jornet Forner, Sebastià
    Urban Architect (UPC, 1987). Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the UPC. President of the Agrupación de arquitectos Urbanistas de Cataluña (AAUC). Professor in various training courses in the field of urban planning and management at the UPC, Bar Association of Barcelona and the Sert School of the College of Architects of Catalonia. European Prize of Urbanism 2010 and National Prize of Urbanism of Spain 2006 by the Plan in the district of the Mine in Sant Adrià de Besòs with the office of Jornet Llop Pastor arquitectos.
  • 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).
  • Maristany Jackson, Lorena
    Arquitecta con DEA, proyecto de tesis sobre el papel de los ecosistemas naturales en la Región Metropolitana de Barcelona. De 2000-2016 miembro del equipo de investigación de la cátedra de urbanismo en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallés (ETSAV) de la UPC. Des de 2004 miembro del estudio de arquitectura masmaristany. Actualmente imparte clases en el Máster de Proyectación Urbanística, módulo "Proyectar la Ciudad" y en el Máster universitario en Arquitectura (MArq) de la ETSAV.
  • 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 ( 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vilanova Claret, Josep Maria
    Doctor in Architecture and Urban Design and Professor of Urban Development and Regional Planning (UPC) from 1983, teaching at ETSAV and at ETSAB in various Masters of FPC and UOC. Professional specialized in urban regeneration, urban design and planning, with the multidisciplinary Equip EARHA SL and the professional company Equip BCPN SLP. National Planning Award 1983, Special Award UPC PhD 1995, Catalonia Urbanism Award 2001 and 2011, Planning and Research Award of the Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism 2011. President of the Association of Architects Planners of Catalonia 2001-2010, and president of the Union of Associations of Architects Planners in Spain since 2010.
  • 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 2018-19 EDITION

Next course
September 2019
30 ECTS (195 teaching hours)
Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  16:00 to 20:00Wednesday  16:00 to 20:00Thursday  16:00 to 20:00
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 65
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.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course 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
3.000 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
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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