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Forms of Analysis and Intervention in the Architectural Heritage

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Restoration of Architectural Monuments.


- 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.



History and theory of restoration, from the origins to the Charter of Venice
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
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) Tabula 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.
History and theory of the restoration in Spain (1836-2010)
5 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
Monumental restoration in XIX century Catalunya and Spain. Disentailments.
First romantic-literary visions. First inventaries and commissions of monuments. Vicente Lampèrez, 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)
Construction knowledge: materials and techniques
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
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. Façades and ornaments. Coverings and paints. Balconies, lintels, capitals, cornices, arches, carpinteries and grilles. Stone, wood and ceramic pavings.
Pathologies, intervention techniques and accessibility
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
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 façades 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.
Urban morphology and intervention in historical centres
6 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
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
Writing and management of catalogues and architectural heritage protection plans
4 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
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.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Alvarez Prozorovich, Fernando
    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
    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
    Es licenciado en Bellas Artes en la especialidad de conservación-restauración de bienes culturales (UB) y Máster en Restauración de Monumentos de Arquitectura y de Ingeniería Civil MRM (UPC). Ha realizado estudios para la conservación y la valorización de monumentos históricos, así como proyectos de restauración e intervenciones de conservación-restauración de varios bienes del patrimonio arquitectónico. Actualmente es administrador y director técnico de la empresa Lesena, Servicio Integral al Patrimonio, SL y profesor asociado del Grado de Conservación-Restauración de Bienes Culturales de la UB.
  • Bestraten Castells, Sandra Cinta
    Arquitecta, profesora de la ETSAB (UPC). Materias: Vivienda y Cooperación, Tecnologías de bajo coste para la cooperación, Accesibilidad urbana y arquitectónica. Miembro del Consejo del Centro de Cooperación al Desarrollo y de la Junta de la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad (UPC). Vocal de la Junta Directiva de la Demarcación de Barcelona del COAC. Socia de Bestraten Hormias Arquitectura. Presidenta de Universidad Sin Fronteras (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
    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
    Dr. Arquitecto. Ha sido profesor catedrático de Construcciones Arquitectónicas y coordinador del Máster universitario de Tecnología en la Arquitectura (ETSAB/ UPC) y de cursos de postgrado sobre rehabilitación en la Escuela Sert del COAC. Entre sus publicaciones cabe destacar: Inspección y diagnosis. Pautas para la intervención en edificios de viviendas (Escola Sert, COAC, 2003), Intervenciones en el patrimonio arquitectónico moderno en Cataluña (Ed. UPC, 2017) y La transformación de los edificios industriales textiles en Cataluña (Ed. UPC, 2017).
  • Graus Rovira, Ramon
    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
    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
    Architect, professor at the UPC EPSEB Course: Diploma expansion of Competencies (DAC) in Rehabilitation. Hormias Bestraten Partner Architecture. University Project Coordinator Without Borders (USF). He has developed numerous studies and accessibility plans ( Vilanova , Tarragona , Barcelona and others) in collaboration with public entities and associations.
  • Hostench Ruiz, Oriol
    Architect for the ETSAB. Master degree in Theory and History by the Departament de Composició Arquitectònica of the ETSAB and running his PhD in the same department. Assistant teacher of the subject of History of Art and Architecture III in the ETSAB and teacher of the Master de Restauració de 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
    BA in Art History from the UB. Graduate Forms of Analysis and intervention in Equity Build (FAIPAC) of the UPC. She is currently director of library and Libraries Group belongs to the UNESCO Associated Catalan. Basic vocabulary Coauthor 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.
  • Martínez Díez, Pablo
    Architect and Lighting Designer.
  • Montón Lecumberri, Joaquín
    Engineer. Department of Architectural Construction II at the UPC
  • Navas i Ferrer, Teresa
    BA in Art History. Faculty of Geography and History. University of Barcelona. Professor, Department of Transport and Territory (ITT) of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB). 2001-2010: Head of the Traveling Exhibition Service and Education Service of the CCCB Exhibition. Scientific production:
  • Paricio Casademunt, Antoni
    Doctor Architect and Technical Architect and Professor, Department of Architectural Technology I of the UPC (ETSAV) He has been responsible for the Permanent Training area ITeC. His career has been complemented with project management, and historical study and rehabilitation of the building stock. His current search scope is the type of "house cos". A member of the expert commission DAU certificate construction products ITeC
  • Roca Fabregat, Pere
    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
    Dr. Arquitecto, Arquitecto Técnico e Ingeniero en Organización Industrial. Profesor titular del Departamento de Tecnología de la Arquitectura de la UPC. Especialista en materiales de construcción, patología de los materiales y experto en diagnosis de edificaciones. Profesor de las asignaturas de Materiales de Construcción, Diagnosis en Rehabilitación. Director del Laboratorio de Materiales de la EPSEB (UPC) y miembro del grupo de investigación GICITED. Autor y coautor de diferentes trabajos de investigación relacionados con los materiales de construcción y con los procesos de diagnosis, publicados en diferentes libros y artículos científicos.
  • Rovira i Pons, Pere
    Conservator-restorer of Cultural Property. Bachelor of Fine Arts (UB, 1988), Head of the department of mural painting and stone sculpture of the Center for Furniture Restoration of Catalunya (CRBMC).
  • Salada Rubió, Lluís
    Biologist and Master in Environmental Management in UAB. Consultant of Arda Environmental Management and studies, environmental consultatn since 20 years
  • 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.
  • Vilanova Omedas, Antoni
    Arquitecto por la Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) y Máster en Patología, Diagnosis y Técnicas de Rehabilitación e Intervención en el Patrimonio Arquitectónico por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Presidente de la Agrupació de Arquitectes per a la Defensa i la Intervenció en el Patrimoni Arquitectònic (AADIPA) del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC); miembro de la Oficina del Paisaje y el Urbanismo del COAC; de la Comisión Técnica del Plan Especial de Patrimonio Industrial de Poblenou (Ajuntament de Barcelona) y de la Junta Directiva de la Associació del Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica i d'Arqueologia Industrial de Catalunya (AMCTAIC).

General information

30 ECTS (218 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:03/10/2018Classes end:08/06/2019Programme ends: 02/10/2019
Wednesday  15:30 to 21:00Thursday  15:30 to 18:30
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Contact person
Oriol Hostench Ruiz

Telephone: (34) 93 636 03 83
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 or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

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Registration fee
3.600 €
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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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 10 days before the starting date of the programme

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