BARCELONA : Program Overview

Well known internationally for its urbanity, Barcelona is a place where architecture profoundly influences each citizen’s quotidian experience.  It is a city where architects, designers, and artists have played a central role in shaping the city to support a sense of conviviality between residents and visitors.

Our students will learn from one of the oldest cultures in our civilization how the environment and history create a sophisticated way of life. Our students will have the opportunity to understand, personally, this culture based on dialog and respect. Through this understanding, students will see how one of the smallest regions in the world, which contains many countries, languages, and religions, can simultaneously share a unique culture. Living and experiencing in the Mediterranean culture will be an exciting way to learn about different intercultural dynamics.

This program is open to graduate students and is tied to the curriculum of the Urban Design Certificate. Courses are taught in the School of Architecture of Barcelona.  Tracks are available for design and non-design students.

Courses include:

ALAR 7010/8010 Research Studio 

6 credits, 9 hours once a week 

The studio will be based on resolving an urban project in the city of Barcelona. This exercise will require landscape, urban and architectural strategies. Working in a complex urban area will force the exercise to go beyond simple object design. The goal of the studio is to design a mix-used building incorporating urban relations, public spaces, and infrastructures. 

The class will study and visit some buildings and urban design precedents in the city of Barcelona. 

ARH 5613 A design Process. Gaudi’s Origin and Legacy 

3 credits 2.5 hours once a week 

Gaudi is one of the best known Catalan architects from Barcelona. 

He is famous for his buildings and his furniture, but he is not known as an urban designer. This class will introduce the students to understanding the city scale in terms of Materiality. It will be apparent by looking at Gaudi’s work how important it is to understand the laws of construction and framework for creating a good design. The students will recognize Gaudi’s legacy in Catalan architecture based on austerity and absurdity. 

PLAN 5611 Barcelona Urban History 

3 credits, 2.5 hours once a week 

The students will understand the history of Barcelona from its Roman foundation to the extension of its medieval walls. The development of its urban structural grid, example of Cerdà, as well as its current state of remodeling for the Olympic games, and the ongoing urban transformations will all be studied in this class. 

This course will consist of lectures, field trips, and practical exercises; specifically, we will develop a graphic interpretation of different urban studies cases in Barcelona. 

ARCH 5605 Urban Materiality. The construction of the Public Space 

3 credits, 2.5 hours once a week 

This class will introduce students to understand the city scale and landscape design in terms of materiality. The students will learn how to use the materials to resolve urban and landscape issues.

Manuel Bailo Esteve PhD Associate Professor UVA

Juan Jose Lahuerta PhD Full Professor of Art History ETSAB; Director of the National Museum of Art in Catalonia

Celia Marin PhD candidate

Josep Parcerisa Bundó PhD Chair of the Urban Design ETSAB

Josep Bohigas architect

Jaime Coll PhD architect

Manuel Gausa PhD architect

Vicente Guallart architect

Pep Llinàs architect

Enric Massip PhD architect

Zaida Muxí PhD architect

Javier Peña architect

Carme Pinós architect

Jose Miguel Roldan architect

Enric Ruiz Geli architect

Amadeu Santacana PhD architect

Bendetta Tagliabue architect

Elias Torres Phd architect

Jose Maria Torres Nadal PhD architect

Antonio Sanmartin architect