Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Eduard Bru.



The Architecture education is based on technical, artistic and humanistic disciplines. The taught knowledge in an interrelated way in the different areas is essential to project and build buildings, something it has always been recognized as a characteristic of architects.

The disciplinary fields that lead to and form architecture give way to specific activities with professional acknowledgement. This generic areas are: Projectes, Urbanisme, Teoria and Tecnologia to which lately Paisatgisme and Disseny have been incorporated.

The project, that constitutes the main part of the architect work, is developed in a different way related to the mentioned areas. In a way or another the architect can take part in a project related to a city or to a lamp, going through edification, restoration, town planning, landscape, interior design and the building elements design, urban or interior furniture.

The architect also participates in the construction of a building as work director, manager or collaborator in the productive and construction process.

The architecture studies are structured in five years in order to offer an education of a general character that has been understood essential, proper and specific to start working as such in their different variants.

The European Space of Superior Educations (EEES) establishes a second level of specialty or postgraduate level that will complete the first step of general education.

Source: http://www.etsab.upc.edu/web/frame.htm?i=0&m=escuela&c=escuela



It is probably a widespread opinion that the ETSAB specially emphasizes the areas of relationship between the projects and the context, especially with the urban context.

If this were true, the selection of projects that we present in this publication would confirm, without premeditation, this hypothesis.

I have to admit that in the last five years, starting with the verification of the failure of the Forum Barcelona 2004 (futile repetition of the formula Olympic Games = big event = urban development) and finishing with the apotheosis of the obscene capitalism, our point of view about architecture developed in an environment of growing isolation.

Times have changed and I hope we can bring back to the architectural conversation that an action transforms and depends on the site, even if the site was in the desert. We knew it regarding the urban context and we will now demonstrate the inhabitable qualities of infrastructures and those they will create.

Yes, we play architecture as a team, but that does not imply any determinism, quite the opposite: it expands the field.

Playing this way is not so strange, although it is difficult: pay attention to how FC Barcelona does it.

Dr. Eduard Bru


Students | Projects

Josep Esteve Doladé | Recirculation in Terramar
Alejandro Konrad Stöhr | University and Student Housing in the Center of Amsterdam
Ana Quintana Zazurca | Erik Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm Public Library Expansion
Cecilia Rodríguez Vielba | “Conservatori del Liceu” Building in el Raval Neighborhood
Roger Trias Carol | New Topography for “Autòdrom St. Pere de Ribes”


Dr. Eduard Bru is a Professor at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya where he served as director from 1997-2001. He graduated in Architecture in 1975 and received his PhD in 1987 from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. He has written several books – in particular, Three on the Site (1997), New Territories/New Landscapes (1998), Coming from the South (co-author,2002) – and his work focuses mainly on contemporary urban and territorial phenomena. With his own practice, he has been involved in the sustainable development of Greater Barcelona, and in this capacity was the author of the Hebron Valley urban plan (1988), in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games.

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