Doctoral Programme in Architecture from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Type of programme
Ph. Degrees
Duration
Full-time: 3 years. Part-time: 5 years
Places
8
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The PhD in Architecture offers a wide range of lines of research covering scales as big as landscape and urban planning to much smaller scales on innovative construction systems. It also covers content from architectural composition, history and heritage to topics that feature new sustainability materials, cooperation, citizen participation and public health.

This programme has support from one official master (the Master’s in International Cooperation (oficial)).

Another objective is for doctoral students to be incorporated in different research groups, in order to specialise and expand the specific content for each line of research. There are specific committees external to the university during the process of drafting the thesis, which guarantees research quality and increases the possibility of creating scientific networks surrounding each thesis, which is very helpful for doctoral students.

Research lines

Line of research architecture and projects

Responsible

Dr. Alberto Estévez Escalera

Objectives

The objectives in the medium-term of this line of research and the topics it covers are linked to the objectives and topics which each of the five research groups listed here are working on. These respectively correspond to the following fundamental profiled and research fields in architecture:

  • Architectural projects and design
  • The incorporation of gender studies into architecture and the arts
  • Architectural composition and history
  • Urbanism, territorial organisation and landscaping
  • Cooperation and architecture

Therefore, group by group the medium-term objectives are set out, as well as the topics tackled by each one, thus constituting the line of research which is presented here, overall: "Architecture and projects".

I. GRE- Architectural Heritage Research (AHR)

Coordinator: Josep Lluís
Members: Guillem Carabí, Diego Navarro
Collaborators: Mónica López, Ana Cocho

1. Romanesque architecture and Heritage

This line of research is part of the Emerging Research Group Architectural Heritage Research (AHR)

Coordinator: Josep Lluís
Collaborators: Mónica López
Abstract: The main field of research is to deepen the knowledge of the architectural heritage through massive data capture with existing technology within our reach. The field of research focuses on existing buildings from the Romanesque period to the beginning of the 20th century. This group also has as a clear objective the analysis of the data obtained both from the software and the materials and the technology used in the construction of existing assets.

2. 19th and 20th Century Art and Architecture

This line of research is part of the Emerging Research Group Architectural Heritage Research (AHR)

Coordinator: Guillem Carabí
Collaborators: Paolo Sustersic, Jelena Prokoplievic
Abstract: The research focuses on the knowledge of the tendencies, works, and architects that carried out the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, deepening in the historical processes that contextualized the mentioned period, as well as the interactions between the field of the ' art and architecture.

3. Advanced Algorithmics in Architectural design

This line of research is part of the Emerging Research Group Architectural Heritage Research (AHR)

Coordinator: Diego Navarro
Collaborators: Ana Cocho
Abstract: With a clearly interdisciplinary approach, we propose to deepen in the relationship between Architecture and Computation within the methodological process of design through the study of Artificial Intelligence and its algorithm. Deep Learning (DL), Machine Learning (ML), Muti-Agent System Design (MAS), Person-centered Ambient Intelligence (AAL), Evolutionary Computation (EC), Shape Grammar (SG) or Linear and Logistic Regression (LR) become part of the architectural design from the nano-scale to the territorial scale, both in the data analysis process, Data Mining, as in theoretical discourse as well as in the language consolidation process.

II. GRC- Community-based Urbanism (CbU)

Coordinator: Pere Vall
Members: Carmen Mendoza, Lorenzo Chelleri, Marta Benages, Álvaro Cuéllar
Collaborators: Raquel Colacios, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Apen Ruiz, Xavier Garcia.

1. Regeneration of Intermediate Landscapes

This line of research is part of the Consolidated Research Group Community-based Urbanism (CbU)

Coordinator: Pere Vall
Members: Marta Benages, Álvaro Cuéllar
Collaborators: Xavier Garcia
Abstract: Regeneration of Intermediate Landscapes, coordinated by Pere Vall-Casas, addresses: 1) methodology for participatory regeneration of landscapes, including identification of social values, decision-making, and co-produced solutions, 2) implications of this methodology for architectural education, and 3) effects of the social use of landscape on citizens’ well-being.

2. Post-Emergency Community Resilience

This line of research is part of the Consolidated Research Group Community-based Urbanism (CbU)

Coordinator: Carmen Mendoza
Members: Lorenzo Chelleri
Collaborators: Raquel Colacios, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Apen Ruiz
Abstract: This research line is part of the research group GRC: Community-based Urbanism (CbU) and linked to the Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture Post-Emergency Community Resilience implements a transdisciplinary approach to upgrading and post-disaster/conflict situations at an urban scale. It specifically addresses: 1) inclusive urban refugee integration; 2) comprehensive reconstruction and upgrading; and 3) community resilience for sustainable urbanisation.

III. GRC- Genetic Architectures (GENARQ)

Coordinator: Alberto T. Estévez.
Members: Yomna Abdallah, Josep Corcó, Gabriel Fernández, Agustí Fontarnau. 
Collaborators:  Secil Afsar, Pablo Baquero, Dragos Brescan, Karl S. Chu, Dennis Dollens,  Daniela Frogheri, Effimia Giannopoulou, María Gómez, Marwan Halabi, Mohammad Maksoud, Affonso Orciuoli, Ignasi Pérez Arnal, Ariel Valenzuela, Angad Warang

1. Biological Architecture & Theory

This line of research is part of the Consolidated Research Group Genetic Architectures (GENARQ)

Coordinator: Alberto T. Estévez.
Members:  Josep Corcó, Gabriel Fernández.
Collaborators:   Karl S. Chu, Ignasi Pérez Arnal. 
Abstract: Together with its corresponding Master Degree in Biodigital Architecture, managed by the Group members, and starting in 2000, this research line deal with the application of genetics to architecture in an interdisciplinary way from two points of view: the real, natural and biologic, that works with geneticists, and the metaphorical, artificial and digital, which uses CAD-CAM technologies. Biological and digital morphogenesis, emergence, metaphysics & computation, complexity, sustainability are also key words.

2. Biological Architecture & Digital

This line of research is part of the Consolidated Research Group Genetic Architectures (GENARQ)

Coordinators: Alberto T. Estévez i Yomna Abdallah.
Members:  Agustí Fontarnau.
Collaborators: Secil Afsar, Dennis Dollens, Daniela Frogheri, María Gómez, Ariel Valenzuela.
Abstract: The research focuses on a new point of view at the environment that introduces biological techniques to architecture and design, and seeks with digital tools a biodigital fusion. Understanding the potential of bio-learning, bio- manufacturing and genetics. This led to the creation of the world's first genetic architecture laboratory in 2000, where genetics began to be applied to architecture and design (bioluminescent trees, biolamps, bioprinting, SEM structures research, etc.).

3. Digital Architecture & Biology

This line of research is part of the Consolidated Research Group Genetic Architectures (GENARQ)

Coordinator: Alberto T. Estévez 
Collaborators: Mohammad Maksoud, Pablo Baquero, Dragos Brescan, Effimia Giannopoulou, Marwan Halabi, Affonso Orciuoli, Angad Warang.
Abstract: In a pioneer, international and interdisciplinary environment, long demonstrated over two decades, since 2000, the first digital architecture lab was built in Spain, more specifically, it can be mentioned the work in the research and teaching of architecture and computation, with concepts such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ambient Intelligence (AmI), Deep Learning (DL), Evolutionary Computation (EC), Logistic Regression (LR), Machine Learning (ML), Muti-Agent Systems (MAS), Shape Grammars (SG), among others.

IV. GRC- Creativitat femenina i cultura visual. (IN)visibilitat històrica de dones creatives

Coordinator: Alfons Puigarnau
Members: María Isabel Gabarró, Iñigo Ugalde Blázquez
Collaborators:  Fernando Sánchez Costa, Antoni Maltas, Almudena Blasco, Oriol Vaz-Romero, Ignacio Infiesta Madurga
Abstract: Study of the visual culture produced by women throughout history. Analysis of the (in) historical visibility of female creativity. The members of the group study concrete cases of the creative work of women who to date have not had historical recognition in different fields such as literature, music, architecture or the plastic arts.

V. GRC- Grup de Recerca Arquitectura i Ciències Socials (GIRAS) in collaboration with the UPC

Coordinator: Josep Muntañola
Collaborators: Magda Saura, Lluis Àngel Domínguez, Jaume Ferrer
Abstract: Architecture is based on three fundamental pillars: the project, the built territory and its historical and social use. It is analyzed how these three bases of architecture are articulated in the scientific field, as aesthetic and finally ethical-political. The most precise objective will be, therefore, the study of the built environment as a diaphragm between our mind and our social history of use of space.

Line of research architecture and technique

Responsible

Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo

Objectives

The objectives of this line of research and the topics it covers in the medium-term are closely linked to the objectives and topics which each of the two research groups listed here are working on. The following are the two significant research fields in architecture respectively:

  • Innovation in ceramics systems and industrialisation.
  • Cooperation and architecture.

The medium-term objectives are set out group by group, as well as the topics to be tackled by each one. This thus constituted the overall line of research presented here: "Architecture and technique".

GRC- Innovación Tecnológica en edificación industrializada y sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Vicenç Sarrablo
Members: Juan Trías de Bes, Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Jordi Roviras, Pedro Casariego, Jaume Armengou
Collaborators: Teresa Batlle, Cristina Garcia Castelao, Oriol Carrasco

1. Innovation and advanced design with ceramic materials

This research line belongs to the Càtedra Ceràmica Barcelona, which at the same time is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Vicenç Sarrablo
Members: Jordi Roviras
Collaborators: Cristina Garcia Castelao    
Abstract: Research in architectural applications made with ceramic materials for pavements, facades, lattices and roofs. It is sought that these building systems present a high degree of industrialization and sustainability.

2. Industrialized building systems and the environment

This research line belongs to the Càtedra en Edificació Industrialitzada i Medi ambient (CEIM), which at the same time is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Felipe Pich-Aguilera
Collaborators: Teresa Batlle, Zuzana Prochazkova
Abstract: Research, development and innovation in the field of architectural and technological elements and systems, with a focus on the modularity, industrialization and sustainability of the developed solutions.

3. Incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (TIC) in architecture

This research line belongs to the Càtedra hARQware Housing which at the same time is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Juan Trías de Bes
Collaborators: Alessandra Curreli, Mireia Figueras, Nuria Moliner
Abstract: The meaning hARQware highlights the integration between architectural disciplines and ICTs as an instrumental element through which it is possible to rethink the architectural paradigms and provide adequate responses to current and real problems. The subject of collective housing is deepened, with the aim of configuring a new social habitat model that adapts to the needs of a society and of a rapidly transforming built environment. The aim is to define a flexible and perfectible housing module, in which ICTs allow information to be exchanged with users and, through it, to modify users' domestic and consumer habits.

4. Architectural and Industrial Structures

This research line is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Pedro Casariego
Members: Vicenç Sarrablo, Jordi Roviras
Abstract: This line focuses its research on the following three aspects:

  • Analysis of building structures, conservation, repair and reinforcement.
  • Transversality between the industrial environment and architecture.
  • Application of the bases of mechanical engineering and industrial field in the generation of structures of architectural interest.

The program is within the field of computational mechanics and is aimed at graduates in Architecture and Industrial Engineering.

5. New 3D printing techniques with composite materials applied to the building

This research line is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Vicenç Sarrablo
Members: Jordi Roviras, Oriol Carrasco
Abstract: Research on Composite Materials CFRP and its composition to create a possible application in the building sector, through new systems and industrial techniques to reduce costs and reduce emissions of C02 both in production and commissioning. These new elements have a very high degree of optimization in terms of structural processes through additive manufacturing systems with residue 0.

6. Decision-making in integrated management of projects through multi-criteria systems

This research line is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Jaume Armengou
Members: María del Mar Casanovas, Mohamad Salimikia
Abstract: The effective search for sustainability under construction goes through the decision-making process. To support these processes, multicriteria methodologies are used that consider simultaneously all the points of view, all the agents involved and the whole life cycle of the project, from its planning to demolition and rejection, recycling or reuse.

7. 3D printing from pneumàtic reciclat

This research line is part of the Consolidated Research Group Laboratori d’Innovació Tecnològica en Edificació Industrialitzada i Sostenible (LITEIS)

Coordinator: Jaume Armengou
Members: L. Antonio Aguilar
Abstract: The tire (and other products derived from rubber) can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life by turning it into tonner through a grinding process. This powder must be mixed with other carrier material and become a filament for feeding 3D printers. This project seeks to obtain a useful end product for various uses, such as orthopedic material and construction.

Academic Comission

The Doctoral Academic Committee has the general objective of ensuring the quality of doctoral theses and the general education of all doctoral students.

In order to do this, they assess the Doctoral Activities Document (DAD) on an annual basis, as well as any progress doctoral students have made on their Research Plan. Similarly, the committee is responsible for the final approval of the doctoral thesis so that it can be defended before the examining board.

Doctoral Academic Committee for Architecture

President

Dr. Vicenç Sarrablo. Departament d'Arquitectura.
sarrablo@uic.es

 

Vocals

Dra. Marta Benages. Departament d'Arquitectura.
martabenages@uic.es

Dr. Guillem Carabí. Departament d'Arquitectura.
gcarabi@uic.es

 

Organisation and planning

Financial Information

Ph.D. students will have to formalize annually the doctoral tuition corresponding to the supervision of the thesis, training activities, and the annual evaluation of the Doctor's Academic Commission.  After the completion of the doctoral thesis, they will have to formalize the corresponding defense and deposit fees. And once the thesis is finished and defended, the administrative fees for the doctor's title request will have to be paid.

Annual enrolment on the programme

  • Academic fees: €778
  • Administrative fees: €82

Thesis submission and defence

  • Academic fees: €1632
  • Administrative fees: €561

Application for the PhD title 

  • Administrative fees: €315

Contact

More information and contact

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