Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Design Studio II

Design Studio II
Second semester
Project Planning Module
Projects 2
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

Students have the right to one or as many as necessary tutorships with the teacher, after a mutually agreed appointment. If possible during class breaks or at the end.


The Studio Design II course of the ESARQ will focus on housing emphasizing learning to design typologies, forms of aggregation, distribution and housing relationship.

At the same time in this course we will investigate around new ways of living, proposing new ways of living, approaching different social contexts as well as the relationship between housing and other uses.

The second semester of the 2nd year course is oriented towards the learning and acquisition of the necessary instruments both to project and to represent and communicate the housing architecture through the development of an own and individual project by the student.


3 groups of teachers with extensive experience in the field of housing:

Group A

PhD. Arq. Borja Ferrater

Group B

M. Arch. Tomeu Ramis

Group C

M. Arch. Mariona Benedito

Pre-course requirements

It is necessary for the student to have knowledge of descriptive geometry and the different systems of graphic representation, as well as of the main constructive elements that define an architectural space.

It is also essential that you be familiar with the measures in architecture and especially those that refer to the scope of domestic life.

On the other hand, you must have a training spirit that encourages you to work and research looking for references and models, both through the recommendations by professors in the workshop, as well as by the study of the recommended bibliography, or personal research.

The volume and work dynamics that are required during the course are very intensive, so it is necessary for the student to have a high work capacity that allows him to continue the pace of the course.


It is imperative that the student has reached sufficient maturity to address the complexity of integrating the different conditioning factors in the exercise. Both the conceptual development of the project and the rigor and discipline will be valued at the time of organizing and representing the work.

Therefore, in addition to the correct development of an own conceptual project, it will be valued that the student has become familiar with the dimensions of the house, conditions of accessibility, systems of aggregation, implantation, respect with the environment and be rigorous with the presentation of the project.

2nd year is aimed at learning on housing design, therefore it is essential to achieve competencies such as designing and efficiently organizing a home, based on the different programs proposed. But it is also essential that the student demonstrates his/her abilities in techniques of representation and communication of his/her project.

This is why the teacher will also evaluate the quality of the plants sections, raised, models, perspectives, videos, computer graphics and all the range of possible representation tools that the architect has at his disposal.

The student should know how to convey the idea of the project, explain the concept of his project as well as its structure and space organization in terms of housing program, circulation, lighting, integration of the environment as well as the correct explanation of the organizational strategy of the project. Also, the integration of the contents developed in the different areas will be valued.


  • 34-T - Ability to design, practice and develop basic and execution projects, sketches and blueprints.
  • 35-T - Ability to conceive, put into practice and develop urban projects
  • 36-T - Ability to plan, practice and develop construction management.
  • 37 - Ability to develop functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.
  • 38-T - Ability to intervene, maintain, restore and renovate heritage buildings.
  • 39-T - Ability to eliminate architectural barriers
  • 40 - Ability to express architectural criticism.
  • 41-T - Ability to find solutions for passive environmental conditioning, including thermal and acoustic insulation, climate control, energy performance and natural lighting.
  • 42 - Ability to catalogue buildings and urban heritage and plan their protection.
  • 43-T - Ability to produce safety, evacuation and protection plans for buildings.
  • 44-T - Ability to produce civil works projects.
  • 45-T - Ability to design and execute roads and urban development, gardening and landscaping projects
  • 46 - Ability to apply urban planning ordinances and standards.
  • 47-T - Ability to prepare environmental and landscaping surveys and plans to correct environmental impacts.
  • 48 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the general theories of form, composition and architectural typologies
  • 49 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the history of architecture.
  • 50 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the study methods for the processes of symbolization, practical functions and ergonomics.
  • 51 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the study methods of social needs, quality of life, habitability and basic housing programmes
  • 52 - To acquire adequate knowlege of the environment, sustainability and the principles of conserving energy and environmental resources.
  • 53 - To acquire adequate knowledge of architectural, urban development and landscaping traditions of Western culture, as well as their technical, climate, economic, social and ideological foundations
  • 54 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the aesthetics, theory and history of Fine Arts and Applied Arts.
  • 55 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the relationship between cultural patterns and the social responsibilities of the architect
  • 56 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the principles of vernacular architecture
  • 57 - To acquire adequate knowledge of urban sociology, theory, economy and history.
  • 58 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the methodological principles of urban planning and metropolitan and regional development.
  • 60 - To acquire knowledge of civil, administrative, urban planning, building and professional regulations.
  • 61 - To acquire knowledge of feasibility analysis, supervision and coordination of integrated projects.
  • 62 - To acquire knowledge of property valuation.

Learning outcomes

The objective of this course is to ensure that students know how to develop their ideas to turn them into architectural projects that address the stated objective of the course: a single house.

Based on a basic pre-established programme, students will work on an idea/strength which, thanks to their creative, precise and personal graphic language, will be transformed into an architectural project.


The assignment proposed for this second semester of Proyectos II (Design Studio II) is considered as an exercise starting from abstraction, where the main theme as always is housing, focused on the concept of co-housing & co-working.

As usual, during the second semester, we choose a location in a dense and urban context, thus balancing the first semester, where we are working in a more landscape and rural environment.

We will work around the idea of the void versus filled space. A very flexible program is proposed so the student will be able to focus on the co-housing theme.

During first day class, we will explain in detail both the location and program on this semester's course assignment.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

General structure of the course

Times: FRIDAY, from 09:30 h. to 14:30 h.

  • Theory class: eventually the professors will provide subjects, ideas and examples for learning the theoretical, technical and graphic foundations for the correct documentation and presentation of projects. There will be included the presentations of the works of the students.
  • Review of the work, with posible questions relating to the previous class, weekly references and specific reading matter. Could be formulated for answers in person and on paper. After, public correction of selected works or of all of them. (Attendance record every day at 09:30 h.).
  • Personal corrections with the assigned professors.
Class exhibition
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,6
Class participation
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,6
Clase practice
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,65
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,65
Individual or group study
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 2,5

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The course consists of an exercise based on the development of a housing project. This means one single exercise, one single project duration the duration of the whole course.

The final evaluation of the course is summarized in a grade that evaluates both the final result and the evolution of the student’s project.


The schedule sets the delivery dates of the different exercises.

The course consists of a final submission with external jury and partial submissions of the project follow-up. All of them are mandatory and count on the final evaluation of the course.

The format and requisites of each submission will be given by teachers during the course, although in general it must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Respect requested delivery formats (vertical / horizontal orientation, paper size, etc.).
  • Include all the contents requested by the professors (both graphic paper documentation and the required models).
  • With each delivery (partial and final), the delivery must be posted in PDF format in the Moodle platform.
  • The format of such submissions must conform to A SINGLE PDF file of maximum size 10Mb to 300dpi.
  • In the final deliveries in addition to the plans and models required for the presentation, a printed copy bounded and reduced to A3 format must be delivered.
  • The final delivery will consist (in addition to the required plans) of the models required in the workshop.

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