Architect (1st and 2nd cycle degree)
The degree in Architecture is included within the technical courses, but it is the only one that combines both scientific and humanistic training.
It is aimed at training professionals in the field of architecture who are capable of planning (i.e. designing and calculating), as well as managing and supervising construction work and town planning.
The studies leading to a degree in Architecture are designed to ensure students acquire the following knowledge and skills:
- The ability to create architectural projects that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements. A knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and the related arts, technologies and human sciences. An adequate knowledge of urban design, planning and the techniques applied in the planning process.
- The capacity to understand the profession of architecture and the role architects play in society; the relationships between people and architectural creations, as well as those between such creations and their surroundings. They will also learn about the need to match buildings and spaces to human needs and scale.
- An understanding of the methods used in the research and preparation of construction projects, as well as the ability to deal with any structural, physical and technology-related problems that may arise.
- Likewise, they will also be trained to solve construction and civil engineering issues associated with building design.
- The technical skills that enable the architect to design buildings that meet users' requirements, offer comfort of use inside and protection against the elements outside, while complying with budget restraints and building regulations.
- Ample knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in carrying out construction projects and integrating plans into the overall planning.
Students can choose between five specialist pathways:
- Building and Architectural Technology
- Town and Regional Planning and Intervention
- Intervention in Architectural Heritage and Restoration
- Organisation and Management of Construction Companies and Estate Agents
Architecture graduates are qualified to work in the following spheres of professional activity:
- Producing basic and executive projects for the construction of new public and private buildings, as well as working on extensions, reforms or restoration.
- Production of specific executive projects in which the construction elements of the building such as the foundations, structure, plumbing, HVAC systems and electrical wiring are all clearly defined.
- Production of urban projects, town and country planning, and any other development schemes provided for in the current legislation.
- Directing the construction work deriving from building projects: on-site layouts, site inspections and visits, preparation of construction details, and so forth.
- Project management: budgets for construction work, certifications, quality control, occupational risk prevention, and so forth.
- Organisation and management of construction companies and estate agents.
In accordance with the Spanish Building Act (LOE), architects can prepare projects for any type of building, although they have exclusive competencies as regards the preparation of projects for buildings to be used for residential, administrative, health care, religious, teaching or cultural purposes.