Degree in Architecture Studies

In La Salle you will be trained to become a responsable architect. Likewise, you will acquire the capacity to respond to the needs of society using the most advanced knowledge and technologies

Composition 1

1.1. Code: YY037 1.2. Type of course: Mandatory 1.3. Duration: Semester 1.4. ECTS Credits: 6 1.5. Responsible Professor: 1.6. Language: Catalan - Spanish - English
Type Subject
Tercer - Obligatoria
Previous Knowledge

· Deepen knowledge of architecture, distinguishing the banal and superfluous from what adds value, timelessness. Delve into the modes of thought and methods of conceiving form in modernity.

· Acquire curiosity as a driving force for learning: asking questions, challenging the apparent. Being active, aware of critical positioning, initiating abstract thinking.

· Ability to develop a research process to provide a unitary, original, and structured interpretation of the object of study, from different approaches and scales, in an academic format.

· Ability to organize group and individual work processes, and to convey new knowledge with rigor, precision, and expressiveness, both orally and in writing and graphics (drawings, photographs, and models).


The topics covered relate to various building typologies of modern architecture. For example, exhibition pavilions, schools, residential buildings, churches, etc., which allow, on one hand, the extraction of common characteristics of the type, and on the other hand, the discovery of different ways of approaching the project, in relation to the location, author, or era. The study is carried out from project criteria, ranging from site and historical context to the resolution of construction details, to unveil the principles of form. The joint work of the entire class in workshops and presentations allows for expanding knowledge among other students about the different episodes in the history of modern architecture. In classes, basic knowledge is provided, and even more importantly, tools for understanding. The goal is to open up new perspectives, but above all, to place the student in a position to discover on their own.

The research work on the buildings is structured in the following phases:

1. Information phase (collection and evaluation of sources)

2. Analysis phase (redrawing and modeling at different scales of representation)

3. Writing and proposal phase (descriptive report and presentation in dossier and PowerPoint format)

In addition to the partial submissions of each of these parts, various artistic exercises (photography, collage, model) expressing the underlying architectural concepts in the works are carried out throughout the course. This also includes reading and commenting on critical or propositional texts of modernity, in relation to other disciplines (art, photography, film) around architecture, presented in an academic text format (citations, photographs, references).


Problem-solving and exercise classes

Laboratory practices


Self-paced learning

Project-based learning

Flipped classroom


Peer instruction

Real-world events

Challenge-based learning

Case method


Evaluation Criteria



Internal/External Reports

Exercises, problems, practices


Group/Individual Presentations


Class participation/attendance

Critiques by a panel/jury

Basic Bibliography
Additional Material