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

Design 9

1.1. Code: YY045 1.2. Subject category: 1.3. Duration: 1.4. Credits ECTS: 9 1.5. Head professor: 1.6. Language: Catalan - Spanish – English
Type Subject
Tercer - Obligatoria
Previous Knowledge

The student must acquire an analytical and critical vision of the problems to be solved in our profession. They must know how to structure a real solution and transform it into a graphic and written document in a clear and concise manner:

Analysis and reflection.
Aptitude, ability and capacity
- To analyze morphologies and architectural typologies that will provide tools to solve the architectural exercise.
- Research, to develop new strategies and generate new ideas.
- For critical debate. To order and question important issues of the project, implementation, program, etc.

Architectural project
To understand, define and develop
- A program of needs to be applied to an architectural project.
- The integration of the project in the site and its territorial relationship.
- The relationship between the human scale, the environment and the buildings.
- Natural light and its impact on the project.

Didactic practice (Interconnection. Horizontal workshop)
- The technical-constructive, energetic, sustainability, materiality and structural morphology concepts; as well as the aesthetic requirements.
- The processes of architectural project development, with a collaborative, multidisciplinary attitude with other areas and/or degrees.

Understand and apply
- The knowledge of architectural representation necessary for the specific project development and its correct understanding.
- Knowledge of different systems of representation of the project through photography, video, collage, models, 3D, etc.
- The relation of scales. Each document has its scale, and that it does not explain the same thing.

Knowledge acquired
- To be reflective in the creative process of the project. To develop one's own point of view, through the establishment of categories of analysis that provide a real and deep knowledge, not mediatized. To become aware of the demands of one's own work and the responsibility of service as a professional.
- Develop creative work and presentation skills, individually and in groups.
- To make an oral explanation of the project concept.
- We learn more from mistakes than from casual successes or inspiration.
- Designing is a constant work, with a self-critical sense, in which there is a constant search for the best way to solve the problem.
- The student's work, outside the teacher's classroom hours, is essential to improve the result.
- They must be able to work autonomously.
- They must be able to meet new challenges, such as the ability to incorporate new solutions and work methodologies.


This course pursues a complete exercise through the development of the project, as an activity linked to thought and technique. A journey that allows to demonstrate the impossibility of renouncing to this type of commitment.

For the student there will be 6 commitments as indispensable objectives:
POLITICAL, credible capacity of the proposal in the current environment.
IMPLEMENTATION-TERRITORY, ability to understand the territory and critical value of the proposal, and dialogue between public and private, to give the urban quality of the proposal.
PROGRAM-SPACE, to rethink the values of the spaces destined to different uses.
TECHNICAL-MATERIALITY, technical-constructive quality and ability to investigate system solutions, such as the materiality of the proposal and the appropriate structural system.
ECONOMY, socio-economic conditions of the proposal, cost economy.
ENVIRONMENTAL, environmental and social suitability, optimization of resources, materiality, facilities, morphology, etc. ....

The course is divided into two parallel and complementary areas in the project: the realization of a project with an extensive degree of definition of the indispensable objectives of the project is contemplated. Starting from understanding and analyzing the territory on a large scale, to approach the place selected to carry out the project, which will develop the student to the visible space, but aware at all times of the territory in which it is inserted, "the construction of the landscape". The student will delve into different building typologies: public building or equipment, private residential and non-residential building, etc... in the city or in the territory: he will delve into the function and its character, its historical weight, the program and the place, representing and being; to become aware of the structuring systems for the formal unity. In short, the construction of the project from conception to representation. And in parallel, it is intended to show the student, from a horizontal workshop, that the knowledge taught in different subjects tends to relate to each other in the project, bringing the student closer to professional practice.


Problems and exercices
Laboratory practices
Self-Paced Learning
Project-based learning
Flipped Classroom
Gamification Ludification
Peer Instruction
Real events
Challenges-based learing
Case method
Master class

Evaluation Criteria

Internal / external reports
Exercices, problems, internships
Group / individual presentations
Class participation / monitoring
Project corrections: tutorials
Jury corrections

Basic Bibliography
Additional Material