master of science in architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Study at La Salle and obtain the master's degree to become a great architect with all the responsibilities

Rehabilitation and eco-efficiency

1. Descriptive data of the subject: 1.1. Code: MHA 06. 1.2. Type of subject: Mandatory 1.3. Impartation: Annual 1.4. ECTS credits: 3 1.5. Responsible professor: Amaya Arizmendi / Carlos Gelpí Almirall 1.6. Language: Spanish – Catalan
Type Subject
Primer - Obligatoria

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge

Degree in Architecture Studies or Fundamentals of Architecture


Knowledge of research methods and preparation of construction projects.
Create architectural projects that satisfy the aesthetic and technical demands, and the requirements of the building users, respecting the limits imposed by budgetary factors and construction regulations.


Incorporate sustainability into the study and reflection on the life cycle of the construction systems and the rating of the energy efficiency of the student's project, applying the criteria developed in the classroom


The evolutionary and comparative study of the energy behavior of buildings, environmental control and service facilities. The objective is to get the students to know all the facilities, the elements that configure them, the possible systems and especially their implementation in the projects.

· Overview of environmental conditioning and service.
· Analysis of the security, service and climate conditioning facilities of the residential buildings.
· Analysis of the security, service and climate conditioning facilities of the service buildings.
· Study of the environmental intervention tools.

Index of lectures and contents:

Life Cycle of construction materials.

1. Analysis of the sustainability concept
Philosophy. Sustainability as a way of life.
Methodology. Sustainability applied to the project.
Technology. Quantified sustainability.
Official stamps.

2. Analysis of the Life Cycle
Introduction to ACV
Development and operation
Interpretation and application of results

3. Energetic analysis of the facilities
Introduction to the energy certificate.
Regulations, methodology and technology.
Obtaining the energy label .
Interpretation of the results.

4. Waste
Generation of waste in construction
Manage of waste coming from construction.
Analysis of waste management.
Treatment of waste deposits.

5. The project as an application of sustainability. Practical method.
Analysis of the sustainability of the project.
Calculation of energy behaviour.
Constructive definition of the project with the application of sustainability criteria.
Obtaining the energy certificate of the building.
Introduction to BREEM, LEEDS, and PASIVE-HOUSE methodology.


The face-to-face classes are developed in the form of a workshop, where the theoretical content is combined with practical exercises for the best understanding of the concepts that are presented in each session.

- Theoretical sessions and practical sessions in which a continuous correction of the project developed by the student will be carried out during the semester and the exhibition by the student of specific research exercises related to the syllabus.
- The face-to-face classes are developed by combining theoretical contents and practical exercises for the best understanding of the concepts presented in each session.
- The acquired knowledge will be included and worked on the project that the students are developing with the support of the professors through correction sessions.
- Research exercises that will be formalized - according to indications of the teachers of the subject - in a presentation in digital format and / or hand-drawn paper. In both cases, the presentation will be accompanied by a clear, precise and structured design that will be presented to other classmates and teachers during class hours
- The semester is complemented with debates and talks about buildings, works or workshops related to the subject's agenda.


15 % Assistance, participation in class and exciting attitude
20 % Graphic and oral presentation
50 % Executive definition of the project
15 % Exercises, debate and investigation

Evaluation Criteria

The master’s evaluation will be continuous and linked to the following parameters:
- Assistance and participation in the theoretical sessions.
- Assistance, follow-up and participation in the practical and correction sessions.
- Enthusiastic attitude and motivation.
- Oral and graphic presentation of the investigation exercises proposed during the course.
- Preliminary project, basic and execution project, in which the acquired knowledge is reflected (in an evolutionary way). The documents must meet the minimum contents given by the teachers, the rigor and the easy lecture, with arquitectonic arguments, on the decisions and solutions adompted in the project.

Basic Bibliography

Projector/s: Miquel Monte Wong
Director/s: Licinio José Alfaro Garrido
Call: January - July 2015.

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