Master in Architecture and Urban Planning

Program Presentation

Professional development for executives in nearly all disciplines must include the topic of Projects, as everyone is involved in the development and implementation of a project, in one or another leading roles.

Together, the areas of Architecture and Urban Planning are, without a doubt, the areas that have advanced the furthest in recent history, both in development and in application. This is why there is a need to create a program that meets current professional requirements, specializing in Urban-Architectural projects.

Therefore, the Master in Project Development of Architecture and Urban Planning is innovative in its structure, since it not only runs parallel to the three classical categories of projects: Design, Management and Administration, but it also crosses the five topics relevant to the area:

  • Theory and Analysis of Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • Methodological development of projects.
  • Project implementation and management.
  • Technologies applied to Architecture and Urban Planning projects.
  • The Environment in Architecture and Urban Planning projects.

This structure permits highly specialized training taking into account all of the required approaches in order to perform at a professional level in the private sector and/or in government agencies. Finally, it is important to note that the overlap of the five topics previously mentioned, with the three categories of Projects, along with the combination of theory and practice with immediate application, form a training program that is focused on strengthening necessary capacities, skills and knowledge. Graduates will be able to:

  • Design a Project.
  • Manage a project from the start to post-mortem reflection.
  • And, Direct all individual, collective, and technical human resources to fulfill a project’s purpose as well as the interests of those involved.

Who is the programme for?

The Master in Architecture and Urban Planning is designed for professionals with an interest in urban growth and physical modification of a city, along with all of its interventions. Such professionals also show high ethical and social commitment.

The rigorous demands of the Master’s degree program teaches professionals how to serve in executive positions in companies and government agencies, through a complete knowledge of the administration of all areas and resources that are involved in Architecture and Urban Planning projects, the city and its spaces Specifically the program is for those who are interested in involving themselves in the world of projects that physically modify the city, through Urban-Architectural projects.

Diploma

Once the program has been completed, the student will receive their Master in Architecture and Urban Planning Projects.

After finishing the program, the student will receive a diploma issued by the university in which they enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the completion of the Master's in Architecture and Urban Planning Projects is 900 hours (90 credits)a.

Regarding the distribution of time it is established that:

  • As it is an online Program, not subject to classroom attendance, a specific start date is not established, which means the student can enroll for the class at any moment, as long as there are available spaces.
  • For academic purposes it has a minimum duration of twenty one months.
  • The maximum duration to complete the program is twenty four months. During this period, the student must have handed in all of the corresponding assignments and the Final Project.

The credit structure for the Master in Architecture and Urban Planning Projects is summarized in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Architecture and Urban Planning Designs 27 7 270
2nd Part: Architecture and Urban Planning Management 25 8 250
3rd Part: Architecture and Urban Planning Administration 28 6 280
4th Part: Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 90 24 900

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months.
NOTE: It should be noted that the duration is merely a suggestion, because a continuous methodology is developed during the parallel study of the three areas with integrated exercises and theoretical evaluations, requiring discipline and proper time management on the student’s part.

Objectives

The Master in Architecture and Urban Planning teaches fundamental theories that allow the conceptual development of each topic, as well as methodological application and practice needed for the rigorous process of carrying out project.

Professionals learn both theory and practice, as well as how to use this knowledge in real situations.

This is the main objective of the program, not only to teach professionals from a theoretical standpoint but also from a practical standpoint as well. The goal is for graduates to have up-to-date tools for making decisions and implementing concrete solutions to daily problems.

The Master’s structural objectives:

General Objectives:

  • To train professionals in acquiring a solid social and ethical commitment, and a global view of what urban intervention means. Teaching specific methodologies that contribute to finding solutions for urban and architectural problems that allow for redesigning of physical spaces occupied by people in everyday life.

Specific Objectives:

  • To design a project, meaning, in this case, training for the create process needed to find solutions to problems and conflicts that need to be dealt with in projects.
  • To manage Architecture and Urban Planning projects from a complementary standpoint (systematic and global overview) understanding clearly the relationship and concerns of each area, and incorporating the concept of the life cycle of a project and of the end product.
  • To raise the standards of Architecture and Urban Planning Project Administration, not only by improving managerial skills, but also by teaching project directors to gain a broades understanding of the areas of impact areas that need to be managed in the process of urban intervention.
  • To incorporate the concept of Urban design, keeping in mind that urban intervention affects space on a large scale with great impact on the environment.
  • To learn and make use of the methodologies needed for the design of project solutions, taking into account advanced logical sequences and continuous evaluation, and for the management of resources recommended by the international standards of Management (Spanish Project Engineering Association, AEIPRO, or the Project Management Institution, PMI).

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities for the Master in Architecture and Urban Planning Projects program are:

  • Project directors/ consultants.
  • Research director/ Project departments.
  • Government agency director, Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • Consultants on Urban Planning.
  • Managers of high impact projects in a city.
  • Researchers in the field of science and the profession of the Architecture and Urban Planning.

Study Plan

The Master in Architecture and Urban Planning Project program has a curricular structure based on 4 parts:

  • 1ST PART: ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING DESIGNS (270 HOURS)

The part corresponding to Architecture and Urban Planning Design, presents complete methodologies for efficiently creating an Urban-Architectural project, taking into consideration all of the available resources and the impact the project might have on the city.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Introduction to projects 20
2 Project system designs 30
3 Analysis of provision of services 30
4 Functional analysis of projects 30
5 Project ergonomics 30
6 Project security and reliability 30
7 The environment in projects 30
8 Project Specifications 30
9 Draft Project Proposal 40
  TOTAL 270

These subjects, in spite of being independent, are complementary and are structured hierarchically according to a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each subject is divided in basic thematic units or chapters that relate to one or more of the practical exercises and include additional theoretical material and a personal follow-up in the professor’s part. Due to the fact that the project development/design stage allows corrections the student will not be graded they have reached the final module when grades will be given for all of the subjects.

  • 2ND PART: ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING MANAGEMENT

The second part, Architecture and Urban Planning Management presents the main areas of traditional project management with a strong focus on the problem and the approach, meaning the administration of all intervening resources in the development of an Urban-Architectural project.

The intention is to give a profound and complete overview of all possible topics and resources to be managed at the moment of implementing and managing a project that impacts on the city and on society. The student will learn about the tools that currently exist on the market to carry out these activities.

This second part provides knowledge on how to establish relationships among training standards as established by the IPMA, AEIPRO and PMI and the Architecture and Urban Planning specialization.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Introduction to project management 10
2 Planning and project management 40
3 Architecture and Urbanism Interrelations 30
4 Project monitoring and control 30
5 The Urban Environment Project - Architectural 30
6 Trust Management: Risk and Quality 30
7 Impact of Technology on Urban Architectural Projects 30
8 Contextual components of a Project: Economic, Social, Institutional and Cultural 30
9 City marketing 20
  TOTAL 250

These subjects, in spite of being independent, are self-contained and are structured in accordance with a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each one is divided in basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include written material that must be studied in order to successfully respond to the evaluations.

  • 3RD PART: ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING ADMINISTRATION (280 HOURS)

The third part, Architecture and Urban Planning Administration, presents topics exclusively related to a project director’s activities, highlighting their responsibilities and concerns in each area involved. Topics cover the stages and tasks of a project, some related to management (initiation, planning and design, performance and control, and closing and post-mortem) and others of more strategic nature, in order to cover project programs and impact on the city.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Architectural-Urban Project Theory 20
2 Management without distances 20
3 Public Presentation Techniques 20
4 Business management and administration 40
5 Strategic management and planning 40
6 Preservation of the Architectural Urban Heritage 30
7 Management Techniques for Work Teams 30
8 Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning 30
9 The Function of the State 50
  TOTAL 280

These subjects, in spite of being independent, are self-contained and are structured in accordance with a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each one is divided in basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include written material that must be studied in order to successfully respond to the evaluations.

  • 4TH PART: FINAL PROJECT (100 HOURS)

Because of the nature of the proposed methodology, the Final Project is an extension of a project to be carried out by the student throughout their Master in Architecture and Urban Planning Projects Program, with added theoretical support and research on the chosen topic.

The Final Project, with a workload of 100 hours, consists of a complete project, leading to a hypothesis proposed by the student.

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Project 100

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master’s degree in Project management and design, by the politécnico de Milán, Italia. Architect. Professor of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil engineer. Profesor at International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Technology. Industrial Engineer.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Izol Marez. Doctorate in Architecture. Professor at International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. María Sol Quiroga. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: environment, quality, safety and communication. Architect Director of Career, Urban Environmental Management, National University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctorate in Economic and Territorial Integration and Development. Architect. Professor of Urban Environmental Management, National University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Martha Velasco. Doctorate in Technological Innovation Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master's degree in Science in Industrial Management and Engineering. Research on Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor of International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Research Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega. Doctorate in Electronic Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. Director of R D i FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. Doctorate in Science specialization in Microbiology. General Director of Graduate Studies and Research of the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctorate in Education Science from the University of Havana. Professor of International Iberoamerican University
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Exercise Science. Prof. of the Santo Tomas University. Santiago, Chile.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Engineer.
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor of International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Izel Márez. Doctora en Ingeniería de Proyectos. Master's degree in Environmental Management and Audit.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master's degree in Project management and design, by the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Professor of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Design expert of international cooperation projects. Professor at International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctorate in Engineering Projects. Industrial Engineer. Project Specialist for International Cooperation.
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Civil Engineering. In charge of the Projects Area of the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile.
  • Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctorate in Civil Engineering. Civil engineer. Head of the Environmental Management FUNIBER, Peru.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctorate in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Margarita González. Doctorate in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Department Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of León, Spain.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Department Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Aerospace at the University of León, Spain.
  • Dr. (c) Gregorio Urriola. Professor at the University of the Americas in Panama. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr. (c) Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management. Master's degree in Integrated Management: Safety, Quality and Environment.
  • Dr. (c) Diego Kurtz. Master’s degree in Engineering and Knowledge Management.
  • Dr. (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master’s degree in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Project Professional Manager.
  • Dr. (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Management and Master’s degree in Design, Management and Project Management.
  • Dr. (c) Silvana Marín Garat. Economist. Master's degree in Sustainable Development. Professional experience in foreign business’ project development and consultancy in foreign trade.
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Urquizó. Computer engineer. Master's degree in ICT Strategic Management. Director and Consultant Experience in Computer and Information Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
  • Dr. (c) Santiago Brie. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Urban Environmental Management. Master's degree in Design, Management and Project Management. Professor at the National University of Lanús. Argentina.
  • Dr. (c) Jhonny Espinosa Bryson: Mechanical Engineer and Master's degree in Design, Management and Project Management. Consultant in strategic projects management.

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