Specialization in Architecture and Urbanism Project Management

Program Presentation

Architecture and urbanism planning are professional areas that are closely linked, both are involved into the public space in different levels and, precisely for this reason, they interact with different actors in public and private management and with the society as a whole.

For the creation and development of this program, it have been selected an indispensable theoretical knowledge, result from the experience in the professional practice which allows a proper management of this type of interventions. This program not only take into consideration the obvious relationship between architecture, urbanism and the environment, but the connections from the procedures with the State/Government to the construction of the City Image.

The specialization in Architecture and Urbanism Project Management offers a training model focused in two areas, the first strictly linked to architecture and urbanism and the second linked to a project management approach. This is due the interdisciplinary teams that integrate projects of these characteristics are shaped not only by connoisseurs of urban and architectural issues, but also in projects development, management and direction.

The training from two complementary visions not only prepares the student to integrate interdisciplinary teams in their future working lives, but this program also integrates students of all disciplines who are interested in creating project management teams associated with the urban integration of cities.

During the development of the program, it has been considered the basic concepts of project management that are set in the standards established by the main international institutions (International Project Management Association, IPMA), thus the student is introduced in the globalized world of the projects.

Who is the programme for?

The program Architecture and Urbanism Project Management is intended for all those interested in interdisciplinary project management teams that morphologically intervene in the city.

These teams are integrated by professionals from three spheres, university, government and private, and this specialization has been developed by thinking in all of them.

From an academic content structure point of view, it has been considered the incorporation of students of all the areas, hence, there has been a special attention in developing reading and study texts that do not require previous specialized training on the subject.

This program is aimed at students with or without experience in the area of Architecture and Urbanism, but with an interest in the project management of these areas, in order to responsibly implement them in the field of teaching and research of architectural and urban projects and/or in the professional field.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Specialization in Architecture and Urbanism Project Management.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the Architecture and Urbanism Project Management is 350 hours (35 credits)1.

Regarding the time distribution:

  • Since it is an on-line program and it is not subjected to on-site classes, a specific date for starting is not set, thus the student can formalize the registering procedure at any time, only if there are available seats.
  • For academic and learning reasons, the program has a minimum duration of six months.
  • The maximum time available to complete the program is one year. During this period of time, the student must have submitted all the assessment tasks of the subjects and the Study Cases, and in Specialization, Doctorates or Expertizes, the final project.

The credit program structure for Architecture and Urbanism Project Management is shown in the following table:

  CREDITSA DURATIONB HOURS
Part 1: Subjects 25 9 250
Part 2: Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 35 12 350

aThe equivalence in credits may vary according to the university awards the title. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) is 10 + 15 hours. If the student is enrolled in a program with a university that does not belong to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the equivalence credits - hours may vary. 
bDuration in months.

Objectives

General Objective:

  • Train specialists in urban projects management, considering that the architectural product resulting from the management have a direct impact on the lives of people, which emphasizes the concept of social responsibility.

Specific objectives:

  • Determine the main actors/areas involved in the management of public space and their relations, from an architectural urban approach.
  • Establish the basic knowledge for the development and management of projects.
  • Provide conceptual defined tools, from the professional exercise to all the participating actors of all professions in the management of architectural urban projects.
  • Provide new concepts that constitutes urban intervention, highlighting the role of the State, and all the disciplines that must interact in project management.
  • Train specialists responsible with the environment and society as a whole.

Career Opportunities

Some of the professional opportunities that offers Architecture and Urbanism Project Management are:

  • Project Management and Administration Departments.
  • Architecture and Urbanism Deparments of governments.
  • Consultants in intervention of public space.
  • Interdisciplinary teams of architectural urban projects.
  • Studies of architecture and urbanism.
  • Researchers in the field of architectural design.
  • Researchers in urban impact.

Study Plan

The program Architecture and Urbanism Project Managemnt consists of 9 subjects, and in the case of the Specialization, Doctorate Degrees or expertise, an additional final task called Specialization Final Project:

  • Part 1: Subjects

The subjects allow the comprehension of the process of Architecture and Urbanism Project Management.

It is important to emphasize that the 9 subjects that integrate the program have been developed from two approaches, project management and architecture as a leading element of urban intervention, in order to not only to train interested in design, but also those interested in integrating work teams in projects management.

The subjects and the corresponding hours that make up the first part are shown in the following table:

  • Part 2: Specialization Final Project

In the case of the Specialization, Doctorate Degrees or expert, the last phase of the program will be focused on the Specialization Final Project.

SUBJECTS HOURS
Specialization Final Project 100

Description of the Subjects

The subjects that make up the program of studies are independent, but at the same time are structured according to a consistent pedagogical order. Each one is divided into basic units or chapters, content includes printed material that should be studied to respond satisfactorily the various evaluation activities.

Part 1: Subjects

  1. Introduction to Project Management

    The management of projects is the administration of all necessary resources for its development. This subject introduces us to the topic in a general term and expands among other topics: general concepts on project management and project typologies, project phases and project life cycle.

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    GENERAL AND THEORETICAL INTRODUCTION
    GENERAL CONCEPTS ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT TYPOLOGIES
    PROJECT PHASES AND PROJECT LIFE CYCLE
  2. Interrelationships Between Urban Planning and Architecture

    This subject analyzes the different approaches that come about the analysis scales and disciplinary intervention in architecture, urban design and urban planning, analyzing each ones’ particularities, their differences, their common points and their complementation, directed toward their need for integration for professional action in the urban space and contributing to the population’s better quality of life.

    APPROUCHES IN URBANISM, URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
    URBAN INTERVENTION SCALE
    URBAN DESIGN INTERVENTION SCALE
    ARCHITECTURE INTERVENTION SCALE
    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE IN THE DIFFERENT INTERVENTION SCALES
    GRAVITATION OF THE DIFFERENT TERRITORIAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL COMPONENTS
  3. Theory of the Urban Architectural Project

    The subject introduces the concept of “project” in its professional performance in architecture, urban design and urban planning, associating and differentiating it from the research and design process. Inclusion of the social, environmental, economical, and political dimensions in the urban-architectural project. Introduction to the formulation, management and administration of urban-architectural projects. General concepts on Systems and General Theories on Systems, with the objective of providing a tool to analyze the problems, conflicts and urban-architectural projects with a systematic vision directed at understanding the diversity and complexity of the actual city.

    THE CONCEPT OF “PROJECT” IN ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN AND URBAN PLANIING
    RELATIONS AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DESIGN AND PROJECT
    ARTICULATION BETWEEN RESEARCH, PROJECT PROCESSES AND URBAN INTERVENTION
    FORMULATION, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    SOCIETY, THE ENVIRONMENT, THE ECONOMY, AND POLITICS IN URBAN-ARCHITECTURE
    GENERAL THEORIES OF SYSTEMS
    SYSTEMATIC VISION OF THE CITY AND THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    THE TERRITORIAL APPROUCH AND THE SYSTEMATIC APPROUCH IN URBAN INTERVENTION
  4. The Environment in Urban Architectural Projects

    On the basis of the definition of a series of basic socio-economic and environmental concepts involved in the concept of sustainable development, this subject delves into the background and the problems caused by the environmental impacts of human activities, from a global scale to the architectural and urban intervention, providing a series of principles that guide the action.

    BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM
    RELATIONS WITH DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES TOWARD THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABILITY
    THE ENVIRONMENT AS A PRODUCTIVE POTENTIAL
    CURRENT CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    GUIDING CRITERIA OF A NEW DEVELOPMENT
  5. Technology Impact in Urban Architectural Projects

    Studying the relationships between the new technologies, city and architectural design is an imperative topic for professionals and researchers involved in the planning and management of urban-architectural projects.

    They will be occupied with analyzing how innovative technology has a transformative strength in socio-economic relations as in the urban form, how these manifest in the cities and the mode in which architects, urban planners and managers develop their urban and architectural projects.

    They point themselves toward the search for social answers to the transformations that the new technologies bring to the modes of living in the city, and include them like design elements.

    IDENTIFYING IMPACTS: CAUSE-EFFECT MATRICES (IMPACT MATRICES), SCALED MATRICES AND OTHER METHODS OF IMPACT IDENTIFICATION
    QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE VALUATION OF MATRICES
    CORRECTIONAL AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES
    ANALYSIS OF URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS AND THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVES
    METHODS FOR THE FORECAST OF EFFECTS THAT APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES WILL CREATE
  6. City Marketing

    This subject looks to provide tools so that the student may identify distinctive or representative elements from a city or city marketing tools; with this concept understood as a group of activities and a series of products and/or services from the city thought of to satisfy the different public needs (external and internal communities) creating and enhancing their requirements.

    For this, tools for communication, advertising and marketing tools are analyzed, as well as the decision making process of the different social performers (social, economical and political), and, on the other hand, knowledge on the characteristics of the urban model desired by the citizenry themselves.

    THE MARKET, SALES AND OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS
    IMAGE, PERSONALITY AND URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT POSITIONING
    THE PRODUCT-MARKET DIMENSION IN CITY MARKETING
    PROJECT COMMUNICATION
    DEVELOPMENT A MARKETING STRATEGIC PLAN FOR AN URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
  7. The Function of the State

    We introduce the student to the analysis of the different roles that the state might comply with in its actions of urban and architectural intervention, playing the functions of enterprising, financial, promoter or regulator and its consequent relationships with the private sector. We also analyze the responsibilities of the professional in relation to the functions of the State in its urban and architectural operation.

    THE ROLES OF THE STATE IN URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    URBAN POLICIES
    STATE REGULATION IN ARCHITECTURAL ACTIVITIES
    STATE INSTRUMENTS IN URBAN MANAGEMENT
    PLANS, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE STATE
    RESPONSABILITES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN REALTION TO THE STATE
    THE PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STATE
  8. Contextual Components of the Project: Economical, Social, Institutional and Cultural

    The subject will address the contextual changes of different characteristics: economical, social, institutional, cultural, etc., that affect the design and development of an urban-architectural project.

    The relationships between society, the State and its production centers, the relationships of the local market with the global market and the role of some key figures in society, so that, based on their knowledge, they may work on the conditional factors and their relationship within project design and development so as to intervene in them in different ways.

    Each of the fields to be analyzed will allow the student to generate different lines of work in a project, with an integrative approach of the plan being addressed.

    EXPLORATIONAL ANALYSIS OF A PROBLEM OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO ITS LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS
    SOCIAL POLICIES AND URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL POLICIES
    POLITICAL, ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL AND ASPECTS OF THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
    SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC DEMANDS SOCIAL EXCLUSION CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  9. Preservation of the Urban Architectural Heritage

    This subject’s objective is to showcase the objectives created by a community constituted of urban property with heritage value. When we talk about urban property we refer to tangible heritage including public spaces (with different degrees of human intervention) that fulfill environmental and recreational functions.

    The subject will work on identifying the city’s cultural system and the location of the architectural elements with historical dimension, studying the interrelation of the cultural properties in the different scales in which they can be found and with the processes and agents that affect each one.

    The subject aims for the student to acquire the capacity to integrate the technical, cultural and/or socio-economic problems in the practice of cultural property conservation.

    DEFINITION OF URBAN PROPERTY OF HERITAGE VALUE
    IDENTIFICATION OF THE CITY’S CULTURAL SYSTEM
    IDENTIFICATION OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS WITH A HISTORICAL DIMENSION
    THEORETICAL BASIS OF DIFFERENT INTERVENTION PRACTICES: DEFINITIONS AND EXAMPLES OF CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, RECUPERATION, REFURBISHING, ENHANCEMENT, RECYCLING

Part 2: Specialization’s Final Project

In the case of the Specialization, Doctorate Degrees or Expertise, the last phase of the program will be focused on the Specialization’s Final Project.


Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made to it.

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Project Management and Design, by the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Architect. Professor in the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. AGP President, IPMA member.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Engineer. Expert in International Cooperation Projects. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Engineering and Environmental Technology. Industrial Engineer.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Izol Marez. Doctorate in Architecture. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctor in Economic and Territorial Integration and Development. Architect. Head Professor of the career in Urban Environmental Management, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Martha Velasco. Doctorate in Technological Innovation Projects, Specialist in the Project Management, Science Master’s in Industrial Management and Engineering. Researcher in Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor and Researcher of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega. Doctor in Electrical Engineering: Telecommunications Engineer. Director of R&D in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. Doctor in Science with Specialization in Microbiology. General Director of Graduate Studies and Research in the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctor in Educational Sciences at the University of Havana. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctor in Exercise Sciences Prof. In the University of Santo Tomas. Santiago, Chile.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Engineer.
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor in the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor in the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Izol Marez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Master in Environmental Management and Audits.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Project Management and Design, by the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Professor in the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director of the Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Expert in the design of international cooperation projects. Professor in the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctor in Project Engineering: Industrial Engineer. Specialist in International Cooperation Projects.
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: The Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Civil Engineering. Responsible for the projects area in the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias), Chile.
  • Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctor in Civil Engineering: Civil Engineer. Responsible for the Environmental Management Area of FUNIBER Peru.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctor in Chemical Engineering: Professor of Project Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Margarita González. Doctor in Chemical Engineering: Professor of Project Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Head Professor in the Geography and Geology Department in the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. María Sol Quiroga. Doctorates in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality, Safety and Communication. Architect Director of the career in Urban Environmental Management, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Head Professor in the Mechanical, Information and Aerospace Engineering Department in the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor of the University of the Americas in Panama. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor's in Environmental Management. Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Quality and the Environment.
  • Dr (c). Diego Kurtz. Master in Knowledge Management and Engineering.
  • Dr (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Professional Project Manager.
  • Dr (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Management and Master in Project Design, Administration and Management.
  • Dr (c).Silvana Marín Garat: Economist. Master in Sustainable Development. Professional experience in the development of foreign business projects and consultancies in Foreign Trade.
  • Dr (c) Pablo Urquizó: Computer Engineering. Master in Strategic Management in ICT. Experience as Director and Consultant in Computing and Information Technology, System design and Webmaster.
  • Dr (c) Santiago Brie: Studies: Bachelor’s in Urban Environmental Management. Master in Project Design, Administration and Management. Professor in the Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Argentina.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) periodically allocates economic aid for FUNIBER Educational Scholarships.

To apply, the candidate has only to fill-in the scholarship application form in the FUNIBER homepage with the required information, and the Evaluation Committee will examine the suitability of the student’s candidacy to be granted the economic aid in the form of a FUNIBER Educational Scholarship.