Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning

Program Presentation

Architecture and urban planning are closely related professional areas, as both negotiate public spaces on a different scale, interacting with different factors of public and private management and with all of society.

Indispensable theoretical knowledge has been selected for the program’s development, extracted from experience in professional practices, to carry out the proper operation of these types of negotiations, considering not only the evident relationship between Architecture, Urban Planning and the environment, but key points related from the management of the State/Government until the construction of the Image of the City.

The Specialization in Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning proposes a theoretical approach model as of two spaces, one strictly related to the Architecture and Urban Planning area and the other from a Project Management point of view. This is due to the interdisciplinary teams that make up projects of these types, members of not only Urban-Architectural topics, but also specialists in development, overall management and project management.

Training as of these two complementary visions not only prepares the student for their future professional life to integrate interdisciplinary teams but the present specialization accepts students from all interested disciplines in forming part of project management teams related with negotiating the city’s urban landscape, offering access to D Level Certification of the IPMA through the AGPA.

The program’s development was carried out taking into account the basic concepts of project management as posited in the competence standards of the established knowledge within the main international institutions (Project Management Association of Argentina, AGPA. Member of the IPMA), to properly introduce the student into the globalized world of projects.

This last part is important to highlight since it evidences the backing from professional institutions of international recognition in the development of the standards and competencies of for project management.

Who is the programme for?

The Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning program is aimed at all those interested in forming part of an interdisciplinary project management team negotiating the city’s urban landscape design.

These teams are composed of professionals from three sectors; University, Government and private organizations, with the present specialization having been developed with the previous three in mind. The incorporation of students from all areas has been taken into consideration for the proper creation of the academic structure of contents, for which special attention has been given to the development of literature and study texts, that, do not require previous specialized training on the topic.

The current program is aimed at students with or without experience in the Architecture and Urban Planning area, but who have interest in the project management of these characteristics, so as to apply them in a responsible manner within the field of teaching and research of Urban-Architectural 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.

Professional Certification

Each student has the possibility of obtaining a professional certification as a Certified Project Management Associate (Level D) through the cooperation agreement between FUNIBER with the Argentina Project Management Association (Asociación de Gestión de Proyectos Argentina, AGPA and the Argentina IPMA Certifying Body (Organismo Certificador IPMA Argentina, OCIA).

To apply for the Certification Level “D” of the IPMA (Project Management Associate.) (*), the student should be enrolled for the certification and have completed the specialization. The certification consists of carrying out a test issued by the OCIA.

(*) Exclusive for student residents in America

For more information:

https://agpa.org.ar/ocia/

ocia@agpa.org.ar

Program Structure

The estimated duration for completing the Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning program is 350 hours (35 credits)1.

With respects to the distribution of time:

  • Being a distance learning Program and not subject to in situ classes, there is no specific starting date, by which the student may complete the enrollment process at any time provided that there is available space.
  • The student has a maximum of one year to finish the Program. During this time, the student should have completed all the evaluations corresponding to the subjects and the Case Study and Resolution, or the Final Assignment in the case of the Specialization, Post grad or Expert.

The credit structure for the Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning Program is stated as follows:

  CREDITSA DURATIONB HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 25 9 250
2nd Part: Final Subject Assignment 10 3 100
TOTAL 35 12 350

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the University that issues the Diploma. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 10 + 15 hours. The relationship between credits and hours may vary for those students in the Program who are enrolled in a University not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
b. Length in months.

Objectives

General Objective

  • Train specialists in Project Management for Urban Planning, considering that the architectural product resulting from said management has a direct impact on people’s lives, accentuating the concept of social responsibility.

Specific objectives

  • Determine the main factors/areas in the management of public spaces and the relationships between these, from an Urban-Architectural approach.
  • Establish the basic knowledge for the creation and management of projects.
  • Contribute conceptual tools defined from the professional experience to all the participating members from all professions, in the management of Urban-Architectural projects.
  • Contribute new concepts for urban planning, highlighting the role of the State and all the disciplines that must interact in Project Management.
  • Train responsible specialists with the environment and the society.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning program are:

  • Become a member of project management and administrative departments.
  • Become a member of architecture and urban-planning areas belonging to the government.
  • Consultant in public spaces.
  • Become a member of an interdisciplinary team of Urban-Architectural projects.
  • Architecture and Urban-Planning Studies.
  • Researcher in the Architectural design field.
  • Researcher on Urban impact.

Study Plan

The Project Management in Architecture and Urban Planning program is composed of 9 subjects, with a Final Subject Assignment called the Final Specialization Assignment in the case of a Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert program:

  • 1st PART: SUBJECTS

The subjects enable the general understanding and knowledge of Urban Architectural project management.

It is important to point out that the 9 subjects that make up the program have been developed from two approaches, the project management and Architecture, to not only to train those interested in Design, but also all those interested in becoming a member of a project management team.

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

  • 2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT

In the case of Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert, the final phase of the Program will be focused on the development of the Specialization Final Assignment, which will be a monograph on the project's development.

The Final Specialization Assignment must be an original contribution to the field of projects with a strong component for specific possible application. It is of the utmost importance to understand that the proposals from this field of projects must be capable of taking fruition in real life.

2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Specialization Assignment 100
  TOTAL 100

Description of the Subjects

The subjects that comprise the Study Program, despite being independent between them, are self-contained and structured according to a coherent pedagogical order. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters. A printed version of the content is offered, so the student can successfully complete the various evaluation tasks.

1st PART: SUBJECTS

  1. INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    The management of projects is the administration of all necessary resources for its development, by which the present subject introduces us to this general idea, covering the following topics: General Concepts in Project Management and Types of Projects, Project Phases and Projects Life Cycle.

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION
    GENERAL AND THEORETICAL INTRODUCTION
    GENERAL CONCEPTS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT TYPES
    PROJECT PHASES AND LIFE CYCLE
  2. INTERRELATION BETWEEN URBAN PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE

    The present subject analyzes the different approaches that arise in the disciplinary analysis and intervention scales of architecture, urban design and urban planning, analyzing the particularities of each one of them, their differences, points in common and their complementarity, all aimed towards the need for their integration within the urban space, contributing to a better quality of life in the population.

    APPROACHES TO URBAN PLANNING, URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
    URBAN INTERVENTION SCALE
    URBAN DESIGN INTERVENTION SCALE
    ARCHTIECTURAL INTERVENTION SCALES
    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE IN DIFERENT INTERVENTION SCALES
    GRAVITATIONAL COMPONENTS IN SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL COMPONENTS
  3. URBAN ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT THEORY

    The subject introduces the concept of “project” in the professional field of architecture, urban design and urban planning, associating and differentiating the process of research and design. Inclusion of social, environmental, economic and political dimensions in the urban-architectural project. Introduction to the formulation, operation and management of urban-architectural projects. General concepts about Systems and General Theories of Systems, with the objective of providing a problem, conflict and urban-architectural tool with a systematic vision aimed at understanding the diversity and complexity of modern cities.

    THE CONCEPT OF “PROJECT” IN ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN AND URBAN PLANNING
    RELATIONS AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DESIGN AND PROJECT
    RELATION BETWEEN RESEARCH, PROJECT PROCESS AND URBAN INTERVENTION
    FORMULATION, OPERATION AND THE MANAGEMENT OF URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    SOCIETY, ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY AND POLITICS IN THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
    GENERAL THEORY OF SYSTEMS
    SYSTEMATIC VISION OF THE OF THE CITY AND URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    TERRITORIAL APPROACH AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH IN URBAN INTERVENTION
  4. ENVIRONMENT IN URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS

    The subject introduces the concept of “project” to the professional field of architecture, urban design and urban planning, associating and differentiating the research and design process. Inclusion of social, environmental, economic and political dimensions in the urban-architectural project. Introduction to the formulation, operation and management of urban-architectural projects. General concepts about Systems and General Theories of Systems, with the objective of providing a problem, conflict and urban-architectural tool with a systematic vision aimed at understanding the diversity and complexity of modern cities.

    BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM
    RELATIONS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. TOWARDS THE SUSTAINABLITY CONCEPT
    ENVIRONMENT AS A PRODUCTIVE POTENTIAL
    CURRENT CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    NEW DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE CRITERIA
  5. TECHNOLOGY IMPACT ON URBAN ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS

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

    These individuals are charged with analyzing how technological innovations have a transforming force in socio-economic relations, as well as, in urban aspects, and how they manifest themselves in cities and how architects, town planners and managers create their urban and architectural projects.

    They take up the task of searching for the social answers brought up by the transformations that new technologies bring to a city’s life style, and so include them as design elements.

    IDENTIFYING IMPACT CAUSE-EFFECT MATRIX (IMPACT MATRIX), ROW ECHELON FORM MATRIX AND OTHER IMPACT IDENTIFICATION METHODS
    QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE IMPACT VALUATION
    CORRECTIVE AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES
    ANALYISIS OF THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT AND ITS TECHNOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVES
    PREVENTION METHODS FOR THE EFFECTS GENERATED BY APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES
  6. CITY MARKETING

    This subject looks to provide the tools necessary for the student to identify distinctive or representative elements of a city or city marketing tools; understanding this final concept as a set of activities and a series of products and/or city services created to satisfy the needs of different audiences (internal and external population), creating and potentiating their demand.

    Communication, publicity and promotional tools will be analyzed for this end, such as the decision making process of different social agents (social, economic and political). Knowledge of the urban model characteristics that citizens decide upon will also be addressed.

    THE MARKET, RETAIL AND OPERATION SYSTEM
    PROJECT URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL IMAGE, PERSONALITY AND POSITIONING
    THE PRODUCT-MARKET DIMENSION WITHIN CITY MARKETING
    PROJECT COMMUNICATION
    STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN CREATED FOR AN URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
  7. THE ROLE OF THE STATE

    Introduces the analysis of the different roles that the State may fulfill within urban and architectural intervention actions, carrying out business, financial, promotional or regulating functions and its consequential relationships with the private sector. Likewise, the responsibilities of professionals are analyzed in relationship to the functions of the state within the urban and architectural operations.

    THE STATE’S ROLE IN URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
    URBAN POLICIES
    STATEWIDE REGULATION IN ARCHITECTURAL ACTIVITIES
    STATE TOOLS FOR URBAN MANAGEMENT
    PLANS, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF THE DIFFERENT LEVELS WITHIN THE STATE
    RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN RELATION TO THE STATE
    PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN STATEWIDE MANAGEMENT
  8. CONTEXTUAL COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND CULTURAL

    The subject provides the contextual changes of different natures: economic, social, institutional, cultural, etc., that affect the design and development of an urban-architectural project.

    The relationships between society, the State and the production sectors will be analyzed; the relationships of the local market with the global market and the role of some key agents of society, since, based on their knowledge, the conditional factors and their relations within the design and development of projects are worked on with the goal of being able to intervene in different manners.

    Each of the fields to be analyzed will enable the student to create different lines of work for a project and an inclusive approach to address the problem.

    EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS OF A PROBLEM OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO ITS LOCAL, NATIOAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
    SOCIAL POLICIES AND THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL POLICIES
    POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
    SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC DEMANDS SOCIAL EXCLUSION. CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  9. PRESERVATION OF THE URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE.

    The subject’s objective is to place evidence on those objects produced by a community that constitute the urban goods of heritage value. When speaking about goods, we refer to tangible heritage including public spaces (with distinct levels of human intervention) that fulfill environmental and recreational functions.

    The cultural system identification of the city will be addressed, along with the location of the architectural elements with historical dimensions, studying the interrelation of cultural goods at different levels where they are implemented, and the process and agents that affect each one.

    The student will acquire the capacity to integrate the technical, cultural and/or socio-economic problems in the practice of the cultural conservation of goods.

    DEFINITION OF THE HERITAGE VALUE OF URBAN GOODS
    CULTURAL SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION OF THE CITY
    IDENTIFICATION OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS WITH HISTORICAL DIMENSIONS
    BASE THEORIES OF DIFFERENT INTERVENTION PRACTICES: DEFINITIONS AND EXAMPLES OF CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION, RESTAURATION, RECUPERATION
    REFUNCTIONALIZATION, PLACING VALUE, RECYCLING

2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT

In the case of Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert, the final phase of the Program will be focused on the development of the Specialization Final Assignment, which will be a monograph on the project's development.

The Final Specialization Assignment must be an original contribution to the field of projects with a strong component for specific possible application. It is of the utmost importance to understand that the proposals from this field of projects must be capable of taking fruition in real life.


Note: The subject content may be subjected to slight modifications due to updates and improvements.

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Alvarez. Doctor by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication. Master from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Project Management and Design, Architect by the University of Buenos Aires, UBA. Developer of the first incubation project models for young professionals. President of AGP IPMA (International Project Management Association) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luiz Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Civil Engineer. Expert in international cooperation projects. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Master in Engineering and Environmental Technology. Industrial Engineering.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Izol Marez. Doctor in Architecture. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctor in Economic and Geographical Development and Integration. Architect. Full Professor in the Urban Environment Management program, National University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Martha Velasco. Doctor in Technological Innovation Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master’s Degree in Management Science and Industrial Engineer. Researcher in Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Miguel Angel López Flores. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Research Professor from the National Politechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega. Doctor in Electrical Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. RDI Director at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. Doctor in Sciences with a specialization in Microbiology. General Director in Postgraduate and Research Studies from the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermin Ferriol Sánchez. Doctor in Education Sciences from the University of Havana. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctor in Exercise Sciences. Prof. From the University of Santo Tomas. Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Industrial Engineering.
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the National University of Lanús.
  • Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Izel Márez. Doctor in Project Engineering. Master in Environmental Management and Audits.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Alvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Master in Project Management and Design, by the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Dr. Luiz Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Expert in international cooperation project designs. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctor in Project Engineering. Industrial Engineering. Specialist in International Cooperation Projects.
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Civil and Industrial Engineering. Responsible for the Area of Projects at the Agricultural Research Institute (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 in Project Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Dr. Margarita González. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Professor in Project Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Full Professor of the Geography and Geology Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Full Professor of the Aerospace, IT and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor in the Universidad de las Américas de Panamá. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr (c) Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor in Environmental Engineering. Master in Integrated Management: Quality, Prevention and the Environment.
  • Dr (c). Diego Kurtz. Master in Engineering and Knowledge Management.
  • Dr (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Professional Project Manager.
  • Dr (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Engineering and Master in Project Design, Management and Administration.
  • Dr (c) Silvana Marín Garat. Economist. Master in Sustainable Development. Professional Experience in foreign business project development and foreign trade consulting.
  • Dr (c) Pablo Urquizó. Computer Engineering. Master in ICT Strategic Management. Experience as Director and Consultant of Information and Communication Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
  • Dr. Santiago Brie: Doctor in Projects by the International Iberomerican University (in process). Master in Project Design, Management and Administration by the University of León, Spain. Degree in Urban Environmental Management from the National University of Lanús, Argentina. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.

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