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Architectural, Civil and Urban Heritage and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings

The doctoral programme in Heritage is a joint doctoral programme.

Candidates meeting the admission requirements may apply to the programme through the channels established by each participating university. Candidates may register their doctoral theses at any of the three participating universities (the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the University of Cantabria or the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) and be awarded one doctoral degree holder from the doctoral programme in Architectural, Civil and Urban Heritage and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings. The interuniversity nature of this programme enables mobility among candidates and interaction among the participating universities’ research groups.
Coordinating university:
University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Department of Architecture, Applied Physics I Department)
Participating universities:
University of Cantabria, School of Civil Building Management and Technology (GTED)
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Architectural Representation, ADR&M research group.


Other Universities

This is a joint doctoral programme.

Coordinating university:

University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
(Department of Architecture, Applied Physics I Department)

Participating universities:
University of Cantabria, School of Civil Building Management and Technology (GTED)
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, research group: Architecture, Design, Representation and Modelling ADR&M 2017 SGR 791

COORDINATOR

Redondo Dominguez, Ernest

CONTACT

Secretary’s Office for Doctoral Programmes in Architecture
Tel.: 934 011 875
Secretariadoctorat.utgab@upc.edu
https://etsab.upc.edu/es/estudios/doctorado

Programme website

General information

Access profile

The ideal or recommended candidate should, preferably, be in possession of one of the following official Spanish undergraduate or master’s degrees, as the contents of these programmes offer optimal preparation for this doctoral programme:

• Master’s degree in Comprehensive Management, Refurbishment and Restoration of Built Heritage and Existing Structures (UPV/EHU)
• Master’s degree in Architecture, Energy and the Environment (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Building Construction (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Urban Management and Valuation (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Architectural Technology (UPC)
• Master’s degree in the Theory and History of Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Architectural Projects (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Urbanism (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (UC)
• Master’s degree in Historical and Territorial Heritage (UC)
• Master’s degree in Construction Engineering (UC)
• Master’s degree in Integrity and Durability of Materials, Components and Structures (UC).
Other official Spanish master’s degrees and equivalent foreign degrees with similar focuses to those previously mentioned will also be considered.

Applicants meeting the admission requirements may apply to the programme via the channels established by each participating university.

Note that the desired background for applicants to the UPC and the ADR&M research group is decidedly technological, with an emphasis on ICT applications. The programme at the UPC focuses more on applications to heritage studies and less on refurbishment studies (which correspond more to the Architectural Construction Department or the GTED research group at the University of Cantabria), conservation and reuse (which correspond more to the Department of Architectural Design) or public spaces (which correspond more to the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).

The multi-disciplinary nature of cases requiring joint supervision must be duly substantiated.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Number of places

5

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Enrollment aid

In the first half of October.

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
Other Universities:

This is a joint doctoral programme.

Coordinating university:

University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
(Department of Architecture, Applied Physics I Department)

Participating universities:
University of Cantabria, School of Civil Building Management and Technology (GTED)
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, research group: Architecture, Design, Representation and Modelling ADR&M 2017 SGR 791


STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Departamento de Representación Arquitectónica (PROMOTORA)
SPECIFIC URL OF THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM:
https://etsab.upc.edu/es/estudios/doctorado

CONTACT:
Secretary’s Office for Doctoral Programmes in Architecture
Tel.: 934 011 875
Secretariadoctorat.utgab@upc.edu
https://etsab.upc.edu/es/estudios/doctorado

Agreements with other institutions

1. Title: Integrative Multidisciplinary People-centered Architectural Qualification & Training.
Type of activity: competitive project.
Funding body: European Commission
Funding body’s code: 586437-EPP-1-2017-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

2. Title: Ludificación para la Enseñanza del Diseño Urbano y la Integración en Ella de la Participación Ciudadana 3.0 (Gamification for Teaching Urban Design and Integrating Citizen Participation 3.0)
Type of activity: competitive project.
Acronym: GAME4CITY 3.0.
Funding body: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Funding body’s code: BIA2016-77464-C2-1-R

3. Title: E-learning 3.0 en la Docencia de la Arquitectura (E-learning 3.0 in Teaching Architecture). Casos de Estudio de Investigación Educativa para un Futuro Inmediato (Research into Case Studies for the Immediate Future)
Type of activity: competitive project.
Abbreviated name: 3.0 E-learning Architecture.
Funding body: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Funding body’s code: EDU2012-37247

4. Title: MOOC. De la Realidad al Proyecto (From Reality to the Project). Del Proyecto a la Realidad Aumentada (From the Project to Augmented Reality) (2014 MOOC 00019).
Type of activity: competitive project.
Funding body: Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (Agaur).
Funding body’s code: Doctoral Programme:

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

The ideal or recommended candidate should, preferably, be in possession of one of the following official Spanish undergraduate or master’s degrees, as the contents of these programmes offer optimal preparation for this doctoral programme:

• Master’s degree in Comprehensive Management, Refurbishment and Restoration of Built Heritage and Existing Structures (UPV/EHU)
• Master’s degree in Architecture, Energy and the Environment (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Building Construction (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Urban Management and Valuation (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Architectural Technology (UPC)
• Master’s degree in the Theory and History of Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Architectural Projects (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Urbanism (UPC)
• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (UC)
• Master’s degree in Historical and Territorial Heritage (UC)
• Master’s degree in Construction Engineering (UC)
• Master’s degree in Integrity and Durability of Materials, Components and Structures (UC).
Other official Spanish master’s degrees and equivalent foreign degrees with similar focuses to those previously mentioned will also be considered.

Applicants meeting the admission requirements may apply to the programme via the channels established by each participating university.

Note that the desired background for applicants to the UPC and the ADR&M research group is decidedly technological, with an emphasis on ICT applications. The programme at the UPC focuses more on applications to heritage studies and less on refurbishment studies (which correspond more to the Architectural Construction Department or the GTED research group at the University of Cantabria), conservation and reuse (which correspond more to the Department of Architectural Design) or public spaces (which correspond more to the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning).

The multi-disciplinary nature of cases requiring joint supervision must be duly substantiated.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

In accordance with that which is established in Article 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, the previous experience of candidates wishing to register doctoral theses in this doctoral programme will be considered. This programme has a well-defined focus on refurbishment and restoration, but, at the same time, it covers a wide range of contents and specific subject matters. Taking this into consideration, criteria have been established to assess, using a defined scoring system for the merits indicated hereafter, and identify future candidates’ abilities and interests in the research carried out in this doctoral programme.

As can be seen, the total value of all of the sections adds up to 100 points. The minimum score required to be admitted to the doctoral programme is 50 points.

1. Academic transcript, including the master’s programme taken. Will be given up to 30 points. Undergraduate degrees will be given a maximum of 10 points and master’s degrees will be given a maximum of 20 points.

2. Concordance of the master’s programme taken. Will be given up to 20 points. Total similarity of subject matters in the master’s programme taken and in the master’s thesis with topics related to historic buildings or refurbishment will be given a maximum of 20 points. To provide some orientation, the maximum points will be given if applicants have completed the following official, research-focused master’s programmes:

• Master’s programme in Comprehensive Management and Refurbishment of Built Heritage (UPV/EHU)
• Maser’s programme in Architecture, Energy and the Environment (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Construction (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Urban Management and Valuation (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Architectural Technology (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Theory and History of Architecture (UPC)
• Master’s programme in the Theory and Practice of Architectural Projects (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Urbanism (UPC)
• Master’s programme in Civil Engineering (UC)
• Master’s programme in Historical and Territorial Heritage (UC)
• European master’s programme in Construction Engineering (UC)
• Master’s programme in Integrity and Durability of Materials, Components and Structures (UC)

3. Level of English. Will be given up to 10 points. Holding a certificate that ensures a B1 level or equivalent will be given 2 points. Holding a certificate that ensures a B2 level or equivalent will be given 6 points. Higher levels will be given the maximum number of points. The minimum required points in this area is 2 points.

4. Publications. Will be given up to 10 points. To provide some orientation, the maximum number of points will be awarded if applicants have two publications (with a maximum of 3 co-authors) in Q1 journals (JCR).


5. Knowledge of computing and information and communication technologies. Will be given up to 10 points. To provide some orientation, the maximum number of points will be awarded if applicants can demonstrate their proficiency using high-performance computing tools (AutoCAD, 3D Studio or similar), sending and receiving large volumes of data by telematic means and using smartphone applications.

6. Other languages. Will be given up to 10 points. To provide some orientation, the maximum number of points will be awarded if applicants can accredit holding at least a B2-level language certificate, or equivalent, for the German, French or Italian languages.

7. Other merits. Will be given up to 10 points. This section basically considers the merits applicants can demonstrate in any of the six aforementioned sections, as long as they are related to historic buildings or refurbishment. The aim here is to award candidates who have a notable mastery in the field.

Training complements

Applicants’ first enrolment may be completed after receiving their admission letter if it is received after the standard period for honours enrolment (more than 10), extraordinary thesis awards, maximum scores on the master’s thesis, master’s programmes taken at one of the top 50 universities at an international level, other similar postgraduate occurrences at foreign universities, extensive knowledge of high-performance computing tools, active participation in research projects, contracts and agreements, grants previously received in competitive calls or having a predoctoral grant awarded by any body or via a research project, contract or agreement.

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

No specific bridging courses are planned.

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

Applicants’ should first enrol after receiving their admission decision, if this occurs after the standard enrolment period.

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources

Activity: Attending and presenting papers in national and international conferences.
Hours: 90.
This educational activity is optional, and will depend on the thesis supervisor’s recommendations and the availability of related funding.

Activity: Stays at other institutions.
Hours: 150.
Optional.

Activity: Thesis, work and research follow-up meetings.
Hours: 40.
This activity is compulsory.

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

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List of lodged theses

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List of defended theses by year

  • BAGHERI MOGHADDAM, FAEZEH: Urban Vertical Garden: Ways to Improve Living Conditions by Applying Green Façades in Buildings Refurbishment at Semi-Arid Climate
    Author: BAGHERI MOGHADDAM, FAEZEH
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/673516
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURAL, CIVIL AND URBAN HERITAGE AND REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
    Department: (RA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 24/01/2022
    Thesis director: FORT MIR, JOSEP MARIA | NAVARRO DELGADO, ISIDRO

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: SUNGUR, ASLI
         SECRETARI: MORET VIÑALS, ORIOL
         VOCAL: NECCHI, SILVIA
    Thesis abstract: This dissertation aims to improve work conditions in office buildings by implementing vertical greenery systems, such as green façades and living walls in semi-arid climates. Since building energy performance is characterized by their electrical systems and thermal exchanges through the building envelope, which is primarily defined by glazing systems in the façades, covering glazed façades with a vegetation layer can play a key role in energy-saving and thermal comfort of buildings. This research evaluates, through the building simulation method, the influence of green façades in thermal comfort, energy consumption, and the heating and cooling loads of an office building in Denver city with a semi-arid climate condition. Furthermore, the psychological and physical performance of vertical gardens as a nature-based solution and, from the perspective of biophilic cities and philosophy, has been assessed through a review of previous studies related to the effect of greenery systems in office buildings. A green façade can also be used as a retrofit option for office building refurbishment. A case study was created as a conceptual model to investigate the influence of green façades and green façade configuration on their performance prediction in semi-arid climates. Additionally, for a better understanding of vertical garden performance in semi-arid regions, simulation case studies in Barcelona with a Mediterranean climate (as articles) and Denver with a semiarid climate as the context of this dissertation were conducted and their results were compared together. The information generated from the simulation of bare and green façade configurations as a double-skin façade was incorporated into qualitative theories trying to predict human comfort aspects in the work environment. For balancing energy-saving measures through green façade refurbishment, four qualitative criteria serve as the foundation for occupant psychological and physical comfort, and their impact on productivity has been established. These criteria are: the requirement for appropriate indoor air temperature, indoor air quality, daylight availability for the psychological performance of users, and perceived control over the façade by a vegetation layer in workplaces. Finally, a new concept of vertical gardens was introduced by integrating biology and technology in architecture, which may solve the issue of weather conditions and water scarcity in some climates, such as semi-arid climates, for implementing vertical gardens.

  • CAMPOVERDE DURÁN, RAFAEL AUGUSTO: Diseño de un sistema de realidad mixta para la puesta en valor de sitios arqueológicos
    Author: CAMPOVERDE DURÁN, RAFAEL AUGUSTO
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURAL, CIVIL AND URBAN HERITAGE AND REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
    Department: (RA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 25/10/2022
    Thesis director: REDONDO DOMINGUEZ, ERNEST | GIMÉNEZ MATEU, LUIS

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: JADAN GUERRERO, JANIO LINCON
         SECRETARI: SÁNCHEZ RIERA, ALBERTO
         VOCAL NO PRESENCIAL: GARZON VERA, BLAS ORLANDO
    Thesis abstract: This research work shows the design of a Mixed Reality (MR) system and its application in a case study. It aims to contribute to the solution of interpretation problems that frequently affect visitors to archeological sites. It is developed with the user experience of visitors (UX) as its main axis and has been proposed with a holistic and systemic approach since, in addition to addressing the technological aspects inherent to the subject, it incorporates other relevant elements such as the design of experiences and heritage management. A mixed research approach is carried out; qualitative and quantitative methods are used together. For the proposal development, the User Experience Design (UXD) is taken as a complementary method, an iterative process of continuous innovation that has resulted in an interpretative product that consists of an MR interactive application and a viewer. The main objective is the enhancement of archeological heritage using MR technologies. It aims to improve the visitors¿ experience to ease understanding of how buildings were put up and how daily life was like in such places. This evokes a trip to the past and relieves frustrations as it increases the level of satisfaction. Consequently, obtaining a better interpretation and greater respect towards heritage. Thus, this research becomes an effective contribution for its enhancement.

  • DÍEZ BLANCO, MARÍA TERESA: El espacio a partir del plano: el Neoplasticismo en la arquitectura contemporánea
    Author: DÍEZ BLANCO, MARÍA TERESA
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/673616
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURAL, CIVIL AND URBAN HERITAGE AND REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
    Department: (RA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 07/02/2022
    Thesis director: MILLAN GOMEZ, ANTONIO

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: MENDOZA RAMIREZ, HECTOR
         SECRETARI: RINCÓN BORREGO, IVÁN ISRAEL
         VOCAL: CARRASCO HORTAL, JOSE
    Thesis abstract: The Dutch De Stijl group was born at a time of common interest among avant-garde artists and architects of the first half of the 20th century in the purification of the means of expression, based until then on a tradition of imitation: of natural forms in art and ancient styles in architecture. The Neo-Plasticists, however, went beyond a simple formal renovation to generate a new spatial concept, thanks to the influence exerted by the painter Piet Mondrian on the other members of the group. Mondrian conceived painting based on asymmetrical combinations of mutually neutralising planes, something he extended to his idea of architecture. Another significant influence on this paradigm shift was the work of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, also based on breaking down the massive, unitary envelope of the traditional dwelling. In this way, the plane was established as the minimum architecture unit, thus achieving continuity and fluidity between spaces, both interior and exterior. This concept, already present in traditional Japanese architecture, continued beyond the Neoplastic movement, leaving a considerable mark on great masters such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.Similarly, in the early 1930s, what had been for centuries the traditional solidity and compactness of architecture gave way to a radical change through a 'dematerialised' conception of it. Volume was defined by the sum of independent planes, transparencies, and open corners. Thus, the formal vocabulary of De Stijl became integrated into the International Style, closing that way the circle in its desire to be a universal style. The main objective of this doctoral thesis is, therefore, to analyse the influence of the De Stijl group in architecture, from today's point of view, based on three key concepts for the Dutch movement: colour (i.e. the application and meaning of colour in neoplastic architecture), space (in terms of the generation of a new spatial conception) and style, which gave the group its name (De Stijl means "The Style" in Dutch), intending to assess the survival of some neoplastic trait or vestige in contemporary architecture. Thus, we find the work of the Finnish architect Juha Leiviskä, generated from compositions of orthogonal planes that delimit areas and which in turn are blurred through the use of natural light, as well as several designs by the architect Steven Holl, also based on a reading of space starting from planes and the application of colour as an architectural resource. All this makes it possible to establish analogies with Neoplasticism, thus reflecting a symbiosis of ideas, of which Rafael Moneo's Museum of Roman Art in Mérida is also an example. Therefore, the main conclusion to be drawn is that De Stijl's architectural proposals are still valid today, albeit as formal references, as they are applied outside the meaning and theoretical content they had for this avant-garde movement. To this end, a comparative case study has been carried out, based on the analysis of the architectures ¿starting from shared spatial concepts- and complemented with the writings and statements of their main actors.

  • GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ, FRANCISCO JAVIER: La Seu Episcopal d¿Ègara. El projecte d¿un conjunt cristià al segle V
    Author: GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ, FRANCISCO JAVIER
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/674998
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURAL, CIVIL AND URBAN HERITAGE AND REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
    Department: (RA)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 19/07/2022
    Thesis director: GIMÉNEZ MATEU, LUIS | SÁNCHEZ RIERA, ALBERTO

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: SUREDA JUBANY, MARC
         SECRETARI: REDONDO DOMINGUEZ, ERNEST
         VOCAL: VALLS MORA, MARIA MONTSERRAT
    Thesis abstract: The aim of this research about built heritage is to understand how were the buildings placed in the monumental ensemble of Saint Peter of Terrassa configured, from middle 5th century to second half of the 6th century. To do this, a search of bibliographic and documentary sources on the archaeological site has been carried out. A journey has been made through the architecture of the intermediate spaces between churches, to understand them beyond their own circulatory use. And placing ourselves decisively on the church of Sant Miquel, a possible correspondence has been established between the architecture and the painting of the apse, from the interpretation of the iconographic program, also of the church of Santa Maria, and with the help of biblical texts. The unit of measurement has been defined based on the measurement of the set and the drawing by means of the 3D modeling of the church of Sant Miquel. And it has been determined what was the first form of the church also of Sant Miquel and its structural performance.Thus, the painting of the apse of St. Michael is, perhaps, a reinterpretation of its architecture, that is, a "plan" made after the construction that represents the rule that was used to think of the church, and where they intervened: the Temple of Ezekiel's vision, the new coming of Jesus, with the representation of the throne of the earthly monarch, and the new heaven and the new earth of the Heavenly Jerusalem.The future line of research will have to insist on two aspects of the same idea: the first, for the understanding of different Christian paintings and mosaics as a tool to represent an architectural composition, following the works of Duval, among others, and doing the iconographic analysis from the different biblical texts; and the second, to find out how this representation corresponded to real architecture, an old but not dethroned idea rehearsed by Krautheimer eighty years ago.Keywords. Seu Episcopal d¿Ègara, Sant Miquel, church, Temple, throne, Ezekiel, cubit, eight.

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Co-director:SÁNCHEZ RIERA, ALBERTO
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01/04/202230/04/2023Innovative Eco-construction System based on Interlocking Modular Insulation Wood and Cork-based PanelsCommission of European Communities
10/01/202214/06/2022Formació en Realitat Virtual i Augmentada en el Màster de Música i So per a Experiències de l’Entreteniment i del grau en Fisioteràpia InternacionalPESA 4040 SL
01/09/202131/08/2025Remansos urbanos en barrios vulnerablesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
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