Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Escola Tècnica Superior d`Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)

Escola Superior d’Agricultura de Barcelona (ESAB)




The UPC has been educating landscape architects at master level since 1983. Each year, 35 international students obtain a fully accredited master’s degree, recognized by the European region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe). ETSAB/ESAB’s master integrates local urban design tradition into the contemporary trends of landscape architecture and sustainability as well as their application to Mediterranean-specific climatic and ecological demands. It also emphasizes project detailing and implementation. It is a clearly design-oriented programme that meets today’s global landscape trends with a specific focus on south European Mediterranean environments. ETSAB /ESAB encourages studio-based work in small groups and interdisciplinary approaches through assignments from the local administration that seek to provide students with a sense of the complexity of real problems as well as an understanding of their responsibility for innovation as future experts. Students benefit from two distinct institutions, which allow for innovative exchange between research, professional practice and teaching:

  • The European Biennial of Landscape Architecture. Founded in 1999, it is Europe’s most highly recognised permanent platform for landscape debate.
  • The Centre of Landscape Research and Design, CRPPB, founded in 1993, was the first research centre in Spain to introduce landscape studies in regional planning, especially developing the first landscape cartographies oriented towards planning and design in the context of the European Convention of Landscape.

Website: http://www.etsab.upc.edu/