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After 4 years of experimenting with contents and pedagogic formats at the successful Parametric Architecture intensive course held at ETSAV, Ramon Sastre leading CODA and The Metropolitan School of Architecture direction have decided to take a step forward in the education of future professionals. Today we are presenting the new master degree Parametric Design in Architecture.

The emergence of ICT has supposed a paradigm shift for architecture. Parametric design, digital manufacturing and prototyping are revolutionizing the scene of the 21st Century architecture and opening doors to new models of sectoral development and new multidisciplinary professional profiles able to meet the challenges of this socio-economic change.

The Master 'Parametric Design in Architecture' is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

The architectural project is a complex process that should allow linking knowledge management with design in an operative way. We call parameters to all categories of information that affect decision-making in the development of a project. This is the goal of parametric architecture: go beyond geometry and form to design a system with all variables / categories involved in the process.

This is the potential of current software tools: Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, Revit, Dynamo, etc; which allow to change the design process, transforming architects from builders of models to builders of systems.

Our aim is to design and discover novel form-finding strategies through the methodological integration of forces, matter and processes.

The Master degree is taught in the Metropolitan School of Architecture offering a residence of international students as well as equipment and facilities of the latest technology necessary for this training. Its model workshop, digital laboratories and technology centre CRITT, in addition to collaboration with the Barcelona Fab Ateneus Network, ​​allow students to explore all possibilities in parametric design techniques.

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The Master is organized into two four-month postgraduate courses, 16/18 weeks each, which can be taken together to obtain the Master degree, or separately. For the Master’s degree it is also compulsory to register for the Master Thesis (6 ECTS). Each annual post-graduate course is structured in a thematic module of 27 ECTS.

PG1 Digital Design and Fabrication

Design process in general, and particularly in architecture, is a complex process that involves a combination of knowledge, skills, experiences, practices, etc. In recent decades it emerges clearly and unstoppable trend, the so-called digital design, which adds to all the aforementioned factors the use of digital tools. All these techniques converge in parametric design. Already vividly present in the first half of the twentieth century in the automotive sector (geometric design) finally impact on architectural design which represents a new step that has led to a new type of Architecture.

PG2 Performative Parametric Design

At the end of this second postgraduate course the students will be able to offer skills on handling parametric tools applied to architectural design in all its aspects. Skills that could hardly be obtained through independent courses just based on using parametric software and hardware.



The faculties of the Master will be diverse, most of them currently teaching in the schools of architecture at the UPC, mainly in the ETSAV. At the same time, other parametric-design professionals will be incorporated in a more general concept beyond architecture. It is intended, as it has already been shown previously, to impart a general architectural formation using parametric design, expressly avoiding partial and exclusive approaches to parametric software or digital fabrication.


Once the students have qualified the 60 ECTS of MaPDArch they will:

• Be fluent in Parametrics and Algorithmics.
• Acquire both a solid theoretical and technical framework and a strong set of practical parametric design skills.
• Understand digital design paradigm shift, the impact in our society and its state of the art technology.
• Become a professional in the use of software and hardware.
• Be able to lead cutting-edge architectural performance driven design teams understanding the integration of efficiency at design processes.
• Develop a critical attitude in the design itself, so that the knowledge gained will serve for a better, more sustainable and comfortable architecture.
• Improve the competitiveness of professionals in architectural design, based on novelty, change and evolution.
• Achieve and shape a work niche, a new form of enterprise, taking advantage of the entrepreneurial nature of future professionals in parametric design.
• Understand digital design paradigm shift, the impact in our society and its state of the art technology.


The programme aims to provide professional architects with the skills necessary to design architecture, applying the concepts and tools of parametric design.

Today, most contemporary architectural designs involve forms that are new because they have been achieved using computational techniques. This new development has led to a thirst for knowledge and a desire to imitate, which often leads to poor designs, which are inefficient and definitely not environmentally friendly.

We aim to avoid merely learning how to use parametric software, and focus above all on the design phase. For this reason, each of the two postgraduate programmes on the degree course contains a project workshop in which (as always in architectural design, even in the most traditional fields) knowledge and techniques from all fields of architecture will be applied: construction, urban planning, theory and technology.

Students completing this master's degree will have skills enabling them to work in architecture offices, bringing new skills and knowledge that will facilitate advanced architectural creation, making efficient and environmentally friendly buildings achievable based on parametric design.

Who is it for

Graduates in architecture, building engineers, quantity surveyors and/or surveyors, industrial engineers in various fields, civil engineers, and technical engineers of public works.

Professionals including consultants, planners and interior designers who have skills in the field of architectural design, building or urban planning, and other professionals wishing to refocus or supplement their skills or begin their own business project.

Enrollment info

Please visit UPC School for further details.