Architecture and Urbanism

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UFPel Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism (PROGRAU for its spelling in Portuguese) was accredited by CAPES in 2007 and started its activities on August 2008, admitting its first class in that same year. The program is aimed at the expanded, theoretical, practical and critical training of high-level researchers and professionals, native and foreign, developing abilities in:

– Understanding and intervening in the forms of organization and design of the built environment, including the production of architecture (both from the past and the present), environmental and cultural heritage (in different scales), as well as urban systems;

– Researching and producing knowledge applicable in practice, on issues of quality and the built environment technologies;

– Understanding reality in a critical way, being guided in their activities by high ethical values, aware of their role in promoting scientific, technological and artistic knowledge relevant to their area as a tool for the development of the entire society.

The instruction for the Master’s degree in the field of Architecture and Urbanism proposes to:

– Qualify professional practices from public and private institutions working in the areas covered by the program;

– Bring the contributions of theoretical and practical studies undertaken in the program as tool of enrichment to undergraduate teaching of Architecture and Urbanism, either through the transfer of knowledge, pure and simple, or through the favorable impact of habits and academic practices and the various methods of approach between these two levels of education;

– Strengthen and provide continuity to the bonds of UFPel and the School of Architecture and Urbanism with the community and with public and private institutions working in the area of concentration of the program, supporting actions and projects with research and advanced studies;

– Advance knowledge in the area of Architecture and Urbanism; aiming to train new professors and researchers;

Considering the perspectives of evolution and trend, in 2012 the program started an international agreement with Oxford Brookes University in Oxford City, England. The purpose of this agreement is to promote the development of joint research, student and teaching mobility and, consequently, the exchange of knowledge between UFPel and the foreign university, allowing the areas of concentration of PROGRAU to have international visibility within the European framework of research, teaching and extension. In addition to the developmental stages of PROGRAU, there is also the proposed doctoral program, with faculty and current infrastructure in place to provide the ideal conditions for its growth.

Area of Concentration

The Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism has the following two fields of study: 


The topics in this area aim to investigate architectural production, structure and form of city space in its various scales and the relations between architecture and urbanism, as well as promote scientific knowledge of the processes of change and permanence of the built environment. Historical, theoretical, compositional, taxonomic and typological aspects of architectural production are emphasized, as well as endogenous aspects of the spatial dimension, morphological and typological, configurational, cognitive, socio-spatial, socio-environmental aspects of production and spatial transformation. 

The approaches followed have analytical, methodological, exploratory, projective, operational, descriptive drawing, planning and management interests, and seek to provide elements for the elaboration and critique of projects and architectural and urban interventions. This area includes the following lines of research: 

• Digital Graphic Applied to Design Practice

• History of Architecture and the City

• Perception and Evaluation Environment by the User

• Configurational Urban Systems

• Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture and Urbanism


This area aims to investigate the materiality of the built environment from its representation to its realization as developed work, encompassing the design, production and post-occupancy evaluation. It emphasizes issues of environmental comfort (thermal, acoustic and luminous) and energy efficiency, economy and performance in new materials and techniques. It also favors the environment in use, revealing its use and appropriation, its pathologies, as well as its necessary operation and management. The research have theoretical and practical nature, seeking the understanding of processes and agents in the design, construction and representation, using of qualitative and quantitative research activities, laboratory practices, estimation
and measurements and modeling, and simulation in virtual space. This area includes the following research:

• Comfort and Sustainability of the Built Environment 

• Management, Production and Conservation of the Built Environment

Lines of Research

– Digital Graphic Applied to Architecture and Urbanism 

– History of Architecture and the City 

– Perception and Evaluation Environment by the User 

– Contemporary Urbanism 

– Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Urbanism 

– Comfort and Sustainability of the Built Environment 

– Management, Production and Conservation of the Built Environment

Study Plan


Profa. Dra. Adriana Araujo Portella –

Profa. Dra. Adriane Borda Almeida –

Profa. Dra. Ana Paula Neto de Faria –

Dr. André Torres Carrasco –

Prof. Dr. Antônio Cesar Silveira Baptista da Silva –

Profa. Dra. Ariela da Silva Torres –

Profa. Dra. Célia Castro Gonsales –

Profa. Dra. Celina Britto Correa –

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Grala da Cunha –

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Rocha –

Profa. Dra. Ester Judite Bendjouya Gutierrez –

Prof. Dr. Fábio Schramm –

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Dorfman –

Profa. Dra. Isabel Salamoni –

Profa. Dra. Laura Lopes Cezar –

Prof. Dr. Maurício Couto Polidori –

Profa. Dra. Natalia Naoumova –

Profa. Dra. Nirce Medvedovski –

Profa. Dra. Rosilaine Andre Isoldi –

Prof. Dr. Sylvio Dick Jantzen –

Number of credits required

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