The ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION FACING THE FUTURE OF THE DISCIPLINE Research Project aims to diagnose the state of architectural education in Spain from the Sustainable Development perspective. It is conducted through an ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION QUESTIONNAIRE addressed to the students from the Master’s programme in Architecture (Spanish qualifying master’s degree for the regulated profession in architecture) during the 2020/2021 academic year. The questionnaire aims to know, through the students’ perspective:
- Their level of competence related to architecture and sustainable development.
- The characteristics of the Bachelor’s degree in Architecture that they have studied, in relation to the particularities that define an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
- The extent to which their undergraduate studies in architecture have contributed to the acquisition of these competences.
With the data obtained, we want to provide the different schools with the necessary information so that, depending on their situation, they can establish strategies that allow them to promote the introduction of sustainability in the training of future architects. By doing so, they will be able to strengthen their contribution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, defined in 2015 by the United Nations to face the major challenges of our time (environmental degradation, climate change, resource depletion, unemployment, poverty, inequalities, injustices, armed conflicts, etc.).
The project is funded by the Predoctoral Research and University Teachers Training Grant of the Ministry of Universities of the Government of Spain (FPU, in its Spanish acronym), and constitutes the doctoral thesis of the researcher Jordi Martínez Ventura, member of the research group Proyecto Arquitectura (PAr) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, in its Spanish acronym). The development of the thesis is supervised by the professors Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés and Clara Sentieri Omarrementería.
In this research, sustainability, or sustainable development, is assumed as a concept that refers to “the search for environmental quality, social justice and an equitable and viable economy in the long term” (CRUE-Sostenibilidad, 2012), in a balanced process of dynamic interactions between economic, social and environmental systems (Aznar and Martínez, 2013).