ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION FACING THE FUTURE OF THE DISCIPLINE is a research project aimed to facilitate the adjustment of architectural education in Spain towards the introduction of sustainable development. It is conducted through a QUESTIONNAIRE ON ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT addressed to students from the Spanish Master’s Degree in Architecture (which qualifies for accessing the regulated profession of architecture in Spain) during the 2020/2021 academic year. The questionnaire is aimed to assess, 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, it will be possible to provide the different schools with the information they need to promote the introduction of sustainability in the training of future architects. By doing so, they will 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.).

This 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 Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). The development of the thesis is supervised by the professor Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés and the associate professor Clara Sentieri Omarrementería.

In this research, sustainability and sustainable development are assumed as a same 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).