University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Barcelona, Spain

Students on a bridgeThe program is directed by Philip Speranza, Assistant Professor of Architecture (specializing in design communication and urban design) and Principal of Speranza Architecture (New York).

“Life, City, Adaptation: Barcelona, Urban Design” offers students an opportunity to investigate how bottom-up urban design strategies provide a framework for the participation of workers and residents to create an integrated community in Barcelona’s 22@ information activities district. Participants will visit and diagram three urban typologies at the scale of the urban room, district and neighborhood including: (1) maritime metropolis; (2) modernisme; and (3) contemporary pluralism, along with a comparative study of similar typologies in Granada, Andalucía. Design work for selected urban spaces in the 22@ district will then explore how cultural events, food culture and urban fabric provide an emergent connectivity between otherwise unrelated post-industrial blocks. Participants in the program will contribute results to the 22@ planning department to improve district planning guidelines and explore new urban design possibilities that support an evolving Catalan culture.


  • Participants will enjoy opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary design work using multimedia-based methods with specialists of Catalan and Spanish design.
  • Program includes morning and afternoon field visits to document neighborhood typologies in Barcelona.
  • Participants’ work contributes to testing a new grassroots planning strategy in Barcelona.
  • The 7-credit urban design program includes media workshops and visits to sites and design offices, as well as excursions to Girona, Igualada, and Alhambra.
  • Participants will also experience Barcelona food culture and shopping for food for evening meals at some of the 43 municipal food markets in the district.


Full program information can be found here.