The School of Architecture of the University of Navarra, with more than 50 years of existence, is the fourth oldest in Spain.
Much seems to have changed since School of Architecture opened its doors in 1964. But the principles that have guided the work of the University of Navarra since then continue to guide its daily work. That seed continues to bear renewed fruit.
Birth of the School
The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSA) was born in October 1964 on the 2nd floor of Central Building, above Office of the Executive Council. An emergency location. Its first director was Ignacio Araujo.
Change of venue
At the beginning of the following academic year, in October 1965, the School moved to its second location: the south wing of the recently completed Main Library Building (today, Ismael Sánchez Bella building).
laboratory de Edificación
In 1966, the University signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Housing, which created at the School the laboratory of Building. Since its foundation, it has evolved, going through various stages of organization and activity subject .
At the end of 1975 the first stone of the current building of the School of Architecture was laid, designed by architects Carlos Sobrini, Rafael Echaide and Eugenio Aguinaga.
In the 1978/79 academic year, the school opened its new building. Its authors wanted everything (structure, installations, connections, carpentry...) to be visible so that it would be pedagogical.
In 1991, a new degree program, "Arquitectura Técnica", of three years plus the work end of degree program was introduced. The so-called "Quantity Surveyors". In 2009, the diploma program was transformed into a Degree called "Engineering of Building". Then, "Degree in Building".
In 1998, the School organized the First International congress on the History of Modern Spanish Architecture. The quotation, which takes place every two years, celebrated its XIII edition in 2022.
Master's Degree at design Architectural
In 2001 the Master's Degree in design Architectural (MDA) was born. Over the years, the program evolved into the Master's Degree University in Architectural Theory and design .
award of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces
In 2004 the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces awarded the School for its contribution to the urban transformation of Pamplona over the last 40 years. Juan Miguel Otxotorena, then director of the School, received the award at award .
Master's Degree in design and Environmental Management of Buildings
In 2010 the School began to offer the Master's Degree in design and management Environmental Buildings (MDGAE).
Antonio López, 'honoris causa
In 2011, the University awarded the doctorate 'honoris causa' to the painter Antonio López, at proposal of the School. The artist taught every year at the School a Figurative Painting Workshop. Due to health problems he was unable to attend the event.
In 2015 the School celebrated its 50th anniversary. Among the activities, which brought together numerous alumni, there was a lecture by the three Pritzker Prize winners from the Iberian Peninsula: Rafael Moneo, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Álvaro Siza.
Degree in Design
In 2016, being Miguel Ángel Alonso del Val the director, the School began to teach the Degree in design, bilingual and with three mentions: in product, in design fashion and in design of services.
The new Degree was born as a proposal from the University to the world of the creative industry.
New Degree at programs of study of Architecture (5+1)
In 2017 the new Degree in programs of study of Architecture was launched, of 5 years, and that bets on the management with three mentions (project Creative, project Urban and project Technical), the internationalization and the teaching by projects. It is complemented by a 1-year qualifying Master's Degree .
Master's Degree in Architecture
The School again expanded its offerings at postgraduate program with the Master's Degree University in Architecture (MUA), which began to be taught in 2018 at the newly opened campus in Madrid.
Rafael Moneo, 'honoris causa'.
The Navarre architect Rafael Moneo was invested doctor 'honoris causa' in 2019. Miguel Ángel Alonso del Val, director then, acted as his godfather. Moneo visit frequently the School, where he teaches teaching.
Double Master's Degree in Enabling and Sustainability
In 2020, the School moved to Madrid the Master's Degree in design and management Environmental Buildings; and created the Double Master's Degree Enabling and Sustainability.
Master's Degree in Real Estate Strategy and Business
In 2021 was born the Master's Degree in Strategy and Real Estate Business and the Double Master's Degree Enabling and in 'Real Estate'.
award New European Bauhaus
The Degree at design won, in 2021, the award 'New European Bauhaus'. The Master's Degree at design and management Environmental Building was a finalist.
The 'New European Bauhaus' initiative is one of the major European efforts to promote a common and sustainable development .
* Click on the image to learn more about the School's pioneers.
Luis Borobio arrived in Pamplona as Full Professor in 1968 from Colombia where, as in Spain, he worked as an architect and participated in several national commissions for the reform of the university teaching . He was a professor of Aesthetics and Drawing, famous for his illustrated commentaries.
Carlos Sobrini was a professor at the School until his retirement at the end of the 90's. Full Professor of Projects, he designed the School's own building in 1975 together with Rafael Echaide and Eugenio Aguinaga. He was also the author of the Sciences Building (the "Hexagon Building"), built in 1967.
Luis Moya Blanco taught Aesthetics and Composition at the School from 1970 until his death in 1990. He was a Numerary Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and, like Professor Francisco Íñiguez, Full Professor at School of Architecture in Madrid, where he was also director.
Javier Carvajal was a member of the School's faculty since 1976. Full Professor of the School of Architecture in Madrid, he was a professor of Projects and History of Architecture. Author of the University's Library Services building, in 2010, the School announced the creation of the award Javier Carvajal Ferrer, in his honor.
Architect Rafael Echaide joined the School in 1967. Until his death in 1994, he worked simultaneously at teaching Projects and internship of the profession, which he had started together with his friend and colleague César Ortiz-Echagüe, who was so supportive of the School's beginnings.
The Dining Hall and the Law Building are his work.
Adam Milczynski Kaas
Adam Milczynski Kaas, a native of Poland, worked with Eero Saarinen in the USA. He was Visiting Professor from 1973 to 1983, when he moved to the United States. Subsequently, he rejoined the School as Professor of Urban Planning until 1993.
Francisco (Curro) de Inza
Francisco (Curro) de Inza moved to Pamplona from Madrid in 1968 to join the School. Secretary of the magazine Arquitectura, he spent his last eight years at the School (he died in 1976), first as a professor of Projects II; and from 71-72, of Elements of Composition.
Leopoldo Gil Nebot
In 1973 Leopoldo Gil Nebot joined the faculty of the School as Full Professor of Projects. Full Professor of the School of Architecture in Barcelona, his trips to Pamplona were constant to work on the expansion of the Clinic and his involvement with the School grew until he was appointed director in 1979, after the mandate of Full Professor of Structures, Javier Lahuerta.
Juan Lahuerta arrived in Pamplona in 1956, having just finished his programs of study in Architecture. He was part of the School since its beginning in 1964.
Full Professor He died unexpectedly in 1993.
With Ignacio Araujo, director pioneer and Full Professor of Formas, he built many of the University buildings such as Belagua, Goimendi, the Clinic or the old Library Services, today "Edificio Ismael Sánchez Bella".
Fernando Nagore joined the School in 1964, when the School was just born, as a professor of Technical Drawing and Geometry. He was one of the great professionals of Pamplona who, like Ramón Urmeneta in Construction or Fernando Redón in Projects, supported its creation and left a B influence on the students.