École d’architecture
de la ville & des territoires
Paris-Est

Teaching strategy

    Our school aims to train architects, professionals able to express and argue their points of view, implement concrete solutions, develop a critical, personal stance towards their practice, and shoulder their ethical and social responsibilities.

    The teaching of architectural design is understood as the set of ideas and principles which constitute architectural knowledge, linking theory and practice and seeking the mastery of a centuries-old culture to engage contemporary responses relevant to preparing for the future. This is why continuity in architecture is emphasised, to provide a better response to something which, within the current climate, is subject to
    the incessant evolution of standards and regulations. The school offers a training programme leading to a degree in Architecture, organised into two cycles: undergraduate (three years) and Master’s (two years). Students can register as soon as they have obtained the Baccalaureate or can join the course following an initial training programme.

    Bachelor’s degree

    The undergraduate degree focuses on the practice of design and on acquiring the basic concepts and tools of the discipline through four complementary areas: history and theory; construction; city planning and landscape design; and representation. It concludes with the production of a thesis, a genuine initiation into research.

    Master's degree

    The Master’s degree allows students to develop critical thinking and a nuanced vision about the discipline. It is organised into four areas of specialisation:

    Architecture & experience

    La filière Architecture & experience propose de confronter une réflexion théorique sur les règles qui guident la conception d’un projet, aux conditions spécifiques d’un programme architectural.
    Le travail est nourri au préalable par la réflexion engagée dans le cadre du séminaire. Le niveau de complexité attendu relève moins de l’échelle ou de la nature du programme en soi que du nombre de niveaux de signification engagés par les projets.
    Culture et histoire sont mobilisées au service de réponses précises et articulées aux enjeux de l’évolution des situations contemporaines.


    Fragments

    La filière Fragments interroge l’architecture à travers son rapport à la métropole et au territoire. Le dialogue recherché, entre géographie et signes architecturaux, impose des changements d’échelle et de regard, assume un certain écart, et implique l’interrogation permanente de la pensée du projet. La filière évite l’opposition apparente entre contingences métropolitaines et discipline architecturale et refuse de choisir entre qualité du design et complexité du processus. L’hypothèse est que cela est possible, et que l’un doit alimenter et contribuer à l’autre.


    Matieres à penser

    La filière Matière à penser se fonde sur une hypothèse, celle que l’architecture se construit (aussi). Le construit ne se limite pas à la mise en œuvre mais s’appuie sur un savoir théorique qui permet d’élaborer un projet à partir de sa matérialité.
    Au sein de la filière Matière à penser, une formation « Structure et architecture », en association avec l’École des Ponts ParisTech, destinée à la fois aux élèves architectes et aux élèves ingénieurs, permet de sensibiliser les architectes au monde de l’ingénierie et inversement, contribuant ainsi à décloisonner leurs univers respectifs. « Structure et architecture » constitue une plus-value reconnue dans une carrière professionnelle. Une fois diplômés, les architectes peuvent poursuivre, sous conditions, leurs études à l’École des Ponts ParisTech en vue d’obtenir le titre d’ingénieur.
    Centrée sur la maîtrise informée des matériaux et des techniques de construction, qui intègre le cursus Structure et Architecture en partenariat avec l'école des Ponts ParisTech.


    Transformation

    La filière Transformation explore les problématiques architecturales liées au recyclage ou au réemploi du bâti (construire sur le construit) et au détournement de la vocation première de certains sites (vides des lotissements pavillonnaires et des grands ensembles, zones d’activités en déshérence, friches industrielles, délaissés d’infrastructure…). Elle prend au sérieux les dispositions des « SCoT facteur 4 » qui interdisent toute extension urbaine et explorent les conditions d’une architecture fabriquée avec – et non plus sur – les ruines du monde actuel. Il faut apprendre à transformer.
    De telles transformations sont à même de réinterroger les relations architecturales et urbaines aussi bien que les procédés constructifs et l’économie de la construction.
    L’enseignement part de l’hypothèse qu’il s’agit désormais, et de plus en plus, de construire avec et à partir de l’existant, et de recycler ou de réemployer le déjà-là.


    These strands express distinct yet complementary ideological positions. The representations and ideas that underpin them are clearly outlined: this is the best way to allow students to construct their own architectural stance as well as to traverse a series of unique worlds throughout their training. Over these years of study, students come into contact with the professional world through an extended internship. We also allow them to take a gap year to obtain further experience if they wish to do so.

    Following their degree in Architecture, students can obtain their professional licence or continue their studies. Within this framework, we offer two postgraduate training
    programmes, in line with changes in the profession and the challenges of environmental transition in the context of architecture and urban
    planning.

    Postgraduate

    Since 2013, the specialised diploma “PoCa PostCarbone”,
    run in partnership with the École des Ponts ParisTech, explores the issue of the impact of buildings and infrastructure on the environment in greater depth.

    The “DSA d’architecte-urbaniste” specialised diploma trains architects and landscapers in urban design and landscape architecture, paying particular attention to littlestudied
    areas which give rise to themes such as risk management, territorial autonomy, agriculture, tourism, and so on.

    Doctorate and research

    Finally, the School welcomes doctoral students into a research team, the Suburban Condition Observatory, which focuses on the research areas of architectural theory, territorial architecture, energy, and – above all – the relationship between these three areas. One of the characteristic features of its activity is the publication of reference
    works, primarily the journal Marnes: documents d’architecture (“Marnes:
    architectural documents”). Research activity is structured as far as possible around the issues taught on the undergraduate, Master’s and postgraduate courses, which feeds teaching in turn.

    All these components function synergistically; they are underpinned by the shared conviction that the theory, history and practice of architectural design offer a precedent by which to envisage the lands of the future and to negotiate the transition imposed
    by current environmental concerns.

    Major events

    The university year is interspersed with events contributing to the goal of openness and engaging with the critical, self-reflective nature of the school. As an example, for the last two years, with the aim of experiencing different teaching approaches, our undergraduate and Master’s students have worked together to produce interdisciplinary reflections on the land, the city and architecture. For ten days, almost 250 students attend one of 10 intensive workshops offered by innovative teaching teams put
    together for the occasion.

    In addition, each year all students and staff from the school gather for a
    public visit to the design workshops which welcome the expertise of figures outside the world of architecture. These discussions allow us to assess our work and so better develop our teaching. Finally, this openness manifests itself in the form of numerous conferences which we organise on key themes in our teaching: social transition, metropolisation, territorial representation, or even the issue of the digital in architecture, which is revolutionising contemporary practice. Our open approach is strengthened by discussions at the international level, and by numerous overseas study trips aimed at enriching our students’ learning.

    The school also participates in developing training linked to architecture, in partnership with the École des Ponts ParisTech, the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-vallée,
    the École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris, and others,
    promoting interdisciplinarity.

    Today, these partnerships are expanding within the framework of an alliance between the engineering schools, research centres and the university on our campus to tackle a scientific project on the sustainable, economical and resilient city, as part of which we seek to promote architecture. In the years to come, beyond the complex object of the city, we will continue to work to transform all regions, whatever their
    nature as products of political, social, cultural and legal circumstances

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