Master’s in human and social sciences – major: urban and spatial planning – specializaton: architecture, structures and urban projects

This is a master’s 2 focused on research and professional experience in architecture, urban structures and urban projects. It is open to architects, engineers and holders of a master’s 1, with priority being given to those who majored in: geography, urban planning, planning, sociology, economics, surveying engineering, civil engineering, law or environmental studies.


  • To analyze urban structures and dynamics, to study and link the temporal and spatial scales of urban projects.
  • To mobilize and question knowledge and know-how in a cross-disciplinary way, in particular the pre-project design space occupied by architects and urban planners, to confront the points of view of the different actors by comparing and contrasting the cultures specific to project owners and managers.
  • To define and consider in-depth research issues, to master the theoretical questions relating to urban structures and projects, to write a scientifically rigorous research dissertation leading to doctoral studies or to complete an internship and write an internship report preparing the student for the professional world.
  • To reflect in a coherent and innovative way on the urban project both as form of know-how serving as a source of new knowledge and as a process drawing on existing knowledge.

The course is intended to enable the students to examine in greater depth, at urban agglomeration level, the knowledge and know-how already acquired on urban projects. The teaching consists of showing how project processes can implement urban structures designed for the long term.

The course examines the project requirements expressed by project owners at different periods in urban morphogenesis. First of all it considers the project requirements as being part of the logic specific to establishments and human habitats. Then it confronts them with technical developments and construction standards, such as urban planning regulations and models. Finally, it measures their significance by situating them within decision-making processes in which different actors and institutions interact.

Course content

Content of the ASPU master’s course


The classes are assessed by continuous assessment. Case studies, seminars, project work and methodological exercises are done individually or in groups and the results are assessed. The research dissertation or internship report is an individual piece of work that will be assessed by a panel of examiners made up of members of the teaching staff.

Admission and enrolment

Applicants (for the 30 places available) are selected by the teaching staff after examining their applications, at two sessions, in July and September.

For foreign students an equivalence committee meets to decide whether their qualifications are of the required standard. It is understood that a perfect command of French is necessary to follow this course.


An application form can be obtained by writing to the registrar’s office (service scolarité) of INSA Strasbourg, or by downloading it here.

Deadlines for the submission of applications to INSA Strasbourg:

1st session: 16 June (foreign applicants are advised to start applying for a visa as quickly as possible, given the time the administrative formalities can take).

2nd session: 25 August

Application forms must be submitted by post only, accompanied by all the other documents requested.

All incomplete applications will be returned.

Teaching staff

Gaëtan Desmarais, geographer, urban planner, associate professor, INSA Strasbourg

Florence Rudolf, sociologist, university professor, INSA Strasbourg

Alexis Meier, architect, associate professor, INSA Strasbourg

Barbara Morovich, anthropologist, lecturer, ENSAS

Denis Bocquet, historian, research supervisor, architecture school professor, ENSAS

Eric Chenderowski, practising urban planner, Eurométropole, ENSAS.


At ENSAS: Denis Bocquet

At INSA: Gaëtan Desmarais