Master in Design for Resilience

The Master in Design for Resilience trains professionals who believe positive change can be implemented through design. Become an agent of change and develop sustainable, socially fair and economically viable transformative projects.

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The Master in Design for Resilience trains professionals who believe positive change can be implemented through design. Become an agent of change and develop sustainable, socially fair and economically viable transformative projects.


Master’s Degree in Design for 
Awarded by UVic-UCC. 


Amaia Celaya
Carmen Malvar

ECTS Credits





Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
From 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.


September to July 


(+€500 registration fee) 
Financing and grants

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent in design, engineering, architecture or art.
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The capacity of the human being to survive and thrive in all hardships is called resilience. Its psychological and practical applications traverse all disciplines, including design. Knowledge about its ethical and political implications (environmental, socio-cultural and economic) —in addition to the analysis of the international scene, with its different agendas, and of the fundamental needs that the world currently experiences and that affect the designer work— is necessary.

Taking all of this into account, the Master in Design for Resilience helps you to realise design has the power of transforming our environment for the better, contributing to a fairer and more ethical society thanks to design for resilience.

Study a design Master in Barcelona

There are many places to study a master’s degree in design, masters in resilience or design masters in general, but no scenario can offer the facilities and experiences of a cosmopolitan city, open and adapted to change as Barcelona. If you want to study design through a Master in Design for Resilience in Barcelona, Elisava is the perfect option for you.

Resilience in design means a positive change, our ability to be happy or prosperous after something difficult or bad has happened. We have the power of transforming our environment for the better, contributing to a fairer and more ethical society through designing for resilience.

For all these reasons, studying a design master, more specifically a Master in Design for Resilience, in Barcelona is a clear choice. Our city is today an important center of cultural activity, in which the sector is experiencing one of its best moments in relation with design for resilience.

The Master in Design for Resilience is aimed at people with a proactive attitude, open to the world and its transformation, committed to the environment, regenerating urban landscapes and willing to dare to create sustainable, socially fair and economically viable transformative projects. We're looking for agents of change, willing to work for transformation and design for resilience, such as:

  • Entrepreneurs creating their own start-up or company.
  • Designers and consultants specialized in aspects related to innovation and resilience in its climatic and social spheres, accompanying diverse organizations such as public administrations, large corporations, associations, non-profit entities, and SMEs.
  • Reviewers and managers of practices and proposals for resilience in City Councils, municipalities or companies, as head of programmes and projects, including those related to corporate social responsibility.
  • Identify and understand the main concepts informing resilience to develop designs with maximum impact on the matter.
  • Recognise the primary contexts and approaches in which resilience flourishes.
  • Develop specific capacities for a resilient design, which allows relevant and high-impact solutions for positive transformation.
  • Develop specific adaptive and agile management skills, including collaborative and empathic leadership techniques.
  • Incorporate what we learn into real situations on various scales.
  • Implement new initiatives that solve relevant problems and needs from a resilience focus.

In a process specifically created to allow us to:

  • Understand the transformative capacity of design, incorporating uncertainty and risk in the analysis. Create resilient design and resilient designers.
  • Acquire knowledge of the contexts (geographical, spatial, functional, organisational and/or governance) in which a project is developed.
  • Apply critical thinking to imagine a better world thanks to the work of the designer community.
  • Formulate designs for resilience, turning problems into opportunities.
  • Be familiar with different adaptive and agile design management methods, techniques, and tools.
  • Working in a team, understanding motivations and roles, and developing innovative initiatives in uncertain environments.
  • Manage and lead multidisciplinary work teams based on the principles of empathy and collaboration.
  • Develop skills for autonomy and entrepreneurship, applied towards transformative actions.

This is how it will be deployed:

Foundations, Approach and Scales of Resilience

This block offers content on the fundamentals of the resilience in design, its principles, dimensions and characteristics, fostering a debate on the idea itself, its origin and development through different disciplines in recent years.

Design from a Strategy for Resilience

This module focuses on issues related to eco-design, from a focus on rights for people in vulnerable situations, with adaptive and mitigating strategies, and with climate action. We will study the potential of remediation and eco-systemic recovery strategies through design for resilience.

Tools, methodologies and processes

This part is about learning dynamics that explore adaptive and flexible management and implementation concepts, seeking maximum practicality without giving up the project’s key objectives. We will also work on contemporary and disruptive approaches and empathy methodologies.

Collaborative workshops

This module will encourage students to participate in a micro-design workshop to learn how to make an impact with the minimum possible resources and in another workshop around the intermediate scale of the domestic and living, from the understanding of our day-to-day dynamics. Finally, we will learn innovative solutions on an urban and/or territorial level, focusing on international cooperation and innovation.


Amaia Celaya
Expert of the European Commission and the United Nations on urban and climate resilience.

Carmen Malvar
Architect, consultant and director of the Retail Area of Elisava.


  • Daniel Lewis, Consultant and advisor at the UN and other academic organisations in the UK, Turkey, Burma, Australia and Canada. He has managed the global portfolio of Disaster and Conflict Work for UN Habitat from 2002 to 2017.
  • Curro Claret, Industrial designer. His design can be considered social since it is a tool to generate inclusion, collaboration, and co-design with groups of people in fragile situations.
  • Jordi Cortés, Sociologist and political scientist, specialised in International Relations and Cooperation. Head of Direct Cooperation Projects of the Ajuntament de Barcelona.
  • Andreu Gatuellas, Psychologist, team coach, cognitive neuroscience researcher, emotional intelligence specialist, trainer and lecturer.
  • Miquel Carrillo, Chemical engineer, member of Engineering Without Borders, the Catalan Council for Cooperation and the Peace Promotion Council, as well as a member of the board of the NGDO State Coordinator. He has worked in international cooperation for more than 25 years.
  • Jordi Morató, Doctor in microbiology with 20 years of experience in research, education and management of sustainable human development projects related to resources, circular economy and participatory community development.
  • Nicola Tollin, Professor with special responsibilities in Urban Resilience at the University of Southern Denmark. Executive Director of RESURBE, International Program on Urban Resilience.
  • Team n’UNDO, n'UNDO is a group of architects that re-architecture, intervening in the territory and the city from no construction, minimisation, reuse and dismantling.
  • Greta Tresserra, Architect and urban planner specialised in sustainable development and international cooperation. Extensive experience using materials with a low ecological footprint, such as bamboo. Twelve years of international career, in Germany, Kenya or Colombia.
  • Ricardo Guasch Ceballos, Researcher and team member responsible for Elisava's "Decoding Well-Being" line of research. His areas of knowledge are interior design, user-focused design, housing, workspace and hospitality.
  • Cristina González Gracianteparalunceta, Psychologist with extensive experience in the humanitarian sector (UNICEF) and human resources management. Intelligence culture and leadership skills specialist.
  • Miguel Urquia, Emergency Shelter Coordinator at UNHCR from Geneva (Switzerland), supporting clusters at the national level in Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other countries.
  • Nikolay Nikolaiev, Analyst and strategist currently works in the Department of Architecture of the Republic of Sakha (Russia). His specialisation is the governance of scientific cities, space exploration and international development.
  • Miquel Corral, Since 2009 he has collaborated in the Department of Information Systems Architecture of the Municipal Institute of Informatics of Barcelona, and since 2013 developing graphical profiles of resilience from data modelling with UN Habitat.
  • LOBELIA by IsardSat team, Experts in Earth observation data and climate projections to assess vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities associated with different climate scenarios for particular cases and regions of interest. 
  • Mónica Sans Duran, Leader of the Awasuka Programme since 2015, dedicated to improving the habitat in rural Nepal. Interested in music as a channel for the dissemination of healthy habits in rural communities
  • Sébastien Thomas, Head of the Resilience and Livelihoods Unit - Oxfam Intermón and Co-Director of the Oxfam Resilience Knowledge Center at Oxfam Intermón.
  • Martina Nadal,  Designer and communication expert. Head of Social Impact at Domestic Data Streamers.
  • Marta Leboreiro, Architect specialised in managing and coordinating housing solutions and human settlements in emergency and transition situations for the displaced population with a view to lasting solutions. 
  • Braulio Morera, Director of 50L Home Coalition, jointly coordinated by 2030WRG, WEF and WBCSD. 

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