Máster en Arquitectura Efímera y Espacios Temporales
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Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces

Explore the main formats of ephemeral architecture and temporary spaces: from events and pop-ups to exhibitions and interventions in public spaces.

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How can we rethink the architecture and design of space at a time when the “temporary is the new permanent”? On the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces you will undertake design projects for temporary spaces, an increasingly relevant field that covers a broad range of formats, both in the cultural arena and the world of business.

The Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces examines the main formats of temporary spaces (events, pop-ups, interventions in public spaces and exhibitions) with the aim of providing conceptual and instrumental tools and addressing all phases of design, from conceptualisation to detailed and specific problem-solving.

This master connects academic training (research) with practical work (construction of ephemeral and temporary spaces), to develop and carry out real projects in different spaces and for different events.

Access and Admission Requirements: Students must have an official university degree or equivalent. Knowledge is also required of CAD, 3D modelling, graphic design software, draughtsmanship and physical modelling.

Study ephemeral architecture in Barcelona

If you want to study architecture in Barcelona in English, there is no doubt that Elisava is amongst the best design and architecture universities in Spain. Our school is located in the heart of the city, in one of the most emblematic areas, an idyllic environment for creativity, design and to study architecture in Barcelona.

This master in architecture establishes a firm connection between academic training (research) and praxis (construction), with the goal of broadening students’ understanding, developing their specialization, and situating them in the growing labor market of temporary spaces.


  • Learnig more about the field of temporary space design.
  • Increasing your capacity for creativity, strategic thinking and research in the initial phase of space design.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams and learn to negotiate with other stakeholders during the design process.
  • Creating design proposals and develop material solutions for temporary space designs.
  • Obtaining practical training through the real construction of design proposals.


Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces prgramme

1 Events and pop-ups: Basic concepts and methodologies

1.1 Introduction to temporary space design
1.2 Implementation strategies

2 Events and pop-ups: Event design

2.1 Time, process and identity
2.2 Project development

3 Events and pop-ups: Pop-up design

3.1 Emotions and effects
3.2 Material systems and project development

4 Public space interventions and exhibitions: Basic concepts and methodologies

4.1 Design of temporary public space interventions and exhibitions
4.2 Mediation systems in the design: maps, diagrams, scenarios and protocols

5 Design of temporary public space interventions

5.1 Location and strategy
5.2 Project development

6 Exhibition design

6.1 From curation to design
6.2 Exhibition design

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Each academic year, students with very diverse professional and cultural profiles of more than 80 nationalities from all over the world attend their master’s or postgraduate training at Elisava. We want to promote connections and networks among students beyond the context of each master’s degree to promote the exchange of knowledge through very diverse projects: we organize interdisciplinary workshops and conferences; transdisciplinary projects with students from several master’s degrees; collaborations with companies, institutions and NGOs…

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Masters’ Scholarships

Do you want to study the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces at Elisava? In this section you will be able to check all the information on the annual call for scholarships, which recognize, reward and disseminate the talent and excellence of future master’s students.

Elisava Masters’ Scholarships