Graduate Architecture and Urban Planing Program


Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) originated from the Higher School of Agriculture and Veterinary (Escola Superior de Agricultura e Veterinária - ESAV), created in 1922 by the Government of the State of Minas Gerais, and inaugurated in 1926. In 1961, postgraduate activities began with the offer of the Master's courses in Rural Economics and the Master's degree in Olericulture. Due to solid and well-structured development, the so-called UREMG acquired national renown, motivating the Federal Government to federalize it in 1969, under the current name of Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV). Since federalization, there has been a marked growth and diversification of its activities, with the creation of several undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of knowledge: Exact and Technological Sciences, Biological Sciences, Humanities and Health Sciences and Agrarian Sciences. UFV is a pioneer in Brazil in offering postgraduate courses, with more than 50 years of tradition in the Stricto Sensu modality. There are 49 graduate programs, among which 28 programs offer training at master's and doctoral levels; 21 only master's degrees and, among these, 8 are professional master's degrees; and 1 multicenter in Minas Gerais.

The undergraduate course in Architecture and Urbanism was created in 1991, started operating in 1992, offering 20 vacancies, changing it to 40 vacancies in 2000. Initially allocated in the Civil Engineering Department, it soon acquired institutional recognition and autonomy with the creation, in 1992, of the Department of Architecture and Urbanism. The Department of Architecture and Urbanism, with the support of the Higher Administration, has invested boldly in training its faculty at the doctoral level in renowned institutions in the country and abroad, in addition to expanding the physical space and incorporating new laboratories after the creation of the Strictu Sensu postgraduate course from 2010.

The Postgraduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism, administered by the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (DAU/UFV), was approved by CAPES in April 2010 and started its activities with the Master's course in Architecture and Urbanism in August 2010, and Doctorate in 2019. It started with the area of concentration Planning and Evaluation of the Built Space, which since 2019 has been Planning, Production and Evaluation of the Built Space. The initial two lines of research were Urban and Regional Space Planning and Environmental Behavior of the Built Space. Since 2019, the program has three lines of research: Urban and Regional Space Planning, Technologies and Environmental Aspects in the Built Space, and The Production of the Building and Urban Space in Small and Medium Cities.

The Student Body: the first three classes entered in August 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, admitting 10 students per year, 5 (five) for each line of research. In January 2013, a new selection process was carried out and 10 candidates were selected for the fourth class, with 3 more alternate candidates being approved in this selection, which started in April of the same year. From then on, classes started in the first semester of each year. Thus, in March 2014, 14 new students were admitted, approving 4 alternates to mark the number of students per teacher advisor. In 2015, 9 students were selected for class 6 of the program and at the end of the year, the Coordinating Committee opened a public notice with 10 vacancies for 2016, with 4 more alternates being approved. In 2017, 18 students entered the program, seeking to balance the number of students per advisor, in contrast to the year 2018, which had 13 newcomers. Every public notice was open with 10 vacancies, and according to the interest of the teachers in the projects and the balance of the number of students, some alternates were welcomed to the program. After the approval of the doctorate degree, the procedures were redefined, with the approval of 10 candidates only for the doctorate, while the incorporation of new professors in the master's degree expanded the vacancies to 12 newcomers.

The Faculty: The faculty is highly qualified, based on an undergraduate training predominantly in Architecture and Urbanism with diversified doctorate degrees in order to cover the two initial lines of research. There was also a renewal in the teaching staff of this decade due to retirements and discreditations. Upon the approval of the doctorate degree, implemented in 2019, two professors with training in Geography were incorporated into the permanent faculty to meet the research lines of Urban and Regional Planning and Production of the Building and Urban Space in Small and Medium-sized Cities. The Program was initially formed by 10 teachers. Today, the program has 12 advisors (which can be found in the "Advisors" tab of this website), and teachers who cooperate with PPGau, teaching some subjects.