Introduction

The doctoral program in History and Critical Analysis of 20th Century Spanish Architectural offered by the University of Navarra is a program adapted to the European Higher Education Area that complies with the Royal Decree 1393/2007 from October the 29th, through which the organization of official university schooling is established. In July of 2011 the program was favorably evaluated by the Evaluation Commission of Mention towards to doctoral programs of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA), verified positively by the Council of Universities, and officially approved by the Ministry of Education (BOE 10-11-2010). The doctoral program in History and Critical Analysis of 20th Century Spanish Architecture is integrated into the Doctoral School at the University of Navarra.

The program has a strong foundation based on a previous trajectory of growth and consolidation. The line of research leading up to this program began its journey many years before its establishment as a distinctive program in 2004. Previously, within a less specific program much research had already taken place, and this laid the foundation for the new program’s viability. This viability is also based on the existence of a Historical Archive of Spanish Architecture at the University of Navarra since 1994, as well as the biannual celebration at the School of Architecture of an International Congress on the History of Contemporary Spanish Architecture, since 1998.

The following University of Navarra departments participate in the development of the doctoral program:

Similarly, professors from other University of Navarra departments may also participate in the development of the program. This occurs mainly in the co-direction of doctoral theses.

In the same way, professors and doctorates from other national and foreign institutions may also participate in the program, as they have been doing, either in the co-direction of doctoral theses, the teaching of seminars, mobility actions (both for doctoral students and professors), and participation in the thesis courts convened to obtain the European/ International Mention in the title of doctor, etc.

Responsible body for the direction and academic management of the program. It is made upof the program coordinator, the vice-dean/ assistant director responsible for the third cycle at the center, and the corresponding deputy director of the Doctoral School.

- Coordinator: Mario González Presencio (mgonzalezp@unav.es)

- Director of the center/responsible for the doctorate: Miguel A. Alonso del Val (adeval@unav.es)

- Deputy director of the Doctoral School: Pedro Crespo (pcrespo@ceit.es)

The University of Navarra has an Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS) for all undergraduate and master study programs, which was implemented in 2006. In the 2014/2015 academic year, coinciding with the first three years of delivery of the Doctoral Programs regulated by the Royal Degree 99/2011 of January 28th, which regulates official doctoral studies, it was agreed to implement the IQAS for Doctoral Programs in the 2015/2016 academic year. To this end, the existing quality assurance processes were adapted to extend to the doctoral programs, approving a model of satisfaction surveys and a specific results analysis template for these studies.

The Quality Assurance Committee of the School of Architecture is the body responsible for the development of quality processes and collects information of the development of the program (academic indicators, results, surveys, complaint and suggestion box, etc.). In coordination with the program’s Academic Committee, a report on the analysis on the degree results is produced annually; it incorporates and reviews indicators, results, and satisfaction surveys in order to establish strengths, weaknesses, and improvement proposals.