Spatial Workshop II

Teaching staff

Joan Maroto

Joan Maroto

PhD candidate. Architecture graduate who also holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of the Architectonic Project from ETSAB-UPC.

Joan has combined his professional career with his academic career and participated in numerous courses, seminars and conferences. He is currently progressing his professional career at the Juan Maroto Arch studio and develops his doctoral research at the ETSAB - UPC. He has worked at prominent national and international architectural studios and has executed renowned works for both private developers and public entities. He has ties with various universities (ETSAB, UIC, IAAC) as a lecturer and has published articles in a variety of scientific media.

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Semester: 1

Course: Third

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVI63


This workshop is part of the Interior Design Projects course. Students will learn to recognise and use the technical elements required for the creation of microarchitecture and interior environments while considering aspects such as ergonomics, comfort, functionality and the ephemeral nature of the space, and will apply them to interior design projects.

The purpose of this course is to have students apply the knowledge acquired in the previous semester to the creation of microspaces in a real context.

The focus will be on the sensory experience of the space, beyond the visual experience, paying attention to the polyphony of the perceptions that the space conveys, and which are actively perceived by the user.
Applying their knowledge to an actual context will allow them to observe the impact that users with different profiles have, and to reflect on the results.



The student develops skills from several activities that explore the following content specific to the interior design itinerary:

  • 1. Experience of Space. Multisensory Space: emotions, perceptions and symbols
  • 2. Comfort. Intimacy. The meaning of private
  • 3. The principle of coating. The interior observed from the inside out. Skin versus. structure
  • 4. The experience of light and colour. Textures
  • 5. The imaginary experience
  • 6. Prototype on an actual microspace scale. Exploration of forms and confirmation from the user
  • 7. Atmospheres
  • 11.1. Analysis of actual atmospheres
  • 11.2. Reading: The principle of coating
  • 11.3. Reading: The book of tea
  • 11.4. Reading: The praise of the shadow



  • Activates spaces by applying movement and dynamic space codes, verifying the results by building prototypes on different scales.
  • Applies individual and cultural identity codes to the execution of projects in interior spaces by incorporating elements of ephemeral design.
  • Is able to successfully handle complex situations or those which require new solutions, both in academic and professional contexts, from the field of interior design.



  • SS1. Critical analysis and evaluation of the consequences and implications of proposals raised in design projects, both the student’s own and those of others, and their adjustment to suit the social, economic, political and cultural context.
  • SS2. Integration of knowledge and approaches related to cultural, artistic and historical references in design, to practical design projects in creative and innovative ways.
  • SS3. The ability to conceptualise and experiment with suggestions for design projects, and approach them with a proactive and problem solving attitude that will facilitate decisive solutions to real or potential problems, all the while taking into account the integration of cultural, artistic and instrumental approaches.
  • SS4. Apply appropriate methodologies and varied research according to the subject matter, both for knowledge management and for formal experimentation and production that meets academic and professional standards.
  • SS5. Excellent command of languages of expression, graphic representation techniques, digital imaging tools, and formal and manual production techniques specific to different fields of design, thereby enabling their consistent application in the experimentation, development, execution and presentation processes inherent to professional projects.
  • SS7. Consider the properties and behaviour of the materials used in the different fields of design, in order to use them at the professional level in their own productions with aesthetic sensitivity and social and environmental responsibility.
  • SS8. Mastering the use of aesthetic and symbolic codes of communication, as well as specific design languages, to adapt the communicative intention of any given project to the vision of the user.
  • SS9. Implementation of design projects which provide alternative solutions and propose improvements based on functionality and viability. These solutions and improvements must also be able to respond to problems or changing situations in advance, through the development of a formal production at a professional level.
  • SS10. Effective contribution to cooperation and collaboration structures for the development of action plans with the capacity to adapt to the varied working methods of different creative teams.



  • Observation of participation
  • Monitoring of the work produced
  • Reports from students and tutors
  • Realisation of works or projects