ENSAP Bordeaux is a public institution under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It is one of the two French institutions accredited to issue both the state diploma in Architecture and the state diploma in Landscaping. Both are of Master’s level. It is also the only institution for architectural and landscaping studies in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the largest French regional authority since 1 January 2016. The institution is also co-accredited to deliver PhD degrees in architecture and landscaping (ED 480 Montaigne Humanités), as well as PhD degrees in sociology with architecture (ED 545 Société, politique, santé publique) and PhD degrees in engineering (ED 209 Science physiques et de l’ingénieur).
The research activities of ENSAP Bordeaux are structured into three entities:
- UMR 5319 Passages, under the supervision of four institutions (CNRS, University of Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne and the Ministry of Culture), whose scientific project focuses on “spatial reconfigurations and global changes”, places space and the territories at the centre of issues raised and the subjects studied.
- EA 7432 PAVÉ (Profession Architecture Ville et Environnement), which operates at the intersection of sociology, anthropology, architecture and political science to develop knowledge of the material forms of societies.
- EA 7482 GRECCAU (Groupe Recherche Environnement Confort Conception Architecturale et Urbaine). The multidisciplinary team (architecture, physical sciences and humanities) focuses on issues related to atmosphere and comfort in public spaces and buildings and sustainable construction.
Currently, the four main themes selected by the institution to determine its scientific policy are: (i) stakeholder mechanisms and categories of action associated with creating contemporary spaces and territories; (ii) the local and the universal: designing urbanised spaces and heritage processes in the age of cultural globalisation; (iii) time, duration and projects: continuity and disruption in the dynamics of ordinary landscapes; (iv) comfort and quality of inhabited spaces: the feeling and the objectifiable.