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A study setting in a place steeped in history

Located in the commune of Darnétal near Rouen (76), the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Normandie was set up in 1984 in a former elastic strap factory, which bears witness to the architecture of the late 19th century. The school is also located in the heart of a 2.5-hectare park characteristic of the landscape model.

After the renovation carried out by the architects Patrice Mottini and Pierre Dufflo, the School now offers 5,200 m2 of usable space dedicated to the teaching of architecture.

School on a human scale, a meeting place

ENSA Normandie is home to around 700 students each year. This capacity of reception offers the different communities a place of meeting and exchange on a human scale. It should also be noted that the School is part of the network of 20 schools of architecture under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture in co-supervision with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Crossroads, innovation and research

Furthermore, one of the specificities of ENSA Normandie is the teaching of projects in pairs. It thus offers the student a transversal and interdisciplinary pedagogy. The development of research brings an additional level of technical and architectural innovation.

The areas of expertise are intervention on existing buildings, housing, urban projects and eco-construction.

4 clusters to link research and teaching

Two structuring poles bring together the expertise present in teaching, research and professional practice:

  • ARCHE - Architecture Resources Construction Heritage: based on eco-construction and the rehabilitation of everyday architecture, with a strong engineering dimension.
  • URBS - Resilient Urbanities. Territories and Habitats: focusing on water-related natural hazards and the effects of metropolisation on central, intermediate and rural territories, with a strong human sciences dimension.

Two emerging clusters are focused on research activities:

  • Mediation-Didactics: new approaches to architecture and its representations.
  • Creation: the architectural project as a component of scientific research
Valentin Lefevre
Central staircase ©Grégoire Auger

School project

  • To consolidate its expertise in higher education with the three cycles of initial training L M and D and by strengthening continuing professional training within CREPA.
  • Develop research in initial training by articulating training in research and training through research.
  • Rely on the territorial context by structuring partnerships at the level of the higher education and research network, the institutions responsible for planning policies and the economic world.
  • Strengthening international relations at European and international level
  • To support student life so that students can play an active role in their journey towards autonomy in a pleasant and sustainable living environment.
  • To create serene reception and working conditions for the various actors in the establishment in a policy of recognition of health at work.

The School in figures


Doctoral students
Research laboratory
Books in the media library
International partner universities
50 %
of students go on study abroad

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