The EURAU project was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture, when, in 2004, it launched the proposal of an annual symposium for researchers dealing with Research in Architecture and Urbanism. The various editions were organized by different European schools of Architecture with a coordinated effort by a broad group of university professors and researchers.

The purpose of this initiative is to enable the confrontation between researchers concerned with the Architecture and the City on the European scene.

The acronym EURAU describes the congregation of the objectives which motivate these events: EU for “European Union”, R for “Research”, A for “Architecture” and U for “Urbanism”.

The first edition was held in 2004 in Marseille, in the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille, on the theme "Doctoral Research".

The second edition was held in 2005 in Lille, in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et Paysage de Lille, on the theme "Large Scale".

The third edition was held in 2006 in Brussels, in the Association des Instituts Supérieurs Brussels-Liège-Mons, on the theme "Cultural Heritage".

The fourth edition was held in 2008 in Madrid, in the Escuela Superior Technical Architecture de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM) on the theme "Cultural Landscape".

The fifth edition was held in 2010 in Naples, in the Facoltà di Architettura dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, on the theme "Venustas/Architettura/Mercato/Democrazia".


The sixth edition, to be held in 2012 in Porto, in the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, is structured in continuity with the previous editions, focusing the discussion on the theme "Public Space and Contemporary City".