The Instituto Universitario de Urbanistica, IUU, as University Research Institute is a centre of the University of Valladolid whose specific purpose is to develop research, postgraduate teaching and lifelong education in the area of Urban and Regional Planning, from an interdisciplinary perspective, which involves fields of knowledge such as Architecture, Geography, Law, History, Economics and all those are related to the analysis, territorial planning, designing, urban planning and construction of cities and territories.
The IUU was promoted by a group of professors from the School of Architecture of the University of Valladolid, in collaboration with people from other Architecture Schools and other universities, thinking in an interdisciplinary perspective from the outset. The Board of Governors of the University of Valladolid gave an initial approval on December 20, 1990, and the UVa’s Social Council finally adopted as Research Institute on 24th April 1991, since the IUU began acting as such.
After appropriate processing, previous the proposal of the Social Council of the University of Valladolid and with the favorable report of the Council of Universities, the Junta de Castilla y León, from a proposal of the Regional Department of Education and Culture, approved the creation of IUU through Decree 181/1997, dated 26th September (BOCYL nº186 of 29th September 1997).
The IUU is governed by the Rules of Procedure adopted by the Governing Council of the University of Valladolid on 29th March 2007. On the other hand, and as established by Law 3/2003 of Universities of Castilla y León, the IUU is subject to evaluation every five years by the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León (ACSUCYL), having obtained favorable assessments in the periods 2001-2005, 2006-2010 and 2012-2016.