Course-specific learning objectives

The Second-cycle degree course in Architecture and Sustainable Cities is oriented towards the training of a professional figure able to design, thanks to the mastery of the tools related to the construction of the planned work, the realisation, transformation and modification of the anthropic environment with full knowledge of the aesthetic, distributive, functional, technical-constructive, managerial, economic and environmental aspects. The Second-cycle degree course in Sustainable Architecture and Cities will have specific skills in relation to the preparation of building projects and the coordination of the implementation process of these works, including through the organisation of the work of other specialists and operators in the fields of architecture, urban planning and architectural restoration, with full consideration of aspects related to the sustainability of the project. In addition, the graduate will have skills in the field of urban, territorial and landscape design and planning, being able to draw up projects and plans prepared by public and private bodies according to current legislation. Finally, it will have expertise in the design of restoration, conservation and reuse of the existing building heritage with particular attention to assets of historical, architectural, cultural, environmental and landscape value.

In both years of the degree course, the training will be carried out using laboratory-based teaching tools and more traditional single-discipline and integrated course units.
In the first year the workshop activities will include highly interdisciplinary workshops aimed at acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of architectural and urban design as well as urban planning for the sustainable city. In these interdisciplinary workshops, the focus will be on technological, structural and plant engineering design, economic evaluation of plans and projects and landscape design and planning. The more specific design training at the building, urban and territorial scale will be complemented by knowledge and skills acquired in specific courses dedicated to the analysis and conservation of existing structures and innovative techniques for architectural and urban survey (such as, for example, building information modeling).
In this first year students will also need to acquire a B2 language proficiency in English or French.

In the second year there are integrated courses dedicated to the advanced study of historical research methods for architecture and legal knowledge in the field of building and environmental cultural heritage legislation and urban planning and public works law.
The degree course is also divided into curricula, usually corresponding to synthesis laboratories, always of an interdisciplinary nature, in the field of design for the architecture of the city; sustainable planning for the city, the territory and the landscape; restoration and reuse of architecture.

The aim of the synthesis workshops is to help students prepare their dissertations in line with the many training objectives set out in the course of study for the various professional figures. They will have to ensure the achievement of an adequate level of technical-scientific depth in the disciplines concerned and an autonomous response capacity in ensuring the project requirements from time to time requested.
The preparation of the dissertation at the training sites is encouraged, with the support of professionals. To this end, a compulsory internship is envisaged, which may be carried out with public and private Italian and foreign contracted bodies.

The entire degree course is also offered in English in order to train professionals for international assignments.