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Politecnico di Milano

Scuola di Architettura e Società

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Master of Science in Architecture

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Politecnico di Milano became home to many well-known architects of the 20th century: Renzo Piano, Franco Albini, Ludovico Barbiano Belgiojoso, Piero Bottoni, Achille Castiglioni, Franca Helg, Tomas Maldonado, Piero Portaluppi, Paolo Portoghesi, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Aldo Rossi, Marco Zanuso. Today a number of renowned scholars and professionals in the field of architecture and planning are contributing to the School as full time professors.

The Programme

The following is a sample of a typical study plan for the academic year of 2014/2015:

Architecture - Milano Campus
The Master of Science programme deals with a broad range of issues and disciplinary fields: history of architecture, media and tools for representation, theoretical and methodological aspects related to surveying and rendering the organization of space at different scales (buildings, cities, regions) and in different kinds of project. Students are encouraged to dynamically develop a critical attitude, new skills in order to face the complexity of current architectural practice. Beside educational activities, the environment of the School provides a number of international seminars, conferences and study visits which are organized to support and enhance academic development. Selected internships in institutional agencies and in professional offices also are offered. Qualified research staff with significant international and professional experiences are involved in the tutorship and teaching activity. 

• First Year:
History and Theory of the Twentieth-Century Architecture
Architectural Theory and Practice
Building and Construction Techniques
Town Planning Design Workshop
Architectural Design Studio 1
Architectural Preservation Studio
Economic Assessment of urban Transformations and Policies
Urban Sociology
Environmental Law

• Second Year: 
Building Technology Studio
Architectural Design Studio 2
Project Appraisal
Elective Courses
Internship and Master Thesis

Architecture and Preservation - Mantova Campus
The curriculum is devoted to Architecture and Preservation of Historic Heritage and aims at promoting a solid architectural specialization, nesting theories and techniques that are needed in dealing with complex and multi-scalar problems of architectural design and historic heritage preservation in contemporary cities. In this sense students will combine disciplines such as architectural design, building preservation and technology, on site and laboratory analysis and diagnosis, theories and history of restoration, history of architecture and of landscape, urban planning and design, urban, cultural and economic studies and heritage preservation law.  Lectures, Seminars Series and Workshop are previewed as completion of the programme. The rich and well-preserved historic and artistic heritage of the city and region of Mantua, the presence of advanced preservation experimentations lead by Politecnico are the ideal conditions for hosting the programme. Through this unique educational path, students are encouraged to develop a critical attitude and innovative skills.

• First Year:
Building and Construction Techniques
History of Architecture
Architectural Design Studio
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Architectural Preservation Studio
Elective Courses

• Second Year:
Urban and Landscape Design Studio
Architectural Heritage Design Studio
Urban Preservation Law,Policies and Economic Assessment
Internship and Master Thesis

Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale Project- Piacenza Campus
The  curriculum aims to complete a highly qualified educational course by emphasizing on the Architecture and the Urban designing as the central theme, from a dual standpoint: Environmental sustainability (spatial, social, technical) and Multi-scalar design (from landscape, to urban design and to the architectural design). The programme profile is oriented to train an architect to develop a particular sensitivity to the issues sustainable architecture in relation to the multiple scales of design: ranging from the transformation of the landscape, to the design of public space and the specific components of the architecture.The theme of the sustainability, as the center focus for the two-year program, is interpreted into three primary aspects:physical and spatial sustainability; social and cultural sustainability;technical and infrastructural sustainability, beyond a strictly specialized theme. In parallel, the multi-scale approach is central to the education of an architect and is reinterpreted in a dynamic and open manner, where time becomes a key factor in the design: ranging from the macro-scale planning and urban planning practices, the intermediate scale of the urban and public space design, and the micro-scale of the technical detailing and the architectural elements. In support of the ongoing internationalization project, in both semesters the master study programme provides for intensive periods of international events, workshop,lectures and conferences.

• First Year:
Theories of Architecture
Steel and Concrete Structures
History of Architecture in the Contemporary Age
Project Appraisal
Urban and Architectural Regeneration
Multi-scale Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1 and 2

• Second Year:
Landscape Architecture Studio
Multi-scale architecture and urban design studio 3
Multi-Scale Building Technology Studio
Elective Courses
Internship and Master Thesis

Career Opportunities
The aim of the programme is to train professionals who can deal with the complex issues of contemporary architectural design. Graduates of our Master of Science programme are currently working as independent professionals, for Public Administration, research institutes, private firms both in Italy and abroad.

Eligible students
The Master of Science is addressing candidates holding  a Bachelor Degree in Architecture  Master of Science graduates from different classes of degree may also access the programme.

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