Courses / University-level masters and postgraduate courses

piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 – 20133 Milano | t +39 02 2399 5476

Master Design For Development. Architecture, Urban Planning and Heritage in the Global South chaired by Camillo Magni. Covers skills oriented to the three disciplines: architecture, urban planning and conservation, with a strong emphasis on concrete aspects, thanks to a vast network of partners with whom to carry out field internships and a workshop experience in a country of the Global South.


School of Masters and Ongoing Education

t +39 011 090 3315

The Master TECHs4change. Design for social and technological innovation in Development chaired by Francesca De Filippi, provides knowledge and tools for the management of development processes and projects in the field of International Cooperation, from the urban to the architectural and technological scale. A multidisciplinary focus on technologies applied to architectural themes and to construction materials, the environment, energy, climate, water and public health (WASH) and ICT. The Masters course is offered in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, Fondazione ISI and a network of partners offering internships in specific projects.


Research Centre on Habitat in the Global South

t +39 011 090 6429

The Centre carries out research, documentation and training activities in the field of habitat in development or emergency programs in contexts with scarce resources and promotes initiatives of international cooperation and scientific dissemination.

It coordinates the Master course TECHs4change. It operates on an international scale with a focus on the Global South.


HousingLab – Facoltà di Architettura di Valle Giulia / Department of Architecture and Design

via Gramsci 53 – 00197 Roma | t +39 06 499 19265 | |

HousingLab deals with urban transformations and their relationships with societal and territorial changes.

In particular, it addresses the issues of urban regeneration, housing and typological innovation, favoring Rome and its peripheral areas as a field of study.

The main research topics are:

  • urban transformation and regeneration, with attention to the regeneration strategies of peripheral areas and public housing districts;
  • experimental architectures for sustainable housing;
  • new models of collective housing (seniors, students, etc…);
  • solutions for the housing emergency (social housing, low-cost housing, temporary architecture, self-construction).


Didactic Area and Student Services – Higher Education Service
Campo della Lana Santa Croce 601 – 30135 Venezia | t +39 041 257 1330 |

Master Emergency&Resilience chaired by Jorge Lobos.

The course focuses on skills mainly oriented to aspects related to Emergency projects in the contexts of International Cooperation. Divided into four modules, it offers internships of at least eight weeks with humanitarian associations.

This graduate program has three main objectives/purposes.

  1.  To train professionals to become expert in humanitarian emergencies, by:
    • providing relevant information, skills and tools to concretely respond to humanitarian emergencies
    • applying innovation and creativity in our professional responses
    • making it possible for professionals to rapidly develop an effective response
    • devising plans and strategies to prepare cities for future emergencies and mitigate their effects.
  2. Establishing emergency as a discipline within architecture, engineering and other professional fields related to physical responses.
  3. Promoting new professional roles and new job opportunities for architects and other professionals in the field of humanitarian emergencies.


via Friuli 26/A – 20135 Milano | t +39 02 872 80580  |

La scuola di ARCÒ is an applied research laboratory, where you learn by doing. La scuola di ARCÒ is nomadic: it goes where it’s needed. Its aim is to create alternate visions of reality through participatory processes, vernacular construction techniques and natural or recycled materials in the specific areas in which it intervenes. La scuola di ARCÒ is an itinerary that prepares people to work in the field of international cooperation.

It uses materials with low environmental impact and vernacular construction techniques, in order to obtain contemporary architectural solutions.

Sustainability is understood as the ongoing search to optimize the use of resources and local environmental factors and striving for energy self-sufficiency. It is addressed from an economic and social standpoint as a way of activating processes of involvement of local communities.

La scuola di ARCÒ welcomes proposals from local institutions (municipalities, park authorities, etc.), cultural associations, temporary organizations and institutions involved in training at all levels that want to deepen the issues addressed.

The aim is to develop innovative regeneration projects that will address the conflicts present in the territory through the promotion of participatory processes and public consultation. The workshop becomes a pretext for exchange through a shared event.


via Francesco Flora 6- 40129 Bologna | +39 051 631 3381

SOS – School of Sustainability, based in Bologna, is Mario Cucinella’s postgraduate academy, focusing on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability.

SOS is open to recent graduates and industrial partners to develop innovative projects with a positive impact on society, the economy and the environment through education, practice and research.

SOS is a creative laboratory born in close collaboration with Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA), where training is inspired by projects and active skills in a context of professional practice.

A professional school aimed at recent graduates to build experience in an environment that integrates education, research and practice.


According to the most recent United Nations surveys, in 2018 there were about sixty million displaced people in the world.

Sixty million women and men who have had to leave their territories of residence because they were either severely disrupted by a natural disaster or ravaged by a conflict.

The United Nations predicts that this scenario is destined to worsen inexorably due to both the deterioration of the international political situation and the increasing impact of climate change on the habitat.

This will call for a steadily increasing number of highly qualified professionals, able, thanks to their skills, to offer effective responses. Amongst all these skills, the ones most urgently needed will be those of the architect.

The introductory course in cooperation activities in humanitarian architecture is promoted by the National Council of Architects as a preparatory training for the development of professional skills for emergency and development projects in the specific areas of expertise of architects, in particular architecture, planning, conservation of cultural heritage, the environment and sustainability, and more generally the issues of emergency management and resilience. This introductory course prepares students for subsequent specializations at a graduate level, as well as for activities promoted by cooperation sector operators, with the aim of integrating the basic knowledge acquired during undergraduate studies or during one’s own work experience with the theoretical notions necessary to operate in the context of international cooperation.

Training thus becomes the starting point for the cooperating architect, to implement his knowledge, which “classical” training leaves gaps in, such as how to build relations with beneficiaries, communicating effectively in other languages and cultures, using unfinished materials or running a work site. Training and knowledge exchange are also fundamental elements in the field, including for those who will become the recipients of projects and good practices.


To make architects aware of the civil, technical and professional content in the humanitarian sector.

Offer basic tools to stimulate and encourage an approach to these issues.


The introductory offer is aimed at Italian architects who intend to approach the field of emergency, disadvantaged and critical situations related to cooperation, solidarity and sustainability.


The program of the course is divided into thematic areas, with seminars provided through the platform of the National Council of Architects P.P.C.