what is the “Scuola di Specializzazione Iuav in Beni Architettonici e del Paesaggio”


The Scuola di Specializzazione Iuav in Beni Architettonici e del Paesaggio (SSIBAP) is a Iuav Specialisation School in Architectural and Landscape Heritage, a two-year postgraduate programme.


Its goal is to form highly qualified specialists in the field of restoration, protection, and knowledge of architectural heritage and landscape. These specialists will be able to draw projects and direct the execution of complex commissions, and they will have a thorough methodological, theoretical, and scientific preparation.


During the study period, students must obtain 120 university credits (CFUs). At the end of the programme, the Specialisation School will issue a Specialist Diploma.




why choose Venice


The Specialisation School is located in a region - the Veneto - with a rich heritage of historic buildings; it and takes place in an area - the Venetian lagoon – that is characterised by 'limit-case' environmental conditions.


In the lagoon area, the entire complex of buildings rises only a few decimetres above the average water level and it is therefore particularly sensitive to the main effects of climate change. Urban organisms are also often affected by atmospheric pollution, and industrial and agricultural pollution; these conditions are capable of multiplying the effects of degradation, especially when combined with other natural or anthropogenic causes of deterioration, and with the great unbalanced mass-tourism the city hosts all year long.


Venice has been and still is a place for analysis and methodological elaboration of architectural and urban development studies. It is a focal point for the debate and reflection on restoration, for the experimentation and development of techniques and of protection, conservation, and restoration procedures. For these reasons, the city is an ideal laboratory for the development of studies and experiences that are also valid for most other Italian, European or Mediterranean coastal areas.




why choose SSIBAP


The Specialisation School reflects the traditional high-level instruction and research of UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia. Issues related to the knowledge, conservation, and enhancement of architectural and landscape heritage have always been important areas of interest and a common ground to open dialogues between multiple disciplines.


The very distinctive interdisciplinary approach that characterises the University is reflected in the didactics, giving lots of space to laboratorial experiences in which various educational sources converge together to favour a continuous exchange of knowledge and points of view.


SSIBAP places focus on the architectural “project”, intending architecture as a “built” reality. It includes lessons in Architectural Renovation, History of Architecture, Archiving, Archaeology, Relief and Design, Heritage, Urban and Landscape Regeneration, Chemistry, Geology and Petrography, Technology and Geotechnics, Estimates, Cultural Heritage Legislation, Architectural Design, Museum Layout and History, and Installations.


The Specialisation School aims to increase critical awareness of the various conceptual issues underlying the processes of renovation, such as: the study of past operations on buildings and landscape; the study of the persistence of original material; the importance and role of the preservation of the built traces in the context of their stratification; and the relations that lie between the new and the ancient.


Participation in the nationally and internationally renowned Iuav laboratories offers the opportunity to expand specialist knowledge and develop skills and tools for a wide range of constructions: from historical architectures to those of the twentieth century, from testimonies of antiquity to industrial archaeology, from single factories to industrial complexes and sites that are subject to seismic risk.




what do you achieve at the end of the specialisation study period



At the end of the Specialisation School two-year programme, the graduate will have achieved:

– mastery in theoretical-scientific aspects, as well as in methodologies and techniques, relating to architectural and landscape heritage;

– thorough historical preparation that will allow for further studies and research;

– complete mastery of critical tools for a well-founded assessment of architectural and landscape heritage;

– mastery in all aspects related to the phases of preservation, renovation, consolidation, enhancement, and maintenance projects; as well as to the management of architectural works, architectural complexes or landscaping;

– mastery in aspects related to the direction, organisation, and management of a construction site;

– expertise in the field of exhibition and museography, and in the arrangement of archaeological and/or natural sites;

– expertise in the field of monumental, environmental, and landscape protection;

– advanced knowledge of the necessary legislative, administrative, and financial aspects for the management and preservation of architectural and landscape cultural heritage.