Recent decades have carried a seminal shift in the means by which ideas are communicated and content is delivered. In this evolving context, to which many practitioners in architecture and design have chosen to take radical responsive positions—or, indeed, no defined position at all—the role of “curatorship” has been expected to adjust against the backdrop of a more dynamic, information-rich cultural horizon. The results of this shift have been threefold. Curators in architecture and design now operate in an expanded field, requiring a wider base of skillsets and competences, and—perhaps most interestingly—a reflective examination of what “curatorship” means today.


“Curatorship” demands a comprehensive and multifaceted training to enable an agile and receptive practice across multiple platforms and within a range of belligerent contextual relationships. A competent curator is expected to act as a thinker, a writer, an editor, a content producer, a manager of projects at all scales and, above all, a provocateur. They must be able to investigate and identifypertinentareas of concern and their relationships to other disciplines and lines of thought. They must, ultimately, be capable of launching—through the medium of the exhibition and its associated communicative means—a narrative which speaks to multiple audiences at once.


About the Course


The postgraduate course in Curatorship of Architecture and Design has three focus areas:


          To train professionals capable of developing curatorial projects with a solid foundation in theory, critical thinking, and strategic knowledge of exhibition-making

          To build fluency in the history of the field

          To offer an opportunity to develop an individual (or collective) position in the sphere of curatorial practice in relation to architecture and design.


The ultimate goal of the programme is to stimulate innovative curatorial approaches aimed at generating new ways of understanding, discussing and presenting our built and natural environment.


Over the course of a fifteen-week-long, highly intensive period of study and discourse, students will participate in a range of interdisciplinary seminars and lectures, which stem from, or are rooted in, contemporary curatorial practice. Students with formal backgrounds in—but not limited to—architecture, art history, design anthropology, sociology, or visual and communication studies, will be cultivated within the unique urban condition of Venice, Italy – her world-renowned institutions and the university located therein.


Taking advantage of its location, IUAV will offer participants an unrivalled opportunity to be immersed in the globally significant context of the International Architecture and Art Exhibitions, La Biennale di Venezia. In Milan, a two hour train journey away from the programme’s home base, the Triennale di Milano will also provide real-world case studies pertaining to the thematic investigations of the course.


Employment opportunities and professional profile


Due to vast and heterogeneous productions in architecture, there is an increasing need to rely on the figure of the curator for exhibition projects and cultural events and to have effective tools to relate with society and political institutions. Therefore, attractive contents and articulated narratives should be offered to a vast multicultural public.


In the sphere of cultural heritage, the curators are responsible for research, increase and enhancement of permanent collections. Furthermore, many museums and archives require the services of external curators as consultants during the renewal of their collections. The market also demands the ability to help to forge the identity of either a museum with a long history or occasional cultural events in alternative spaces.