Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:



main activities

The programme is possible thanks to the collaboration of the professors of the Universitą Iuav di Venezia, ENSAPM and ETSAS, and to the goals the students of these three universities have in common.

The IP is organized to increase students’ knowledge with ex cathedra classes and with a workshop approach that develops design projects.


The main activities will be:

> multidisciplinary lessons and preliminary research are geared to strengthen the necessary notions and to deal with the project sites and IP issues. The main topics the classes with talk about:

fortified systems in the Italian, French and Spanish landscapes; historical figures and element of the lagoon’s landscape; projects that cope with the cultural facilities  of those sites characterized by historical backgrounds and by the delicacy of its environment; pictures of the lagoon; strategies of preservation and enhancement adopted in Italy, France and Spain.

> inspections in the project areas and in Veneto’s other fortified places.

> workshops involving representatives of the Territorial Government, Offices and  the Preservation/ Enhancement Offices of the Venice Lagoon.

> workshop activities for mixed groups (Italian, French and Spanish), geared to the development of projects; these activities will be an opportunity for active learning, they are aimed to develop the synthetic skill of students, projects ideas that might interpret the main aspects of the sites and use all the notions learnt in class, in an interdisciplinary and critical way.



expected output

Concerning classes participation and mixed design groups students, the expected results are:

> testing the range of needed tools to project in close relationship with the environmental fragility and historical military artifacts.

> control of the different scales of project, from design and photography to understand the morphology of the sites and to select the relevant features of the project area, to the architectural configuration of the structure.

> reflection on the relationship between architecture and specific context.


Concerning teachers, the expected results are:

> comparing methods and approaches in historical and environmental project areas.

> testing educational strategies to merge different and specific knowledge.

> testing the workshop approach to improve exchanges and possible project hybridization among design traditions of the three schools involved.



monitoring and project evaluation

In order to verify if the IP objectives are achieved, it  is necessary to develop tools for monitoring and evaluation.

The monitoring takes place in intermediate stages of the training period and It uses, as a assessment tool, group discussion, critical reflection on the lessons, the considerations made during the seminaries where the various project groups share partial results with other students and tutors.


The sharing of design strategies not only ensures a programmed control of the knowledge progression and skills critical / design students, but also allows to make more fluid the comparison of different design approaches between IP involved schools, it is hoped in this way the hybridization between teaching methods.


The evaluation results of the workshop will be made through a critical discussion of the final project and through a specific exhibition of these. Teachers invited to sit on the jury (professors, but also representatives of public institutions and officials of architectural and landscaping safeguard institutions) will be asked to disclose, in addition to the merits or deficiencies of projects, common strategies reported, as well as any aspects of methodological originality that are derived from the initiative.


Finally, the planned publication of the workshop, which will collect the lessons and the final results, will also contain a critical afterword expected of a outside teacher as impartial evaluator.