History of Architecture
San Polo 2468
041 257 1787/1865
coordinator: Massimo Bulgarelli
Anna Bedon, Maria Bonaiti, Monica Centanni, Giovanna Curcio, Francesco Dal Co, Andrea Guerra, Mario Piana, Vitale Zanchettin, Federico Bucci, Elisabeth Kieven, Luigi Schiavi, Paolo Nicoloso
Matteo Ceriana, Sible de Blaauw, Paolo Morachiello, Christof Thoenes
The doctorate programme in the History of Architecture and Urban studies was founded in 1984 under the guidance of Manfredo Tafuri. The aim of the programme is the education and training of highly specialized architectural historians. Historians successful at tackling the inherent problems of the discipline, in its broadest of meanings, with knowledge and rigor, and at contributing to the renewal of the discipline through activities of teaching, publishing, and collaboration with institutes, foundations, and entities of research, conservation and planning.
The goal of the doctorate programme is to promote study of the culture of the project. It is aimed at enhancing critical reflection on the architecture, instrumentation, thought, and choices made by architects, engineers, workers, clients, theorists, and the public, who have, from ancient times to the present day, and in geographically diverse areas, contributed to forming today’s world - a world which we are summoned to comprehend and protect.
Over time the doctorate programme has directed its main areas of study towards modern and contemporary architecture. The academic contributions produced in these areas of research have helped to accredit the programme on the international panorama.
The programme has also revived its involvement and interest in ancient and medieval architecture, thanks also to contributions from Italian and international scholars.
The concentrated areas of research include: the history of architectural works and of urban and territorial complexes; the history of techniques and materials; the history of representation; the history of architectural theory and thought.
The PhD programme aims at familiarizing students with the methods and approaches of the discipline used over the course of history, at promoting collaboration and communication with other similar or parallel disciplines related to architecture - such as the history of art, of ideas, of institutions, and of economics – and at supporting exchange with the international scientific community.
To this end, the PhD programme is particularly dedicated to encouraging study abroad opportunities and the presentation of research work at national and international seminars and conferences, as well as in publications.
Activities of the doctorate programme – organized so that periods of work in Venice alternate with periods of research conducted at other specific sites – focus on the discussion of historiography and the foundations of architectural knowledge, on direct analysis of architectural works, on the study of architectural design, on the interpretation of manuscript sources and drawings, on the acquisition of the most modern techniques of philological research, and on the divulgation of research results through verbal, written and representational means.
With this in mind, external scholars and members of the teaching body are periodically invited to present their work and current research results at seminars.
Doctorate students are expected to conduct original research in an autonomous manner, to elaborate a dissertation, and to periodically illustrate the progress of their work through written reports and presentation lectures. They are also expected to actively participate, both by presenting and discussing their work, in activities promoted by the programme, including seminars, conferences, study trips, and meetings with Italian and international university faculty.
academic possibilities for doctorate graduates
Thus far 89 students have received Doctorate titles. Circa 60% of which hold positions or collaborate within academic universities: 30% are researchers or professors at Italian universities (11) and foreign universities (5); 10% are contract professors; 20% are post-doctorate research grant holders at the University Iuav or other institutes of research (Villa I Tatti, Centro Studi “Immagine di Roma barocca”, Archivio del moderno di Mendrisio, American Academy of New York, Cambridge University, Tokyo). Still others collaborate in other educational fields.
recently published dissertations
Sara Galletti, Maria De’ Medici e il Palazzo del Luxembourg, 1611–1642, 2003 (dignità di pubblicazione)
Sara Galletti, L’appartement de Marie de Médicis au palais du Luxembourg, in Marie de Médicis: un gouvernement par les arts, edited by P. Bassani, Somogy, Paris 2003, pp. 124–133
Clara Altavista, Lucca e Paolo Guinigi (1400–1430): la costruzione di una corte rinascimentale; città, architettura, arte, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2005
Giuseppina Lonero, Chandigarh prima di Chandigarh: il contributo di Albert Mayer e della sua squadra, in “Annali”, 17, 2005, pp. 211–226
Andrea Masciantonio, Francesco Grimaldi e Alessandro Albertini nella genesi progettuale del complesso di Sant’Andrea della Valle a Roma (1589–1608): il disegno 23 del Fondo Panciatichi 178 della Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, in “Römische historische Mitteilungen”, 47.2005, pp. 123–169
Laura Orsini, Il progetto di Filippo Juvarra per la chiesa reale di Venaria. Proposte per una storia, in “Annali” 17, 2005, pp. 183–210
Maddalena Scimemi, Le residenze di Alessandro Farnese sul Lago di Bolsena, in Maisons des champs dans l’Europe de la Renaissance: actes des premières Rencontres d’architecture européenne, Château de Maisons, 10–13 June 2003, edited by M. Chatenet, Picard, Paris 2006
Alessandro Borgomainerio, Su alcuni motivi della facciata di San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, in “Römische historische Mitteilungen”, 48.2006, p. 215–285
Cristiana Volpi, Loos a Parigi, in Adolf Loos 1870–1933: architettura utilita e decoro, edited by R. Bosel, V. Zanchettin, in collaboration with the Istituto Storico Austriaco di Roma and Albertina di Vienna, Electa, Milan 2006
Laura Moretti, Gli spazi per la musica nelle chiese dei quattro grandi ospedali veneziani,
in Architettura e musica nella Venezia del Rinascimento, edited by D. Howard e L. Moretti,
Mondadori, Milan 2006, pp. 323–351
Daniele Pisani, Agostino di Duccio e la porta di San Pietro a Perugia (dignità di pubblicazione), 2006
Valeria Cafà, Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne di Baldassarre Peruzzi: storia di una famiglia romana e del suo palazzo in rione Parione, Marsilio, Venice 2007 (James Ackerman Award for the history of architecture)
Fulvio Lenzo, La chiesa di San Paolo Maggiore a Napoli (publication forthcoming, Electa, Milan)
Tommaso Tagliabue, Cosa tan nueva en escriptura tan antigua. Villalpando e il tempio di Salomone (publication forthcoming, Electa, Milan)
Anna Bortolozzi, Una chiesa per S. Carlo: Onorio Longhi, il Cardinal Sfondrati e la nuova fabbrica della Nazione Lombarda a Roma (publication forthcoming, Electa, Milan)
Mauro Pierconti Yong Kuk, Carlo Scarpa e il Giappone, Electa, Milan 2007
Alessandro Brodini, Michelangelo e le cupole minori di San Pietro in Vaticano (dignità di pubblicazione), 2007
Alessandro Brodini, “Vincimur si comparamur…”. La basilica di San Pietro e “le fabriche antiche romane” in the writings of poet Girolamo Preti, in “Die basilica”, international conference proceedings, Einsiedeln, 20–23 Sept. 2007), edited by W. Oechslin and J. Krüger, publication forthcoming, Scholion, Zurick
Alberto Muffato, William Lescaze e il PSFS building di Philadelphia (dignità di pubblicazione), 2007.