doctoral programme in
architecture, city and design
history of architecture and urban planning
San Polo 2468
041 257 1787/1865
coordinator: Massimo Bulgarelli
Universitą Iuav di Venezia
Anna Bedon, Maria Bonaiti, Monica Centanni, Giovanna Curcio, Francesco Doglioni, Mauro Galantino, Andrea Guerra, Mario Piana, Vitale Zanchettin
Maria Beltramini, Federico Bucci, Marco Mulazzani, Paolo Nicoloso, Francesco Repishti, Luigi Carlo Schiavi, Marida Talamona
Matteo Ceriana, Sible de Blaauw, Elisabeth Kieven, 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
> Clara Altavista
Lucca e Paolo Guinigi, 1400-1430: la costruzione di una corte. Cittą, architettura, arte, ETS, Pisa 2005
> Alessandro Brodini
Michelangelo a San Pietro. Progetto, cantiere e funzione delle cupole minori, Campisano, Roma 2009
> Valeria Cafą
Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne di Baldassarre Peruzzi. Storia di una famiglia romana e del suo palazzo in rione Parione, Marsilio, Venezia 2007
> Giulia Ceriani Sebregondi
Architettura e committenza a Siena nel Cinquecento. L'attivitą di Baldassarre Peruzzi e la storia di Palazzo Francesconi, Aska edizioni, Siena 2011
> Jessica Gritti
Echi albertiani. Chiese a navata unica nella cultura architettonica della Lombardia sforzesca, Iuav-Il poligrafo, Padova 2014
> Fulvio Lenzo
Architettura e antichitą a Napoli dal XV al XVIII secolo. Le colonne del Tempio dei Dioscuri e la chiesa di San Paolo Maggiore, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma 2011
> Francesca Mattei
Eterodossia e vitruvianesimo, Palazzo Naselli a Ferrara 1527-1538, Campisano Editore, Roma 2013
> Silvia Micheli, Erik Bryggman 1891-1955. Architettura moderna in Finlandia, Gangemi, Roma 2009
> Laura Moretti
Dagli Incurabili alla Pietą. Le chiese degli Ospedali Grandi di Venezia tra architettura e musica (1522-1790), Olschki, Firenze 2008
> Alberto Muffato
William Lescaze. Il grattacielo PSFS a Philadelphia e il modernismo americano, Electa, Milano 2012
> J.K. Mauro Pierconti
Carlo Scarpa e il Giappone, Electa, Milano 2007
> Daniele Pisani
Piuttosto un arco trionfale che una porta di cittą. Agostino di Duccio e la porta San Pietro a Perugia, Marsilio, Venezia 2009
> Leo Schubert
La Villa Jeanneret-Perret di Le Corbusier 1912. La prima opera autonoma, Marsilio, Venezia 2006
Porre un limite all’infinito errore. Studi di storia dell’architettura dedicati a Christof Thoenes, a cura di A. Brodini, G. Curcio, atti delle giornate di studio (Venezia 2008), Campisano, Roma 2012