bachelor degrees 2019-20

planning and urban design

course leader



course leader

Carla Tedesco






EU and EU-equated applicants: open

non-EU candidates residing abroad: limited, 10 places


ministerial degree code

L-21 Scienze della pianificazione territoriale,

urbanistica, paesaggistica e ambientale



studying planning and urban design in Venice

studying planning and urban design in Venice

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning and urban design at UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia combine the solid foundation of the first school in urban planning in Italy – started 50 years ago by Giovanni Astengo – with the capacity to respond to 21st century urban and territorial issues.


Planning and urban design deal with understanding, guiding the transformations of cities and territories, of built spaces and natural environment, but also, and most of all, of the people who inhabit them.


Key themes are the quality of urban life, protection of environment and landscape, adaptation of cities and territories to climate change, reduction of inequalities between urban areas and between territories.


Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning and urban design in Venice provide high-level training to enter a labour market that increasingly requires professional profiles with knowledge and skills that can respond to complex contemporary urban and territorial challenges.

The bachelor’s degree in planning and urban design trains junior urban designers and planners, who can intervene in the processes of analysis, assessment, design, planning and management of cities and territories and related transformations.


the bachelor’s degree in planning and urban design

The study programme covers two thematic areas: environmental sustainability and urban studies.

The overall aim of the course is to provide knowledge and skills to improve the quality of living environments by assuming social equity, inclusion, active listening and involvement of stakeholders as core values, and the constant dialogue between different knowledge, theoretical, methodological, technical and practical skills as key features.

The study programme consists of theoretical courses, integrated courses with practical activities and workshops as well as seminars, conferences and study trips.

The internship is a particularly important element: it is usually carried out in professional firms, public administration offices, study and research centres, enterprises, associations, committees and organisations. It represents a valuable experience for the preparation of the final thesis and entering the labour market. Besides, the study programme provides guidance and mentoring for students during their studies.



Junior planners and urban designer can apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of fields and job profiles:

collaboration to the design of territorial governance plans as required by relevant national and regional laws, strategic plans and sectoral plans (such as urban sustainable mobility plans and greenery plans), major urban transformation projects and urban and territorial regeneration actions, also in response to EU calls for proposals

– environmental and territorial assessment

- participatory urban transformation processes and projects

– spatial information processing, design and management of spatial information systems.

Graduates can work as self-employed professionals (having passed the state examination and been registered with the professional association of architects, planners, landscape architects and conservators, section B -planning sector) or as consultants to public bodies, private organisations and the third sector or as technical instructors for local authorities.