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

Doctoral programme in architecture, city and design



Architectural composition

(three years program)



palazzo Badoer
San Polo 2468

30125 Venice



041 257 1426/1845/1865/1886/1787




Carlo Magnani



faculty body

Università Iuav di Venezia

Benno Albrecht, Armando Dal Fabbro, Agostino De Rosa,

Antonella Gallo, Pierluigi Grandinetti, Carlo Magnani, Eleonora Mantese,

Giovanni Marras, Mauro Marzo, Patrizia Montini Zimolo, Gundula Rakowitz, Angela Vettese

other universities

Carlo Martì Aris, Maurizio Meriggi, Luca Monica, Raffaella Neri, Luca Ortelli, Guido Zuliani


Giovanni Fabbri, Giorgio Grassi, Antonio Monestiroli, Luciano Semerani



Riccarda Cantarelli, Cristiana Eusepi, Andrea Iorio, Luigi Pavan, Carlotta Torricelli


phd students

Andrea Ambroso, Claudia Angarano, Valerio Botta, Gianluca Buoncore, Gian Maria Casadei, Giorgia Cesaro, Ilaria Cucit, Marvin Cukaj, Alessandro Dal Corso, Rafael De Conti Lorentz, Camilla Donantoni, Anna Fabris, Carlotta Formenti, Francesca Gasperuzzo, Andrea Martino Gion, Letizia Goretti, Federico Letizia, Stefania Mangini, Octavio Adolfo Montestruque Bisso, Massimo Mucci, Riccardo Petrella, Elisa Valentina Prusicki, Tania Sarria, Yixing Zhou, Luca Zilio


>> track presented by Carlo Magnani





The research field Architectural Composition aims to provide the student with the theoretical and practical preparation relating to the theories and compositional procedures of architecture, intended as a final and synthetic moment of the relationships between figure, construction and context in the history of architecture and of the city.


We intend to direct the activities of the candidates towards research with issues of common interest, in order to make the developments and the outcomes of the work more comparable, especially on the issue of relations problems and contradictions between "tradition" and "invention", between "continuity" and "experimentation" in the modern and contemporary condition. For this purpose, we propose to take, as a time and cultural frame of reference, the overall theme of the reconstruction.


Scientific research in the field of Visual Culture is an increasing area of interest within international universities. It takes its moves from the understanding of the role that has been taken, along the last decades, by art images within the scientific and technological context. This has been happening as a form of continuity, rethinking, counterposition or active reaction towards the developments of the technical reproducibility of the images themselves. Another point that leads Visual Culture and related studies to a vintage point, is linked to its communication role as a tool for communicating in a globalized and intercultural world, where non-verbal languages are particularly useful. Furthermore, the evolution of shows, exhibitions, ways to display, publishing, everything that has to do with international connection and cultural diplomacy has brought to even more attention to Visual Culture. This PhD field asks the candidates to reflect upon these topics through groundbreaking and cutting hedge researches. Among the best methodologies, we remind the analysis of archives, the reconstruction of the planning phase of art works, shows and books, with the aim to understand the underlying motivation and theoretical elaboration. Strict-artistic skills should not be interpreted as an end for the researches, but as a mean to understand themes and problems that are able to preserve their actual interest in interpreting our own time and its own triggers.