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, Gundula Rakowitz, Patrizia Montini Zimolo

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, Simone Barbi, Roberta Bartolone, Silvia Bertolone, Paolo Borin, Luca Cardani, Alessandro Dal Corso, Camilla Donantoni, Alessandro Forlin, Francesca Gasperuzzo, Fabio Guarrera, Eliana Martinelli, Octavio Adolfo Montestruque Bisso, Massimo Mucci, Katerine Ninoska, Piercarlo Palmarini, Sara Pezzutti, Elisa Valentina Prusicki, Camilla Salvaneschi, Laura Scala, Mirco Sparacino, Vila Tapia, Michela Tettamanti, Chiara Vecchiarelli, Paola Virgioli, Yixing Zhou


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The goals of the doctorate programme in Architectural Composition at the University Iuav of Vencie are different from those of the doctorate in History of Architecture and Urban Planning or those proposed by doctorates in Architecture Planning.

Composition, in an unorthodox interpretation, is any organization of formal discourse, in that such discourse both follows the principles of classicism, as well as subverts the rules. Analytical study is based on retrieval of original documents (original drawings of the composition process) and on the critical interpretation of such via activities of redrawing, thematic comparison, and iconographic and iconological analysis, in light of specific knowledge in the discipline.

Knowledge acquired through research efforts (preferably the study of a single work) is useful to experimentation in design and planning, the latter of which yields the best results when conducted in the form of workshops led by faculty body members.

In recent years urban renewal and expansion have been favoured topics in architectural planning and design seminars. The level has always been high for the dissertations and projects presented, thanks to the availability of two design rooms, two halls for seminars and ex-cathedra lectures, a department library, and a library for PhD studies. Such factors are indispensible for the effective management of activities and essential to the doctorate programme itself.

Of equal importance are the opportunities for deepening reflection and self-criticism involving cultural approaches that are complementary to architectural composition. These activities originate from the discussion of issues which stem from the comparative and metahistorical analysis of works.