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

Doctoral programme in architecture, city and design



design sciences

(three years program)



Palazzo Badoer

San Polo 2468




041 257 1426/1845/1865/1886/1787




coordinator: Raimonda Riccini


faculty body

Universitą Iuav di Venezia

Laura Badalucco, Alberto Bassi, Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Fiorella Bulegato, Medardo Chiapponi, Massimiliano Ciammaichella, Maria Luisa Frisa, Mario Lupano, Gabriele Monti, Alessandra Vaccari, Michele Sinico

other universities

Carlo Vinti


Giovanni Anceschi, Rocco Antonucci, Elda Danese


phd students

Roberta Angari, Alessia Buffagni, Mario Ciaramitaro, Lucia Del Zotto, Sara Dotto, Stefano Faoro, Marta Franceschini, Alessio Franconi, Paolo Franzo, Antonio Masciariello, Monica Pastore, Giole Peressini, Debora Russi Frasquete, Gianluca Sandrone, Giulia Vismara


>> track presented by Raimonda Riccini





The Doctoral programme in Design Sciences aims at:

- promoting the understanding of the theoretical, historical and methodological issues of design in all its aspects;

- building capacity of independent research and of collaborative work;

- providing candidates with competences that will enable them to interact with the production system and to collaborate with institutions and enterprises in the development of innovative and competitive projects.

During the three-year doctoral programme, candidates will be encouraged to identify and formulate research questions that are relevant to the field and discipline of design and that also intersect other fields of knowledge (such as psychology, computer science, architecture, arts, social sciences, economics, technology, etc.), with a particular focus on contemporary issues and on experimental research and team work.

In addition to developing critical reflection with regards to the figure and the role of the contemporary designer, candidates will be encouraged to explore diverse practices and methods – including action research – in order to investigate the relationship between technological innovation and the innovation of design processes and methods, in both fields of product and communication design, with an emphasis on their contexts of use, their social and cultural meanings, and on users.


The Design Sciences curriculum is the only programme in Italy including a humanist research area, especially dedicated to the history of design; candidates focusing on this area will carry out historical research and investigate history as a fundamental requisite for the construction of memory, as a tool for critical awareness and as a stimulus to the contemporary discourse about design.


The Design Sciences curriculum offers graduates in Design, from both the Universitą Iuav di Venezia as well as other Italian and international schools, the opportunity to progress through an innovative research programme at the crossroad of diverse perspectives.

This unique programme is the only one in Italy giving space to the disciplinary aspects of the history and criticism of design and to the intersection of design and theatre.