Master's Degrees 2023-2024

Master Degree Programme in Architecture

course leader



course leader

Fernanda De Maio






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2-year programme


admission: limited: 60 places

20 places for EU and EU-equated applicants

40 places for non-EU candidates residing abroad


ministerial degree code

LM-4 Architettura e ingegneria edile – Architettura




how to apply for 2024/2025



studying architecture in Venice

studying architecture in Venice

Venice provides lifelong inspiration. An uninterrupted tradition links Venice to its School of Architecture. Masters such as Carlo Scarpa and Aldo Rossi, who taught at Iuav, were affected by the beauty of Venice and translated it into their works.

Iuav caters for the needs of rapidly changing professional environments and is fully committed to teaching design and planning as interpretations of spaces, knowledge of their history and synergy of multidisciplinary competencies and skills.

During the two-year study programme, students acquire all the necessary competencies to become architectural designers and thinkers able to move towards a career in architecture as independent and inventive practitioners. Students acquire the knowledge to enhance their communication skills and gain expertise in contemporary architectural fields.

They can further improve the understanding acquired during their bachelor’s degree. Moreover, students can apply their critical and analytical skills to produce substantial projects and written research in all the areas covered by and relevant to the course.


the master’s degree MA in architecture

The English-taught MA in architecture provides education and training for internationally oriented architects in accordance with the Directive of the European Parliament 2005/36/CE.

The MA in architecture offers students excellent preparation for the changing demands of society, both in the technical-scientific area and the humanities. It trains how to cope with present-day problems related to urban and natural landscapes while focusing on the conservation and transformation of different architectural and urban contexts, with particular attention to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The MA in architecture prepares students to tackle pressing architectural, urban and environmental issues in the national and international scene. It offers up-to-date perspectives on architecture integrated with global cultural ideas.

The most innovative techniques and methodologies are employed to train generations of digital natives.

This also means providing cross-disciplinary competencies in:

– urban projects and theories on the city, with their related issues on sustainable growth and degrowth

– Italian cultural heritage and its conservation through regenerative projects that can be applied to other countries and contexts

– interior and exhibition design – a global asset for today’s architects.



MA students are highly qualified to hold important positions in both national and international architectural firms. They can work in public institutions, private practices and public companies in construction, urban and regional planning.





1st semester (Oct. > Jan.)

28 credits


Integrated Design Lab focus 1

Sustainable Urban Design & Performance

Architectural and urban design 6 credits

Landscape Architecture 6 credits

Urban and landscape planning 6 credits


Theoretical courses

Sustainable Property Investment and Valuation 4 credits

Theories of the city 6 credits



2nd semester (Feb. > May)

32 credits


Integrated Design Lab focus 2

Architecture, interior and creative exhibition design

Architectural technology 6 credits

Building physics and energy systems 4 credits

Interior design and staging 6 credits


Theoretical courses

History of contemporary architecture 6 credits

Theory and history of representational methods 6 credits



A 4-credit internship that students usually carry out during the summer break



3rd semester (Oct. > Jan.)

30 credits


Integrated Design Lab focus 3

Regeneration and conservation of historic buildings and environments

Architectural and urban design 6 credits

Architectural restoration 6 credits

Structural engineering 6 credits

Heritage and project 6 credits

Analysis and theory of architecture 6 credits



4th semester (Feb. > May)

32 credits


Research Lab *

Visual and narrative towards the thesis project

Architectural and urban design 4 credits

eminent visiting professor

Drawing 4 credits

guest lecturer


* As an alternative to the Research Lab, students can opt for an international mobility semester in order to award 12 credits (e.g. at least three months in an Erasmus+ partner university) 


Theoretical course

English literature as architectural storytelling and writing 4 credits

City dynamics and economics 4 credits


8 credits chosen by the student (e.g. courses chosen from Iuav educational offer or courses during an International mobility semester or credits awarded attending Workshops)

6 credits for the final thesis, which is co-tutored by an Iuav professor and an external tutor.


During the whole programme, international students are required to attend an Italian language course.