Master Degree Programme in Architecture

Course leader




Course leader

Fernanda De Maio



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2-year programme


class degree

LM-4 Architettura e ingegneria edile – Architettura

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 the 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 culture 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 the fields of construction, urban and regional planning.

The MA is a prerequisite to taking the Italian State Exam to qualify as licensed architects.





1st semester (oct-jan)

28 credits


Integrated Design Lab focus 1

Sustainable Urban Design & Performance;

Architectural and urban design 6 credits

Urban and landscape planning 6 credits

Landscape Architecture 6 credits


Theoretical courses

Sustainable Property Investment and Valuation 4 credits

Theory 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 rapresentationnal methods 6 crediti



4-credit internship that usually students attend 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 a Erasmus+ partner university) 


Theoretical course

English literature as architectural storytelling and writing 4 credits

City dynamics and economics 4 credits


8 credits choosen by the student (e.g. courses choosen from the 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 a Iuav professor and an external tutor


During the whole programme, international students must attend an Italian language course