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

Doctoral programme in architecture, city and design



design sciences

(three-year programme)



Palazzo Badoer

San Polo 2468




tel. +39 041 257 1731 / 1865 / 1886 / 1787




coordinator: Raffaella Fagnoni


faculty body

UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Alberto Bassi, Francesco Bergamo, Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Fiorella Bulegato, Luca Casarotto, Rosa Chiesa, Pietro Costa, Davide Crippa, Maddalena Dalla Mura, Raffaella Fagnoni, Luciano Perondi, Raimonda Riccini, Michele Sinico, Gianni Sinni, Simone Spagnol



Medardo Chiapponi


phd students

Francesca Ambrogio, Pierfrancesco Califano, Nicol˛ Carpignoli, Elena Cavallin, Enrica Cunico, Giampiero Dalai, Michele De Chirico, Melani De Luca, Carmelo Leonardi, Marco Limani, Maria Manfroni, Eugenia Morpurgo, Giovanna Nichil˛, Giulia Nicosia, Paolo Pasteris, Emilio Patuzzo, Dorotea Petrucci, Omri Revesz, Simone Rossi, Manuel Zanettin





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 collaborative work;

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

During the three-year doctoral programme, PhD students are encouraged to identify and consider research issues that are relevant to the field and discipline of design and related to other fields of knowledge (such as psychology, computer science, architecture, arts, social sciences, economics, technology, etc.), with a particular focus on contemporary issues and experimental research and teamwork.

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 – 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 with a humanist research area, specially dedicated to the history of design. PhD students 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 UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia as well as other Italian and international universities, 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 the intersection of design and theatre.