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MSc Architectural Design and History

Course Description

Mission and Goals:

The environment we live in nowadays is very complex and the architect is forced to work on the existing heritage paying particular attention to its sustainability and considering the enviroment together with the built heritage as a resource to protect.
The new MSc programme "Architectural Design and History" is offering a study plan based on this very attitude.
Its mission is to train students to be cultured architects, well-aware of the historic and artistic context in which they work as well as of the other cultural fields.
New designs shall be included in and compared to the already existing ones.
The respect of the built heritage is the starting point for the new design to become a reutilization project, a requalification project, sometimes even completion and new integration.

The programme is entirely taught in English

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architectural-design-and-history/

Career opportunities:

Master of Science graduates -designers recognized by the European Union- have many different career opportunities:
- as freelance architects or in association with professional studios, they may work at new solutions in the field of architecture, a professional field which is undergoing many transformations;

- the wide set of jobs at a private and public level in institutions, companies, service and design companies, offers to the graduates the possibility to work in different positions with different expertise even at a high level of responsibility


See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Architecture-Mantova.pdf
Politecnico di Milano, a distinguished University in the field of heritage preservation and valorization, decided to launch a new MSc programme in Mantova Campus: Architectural Design and History.
The rich and well-preserved heritage of the city of Mantova, the presence of the UNESCO site and the dedicated facilities of the Mantova Campus are the ideal conditions to host this programme. In addition, the curriculum is launched in cooperation with the “Mantua Unesco Chair”, which will offer dedicated scholarships for graduates, international internships, summer schools and open lectures held by world-famous architects. From the a.y. 2015/2016 Eduardo Souto de Moura is going to teach at Mantova Campus
as full professor of Architectural Design in Historical Context. In the “Mantua Unesco Chair”, Politecnico di Milano leads a worldwide network of twelve highly qualified universities, heritage research and management centres. These synergies will considerably enrich the education, training and career opportunities of the students. The programme is taught in English eventhough some of the elective subjects will be offered in Italian.


- First year subjects:
Architectural Design in Historical Context 1, History of Italian Architecture (XV-XVIII century), Mechanics and Design of Structures, Architectural Design in Historical Context 2, Sustainability and the Built Environment.

- Second year subjects:
Design in Historical Landscapes, History of Contemporary Architecture, Planning in Historical Cities, Final Workshop, internship.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architectural-design-and-history/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architectural-design-and-history/

Visit the MSc Architectural Design and History page on the Politecnico di Milano website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students holding at least a BSc degree in Architecture or related field are eligible for application. The Commission will evaluate case by case students with different background. The candidate is required to provide a portfolio and an English proficiency certificate.

Course Fees

EU students: €800 to €3,300 per year; Non-EU students: €3,300 per year

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