of Architecture


Cagliari. Continuity

Diploma 2019

Scizzo di Joao Nunes. Cagliari

The 18/19 Diploma will have Cagliari and its many problems of continuity as its central theme, with the school’s work being capable of contributing in important ways to their solution. The set of selected project sites comprehensively illustrates the themes of a city in profound transformation, in a period of an exceptional conjunction of circumstances. The political phase that the city is experiencing provides an outstanding opportunity to define and consolidate Cagliari’s great potential, in a complex process in which architecture participates as an important instrument and founding element. The Diploma work seeks to contribute to the successful outcome of Cagliari’s contemporary challenges by a process aimed at demonstrating the relevance of concrete project opportunities, as both elements of urban architecture and structural parts of a complex and coordinated system, capable of constructing the factors making for cohesion in a fragmented city.

  • Diploma Director
    • João Nunes​
    • João Gomes da Silva 
  • Assistant
    • Monica Sciarini
    • Clara Lopez

  • Francisco e Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Walter Angonese
  • Michele Arnaboldi
  • Valentin Bearth
  • Martin Boesch
  • Frédéric Bonnet
  • Marc Collomb
  • Piet e Wim Eckert
  • Yvonne Farrell e Shelley McNamara
  • Bijoy Jain
  • Quintus Miller
  • João Nunes e João Gomes da Silva
  • Valerio Olgiati
  • Jonathan Sergison
  • Paolo Zermani

Design Studios 
Professors in Charge

  • Gonçalo Byrne
  • Massimo Faiferri
  • Martina Voser 
  • Nicola di Battista
  • Giorgio Peghin
  • Laura Zampieri
  • André Bideau
  • Marianne Burkhalter
  • Franz Graf
  • Michael Jakob
  • Mario Monotti
  • Muck Petzet
  • Sacha Rösler

Commissione giudicatrice

The Diploma period begins in September 2018 and ends in June 2019, covering a total of 30 weeks.

The rules in force award the Diploma course a total of 30 ECTS. In the autumn semester some teaching activities are scheduled, with lectures, encounters and field trips in the territory and to the locations of the individual assignments for the Diploma project. In the following spring semester students will work distributed into 15 design studios, each directed by a full professor or visiting professor of Design, assisted by an architect collaborator. The number of students envisaged for each design studio will range between 10 and 12. The individual project topic to be worked on, focusing each year on a single site, will be proposed by the professor of each studio group.

The Diploma syllabus will entail:

autumn semester

  • Choice of design studio
  • Field trip to the project location
  • Introductory meetings and lectures on the project theme
  • Development of the basic materials

spring semester

  •  Individual project work
  •  Personal critiques with the studio professor and assistant
  •  Intermediate critique with the studio professor and the Diploma director
  •  Meetings with professors of the different theoretical subjects
  •  Final critique with the studio professor and the whole Panel.


The Diploma board supplies a calendar and a program containing a list of all of the professors in charge of the studio sessions, the members of the Panel of Judges, the architect-collaborators, and students enrolled.

It also shows the meetings scheduled with the teachers and guest speakers in the different interactive subject areas. The student will be admitted to the final critique only with the agreement of the professor of the design studio. For the students not admitted to the final critiques in June and for those engaged in recouping the necessary educational credits, the Diploma work will take place in the following spring semester.


By virtue of the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the European Union, the Diploma / Master of Science in Architecture conferred by the Academy of Architecture is recognized as a European degree.  

Recognition of the degree