of Architecture


Chiasso Ponte Chiasso. Integration

Diploma 2020

Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Diploma Chiasso 2020, collezione Federico Ferraboschi

With the Diploma 2020 we will stay very close to the Academy and focus on Ponte Chiasso, the border-crossing between Chiasso and Como, examining a circle of 3,5 km radius to include a variety of situations and sites that are affected by the border: its specific economic and social implications, its infrastructures and the differences of currency, value, laws and political entities.
The students will be researching the urban, social and economic situation and develop their own programs and typologies, addressing constraining problems and tasks – like migration and integration, affordable housing, inclusive city quarters, redirecting urban flows or creating new models of mobility and sharing. In the sense of sustainability we will try to achieve the most positive with the least negative impact.  The topic of Integration points towards a general integrative and affirmative attitude – integrating foreign and native, old and new, architecture and nature and the project with the urban, social and economic context.


  • Francisco & Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Walter Angonese
  • Michele Arnaboldi
  • Valentin Bearth
  • Martin Boesch
  • Frédéric Bonnet
  • Marc Collomb
  • Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara
  • Kersten Geers
  • Quintus Miller
  • João Nunes & João Gomes da Silva
  • Valerio Olgiati

  • Muck Petzet
  • Jonathan Sergison

in Charge

  • Mounir Ayoub
  • Oana Bogdan
  • Jan De Vylder
  • Vanessa Lacaille
  • Shadi Rahbaran
  • Sascha Rösler
  • Matteo Vegetti

Panel of Judge

Ponte Chiasso (CO). Border, 1964. (Collection Federico Ferraboschi)


The Diploma period begins in September 2018 and ends in June 2020, 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 to the project sites. In the following spring semester students will work distributed into 14 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 8 and 12. The Diploma work deals with a single territory or city each year, proposed by the Diploma Director, while the specific design theme is chosen by the professor of each studio.

The Diploma syllabus will entail:

autumn semester

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

spring semester

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


  • Diploma Director
    • Muck Petzet
  • Coordination
    • Monica Sciarini
  • Assistants
    • Laura Magri
    • Irene Tassinari