and Master’s degrees
Studies at the Academy are
semesters. The first two offer an introductory training, followed by four semesters to complete the
B.Arch. (three-year degree) and another four for the M.Arch. The last semester is devoted to the Diploma
project. They are supplemented by two semesters of practical work outside the school.
the first year of the B.Arch., students will have the opportunity to verify their aptitudes as they
establish the theoretical and practical foundations of the architect’s education. It will present introductory
lessons in the various subject areas of the Academy’s syllabus and gain practical drafting skills in
the architectural design studios.
The course of studies includes a period
of work experience in a firm for a minimum total duration of two semesters, to enable students to acquire
the essential skills in using drafting instruments. At the conclusion of the period of practical work
each student is required to present the results to an assessment committee that will appraise its validity.
In the subsequent semesters of the B.Arch. and then the M.Arch., students
will develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills by attending lectures on historical-humanistic
and technical-scientific subjects as well as the design studios (ateliers). In their final semester
of the M.Arch., students will work on a research and study project that will constitute the Diploma
The historical-humanistic courses and scientific-technical
courses fall into four subject areas: Theory of Art and Architecture (which comprises history of art
and architecture, philosophy and theory of restoration), Culture of the Territory (comprising urban
planning and sociology, urban economics and geography), Construction and Technology (comprising construction
techniques, materials, equipment, and building envelopes), Structures and Exact Sciences (comprising
mathematics and computer studies).
will be of central importance through the whole course of studies and will be closely related to the
teaching of the historical-humanistic and technical-scientific subjects. The design work will be organized
in design studios.
The project themes are defined by the architects-professors
and vary from semester to semester. By the end of the M.Arch. each student will have produced nine projects
and completed the Diploma work.
A design studio, guided by a professor
or charge de cours assisted by two architects will have a maximum of 24 students. Attendance at studio
sessions is compulsory.
In the first year of the B.Arch. there will be
one more design studio attended by all students (that’s why it’s called “horizontal”). In terms of course
loads and credits earned, the vertical studios amount to half of the course requirements.
the years of the M.Arch course students are asked to produce one theoretical paper on topic of their
own choice with the approval of the teacher.
During academic year, in addition to visits to the sites
chosen for the design studios, there will be field trips linked with the lecture courses.
to students from the second year on, the content of these trips and in some cases the allocation of
credits will be decided case by case.