Università
della
Svizzera
italiana
Academy
of Architecture

 
 

Bachelor and Master of Science

 

In the first year of the Bachelor of Science, 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 training each student is required to present the results to an assessment committee that will appraise its validity.

In the subsequent semesters of the BSc and then the Master of Science, 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 MSc, students will work on a research and study project that will constitute the Diploma syllabus.
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).
Architectural design 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 MSc each student will have produced nine projects and completed the Diploma work.
A design studio, guided by a professor or chargé 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 BSc 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.

In the years of the MSc course students are asked to produce one theoretical paper on topic of their own choice with the approval of the teacher.

Paper

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.
Open 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.

Field trips