of Architecture


Bergamo. Città e paesaggio

Diploma 2018


The Diploma work this year is centred on the territory and the city of Bergamo. In particular, it will study the development process underpinning experiences on the commercial, social, cultural, urban and economic levels.

The city’s historical layout remains the frame of reference for the local system and the connective tissue consolidated by an interconnected network of activities with its own capacity for productive growth within the region. It is this local dimension that the Diploma course will seek to explore, working on 12 areas in strategic zones of the city.

The Diploma work will be completed by precise programmes agreed by the Academy's faculty board and the city administration, acknowledging the future architects’ ability to give answers to the questions that emerge during the exploratory phase of analysis and research.

The final projects will be presented at an exhibition in Bergamo in autumn 2018.

  • Diploma Director
    • Mario Botta
  • Assistant
    • Monica Sciarini
  • Francisco e Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Walter Angonese
  • Michele Arnaboldi
  • Valentin Bearth
  • Martin Boesch
  • Frédéric Bonnet
  • Mario Botta
  • Diébédo Francis Kéré
  • Quintus Miller
  • João Nunes e João Gomes da Silva
  • Valerio Olgiati
  • Jonathan Sergison
  • Ruggero Tropeano

Design Studios 
Professors in Charge

Membri permanenti 

  • Aurelio Galfetti (presidente onorario)
  • Sergio Crotti
  • Fulvio Irace

Membri non permanenti

  • André Bideau
  • Marianne Burkhalter
  • Antonio Calafati
  • Franz Graf
  • Mario Monotti
  • Muck Petzet
  • Martina Voser

Commissione giudicatrice

The Diploma period begins in September 2017 and ends in June 2018, 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 13 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 3 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