of Architecture


Exhibitions 2012-13


Each year the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture presents a rich program of exhibitions. Officially opened in academic year 2005-2006, the Gallery hosts exhibitions on architecture, urban planning, art and photography: monographic exhibitions, devoted to professionals and artists with international reputations, rapidly growing cities, buildings with distinctive design histories. But the space is also used for illustrating the results of teaching and researches conducted by the Academy in collaboration with Foundations and Institutes.

  • Director
    • Mario Botta
  • Dean's Office Coordinator
    • Marco Della Torre
  • Responsible
    • Stefania Murer
  • Logistics
    • Marco Corti
    • Francesco Talaia

The BSI Swiss Architectural Award, now in its third edition, is presented to architects aged under 50, regardless of nationality, who have made «a significant contribution to contemporary architectural culture displaying particular sensitivity to the landscape and environment». The exhibition presented the works of the architects selected and those of the winner, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. The catalog has been published by Mendrisio Academy Press.

BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2012
21 September – 28 October 2012
promoted by
BSI Architectural Foundation
sponsored by
Federal Office of Culture
and Academy of Architecture
organizational coordination
Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio

As in a laboratory, where the collection of materials provides the impetus for creative vitality, the exhibition devoted to teaching presents architecture in its broadest sense, ranging from the idea of place to context, the landscape and finally the territory, explored in the design studios as well as the approaches and issues presented in lectures. The exhibition provides a picture of a full year at the Academy of Mendrisio through works by the students, demonstrating its great richness in communication.

Mostra sull’Attività Didattica
15 November – 21 December 2012
promoted by
Academy of Architecture

The photographic work of Guido Guidi (1941) on the Brion tomb was begun in 1996, following a commission received from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The exhibition adopts an informative approach, highlighted by the photographer's working notes, facilitating a comprehensive interpretation of the 106 images arranged in sequence, so enabling students to retrace Scarpa’s masterpiece.

Guido Guidi
La Tomba Brion di Carlo Scarpa
22 February – 14 April 2013

Guido Guidi

In the second half of the eighties, Mimmo Jodice (1934) began producing a series of photographs that testify to his visual research on cities around the world: Montreal, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Venice, Boston, Tokyo, Turin, Rome, Milan , Naples, Lisbon, Moscow. That work led to the publication of a monograph and the mounting of a solo exhibition, which we are presenting here following its debut in Montreal. On this occasion, the Università della Svizzera italiana will award Mimmo Jodice an honorary degree in Architecture.

Mimmo Jodice
Città sublimi
3 May – 9 June 2013

Mimmo Jodice