of Architecture


St. Moritz – Alpine Stadt

Diploma 2016


Diploma 2016 St. Moritz Città Alpina
  • Diploma Director
    • Valentin Bearth
  • Professors in charge
    • Francisco e Manuel Aires Mateus
    • Walter Angonese
    • Michele Arnaboldi
    • Valentin Bearth
    • Martin Boesch
    • Frédéric Bonnet
    • Mario Botta
    • Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
    • Diébédo Francis Kéré
    • Quintus Miller
    • João Nunes and João Gomes da Silva
    • Valerio Olgiati
    • Jonathan Sergison
    • Ruggero Tropeano
  • Assistant
    • Ursula Bolli

The objective of this year’s Diploma course is to make an urban survey of the city of St. Moritz, investigating the potential for enhancing the landscape in some areas of strategic importance. Founded as an exclusive health spa and summer resort, famous for its leading role in the birth of winter sports, St. Moritz is without doubt one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The glittering setting of the fashionable side of the holiday resort, backed up by an advanced infrastructure network and the historic architecture of the splendid Grand Hotels, transformed the old village in the Engadin into a cosmopolitan urban centre. Since World War II, the proliferation of second homes and the crisis of the hotel industry have been at the centre of a process of “urbanalisation”, typical of all the Alpine valleys, which risks compromising the town’s main resource, the beautiful landscape of the valley. The recent federal law on second homes has created the conditions to rethink this type of development and the search for an alternative model could perhaps start from the revaluation and reinterpretation of the hotel typology, not only as a temporary dwelling but also as an opportunity to improve the public spaces of its existing urban development.


The Diploma period begins in September 2015 and ends in June 2016, 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 15 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, 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.

Struttura e programma

del Diploma