Institutes & Labs
Competitive research, Institutes, Laboratories
At the Academy of Architecture, as in the other university faculties in Switzerland, research is promoted by the university itself, by the institutes that support its activities, and by the federal institutions in charge. In Mendrisio, research was first oriented towards the history of the discipline and contemporary architectural culture through the activities of Archivio del Moderno. It then extended its scope on the region after the creation of iCUP (Institute for the Contemporary Urban Project) and LabiSAlp, the History of the Alps Study Centre. Finally, a full-scale platform for competitive research has been reached, thanks to the recent birth of ISA, Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture.