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Diploma 2015


The Diploma period begins in September 2014 and ends in June 2015, 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 14 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.

  • Diploma Director

    • Valerio Olgiati
  • Professors in Charge

    • Francisco e Manuel Aires Mateus

    • Walter Angonese

    • Michele Arnaboldi

    • Valentin Bearth

    • Martin Boesch

    • Mario Botta

    • Marianne Bukhalter e Christian Sumi

    • Antonio Citterio

    • Marc Collomb

    • Yvonne Farrell e Shelley McNamara

    • Quintus Miller

    • João Nunes

    • Valerio Olgiati

    • Jonathan Sergison

  • Assistants
    • Ursula Bolli
    • Gianluca Gelmini

Every project reflects five fundamental conditions: site, size, type, function and material. Such conditions may vary and produce a wide range of combinations. When one of them is assigned, the others vary within a specific set of possibilities until they all react on each other and give form to an idea.

For Diploma 2015 we are going to set a collection of topics for each of the five parameters.

The topics, equal in number to the design studios, will be announced in the Autumn Semester 2014, and a series of introductory lectures will follow. Each design studio will be then assigned one of the topics by lot.

The general site for Diploma 2015 is Switzerland. 


Aurelio Galfetti

François Charbonnet

Kersten Geers

Tom Schoper

Members of the Panel of Judges