of Architecture


Library of Technology and Materials



The Library of Technology and Materials interacts with the area of Construction and Technology, under the supervision of Prof. Franz Graf. It offers teaching support to lecturers and students and a reading room. It is involved in the research, collection, acquisition, modification and display of technical documents (catalogues, legislations), historical and contemporary literature (books, manuals, periodicals), material evidence (samples and models of both historical and current buildings), with the aim of enhancing cultural, humanistic and historical aspects of technology, integrated it with the technical and contemporary.

  • Scientific officer
    • Franz Graf
  • Responsible BTM
    • Britta Buzzi
  • Collaborator BTM
    • Elena Poma

Book and manuals available in the Library of Technology and Materials are catalogued by the Library of the Academy of architecture The Library of Technology and Materials offers a selection of the material produced by the teaching and research activities of the area of Construction and Technology. The collection comprehends documents, models and graphic material on architecture and construction in Cantone Ticino in the second half of Twentieth Century.


Many documents and materials are available for reference and “flying loans” (1-7 days).

Reference and loans

The technical and constructional consultancy for projects in the studio sessions is run by the chair of Construction and Technology, coordinated by Professor Franz Graf.



The constructional aspect is dealt with in the design studios and in “Architecture & Materials”.



The construction project is integrated into the course “Construction and Design” (SP).

Reference assistants: Britta Buzzi (britta.huppertbuzzi@usi.ch) and Carlo Dusi (carlo.dusi@usi.ch).



No specific consultancy service is provided for the construction project.
Specific requests should be submitted to Professor Franz Graf and will be evaluated by the teaching staff.



Consultancy service is provided for the construction project in coordination with the design studios.
Assistants: Carlo Dusi (carlo.dusi@usi.ch), Carlo Nozza (carlo.nozza@usi.ch)


Technical consultancy for construction projects

  • Address
    • Library of Technology and Materials
    • Palazzo Canavée C.2.54
  • Phone
    • +4158 666 5782
  • E-mail
  • Opening
  • during the semesters
    • Friday
      • 2:30-5:30 pm
  • By appointment only, writing in advance to