Politecnico di Milano: Architecture - Building Architecture

InstitutionPolitecnico di Milano View institution profile
Department School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Web http://www.polimi.it/en/international-prospective-students/
Study type Taught


Today, the profession demands the project as "as complex system", result of the relationship among different knowledges. Its management entrusts to the architect the central role of director, able to drive and recap this process, aiming at guarantee the realization of works and places architectural quality.

The ability to consciously play this role is, briefly, the purpose that the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme follows.

In other words, the goal of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme is to educate on the realisation and preservation and enhancing of complex works – where complexity refers both to works and places they define - in harmony with the environment they are positioned in, answering requirements of sustainability, functionality, well-being, and also suitably robust and durable in their normal use and in relation to severe natural events.

The purpose of the EU Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture - Building Architecture is to train a European architect who, on the basis of advanced professional knowledge, can give suitable and updated answers to the complexity of problems tied to the Design and Building of Architecture, to the duties and professional responsibilities requested today by this sector in Europe, and who is able to operate design briefs with the contribution of a multiplicity of knowledge and techniques. This purpose can be reached by making the best critical and design tradition of the school of Architecture in Milan to cooperate with the scientific and technical tradition of the School of Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Along their educational path, therefore, students extend their knowledge of building logic, intended as the coherence between the environment, architecture, technology and structure, against the arbitrariness of form and the casualness of building phenomena. It is clear, therefore, that the main objective of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) course is to guide the student towards an in-depth knowledge of the core disciplines, the ability to use this knowledge in order to identify, formulate and solve in a suitable manner the problems of the design, building and preservation of Architecture, making him able to manage and control the whole process: from the design to its realization.

The study route therefore requires maximum commitment from the student in the Architectural Design Studio for Complex Architecture, present both in the first and second year of the programme and characterized by the compresence of the architectural, structural and technological disciplines. The Studio activities allow students to express their planning skills and to confront each other and professors in a process of continuous dialogue.

When attending the Studios, students can grasp, together with the freedom of choice, the difficulties in coherently designing works that answer all the requirements of the contemporaneity. The professors of the Studio work in a coordinated manner on the same project, beside the students, in the classroom, guiding them until definition of the architectural and executive details, and placing attention both on the development of suitable solutions and on the appropriateness of the choices of the building products of the building industry, in such a way that the project is developed by the students in all the architectural, structural and technological aspects.

This way of working, that characterizes all the training process, anticipates the professional modalities of integrated design process, develops personal, professional and interpersonal skills (soft skills), makes the student aware of their choices, capabilities, role and contribution in the design process.


Politecnico di Milano

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one the most outstanding technical universities in Europe and the largest Italian university in Engineering, Architecture and Design, with nearly 45,000 students.

The latest QS University Rankings place Politecnico di Milano at the top position in Italy, among the best 10 technical universities in Europe and within the top 50 technical universities worldwide. 

Scientific research plays a central role in the university mission thanks to strong links to corporate research, to the availability of considerable European funds and to several well-equipped laboratories, which also ensures advanced and high-quality teaching. …

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