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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Architecture for Exhibition

Course periodNov 27, 2023 – Feb 16, 2024
Ranking publicationOct 13, 2023
PlacementSANAA, emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design, Herzog & de Meuron, David Chipperfield Architects, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Architecture for Exhibition


Architecture has always played a key role in exhibitions. Museums, exhibitions, and expositions are not only a cultural offer but are defined by space, by an exhibition itinerary that is able to surprise and fascinate the visitor who is drawn inside an active and inspiring experience.

For an exhibition, architecture is as fundamental as works of art, collections, and artifacts and their contents.

The “Architecture for Exhibition” course has been created on these premises: its aim is to train professional designers who are able to materialize diverse artistic and museum experiences, enhancing the always-different story behind each cultural proposal. The students will acquire new skills in exhibition design and will move into a very prestigious environment – culture – which nowadays registers an increasing demand by the most critical and exclusive customers.

The students will focus on preservation practices, lighting techniques, and perception psychology to deepen their knowledge of technical practices to adopt in exhibition design. The course will be made up of 80 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop, and multiple lectures by well-renowned professional architects. At the end of the course, YACademy Placement office will guarantee each student a proposal for an internship/collaboration within the partner studios.

Course info



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Available places

15 In person
5 Online



Course timeline

27.11.2023 - 16.2.2024

3 days/week
Placement activation

March 2024 - May 2024

Enrollment fee

2,450 € + VAT

Enrollment fee

7,900 € + VAT *

In person


Full coverage of the enrollment fee for the most outstanding candidates
* it can be split in three installments (with a 6% increase on the total amount)

Teaching modules & Workshops

History of museography

The history of spaces for culture

Contemporary art

The languages of art

Exhibition marketing and communication

A comparison between cultural and commercial aspects

Immersive storytelling for exhibition

Fundamentals and solutions for digital storytelling

Curation and visual communication

Architects as makers of a cultural itinerary

Case history

Successful examples of exhibition design

Exhibition Design 1

Exhibitions and Museums

Exhibition Design 2

Nature and Public Space

Realizing exhibition settings

Technical choices and realization strategies


Preservation and exhibition techniques

Corporate museums

Show the past to tell the future

Light design

Light as the guide of the exhibition itinerary

Sustainability of Exhibitions

Circularity and Eco-compatibility in exhibition

Site Visits

Egyptian Museum of Turin

Ducati Museum

Fondazione Prada

Special lectures and critiques

Chipperfield and the Torlonia collection

Giuseppe Zampieri / David Chipperfield Architects Milano

SFmoma: the expansion of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Patrick Lüth / Snøhetta

COLORS! The magic of colors

Emmanuelle Moureaux / Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture+design

The power of essentiality: New Modern Museum

Kazuyo Sejima / SANAA

The museum for the XXI century

Paolo Matteuzzi / Zaha Hadid Architects

Architecture & Exhibition - Exhibition & Architecture

Andreas Fries / Herzog & de Meuron

BIG and Museums: architectures as iconic presences

Giulio Rigoni / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Specificity in architecture: from the Louvre of Abu Dhabi to the National Museum of Qatar

Livia Tani / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

A former gin distillery becomes an exhibition machine: Fondazione Prada

Federico Pompignoli / Former OMA

History and Archeology of Egypt

Christian Greco / Egyptian Museum of Turin

The myth of the Pharaohs

Design workshop

Giuseppe Zampieri / David Chipperfield Architects Milano

The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the Akhenaten Museum and will focus on the exhibition space of one of the biggest and most influential museums in Egypt. The construction of this museum started in 2013 with the aim to pay tribute to one of the most important pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Father of the famous - but less influential - Tutankhamon, to Akhenaten we owe an epochal, albeit ephemeral, revolution of the traditional cult. Today the Akhenaten Museum is one of the most successful architectures in contemporary Egypt, it is located in El Minya, in upper Egypt, and it is the result of a cultural partnership with Berlin Neues Museum, where the famous bust of Nefertiti - the wife of Akhenaten - is kept. Through the workshop, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the final design of the big museum and to compare themselves with one of the cultural horizons that has most influenced the museography of all time: Ancient Egypt.

Construction workshop

Construction is a fundamental step in architecture. For this reason, YACademy offers its students the opportunity to participate in the process of producing their own ideas. Thus, the students will gain practical experience on construction sites and, above all, the authorship of projects built for excellent commissions, destined for a major media echo and capable of defining a turning point in their professional career.


At the end of teaching modules and workshop, YACademy’s Placement office will guarantee every student an internship or collaboration proposal in one of our partner studios.




Students or graduates in Architecture/Design can apply to the course. The commission, based on the assessment of the application, may admit students with different qualifications.


To apply, it is necessary to register online and submit a Curriculum Vitae, a Portfolio, and a Motivational Letter. Moreover, it is necessary to pay the administration fee (60€ + VAT). The best 20 candidates will be admitted to the course according to the rules.
The administration fee payment does not bind the student to purchase the course.


Complying with deadlines is a fundamental requirement to take part in the course. All students are encouraged to pay the utmost attention to the timeline and to complete each phase in advance.

Applications opening

Applications deadline

Pubblication of the provisional ranking

Beginning of second-round admissions

Enrollment fee payment deadline for students admitted according to the provisional ranking

Publication of the official ranking (including second-round admitted students)

Lessons start


Make sure you have downloaded the course brochure, from which you will be able to obtain any information about YACademy, as well as every single detail on how to access and enrol in the courses.

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