Architects have always been asked to breathe new life into ancient architectures inherited from the past or into historical – often monumental – artifacts that no longer respond to the customs and needs of the contemporary society.
Nevertheless, the ancient architectures tell our story, therefore deserve to be restored with interventions that bring along a hint of modernity and show the trace of the design activity.
The “Architecture for Heritage” course has been created on these premises. Its aim is training designers who will be able to understand and enhance the memory of historical architectures and take inspiration from them to carry out new interventions that both meet the new needs and are enriched by the link to the past. In a close dialogue between the ancient and the modern, between existing architectures and new interventions, it is possible to comprehend what has been and what is now, redesigning – through architecture – a historical line bound to be continued by future generations.
The students will learn about the most advanced survey strategies and redesign of historical architecture; therefore, they will be able to protect the ancient wonders without giving up on a contemporary approach to the project. They will acquire skills and experience in a field of design that is always present and offers continuous and valuable job opportunities.
The students will analyze the technical and compositional strategies to adopt in contexts that host outstanding existing architectures through the intervention on archaeological and industrial sites and focusing mainly on the accommodation and cultural use of historical buildings. 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.
15 In person
18.9.2023 - 24.11.20233 days/week
January 2024 - March 2024
2,450 € + VATOnline
7,900 € + VATIn person
3Full coverage of the enrollment fee for the most outstanding candidates
Teaching modules & Workshops
Case historySuccessful examples of restoration of historical architectures
Multimedia for HeritageNew digital languages to serve the enhancement of historical heritage
Industrial architecturesFrom the object to the project: restoration strategies
The ancient is sustainablePrinciples of environmental sustainability for historical architecture
Regeneration of historic hamletsThe city beyond the suburb
Interior Design for Historical ArchitecturesRegenerating through the interior space
Suburban scenariosUrban reactivation and enhancement of the recent past
Typological Research and restorationTheoretical reflections and possible approaches in restoration
Urbanistic Evolution of the Historical CitySpontaneous City versus Regulated City
Art and RuinsArtistic languages as the tool to enhance historical architectures
The new frontier of surveyStandard and cutting-edge techniques of architectural survey
Venice and Procuratie Vecchie
The intervention of G124 by Renzo Piano in Modena
San Bartolomeo, the Castle of Solfagnano, and Assisi
Special lectures and critiques
Contemporary and transcendence: Monastery of Santa Maria Alcobaça
The regeneration of the heart of Basel: the refurbishment of Stadtcasino
Presences and absences: the Catholic University of Louvain
Ireland, between ancient and contemporary: Trinity College, Rush Library and Kilkenny Museum
Elegance and discontinuity: Ribera del Duero
Behind the scenes in Piazza S. Marco: Procuratie Vecchie
From industry to art: Fondazione Prada
Landscapes and Eastern industrial heritage: Yangshuo Sugarhouse Hotel
Geometrical continuity and material discontinuity: Convent Saint François
Giuseppe Zampieri / David Chipperfield Architects Milano
The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Monacelli Italy and it will be oriented to the design of a training and research center dedicated to the neuro-sciences in San Bartolomeo. Lying on the slopes of the Marinello hill, close to the Tevere River valley, San Bartolomeo is located in the complex of the larger Castle of Solfagnano: a marvel of the 12th century with important eighteenth-century contaminations, which still captures the visitor's heart for its monumental magnificence. Some of the characteristic elements of one of the most fascinating places in the central part of Italy are the mighty bulwarks containing an amazing garden, bridges and paths that bring to a monumental park. In close contact with the most iconic image of Medieval Italy, with the city of Assisi and San Francesco and the amazing cities of Gubbio and Perugia - students will have the opportunity to deal with a site with a deep historical connotation, but that at the same time requires a strong contemporary intervention aimed - like it is - to the future.
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.
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.
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)
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