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High-level training course, 2024 Edition

Architecture for Heritage

Course periodSep 2, 2024 – Nov 8, 2024
Ranking publicationJul 29, 2024
PlacementVector Architects, Eduardo Souto De Moura Arquitectos, Federico Pompignoli, Zamboni Associati Architettura, Herzog & de Meuron, David Chipperfield Architects, McCullough Mulvin Architects, Aires Mateus
Architecture for Heritage


Architects have always been asked to breathe new life into ancient architectures inherited from the past or into historical – often monumental – artefacts 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 architectures; 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.

Course info


Italian & English

translation from Italian into English avalaible
Available places

15 In person
5 Online



Course timeline

2.9.2024 - 8.11.2024

3 days/week
Placement activation

November 2024 - January 2025

Enrollment fee

€2900+ VAT

Enrollment fee

€9700 + 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

Case history

Successful examples of restoration of historical architectures

Multimedia for Heritage

New digital languages to serve the enhancement of historical heritage

Industrial architectures

From the object to the project: restoration strategies

The ancient is sustainable

Principles of environmental sustainability for historical architecture

Regeneration of historic hamlets

The city beyond the suburb

Interior Design for Historical Architectures

Regenerating through the interior space

Suburban scenarios

Urban reactivation and enhancement of the recent past

Typological Research and restoration

Theoretical reflections and possible approaches in restoration

Historical non-monumental architecture

Meanings and specificities of vernacular architecture

Art and Ruins

Artistic languages as the tool to enhance historical architectures

The new frontier of survey

Standard and cutting-edge techniques of architectural survey

Site Visits


Basel, Herzog & De Meuron Office, Stadtcasino and the Kabinett

Venice, Poveglia

Venice, Procuratie Vecchie

Modena, the intervention of G124 by Renzo Piano

Special lectures and critiques

The regeneration of the heart of Basel: the refurbishment of Stadtcasino

Andreas Fries / Herzog & de Meuron

Presences and absences: the Catholic University of Louvain

Jorge P. Silva / Aires Mateus & associados

Ireland, between ancient and contemporary: Trinity College, Rush Library and Kilkenny Museum

Valerie Mulvin / McCullough Mulvin Architects

Elegance and discontinuity: Ribera del Duero

Alberto Veiga / Barozzi Veiga

Behind the scenes in Piazza S.Marco: Procuratie Vecchie

Giuseppe Zampieri / David Chipperfield Architects Milano

Landscapes and eastern industrial heritage: Yangshuo Sugarhouse Hotel

Gong Dong / Gong Dong

Contemporary and transcendence: Monastery of Santa Maria Alcobaça

Eduardo Souto De Moura / Eduardo Souto de Moura Arquitectos

The restoration of Novara Castle: material and formal stratifications

Paolo Zermani / Studio di Architettura Zermani Associati

Castles and contemporary: Het Steen Antwerp

Philippe Viérin / noAarchitecten

Radicality of active conservation: Hill House Box

Kevin Carmody / Carmody Groarke

A 'new' island for the city of Venice

Design workshop

Andreas Fries, Herzog & de Meuron / María Ángeles Lerín Ruesca, Studio Lerín Architects

The workshop will provide an opportunity for practical synthesis through which to test all the notions that will be provided by the other teaching modules, guaranteeing strategic responses to a real architectural project. The workshop, conducted in collaboration with Agenzia del Demanio, aims at the redevelopment of the Island of Poveglia, in Venice. Few other settings can boast the charm of an abandoned island. From Mompracem to Robinson Crusoe, the island is a place of adventure, exile and shipwreck. A place of the imagination even before being geographical, the island is the context in which man tests himself, becomes a companion of silence and, placed before the condition of nature, regenerates the concept of civilisation. In one of the most fascinating places in the world, just a few kilometres from St. Mark's bell tower in Venice, Poveglia qualifies as an island of rare charm and authentic magnificence, defining the ideal context for a workshop focused on the reuse and re-functionalisation of disused historical heritage. In spite of the extension and beauty that certainly distinguish Poveglia among the numerous lagoon islands, this jewel has undergone an inexorable and ruinous process of degradation over the years. Devoid of any connection to the mainland - abandoned for almost half a century - Poveglia is now invaded by dense vegetation, which has suffocated its cultivations and crushed its architecture. The intention of the workshop will be to imagine regeneration interventions, aimed at protecting one of the lagoon's most precious artefacts, and returning Poveglia to the city of Venice and its inhabitants.

A 'new' island for the city of Venice

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.


By applying for the course, the students automatically become eligible to obtain a scholarship: one will be granted to each of the best 3 applicants for each course, consistently with the Selection Committee's evaluation. Therefore, it is not necessary to make specific actions to apply for a scholarship. The scholarship covers the entire enrollment fee - regardless of the type of attendance chosen -, but does not cover the administration fee (€60 + VAT) that have to be paid in order to complete the application process successfully.


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

Publication 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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