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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Architecture for Heritage

Course periodSep 18, 2023 – Nov 24, 2023
PlacementAires Mateus, McCullough Mulvin Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, Amelia Tavella Architects, Herzog & de Meuron
Architecture for Heritage


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.

Course info



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Available places

15 In person
5 Online



Course timeline

18.9.2023 - 24.11.2023

3 days/week
Placement activation

January 2024 - March 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

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

Urbanistic Evolution of the Historical City

Spontaneous City versus Regulated City

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


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

Eduardo Souto De Moura / Eduardo Souto de Moura Arquitectos

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

From industry to art: Fondazione Prada

Federico Pompignoli / Former OMA

Landscapes and Eastern industrial heritage: Yangshuo Sugarhouse Hotel

Gong Dong / Vector Architects

Geometrical continuity and material discontinuity: Convent Saint François

Amelia Tavella / Amelia Tavella Architects

Contemporary Ruins

Design workshop

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 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.


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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To each one of them, many thanks from YACademy staff and students.

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