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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Architecture for Humanity

Course periodMar 11, 2024 – May 10, 2024
PlacementTAMassociati, El Equipo Mazzanti, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Orizzontale
Architecture for Humanity


Pandemic, economic crisis, migration, and climate change: every area - from the periphery of our metropolis to the most remote tropical village - can now be defined as an “emergency context”. The United Nations - already before the pandemic cycle - estimated that the fragmentation of conflicts, combined with the effects of the economic and ecological crisis, was generating a humanitarian emergency greater than that caused by the Second World War.

In this context, the architect plays a fundamental role, because architecture responds to man’s primary needs. Finding shelter, receiving education, living healthy are rights that require “containers” in the first place, and architecture - great architecture - would be very little if limited to contexts of well-being; since man is at the center of architecture, and man, in any context, in any condition, deserves dignity and beauty.

This is why the course in Architecture for Humanity was born, to train designers who know how to compose meaningful architecture even in the most complex contexts, to bring quality where you have always designed to the bottom, beauty where you are used to not seeing it. Accustomed to designing in terms of objectives, budget, and understanding of anthropological phenomena, the designers will - instead - acquire a method that can be used in any context, capable of optimizing resources and design stimuli to produce, in any condition, a refined architectural phenomenon.

Through the study of the global scenario and the comparison with the experience of some of the most authoritative voices in the field (from the UN to representatives of the government of territories in emergency) the designers will focus on the technical and compositional strategies to be adopted in the humanitarian, social and emergency field, during 78 hours of lessons, 32 hours of workshop and numerous interventions by renowned professionals.

Course info



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Available places

15 In person
5 Online



Course timeline

11.3.2024 - 10.5.2024

3 days/week
Placement activation

June 2024 - August 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

Climate change

Effects and consequences of climate change

Extreme architecture

Architecture in adverse natural environments

Architecture and the human factor

The case of Kiribati between climate emergency and local culture

Case History

Successful examples of humanitarian architectures

Humanitarian associations

Architecture and private initiative

Tradition is innovation

Vernacular architecture as solution for contemporary challenges

Architecture and food safety

The cold chain and the emerging economies

Social Housing

Housing emergency at a global scale


“First World” emergency

Universal design

Architectural principles for people with disabilities

Urban resilience

Infrastructure, urban spaces and communities. The 360° approach of New York

International scenario

Conflicts, migrations and climate change: the global framework of emergency architecture

Humanitarian technologies

Low-tech as a principle of social equity

Low budget design

Informal architecture and participatory approach

Site Visits

Dynamo Camp

The intervention of G124 by Renzo Piano in Modena

WASP Research Lab (Massa Lombarda)

Special lectures and critiques

Volontariat Home for Homeless Children: Architectural quality of a humanitarian project

Anupama Kundoo / Anupama Kundoo Architects

Low income houses: living in Acuña, Mexico

Tatiana Bilbao / Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

España Library: culture and beauty in MEDELLÍN - Colombia

Giancarlo Mazzanti / El Equipo Mazzanti

Beauty as a principle of justice

Raul Pantaleo / TAMassociati

Public space and participatory design

Giuseppe Grant / Orizzontale

School in Kiberia - mimesis and discontinuity

Lucia Cano & José Selgas / SelgasCano

Refugee to citizen from day one: architecture as instrument of dignity

Alejandro Aravena / Elemental

Kishin no Kai: the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan

Kengo Kuma / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Post-catastrophy planning:the eartquake in Istanbul

Nicola Scaranaro / Foster + Partners

A refuge for Women

Design workshop

Anupama Kundoo / Anupama Kundoo Architects

The workshop will be the opportunity to test the notions learned in the other didactical modules, as students are called to give strategic solutions to a real architectural project. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Women for Freedom, a humanitarian association whose aim is to offer protection and education to women and children in highly vulnerable contexts. The object of the workshop is to build a structure for the organization in Bolivia. Bolivia is one of the most affected Latin American countries by phenomena such as sexual exploitation and violence against women. In line with the other international branches of Women for Freedom, the project will include a recovery centre, where the victims of violence and abuse can find sanctuary, safety, and rehabilitation. A place with a strong symbolic value, which can become a shelter and a place of rebirth for children and women migrants, promoting the respect of their rights and a culture which puts humans at the centre. Considering the special characteristics of the context and the purpose of the structure, the workshop will be a precious opportunity for architects who will have to deal with the complex Bolivian context, the many aspects of the job of the volunteers of the association and, last but definitely not least, the stories and psychological needs of the young guests of the structure. 

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.


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 (73,20€) 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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To each one of them, many thanks from YACademy staff and students.

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