Designing spaces to accommodate physical, psychological, or cognitive diversity has long been limited to compliance with standards that have influenced the design in prescriptive or constraining terms. For a long time, the accessibility of a space lacked empathy and solidarity.
It has long been considered as a technical requirement on a par with energy efficiency, rather than a social ambition, a movement in favor of the most fragile people and persons in need, an attention capable of generating beauty and better architecture.
A new sensitivity towards the issue of accessibility and inclusiveness in architecture is needed.
This is because there is no such thing as the disabled, the sick, or the different person. There is the person, and each person has physical, cultural, and cognitive characteristics that can affect their perception of space in different ways and at different times in their lives.
Designing inclusive architecture simply means designing better architecture, for everyone.
This is why the course in "Architecture for Inclusion" was created. Its goal is to train professionals to place people back at the heart of design through the principles of Universal design. Whatever the people’s condition, architects can do so by reinterpreting diversity as an opportunity to generate better, inclusive, comprehensible, and meaningful architecture.
Through Dynamo's experience and the help of some of the most authoritative voices in the field (as neuroscientists and distinguished architects), architects will delve into the technical and composition elements to be adopted in Universal design, according to a program comprising 80 hours of teaching, workshops, and visits, 32 hours of workshop, numerous lectures by distinguished professionals and at least 2 months of placement at the illustrious partner firms.
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
Experiencing disabilityStories of disabled people and participatory approach to the design
Emotional and sensorial stimulationArt as universal language
The accessible cityPractices and experiences of Western metropolises
Case historyExamples and good practices of accessible architecture
Visual impairmentArchitecture for partially sighted people
Cognitive disabilityComprehensible architecture
Motor impairmentAccessible architecture
Design and ergonomicsAccessibility of every day life objects
Accessibility in naturePractices and methods in WWF Italia's experience
Architecture for life and recreational therapyFrom the principle "to cure" to the principle "to care"
Low techPrinciples of access equity
Fondazione Renzo Piano
Special lectures and critiques
Hospice Seragnoli: between therapy and dream
Colors: playful design
21 new schools: the importance of the game in architecture
Hazelwood: school for deafblind children
Expansion of the Noivoiloro offices: disability and work
Architecture through the eyes
Daycare center for Alzheimer's patients
Inclusion as social participation
Raul Pantaleo / TAMassociati
The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Dynamo Academy and will deal with the design of a new kindergarten for Dynamo Camp in the heart of the Pistoia Apennines. Thanks to the camp, every year, thousands of children with serious illnesses and disabilities have the opportunity to live a free holiday experience that can have extraordinary effects through the method of "recreational therapy." The project of a kindergarten, where able-bodied and disabled children can grow and play together, is a priority in the future development of the camp, both to support the work of operators and to accommodate younger guests. This project will be an exciting and deeply formative challenge for students, who will be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired on accessibility and inclusiveness in architecture to a space with a deeply playful connotation consistent with Dynamo's method and with that positive vision of universal and inclusive architecture underlining Universal Design.
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)
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.
To each one of them, many thanks from YACademy staff and students.