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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Architecture for Inclusion

Course periodSep 18, 2023 – Nov 24, 2023
PlacementTAMassociati, El Equipo Mazzanti, MASS Design Group, AMDL CIRCLE, Orizzontale
Architecture for Inclusion


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.

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

Experiencing disability

Stories of disabled people and participatory approach to the design

Emotional and sensorial stimulation

Art as universal language

The accessible city

Practices and experiences of Western metropolises

Case history

Examples and good practices of accessible architecture

Visual impairment

Architecture for partially sighted people

Cognitive disability

Comprehensible architecture

Motor impairment

Accessible architecture

Design and ergonomics

Accessibility of every day life objects

Accessibility in nature

Practices and methods in WWF Italia's experience

Architecture for life and recreational therapy

From the principle "to cure" to the principle "to care"

Low tech

Principles of access equity

Site Visits

Dynamo Camp

Fondazione Renzo Piano

Special lectures and critiques

Hospice Seragnoli: between therapy and dream

Renzo Piano / Fondazione Renzo Piano

Colors: playful design

Emmanuelle Moureaux / Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture+design

21 new schools: the importance of the game in architecture

Giancarlo Mazzanti / El Equipo Mazzanti

Hazelwood: school for deafblind children

Alan Dunlop / Alan Dunlop Architect ltd

Expansion of the Noivoiloro offices: disability and work

Franco Tagliabue Volonté & Ida Origgi / IFdesign

Architecture through the eyes

Jean Paul Uzabakiriho / MASS Design Group

Daycare center for Alzheimer's patients

Angelo Micheli / AMDL CIRCLE

Inclusion as social participation

Giuseppe Grant / Orizzontale Architettura

Dynamo Kindergarten

Design workshop

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 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

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.

Course Brochure


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

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