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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Architecture for Landscape

Course periodSep 18, 2023 – Nov 24, 2023
PlacementEdoardo Milesi & Archos, Snøhetta, SANAA, HHF Architects, Eduardo Souto De Moura Arquitectos, David Chipperfield Architects
Architecture for Landscape


From Stonehenge to Greek temples, architecture is the signature of humankind on landscape, the artificial element that has always been connected to the natural environment. Architecture and landscape are linked by a fundamental continuity that is now starting to fade, damaging the quality of the space we dwell.

More than ever today, landscape is a precious heritage that architecture can and must enhance, while protecting it to pass it on to future generations:

architects shall not give up on working on landscape, instead, they should be able to design architectures that respond to each landscape’s specific feature and generates wonderful and unique spaces.

The “Architecture for Landscape” course was created on these premises: it aims at training designers who are able to meet the diverse needs of transforming territories, enforcing an attentive and productive dialogue with the surrounding landscape to respond to the needs of prestigious clients in outstanding contexts. Through a thorough analysis of the natural world, light and geomorphological features of terrains, the designers will become more and more able to reconnect human design to the natural environment and be inspired by landscape to design outstanding, sustainable, and impressive architectures.

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



translation into English avalaible
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

Theories and history of landscape

Historical and artistic itinerary on the evolution of landscape concept

The garden site

Management and realization of green areas

Botanics for design

Drawing design inspiration from plants

Extreme Architecture

The mountains’ teaching, remote places and impossible building sites

Climate Change

Future scenarios and mechanisms of transformation of environment and landscape

The landscape project

Building the places

Sustainable designing

Principles of sustainability and bio-architecture

Newtech for Sustainability

Trends ans innovation in sustainable architecture

The co-existence of species

Understanding and protection of biodiversity

Protecting landscape

Thinking with trees

Art and nature

Contemporaneity compares with places

Climate Positive Landscape

Protocols and methodologies for reduction of anthropic footprint

Site Visits

Carrara's Quarries

Arcari Quarry

Arte Sella

Fondazione Renzo Piano

Special lectures and critiques

Balance and relation between built landscape and natural landscape

Toyo Ito / Toyo Ito & Associates

Architecture, technology and landscape

Renzo Piano / Fondazione Renzo Piano

Shaped by the surroundings: The Whale

Lars Johan Almgren / Dorte Mandrup

Underwater landscape: Under

Patrick Lüth / Snøhetta

NYC in green: the High Line

Matthew Johnson / Former Diller Scofidio + Renfro

A new green island in NY: Little Island

Philipp Nedomlel / Heatherwick Studio

Architecture becomes a path: Camp Adventure Forest Tower

Virginie Le Goffic / EFFEKT

Design with bamboo: scenarios and charm from Indonesia

Elora Hardy / IBUKU

Arcari Quarry: the anthropic landscape as performative stage

Giuseppe Zampieri / David Chipperfield Architects Milano

Carrara Community Quarry

Design workshop

Patrick Lüth / Snøhetta

At the extreme northern border of Tuscany, the marble caves of Carrara are a place beyond words. A place that smells of mountains and sea, where the huge steps generated by human activity create a metaphysical, almost immaterial landscape, made up of voids and geometries that follow the slope of the mountains, sculpting immaculate amphitheaters overlooking the sea. A context that is characterized by a very ancient tradition - the mining activity was present in remote times - became popular in 50 b.C, under the domain of Giulio Cesare. The blocks that have been used to realize most of the public buildings in Rome and numerous patrician residences arrived from the harbor of Luni. The caves have abandoned during the Barbarian invasions that stopped the anthropic activity on the Alpi Apuane, and started to be used again for the work realized during the Medieval Cristian Age, thanks to the great masters, such as Nicola e Giovanni Pisano. These paths have been visited also by Michelangelo, who - according to tradition - used to go to the cave to personally select the blocks to realize his works that are now considered part of World Heritage: some examples are "Il David" and " La Pietà". Recently the object of a more widespread reflection concerning the definition of sustainability paradigms in relation to ever-growing mining activity, marble caves are a place that has spanned the centuries, and which more and more will need to define its role and meaning in 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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