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High-level training course, 2023 Edition

Off-site Technologies for Architecture

Course periodNov 27, 2023 – Feb 16, 2024
Ranking publicationOct 13, 2023
PlacementFoster + Partners, Contec Ingegneria, Open Project, Lombardini22, ATI Project, Mario Cucinella Architects
Off-site Technologies for Architecture


Technology is the tool with which architecture is made.

Whether one is a technician or an architect, one needs deep knowledge - the former - and a solid understanding of the tools that make every project possible - the latter. Like all human phenomena, technology evolves according to trends and advances with a common understanding of environmental, economic, and social events. In this regard, off-site is one of the undisputed leaders in modern construction technology, proving to be among the most effective methods of creating quality low-environmental-impact architecture.

In a world where the demand for architecture is growing exponentially -despite the urgency to reduce the anthropogenic load on the environment and ecosystem- off-site is one of the most viable alternatives to meet the current needs of the world's population without jeopardizing the future of the planet.

This is why the course in "Off-site Technologies for Architecture" was created, to turn technicians and architects into experts in the latest trends in off-site construction technology, therefore able to offer tangible solutions for a better and more sustainable future. Thanks to their expertise in a modern culture of technology, designers will become valuable professionals in any design process, learning tools to shape their projects and becoming part of a trend marked by major investments by the world's major players. Through the experience of Manni Group and the help of some of the most authoritative voices in the field (as engineering companies and researchers), designers will delve into the most up-to-date technical and composition possibilities in a program comprising 88 hours of classes, workshops, and visits, 32 hours of workshop, numerous lectures by renowned 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

27.11.2023 - 16.2.2024

3 days/week
Placement activation

March 2024 - May 2024

Enrollment fee

2450 € + VAT

Enrollment fee

7900 € + 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

History of modern engineering

Evolution in construction technology

The executive design

Characteristics and challenges of the final stage of the design

The discipline of constructions

Questioning and consulting regulations

Offsite technologies

Challenges and opportunities

The building site

Production processes and methods of the architectural work

Material types

Wood, steel and concrete: correspondence between technology and project

Parameterization of the project

Creativity and first industrialization of the project

BIM beginner

Essential design methodologies and tools

The future of constructions

Scenarios and trends from modularity to process industrialization

BIM advanced

The design through finite elements

Sustainability & carbon neutrality

Calculation and mitigation of construction industry impact

Site Visits

Manni production plant (Verona)

Tour of the main Italian construction sites

Special lectures and critiques

Production of complexity: from parametrics to the construction site

Paolo Matteuzzi / Zaha Hadid Architects

Tech in high-rise buildings

Nicola Scaranaro / Foster + Partners

Sustainable research and technology

Frans Van Vuure / UNStudio

BIG's construction sites

Giulio Rigoni / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Architectural scenarios in the USA

Arne Emerson / Morphosis

Green skyscrapers and urban greening; design and technological challenges

Giorgio Donà / Stefano Boeri Interiors

The future as reinterpretation of past techniques

Mario Cucinella / Mario Cucinella Architects

Research and New Tech for sustainability

Paolo Cresci / ARUP

Building Sustainable Cities

Design workshop

Nicola Scaranaro / Foster + Partners

The workshop will be conducted under the mentorship of Foster + Partners based on the firm's experience in various areas of development cooperation, including the reconstruction of Turkish cities devastated by the recent earthquake. It will deal with one of the central topics of the future of construction: the design of sustainable, replicable housing modules that can be combined to meet the significant housing demand of emerging economies or support temporary functions in emergency contexts. By definition, offsite technologies are capable of bringing quality architecture to any context. Through the workshop, students will have the opportunity to design prototypes as the basic module in the development of tomorrow's cities. They will design quality, scalable, and customizable housing that can be built quickly and at a reduced cost, according to a tight analysis of their environmental paradigms to ensure environmentally sustainable interventions.

Building Sustainable Cities

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.


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.

Course Brochure


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

Manni GroupRockwoolADI - Associazione per il Disegno IndustrialeFondazione Promozione AcciaioUNICMILiving Future Europe

Turn the project into reality - by Manni Group

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