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High-level training course, 2024 Edition

Off-site Technologies for Architecture

Course periodNov 25, 2024 – Feb 21, 2025
Applications deadlineSep 20, 2024
PlacementFoster + Partners, Lombardini22, ATI Project, Mario Cucinella Architects, UNStudio, Il Prisma, Pininfarina, Manni Group
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 80 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


Italian & English

translation from Italian into English avalaible
Available places

15 In person
5 Online



Course timeline

25.11.2024 - 21.2.2025

3 days/week
Placement activation

March 2025 - May 2025

Enrollment fee

2,900 € + 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

Offsite technologies

Challenges and opportunities

The building site

Processes and methods of production 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

Off-site and seismic

Performance characteristics of steel architectures

Sustainability & carbon neutrality

Calculation and mitigation of construction industry impact

Off-site cityscape

The off-site as a tool for urban regeneration

Site Visits

Verona, Manni production plant

Milan, Tucidide

Bozen, EURAC

Milan, Prysmian

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

Raul Forsoni / UNStudio

BIG's construction sites

Giulio Rigoni / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Architectural scenarios in the USA

Arne Emerson / Morphosis

Off-site systems and branded architecture

Giovanni de Niederhausern / Pininfarina

Innovation vs industrialisation

Aser Gìmenez Ortega / MVRDV

Research and New Tech for sustainability

Paolo Cresci / ARUP

Milan of the future

Design workshop

Nicola Scaranaro / Foster + Partners

The workshop will provide an opportunity for a practical synthesis through which to test all the notions that will be made available through the other didactic modules, guaranteeing strategic responses to a real architectural project. The workshop is being conducted in collaboration with Urban Up | Unipol Group - the real estate branch of one of the world’s most important insurance groups - and will focus on redeveloping the urban periphery in Via Tucidide, Milan. With its 7 towers and a compendium of over 36,000 sqm, via Tucidide represents one of the most imposing urban and architectural challenges in the city of Milan: an enormous potential in a city that suffers from an imposing housing supply problem, and that can find in Tucidide numerous answers to the current complexities. If, therefore, reflection on the intended use of the area appears to be one of the centralities of the project, the heart of the workshop cannot neglect the technological component: modern instances of environmental sustainability suggest the preservation of the buildings, and the adoption of industrialized solutions for the transformation of shapes, encumbrances and facades, represents a magnificent creative challenge and an effective technological solution to give concreteness to a project capable of changing the future face of the city of Milan.


Milan of 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.


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 (€60 + VAT) 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.

Rules eng

Regolamento ita

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

Manni GroupFondazione Promozione AcciaioADI - Associazione per il Disegno IndustrialeEderaLiving Future Europe

Turn the project into reality - by Manni Group

Off-site Technologies for Architecture

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