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Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Architettura

Labs and Courses


Academic year 2020/2021


A.Y. 2021/22 





    Prof. Riccardo Renzi, Prof. Fabrizio Rossi Prodi, Prof. Mario De Stefano, Prof. Elena Bellini
    First Year, First Semester 

The course includes an integrated multidisciplinary teaching in: Architectural Design, Structural Design, and Construction Systems Design, focused on structural analysis. The specific educational purposes of a further discussion of the theoretical and operative basis behind structural design and dimensioning are integrated with the more general control of the design and composition, and of its constructive connotations, according to an educational plan aimed at providing, through the new Laboratories, an ever increasing organic consultation between the various aspects involved in the design process.


    Prof. Mario Carlo Alberto Bevilacqua, Prof. Lorenzo Ciccarelli 
    First Year, First Semester  

Teaching - and attending - a course on the History of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Florence implies a deep investigation into, and a specific interest in, the origins of Western culture, its theories and fortunes. Issues of intellectual freedom and artistic creativity, colonialism and cultural predominance, cross-fertilization and globalization are essential to define our modern ideas on architecture, cultural heritage, preservation and marketing strategies of historic sites, urban centres, and man-made landscapes. Addressing the role of style, technology and sustainability in contemporary design and urban planning is therefore approached within a wider historical context. The course focuses on the development of architectural languages and urban forms in Italy, emphasizing the role of major monuments and centres, outstanding architects, and issues of cross-relations in Western European culture. A multidisciplinary approach emphasizes different interpretations of architecture, and their development over the centuries from the birth of the discipline to our days. Special attention is dedicated to the role of Italian and Western models in 19th and 20th century design and urban planning. The course includes lectures, guided readings, on-site visits in Florence and other Italian centres.


    Prof. Sandro Danesi
    First Year, First Semester   

The course uses mainly a methodological approach and is aimed to provide the student with a more comprehensive and updated knowledge on project evaluation.Traditional project evaluation is performed mainly at the operative level, and is focused on outputs, results and effects, according to an economic-financial approach (in design) or an ecological-environmental one (in planning) with no integration with the actual architectural and planning decision-making process. Not surprisingly, architects deem evaluation as a constraint, a burden, a waste of time and money. The main goal of the course is to overcome these concerns and prejudices against evaluation. Decision-making in architectural and urban design is always a complex process due to the multiplicity of skills and disciplines, as well as of the actors and objectives involved. According to a European vision of evaluation, the course proposes to enlarge the traditional roles of evaluation (legitimation, validation and control of choices) performing it as a tool to improve the quality of decision-making processes in the architectural and planning field. Citizen participation in decision-making offers a new exciting field for testing the new concept of democratic evaluation especially in architectural heritage conservation and restoration.


    Prof. Giovanna Acampa
    First Year, First Semester  

The course is focused on feasibility studies that are carried out in the very early stage of the project. The specific educational purposes, ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING SKILLS IN THE FEASIBILITY areas WITH PARTICULAR focus on ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY. Class will have theoretical lectures, videos and practical works and a further discussion will integrate the comprehension of theoretical and operative elements.  The students will also analyze building construction costs.





  • RESTORATION LAB   syllabus
    Prof. Maurizio De Vita, Prof. Giacomo Tempesta, Prof. Valentina Bonora
    First Year, Second Semester   

The restoration laboratory complements the training experiences by providing information on conceptual stages, working tools, regulatory data, and the significance of and methods for preparing all the phases involved in a modern-day restoration project. Following the theoretical teaching and its application in the field, through visits to restoration sites, individual students prepare a project that is as comprehensive as possible in terms of both the definition of each of its stages, from survey to proposal, and the progression from the general concept to the detailed development of certain parts, elements and construction systems.Specific attention is given to contemporary additions to historical buildings and sites. Educational goals are: to learn how to prepare a restoration project, from the survey to the potential restoration approaches, from structural consolidation to proposals for reusing disused complexes. To prepare for checking regulations and laws governing the technological upgrading of historic architecture in a manner compatible with the existing structures. To be aware of the complexity and uniqueness of restoration issues, particularly in relation to the delicate balance between old and new architecture, old and new materials, and the general issue of contemporary addition while understanding a place’s identity, and the requirements of conservation versus free expression.


    Prof. Leonardo Chiesi 
    First Year, Second Semester    

The course on Urban sociology presents a sociological approach to architecture, planning and design. It aims to develop the sensitivity of architects towards the multifaceted relationship between their intentions and the interpretations of those intentions by the final users/inhabitants of what they design. The course has both a theoretical and a methodological approach. Students are first introduced to a set of concepts related to sociology and other social sciences and to a theoretical framework concerning the relationship between people, space and the city. The course presents a wide range of research tools to study what people do to and with architecture: interviews, direct observation, video and photography, shadowing, mental maps, etc. The course promotes the active involvement of students through class discussions, group work and fieldwork to practice empirical research methods.


    Prof. Sofia Nannini
    First Year, Second Semester    

The course outlines the history of Italian architecture in the last 150 years, from the proclamation of the kingdom of Italy in 1861 to the recent outcomes of a country and its architectural culture in a globalized world. The course offers a multidisciplinary approach to architectural history, taking different points of view into consideration, such as art history, construction history, literature, cinema, religion, politics, society. The aim of the course is to offer an overview of the history of Italian architecture since 1861. The course fosters the development of critical thinking, knowledge and understanding about Italian architectural culture, its key protagonists, movements and buildings.


    Prof. Lorenzo Grieco
    First Year, Second Semester    

The course aims to provide basic elements for the study of architectural, city and landscape photography. Students are expected to acquire skills in the following areas: technical terms and basic knowledge of photographic techniques; periodisation and reading of photographic iconography; the relationship between photography and disciplines such as urban analysis, architectural restoration, landscape architecture and architectural visualization.






    Prof. Giulio Giovannoni, Prof. Valerio Barberis, Prof. Jacopo Ammendola
    Second Year, First Semester   

The course includes an integrated multidisciplinary teaching in: Architectural Design II, Urban Design, and Urban Landscape Design.The workshop aims to provide students with a design methodology at different scales of urban, landscaping and architectural planning in the critical spaces of the contemporary city. To achieve this objective, the Laboratory experiments with theories and integrated methods of interpretation, planning and design of urban places in decline or severely degraded in order to redevelop and reinvent the quality of urban space, its system of relations and functions and the 'attractiveness' of the urban landscape. The Laboratory is structured in phases of experimentation and elaboration of design concepts in order to simulate the undertaking of a real professional project by the students.





    Prof. Laura Andreini, Prof. Giuseppe Ridolfi,  Prof. Lorenzo Giorgi
    Second Year, Second Semester  

The course includes an integrated multidisciplinary education (architectural design, environmental design, techniques for environmental control) focused on the relationship between natural and built environments. The general objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary tools for generating an environmental approach to architectural design. Tools and methods for environmental design of buildings; identifying problems that emphasize the conceptual strategies of form and space, the relationships of the site and the social, technological and environmental determinants. The workshop aims to provide expertise on the development of design, the choice of materials, energy assessments and the use of assessment tools.





PLEASE NOTE THAT Exam reservation (prenotazione esami) ends 5 days before the exam day; this is a rule for covid-19 emergency. Professors can NOT add students in exam's list, during the exam. 




needs to be approved in the STUDY PLAN before the end of class 
link to study plan webpage

or information on Study Plan write to (school of Architecture)

Erasmus students and International Agreement students for information on Study Plan write to (erasmus office)



School of Architecture Seminars web page: link 

B029111 - B076 D59 
Prof. Riccardo Renzi with: Prof. Valerio Alecci, Prof. Mariagiulia Bennicelli Pasqualis
 (directed to the Seminari Tematici web page) (for information write to riccardo.renzi@unifi.itACTIVE ONLY ON 2nd SEMESTER 

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