Università degli Studi di Genova
Department of Architecture and Design (D.A.D.).
Genova, Italy
Università degli Studi di Genova
Department of Architecture and Design (D.A.D.).
Stradone di Sant' Agostino n. 37
16123 GENOVA

N 44° 24' 16.99'', E 44° 24' 16.99''

Executive Secretary

e: segrdip@arch.unige.it
t: +39 (0)10 209 5878
f: +39 (0)10 209 5905
Prof. Arch. Enrico Dassori
Head of Department
Degree programmes
Faculty profile

The Faculty of Architecture in Genoa has been in existence since 1972. Students may enrol in several programs of study that are all linked to the tradition of the Faculty, as it is recognised all over Italy. All the curricula focuse on Design and Research activity, in various fields that characterize, for several years, the profile of the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa. A great attention is always given to the built, physical and cultural environment, in all its scales: from the buildings to the city, from the design of objects to the communication media, from the territory to the landscape, from the architectural and historic heritage to the design of new architectures.

The Department Architecture and Design is located on the hill of “Castello”, in the oldest part of the Genoese historical centre. Facing into the natural bay of the pre-Roman port, the hill was the location of the first historical settlements of Genoa and has witnessed the numerous transformations from the high-medieval period to the present day. Situated on the ruins of an ancient monastery and around the late-medieval nucleus of the bishop’s palace, the new school is based on a design originally conceived for the School of Humanities. The overall plan is by the architect Ignazio Gardella, who situated the block of his building on the foundations of the old churches. The new building was placed alongside the recovery and renovation of the oldest buildings of the monastery of San Silvestro, following the design of the engineer Luciano Grossi Bianchi. The intervention ended in 1990

2300 students (1023 Bachelor, 1232 Master, 45 PhD), 20% of foreign students.

115 staff members (63 full-time and approx. 52 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

“Nino Carboneri” library, with more than 50.000 titles and subscriptions to more than 180 periodicals, maps and final thesis archive. Computer center, fully equipped CAD and informative studio and laboratory (with N:46 workstation). MARSC, Laboratory of Analytic Methods for Building History and Restoration.


CAD - Lab


No accomodation is offered by the Department - see the web-site of the University of Genoa:

Admission Requirements

Secondary school diploma - National admission entry test, for Bachelor in  Science of Architecture - Local admission entry test, for Bachelor of Product and Nautical Design.

Local selection for all Masters and the Master-post-Master (School of Specialization) in Architectural Heritage and Landscape.

Tuition fees

3000 Euro (maximum) for regular full-time students

Application Deadline

Normally August – check :https://www.studenti.unige.it/tasse/

Bachelor, Bachelor, 3-year programme, Bachelor, 180,

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Laurea)                                                                                   Bachelor of Product and Yacht Design (Laurea)

Bachelor, Single cycle-degree, 5-year programme, Master, 300,

Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico) in: Architecture

Bachelor, Master of Science, 2-year programme, Master, 120,

Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in: Design of green spaces and landscape                        Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in: Product and Event Design                                             Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in: Naval and Yacht Design

According to the last but not definitive national university reform, after Bologna declaration, two different educational systems coexist in Genoa, as in other Italian schools of architecture: 1) a straight 5-years Master of Science programme in Architecture (without intermediate degree) that leads to a master (named Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico); 2) two 3-years Bachelor of Science programmes (the correspondent degree title is named “Laurea”): this system is actually articulated in the following study courses:
Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Product and Yacht Design. Next, students may choose to continue their studies according to some 2-years Master of Science programme (the correspondent degree title is named “Laurea Magistrale”) in: 1) Design of green spaces and landscape; 2) Product and Event Design; 3) Naval and Yacht Design.

Bachelor Programmes

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (3-year programme) – 180 ECTS

The Course forms graduates able to operate in the planning and feasible processes of existing architecture and new construction, providing knowledge and expertise in the relief and diagnostic fields, materials technology and manufacturing processes, planning and execution of not complex architecture.

Bachelor of Product and Yacht Design (3-year programme) – 180 ECTS

The course offers a basic training in industrial design, editorial and advertising graphics aimed to connect the devising phase to the production phase, construction of visual objects using techniques and visual communication tools, multimedia and interactive tools; design of internal and external lines of the cruise ships, boats and pleasure craft.

Master Programmes

Master in Architecture (5-year programme) – 300 ECTS

The characteristics of the course meet the 11 points of the CEE Directive 384, which rules studies in this field. In particular, graduates of Master of Science in Architecture must: know the history of architecture, the instruments and forms of representation, the theoretical, scientific, methodological and operational aspects of mathematics, science basic conservation and be able to use this knowledge to interpret and describe the architecture or complex problems that require approaches interdisciplinary, developing project proposals for the new architecture for the existing and historical; know the theory, scientific, methodological and operational areas of their disciplinary course and be able to use them to identify, formulate and solve, even in innovative ways, complex problems of architecture; have good knowledge of at least one European language in addition to the Italian language.

Master in Design of green spaces and landscape (2-year programme) – 120 ECTS

The Course offers to the students a complete curriculum aimed to provide all the tools required for practicing the profession of landscape, which integrate knowledge and expertise in the design and management of the landscape at different scales, the acquisition of ability to collaborate with other professionals of architecture, engineering, natural sciences and agricultural fields.

Master in Product and Event Design (2-year programme) – 120 ECTS

The Course offers a large training requirement on product and event design which starts from the product concept to the practices for the evolution of communication and service systems. The training in product and event design allows to evolve the role of a global consultant industrial designer, allowing to coordinate the whole production process from concept to distribution, dissemination of corporate image, meaning as corporate also the service systems to complete the activities of a sector or territory.

Master in Naval and Yacht Design (2-year programme) – 120 ECTS

The Course uses the skills and knowledge of the faculty involved to the preparation of graduate: scientific and technical of the field (naval architecture, construction and systems, fluid dynamics, etc.) are supplemented by knowledge of representation, communication and history.

Post Graduate Programmes

School of Specialization for Architectural Heritage and Landscape  (2-year programme) – 120 ECTS

Director: Prof. arch. Stefano Francesco Musso 

The School provides professional preparation in architectural preservation, complementing the university studies, and to allow achievement of a wider and more extensive knowledge of methods and techniques for the protection and conservation of architectural and environmental heritage. The subject matter refers to buildings in the historical centre of Genoa or in the wider region, chosen in agreement with local or state Institutions.

PhD Programmes

PhD School in Architecture and Industrial Design (3-year programme) – 180 ECTS 

The School is divided into three courses: Architecture, Industrial Design, Design for the nautical field and sustainable product. The three courses have an innovative teaching and research methodology, with integrated cross-disciplinary competencies and are directed to the study of the large field of the “New Habitats”.

PhD Course in building and environmental restoration (3-year programme) – 180 ECTS

The aim of the PhD Course is the training of a researcher able to deliver world-class skills, working in the field of recovery, an expert in rehabilitation, reuse and maintenance of the building stock, urban and environmental researcher aware of the inherent complexity of the discipline of the doctorate and therefore able to take up to the knowledge from different fields of application and combining them together.

Master post Bachelor (First Level) and post Master (Second Level)

Master in Yacht Design (1-year programme) – 60 ECTS

Organized by the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with the University of Genoa and POLI.design, the Master has been set up to meet an intense demand for training in the recreational boat sector, which requires professionals with a post-graduate specialization.

Master degree “Erasmus Mundus” in Urban studies and sociology (2-year programme) – 120 ECTS

The objective of the international Master is to provide specialized higher education in sustainable development planning.

The researchers of the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa mainly belong to the research “area” named Area 08 – Civil Engineering and Architecture (see: www.CIVR.it). The last evaluation program carried out by the Italian Ministry for University and Research, using an international and blind panel of experts, has stated that the research developed within the University of Genoa, in this field, is the first one in Italy for its quality range. The students will find an ideal cultural, technical and professional environment for their studies and their development in the different fields existing within the Faculty.