Università IUAV di Venezia
Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto
Venezia, Italy
Università IUAV di Venezia
Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto
Santa Croce 191, Tolentini
30135 Venezia

N 45° 26' 16.62'', E 45° 26' 16.62''

Faculty of Architecture

e: far.corsidistudio@iuav.it
t: +39 41 257 1735
Amerigo Restucci
Dean of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Master of advanced Studies
Faculty profile

What makes the Iuav special is the emphasis it places on project-based learning. It is the only university in Italy entirely devoted to teaching the planning and design of everything related to the spaces and environments in which we live: buildings, cities and landscapes; objects of daily use and graphics; cultural, theatrical and multimedia events. The Iuav has three faculties – Architecture, Regional Planning, and Arts and Design –, all of which have grown out of the original School of Architecture (founded in Venice in 1926). In recent years the Iuav has implemented an unique experiment in “project-based learning” that is the first of its kind in Italy.Theory and technique are integrated with hands-on training that spans the entire planning and design process, from the conception of an idea all the way through to its realisation.


Studying at the Iuav means living in an environment that is open to what is happening throughout the world. It means coming face-to-face with authoritative voices in the fields of architecture, regional planning, arts and design. Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo Aymonino, Manfredo Tafuri, Vittorio Gregotti, Gino Valle, Aldo Rossi, Giovanni Astengo, Giancarlo De Carlo, Tadao Ando, and Richard Serra have all been part of our school’s history…


Santa Croce 191, Tolentini 30135 Venezia, Italy


Student Activities



The Università Iuav di Venezia does not provide student housing.  The ESU (http://www.esuvenezia.it/) of Venice has reserved 50 places for students participating in international mobility programmes at Venetian universities. The ESU also provides useful information on alternative accomodation in Venice.

Admission Requirements

Available places: 580 (plus 20 available for students non EU citizens non residents in Italy). Admission test in September.Info admission test: accessi@iuav.it

Tuition fees

The maximum amount of university fees is deductible by the following table:

I rata II rata
1° liv. Degree – 2° liv. Degree in Architecture and Planning – old order before dm 509/99 € 772.00 € 1626.00

Application Deadline

Non-EU applicants holding residency abroad must apply from May. EU applications are accepted online from June - August.

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science [ Architecture ], 6 terms, Bachelor, 180,

– Architecture: theories and technics

Master of Science, Master of Science [ Architecture ], 4 terms, Master, 120,

– Urban Design – Conservation and Building Technology – Landscape Architecture and sustainable Design

Master of advanced Studies, PhD of Architecture, 6 terms, Master, 180,

– Architectural Composition – History of Architecture and Urban Planning – Urban Planning

The undergraduate degree programme in architecture teaches students how to identify, take on and resolve issues in architecture and building construction with the latest methods, techniques and tools. The curriculum combines lecture courses, integrated workshops, intensive workshops, internships, travel-study and international opportunities. Students attend conferences, study days and exhibitions on specific themes or professional figures.

The Iuav Faculty of Architecture is considered “the school of architecture” par excellence in Italy. The faculty offers one three-year undergraduate degree programme in architecture and one two-year graduate degree programme in architecture with 3 tracks: urban design, conservation and building technology, landscape architecture and sustainable design.

The programmes combine theory and criticism (history of architecture and urban planning, restoration theory, aesthetics, architectural theory) with technical and practical training (construction, conservation, restoration, construction site management, building systems, technology for sustainability, mobility, infrastructures…). Skills are taught in variety of ways: seminar, lecture and studio courses, intensive workshops, internships, travel–study and international opportunities. Iuav’s strength lies in its integrated studios, which provide an interdisciplinary approach to every project, and in its summer architecture workshops: three intensive weeks of design led by the some of the best architects in Italy and abroad.

The Iuav School of Doctorate Studies is an international research institution that, drawing upon a wealth of studies accumulated over time, broadens the potential and circulates the cultural production of some of the oldest and most prestigious doctoral programmes in Italy, offering an open environment for in-depth study and collective exchange.

The School’s distinctiveness lies in clustering together research bodies working on issues of multidisciplinary concern. The School is the dynamic home to doctoral programmes in architectural composition, in the history of architecture and the city, in planning, in design, in the arts and in urban design, whose combined presence fosters a very special educational environment inside a university that is internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary work in architecture, history, the city and the arts. The faculties of the individual doctoral programmes are composed of a selected group of scholars from the Iuav as well as other Italian and foreign universities.

The highly particular structure and the excellent teaching staff of the Iuav School of Doctorate Studies have made it an important point of reference for research on issues regarding architecture and the territory. At the Iuav School of Doctorate Studies long-standing or more recently created doctoral programmes are bringing new energy to the research in their respective fields, through the in-depth study and reexamination of their core issues and by opening new frontiers exploring the emerging issues of the territories of our time.

Over the past two years the Università Iuav di Venezia has been involved in a collective reflection on its cultural and scientific identify and on the goals it intends to set for its research. This has led to reorganising the university’s research, bringing together and networking various fields of knowledge, with the awareness that research is no longer an activity that regards the university alone but is part of the more general process of creating a knowledge society. The Department of Research took shape through an internal call that defined research projects and programmes organised on the basis of concrete goals, resource estimates and scheduling. The basic cell of the new organisation is the “research unit”, which works on research projects and programmes. The research units are flexible, local, independently organised and governed networks that are open to non-tenure or non tenure-tracked academic staff (project researchers, doctoral students, adjunct professors). The underlying concept defines research as something in which one is actively involved as opposed to connected, as in traditional departments. The research units, the goal of which is to develop and build research projects and programmes, are formed in the most open way possible. Their continuance, however, depends on the quality of their scientific production, which is evaluated on the basis of national and international criteria. There are currently about fifty research units (for further details, see: www.iuav.it /ricerca), which involve a highly significant number of the university’s professors and researchers. As a rule, the research units are noticeably multidisciplinary, formed around specific issues and themes rather than single disciplines. Individual and collective research are supported on an equal basis.