University of Cagliari - Architecture School
Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture
Cagliari, IT
University of Cagliari - Architecture School
Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture
Via Santa Croce, 67
09124 Cagliari

N 39° 13' 11.21'', E 39° 13' 11.21''
prof. Adriano  Dessi 
MA Program professor
Degree programmes
Faculty profile

The Architecture School of Cagliari is a 3+2 degree program taught at the University of Cagliari.
The school trains architects qualified at different scales in architecture and urban planning. The teaching activity is focused on the design of landscape, cities and heritage - historical and 'modern', paying a specific attention and care to the values of the existing realm.

The Studium Generalis Kalaritanum was founded in 1606 along the lines of the old Spanish Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Lérida. It originally offered Law, Latin, Greek and Hebrew Literature, the Liberal Arts, Medicine, Surgery, Philosophy and Science. When Sardinia passed under the House of Savoy government in the 18th century, the statute of the University was significantly modified, with the expansion of the science faculties and institutes.


Living costs at Cagliari are very reasonable, we
stimate students need around €8000 a year to cover all costs. ; ; ;

Admission Requirements

Since lectures, seminars and tutorials are held almost exclusively in Italian, it is advisable for foreign students to arrive at the chosen Italian University with a basic knowledge of the Italian language. In the months of October and March the University Language Centre organises three intensive 60-hour Italian courses. ; email:

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for a full year for student enrolment are currently from €200 to €2000, depending on financial status.

Application Deadline

The deadline for student registration is decided annually and is generally in June.

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science [ Architecture ], 6 terms, Bachelor, 180,
Master, Master of Architecture, 4 terms, Master, 120,

– Architecture

– Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage

The Bachelor’s degree course in Architectural Science has the specific  educational aim to ensure graduates have an education relating to the planning of works in the field of architecture and town planning and correctly adapt and evaluate problems in construction and environmental control. In the three years of study, the laboratories will be organised to deal with a number of different project areas: in the first year the fundamentals of construction and composition will be mainly experimented; in the second year the practices of representation and planning of construction systems and architectonic organisms of higher complexity will be further elaborated; in the third year the laboratories will focus on the problems associated with architecture in relation to the contexts of settlements, territory and landscape; and the final laboratory will be a synthesis of the knowledge gained and develop it through drawings of different characteristics according to the specificities of the subject.

Such a curriculum aims at suitably forming the graduate in order to deal with problems of analysis, representation, spatial configuration, building and architecture and the relations with urban and territorial contexts, also through the acknowledgement of educational activities carried out abroad.  Among these latter, of principal interest will be the aspects connected to the Mediterranean in general and Sardinia in particular.

Graduates in this class will carry out professional activities in a number of fields, contributing to and collaborating on activities of programming, planning and implementation of  measures of organisation and transformation of the constructed environment on various scales. They will be able to practise this knowledge in institutions, public and private firms, engineering and architecture companies, industries in the sector and building firms, along with the freelance profession and consultancy.


The aim of this course is to train a well qualified professional in the field of architecture and town planning and to ensure training that sees the project as a process of synthesis and a fundamental and qualifying moment. A further goal consists in ensuring a capacity to manage with competence the entire and correct implementation of new buildings, and the restoration and renovation of existing heritage – historical, traditional and “modern” – the formation and management of planning tools at the different levels. The course produces an architect who intervenes via critical and operative procedures and policy lines which target the formulation of valid criteria for the planning and programming of works also in view of bettering environmental quality, elaborating appropriate plans and managing their complexity. The course presents a range of different options for some disciplinary areas and in particular for those relating to activities strictly connected in identifying,  during the course, various routes of greater specificity relating to architecture, to the territory and to the environment.

Conservation of environmental and architectural heritage

The course structure has a highly multidisciplinary character with a strong bias towards cognitive disciplines in the transformation of Architecture and historical and “Modern” construction and in the processes which have brought about changes over time. The fundamental goal is therefore the training of a professional able to: analyse the characteristics and properties of the materials used inthe architectural structures; identify the various nature and causes of dereliction; analyse and define the static regime of an architectural building and causes of any instability; intervene on the Architectural and Environmental heritage identifying appropraite techniques suitable for their conservation.

The curriculum aims to train the Master’s degree graduate to deal with questions of diagnosis and actions for the conservation of architectural heritage with particular attention to the heritage of Sardinia and the Mediterranean basin.


PhD courses in Land Engineering; Technologies for the Preservation of the Architectonic and Environmental Heritage; Structural Engineering; Architecture and Building Engineering are available.