Sapienza - Università degli Studi di Roma
Facoltà di Architettura
Sapienza - Università degli Studi di Roma
Facoltà di Architettura
Presidenza (Dean's Office)
Via Emanuele Gianturco, 2

N41° 54' 49.44'', E41° 54' 49.44''
 Sara Strickland  

t:+ 39 06 4991 9350
f:+ 39 06 4991 9347
Prof. Orazio  Carpenzano 
Dean of School
Degree programmes
Magistral Degree Course
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Faculty profile

The Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza

The Faculty, the largest in Italy, was also the first to be founded in the Country in 1921. It has inherited the tradition of the Higher School of Architecture, based on the unified teaching of building construction, restoration, and urban planning. It has a diverse and rich faculty, with relevant personalities in several scientific fields. The large student body contributes to a vibrant environment, with a vast number of cultural activities, such as in no other Italian architecture school.

The Faculty has four seats, located in Rome's historic centre, all within 1.5km distance from each other: the historical building (via Gramsci), located in the scenic Valle Giulia facing the park of Villa Borghese and Vignola's Villa Giulia; The Renaissance Palazzo in Piazza Fontanella Borghese; the modern buildings in via Flaminia and via Gianturco. All seats well connected by tramways and subway, and are just a brief walk from Piazza del Popolo.

238 staff members (238 full-time and approx.0 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

WiFi Internet Access, ATM.


CAD - Lab
Media Lab
Plot centre
Structures Lab
Theatre Hall


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Admission Requirements

Secondary school diploma for all programmes. A national admission exam for BSc in Science of Architecture and MSc in Architecture. Local admission test or selection based on CV for all other programmes. In addition, for MSc programme in Architecture (Restoration) only: Class 4 (Science of Architecture) BSc degree.

Tuition fees

Up to 2274 € for regular full-time students, depending on family income

Application Deadline


Magistral Degree Course,Architecture,10 terms,Magistral,300,

360 students admitted. Entitles to the profession of Architect in all EU member states.

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

180 students admitted.

Master of Science,Architecture (Restoration),4 terms,Master,120,

80 students admitted. Entitles to the profession of Architect in all EU member states.

Master of Science,Landscape Architecture,4 terms,Master,120,

60 students admitted. Endorsed by the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture.

Bachelor of Science,Industrial Design,6 terms,Bachelor,180,

100 students admitted

Master of Science,Design, Visual and Multimedia Communication,4 terms,Master,120,

60 students admitted

Bachelor of Science,Project Management,4 terms,Bachelor,120,

150 students admitted.

Course offerings

The Faculty has decided to continue the traditional 5-year architecture degree system, in parallel with the Bachelor-Master degree progression, offering a total of seven degree programmes:

1) A single-cycle, 5-year MSc programme in Architecture, without intermediate degree;
2) A 3-year BSc programme leading to an intermediate degree, intended to continue with one of the two 2-year MSc programmes, either in Architecture/Restoration or in Landscape Architecture;
3) A 3-year BSc programme intended to continue with a 2-year MSc in the area of Industrial Design and Visual/Multimedia Communication;
4) A 3-year BSc degree in Project Management.

BSc in Science of Architecture.

Aims at training a professional figure able to carry out, along with the role of a traditional planner, a linking role between the planner and the client, between the local administration and the building firm, between the local administration and social groups, in the process relating to the planning of building projects and the transformation and recovery of the pre-existing patrimony. This new figure, complementary to that of the senior architect, armed with a specialist degree, is strategic in these very sectors. The profile of the studies – that foresee an integration of planning, humanistic and technical-scientific disciplines – will allow the creation of this professional figure with a strong multipurpose leaning, in such a way as to allow him/her to intervene autonomously, while understanding the problems of planning and its physical, economic and social impact, in agreement with other professional figures, in the complex task of planning the “new”, and of redesigning and recovering pre-existing buildings and structures.Students can choose within the course either one of two curricula, which differentiate during the third year: “Architecture”, intended to continue with the MSc in Architecture/Restoration, and “Landscape”, intended to continue with the MSc in Landscape Architecture.

BSc in Project Management

Aims Project Manager, an expert in the Construction sector, a capable operator in all stages of the building process, from the design and the erection, to the management of public and private facilities. This course answers a strong demand from the market for a professional figure with a richer technical and managerial background, able to tackle the increasing complexity of the administrative, technical and economical aspects of the construction process.

BSc in Industrial Design

Aims at providing students with the cultural, methodological, scientific and technical elements on which the culture of design is founded. The activities of the three years (which compound scientific and technical aspects with arts history, design, drafting, communication, economics and social sciences) are organically conceived in order to train a professional figure able to tackle different design themes of medium complexity. In particular: mastering the complete process leading to the creation of an artifact, from its concept to the development of its design, its engineering and production, all within a clearly identified context, with its possibilities, priorities and constraints; carrying out the technical and design activities related to the theme of exhibit and public design, proposing innovative solutions which are consistent with modern ways of living public spaces; carrying out the technical and design activities related to visual and multimedia communication, developing the graphical aspects of editorial products, as well as animation and interfaces.

MSc in Architecture (5-year programme)
The architect seeking an education is, simultaneously, the inheritor of the ancient mission of the planner, the interpreter of ways of living and building as well as being the up-to-date operator who is aware of the responsibilities that accompany planning today, as an act of transformation that impacts on the contemporary landscape and that is severely tested by the speed and extent of the phenomena of change.
The various disciplines related to the training (architecture, technology, structures, restoration and territory) are today called upon to bring their contents up to fate in the face of the new challenges of the modern world, in particular, the environmental and ecological emergency and the crisis in local cultures and of the links between society and places, paying attention to the themes of energy, ecological sustainability and semiotic importance. The five-year course allows the widest maturing, that is both balanced and progressive, with a dialectic comparison of the different aims in the construction of physical space, in different measurements and ways according to the scale and contexts.

MSc in Architecture Restoration
Aims at preparing a professional architect possessing the skills and capacities that are necessary to plan and manage the different phases of new building construction, but also of conservation, restoration and adaptation of historical buildings and diffuse building, paying particular attention to their historical, landscape and environmental qualities. Such prerogatives will be accompanied and backed up by a profound knowledge of the historical-critical, compositional and morphological, constructive, technical, legal, economic-managerial and functional implications of these interventions. The task of these graduates will be to draw up plans and co-ordinate specialists and operators in the field of contemporary planning and in those of architectural restoration, building recovery, adaptation and caring for the environment, and, more generally, in the field of intervening on the pre-existent in a way that is historically and technically informed.

MSc in Landscape Architecture

Aims at providing an higher degree of specialization, both theoretical and practical, in the filed of landscape planning, at all scales, paying due attention to the interaction with other professional figures in architecture, civil engineering, as well as in natural and environmental sciences. The course provides the necessary background in planning, design and management of the transformation processes of landscape, in its natural and man-made components, to meet both human and natural needs. The course is conceived around the EFLA reccomendations and covers: history and theories of landscape, ecology and the use of natural elements in design, technological, energetic and bio-climatic issues, the relationship between humans and the environment, the care and restoration of historical landscape, the normative and managerial aspects of landscape planning.

MSc in Design and Visual/Multimedia Communication

Aims at training a professional figure of designer in the fields of multimedia and ipermedia communications, design and production of communication artifacts, iconic and 3D interfaces, and all the virtual artifacts that intercat with humans in a mature industrial society. The course focuses on the main themes of traditional publishing graphics, identity design, information and communication systems design, interface design and web-design, movie design and new media design.

Specialization School in Restoration of Monuments
The School of Specialization in Restoration of Monuments (Beni architettonici e del paesaggio) provides professional preparation in restoration of ancient architecture and urban sites, with special attention to subjects as history of architecture, structural behaviour of traditional architecture, problems of decay and conservation of materials, theory and history of restoration, restoration project.
Doctoral School in Architectural Sciences
The Doctoral School in Architectural Sciences groups four distinct PhD programmes, all active in departments and centres of the Faculty of Architecture. More information can be found on the School’s website at


Through its four departments and its research centres, the Faculty carries out a vast and diverse range of research activities in the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, architectural history, restoration, building technology, structural and geotechnical engineering, etc. Most of these are carried out through national, European and international networks, with a large number of active international research and teaching exchange programmes in different fields.