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Architectural Technologies


The scientific scenario for the programme in Architectural Tecnologies is research applied to the processes of transformation of habitats.

At various scales, from construction materials to settlements and landscape, the research methodologies and tools proposed are aimed at offering contributions to scientific and technological innovation and development in architecture, in full respect of human needs, as well as of the cultural values of the communities in the places where interventions take place and the safeguarding of environmental resources.

Within an integrated view of the building process, the various forms of innovation represent both the general sphere for cultural reflection, and the objectives of the PhD research. Research focuses on settlement questions, on topics of urban and building re-qualification in different contexts, efficiency and sustainability of material transformation processes, and on techniques for environmental enhancement and control.

The programme in Architectural Technologies is organised into four fields of study:

  1. Quality of dwelling
  2. Architectural, urban and regional sustainability
  3. Technologies for natural and built environments
  4. Architectural management

The programme in Architectural Technologies is strongly involved in enhancing and increasing the job opportunities of its PhD candidates, and its purpose is to train not only highly-qualified researchers for work in universities and research centres, both at the national and international levels, but also innovators that are capable of transferring knowledge from the world of scientific research to that of the construction industry and the public administration.

In view of the increasing complexity of the processes of creation of architectural works and of the interaction between the various stakeholders involved, the programme in Architectural Technologies determines, in accordance with public and private entities, specific educational and training pathways aimed at satisfying clearly identified needs.



The Training Programme in Architectural Tecnologies follows three main strategic guidelines:

  1. the centrality of PhD candidates;
  2. inter-disciplinary nature of research;
  3. internationalisation.

Throughout the years, side by side with traditional education of a technical-objective nature, new educational projects of a subjective and inter-subjective nature have been developed, which aim to ascribe value to previous experiences and to motivational factors, as well as to promote group identity.

The desire to develop better educational methods, which are less rigid and closer to the needs of PhD research, is expressed through the activation, together with the educational activities included in the syllabus, of advanced teaching and training methods chosen by the PhD Candidates themselves, including the possibility to choose the research centres, both in Italy and abroad, where they will carry out study and training periods, and to devise and organise thematic seminars based upon their own specific interests.

The drive towards inter-disciplinary learning is a defining element of the syllabus of the curriculum in Architectural Tecnologies; it reflects on the composition itself of the syllabus and in the promotion of certain specific educational projects. Such projects are aimed to the dialogue between knowledges and to consolidate in the PhD candidates speculative and critical capacities, as well as a healthy attitude towards the confrontation of ideas.

Over the past few years an effort has been made to set the degree course in Architectural Tecnologies in a network of international relations, with the purpose of offering PhD Candidates new quality opportunities for learning and exchanging knowledge and ideas. International Cooperation for Development represents a particularly interesting field for research.

International relations are strengthened and enriched by solid territorial roots: Florence and Tuscany, with their civil traditions and unparalleled cultural and landscape heritage are in fact at the basis of the cultural and geographic framework of many PhD research projects.

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Teaching Staff

Antonio Lauria
Marta Berni
Roberto Bologna
Cosimo Carlo Buccolieri
Cristina Carletti
Stefano Carrer
Gianfranco Cellai
Alessandra Cucurnia
Romano Del Nord
Maria Antonietta Esposito
Paola Gallo
Ilaria Garofolo
Marco Sala
Simone Secchi
Carlo Terpolilli
Maria Chiara Torricelli
Leonardo Zaffi

Academic disciplines represented:
Icar 12, Icar 14, Icar 22
Ing-ind 11




PhD Candidates


Filippo Bosi

Chiara Casazza
Alessandra Donato
Paolina Ferrulli
Ilaria Montella

Cycle XXIX

Elisabetta Fossi

Angela Masciullo
Leone Pierangioli
Ilenia Maria Romano

Cycle XXX

Elena Bellini
Gisella Calcagno
Gianluca Darvo


Cycle XXXI

Mirko Romoli
Arman Gholamzaeesaberi

last update: 22-Mar-2016
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