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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

TAF* Credits number Duration (in hours) Period Professors Teaching material
ARCHITECTURAL COMPOSITION 2 (039AR-1) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Bradaschia Maurizio
DIGITAL DESIGN (039AR-2) Core subjects 6 48 First semester Masserano Silvia
THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (039AR-3) Programme specific subjects 6 48 First semester Fraziano Giovanni
Scavuzzo Giuseppina
Teaching language 

Lessons: Italian
Design revisions: Italian or English

Learning objectives 

The aim of the laboratory, which consists of the three modules of Architectural Composition 2, Digital Drawing and Theories and Techniques of Architectural Design, is the acquisition of knowledge related to:
- architectural composition techniques related to each phase and part of the architectural project
- theory and techniques of architectural design
- visual and technical communication of the architectural project
- elaboration of architectural projects in relation to the context
- definition of a functional building program
The design exercise, the result of what has been learned in the three modules, will have to demonstrate both the ability to understand the context both physical and theoretical in which it will operate and the capacity for design and synthesis. The final project, which will cover a concrete case, will have to be a testimony of the knowledge and skills acquired by the students.
The expected result is therefore the acquisition, by the students, of the analysis and synthesis capabilities of an architectural project, with particular attention to the compositional aspects of the architectural structure and of relation with the context.
The aim of the laboratory is to develop students' skills in order to be able to face the architectural project in full cultural and formal / compositional awareness, providing the necessary tools for the analysis of the reference context and for the development of a coherent project proposal.
The Laboratory configures as a place for learning and personal development, where the exercises and the proposed project can become emblematic cases in order to face other planning opportunities, both during the course of studies and in the subsequent professional practice.


The students must have done the exam of the Architectural Design Laboratory 1 and the other prerequisites required by the Regulations of the Degree Program.
Knowledge of architectural representation techniques is required to enable the student to correctly communicate his project ideas (freehand sketch, technical drawing by hand, models etc.). )


The laboratory provides for the multidisciplinary contribution of Architectural Composition, Architecture Representation, in particular Digital Design, and Architectural Design Theory. It is therefore proposed to introduce the students, who have faced the first architectural design workshop the previous year, to greater complexity. Respectively: from the first design experience dealt with in Composition 1, we move on to a more complex theme that highlights the comparison with the urban or extra-urban context; from the first notions of architectural design we pass to digital elaborations and therefore to the use of different instruments; from the first compositional analyzes carried out in the course of Typological and morphological characters of architecture or Elements of architectural composition on masters' architecture, a more complex contemporary architectural debate will be tackled, which often starts, due to cultural derivation or polemical opposition, from those masters.

Teaching format 

The workshop is made up of different teaching methods: lectures given by course teachers, lectures by architects and / or scholars invited during the course, classroom exercises, review of projects during each phase. Surveys are foreseen to the project areas and to any other sites of architectural / educational interest.

Extended Programme 

Please refer to the individual module programs

End-of-course test 

The evaluation of the student is based on the exercises proposed during the course and on the project presented for the final exam, which will have to be completely designed and demonstrate the student's level of understanding of the topics covered during the course.

Other information 

Further information will be communicated to the students during the course both in the classroom and through the IT tools indicated.
The more specific information on the program of the individual disciplines related to the laboratory are available on the Syllabus of the respective modules and on the Moodle pages of the individual courses.
The tools to support the teaching will be uploaded during the course on the university computer platforms.


The general and specific bibliographies will be indicated during the lessons and individual reviews.