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The Master in Design for the historic city is a place of training, research, analysis and disciplinary exchange, its aim is to be a center of experimentation, documentation and archive for this specific field of studis that will be considered both the scale of architecture and of the city.
Post- graduate second level Master in Design for the historic city

FEE  Euro 1.500,00
DURATION  semester
LOCATION  Palazzo Gravina – Via Monteoliveto 3, Napoli


The post-graduate second level Master in Design for the historic city aims to provide the necessary competence for planning, designing, managing and building interventions, including complex ones too, regarding urban regeneration and new architecture in historical contexts and conservation, management, enhancement and rehabilitation of architectural heritage.
The course focuses on in-depth examination of techniques for historical-critical investigation on cultural goods, architectural, structural and services design in historical urban contexts, financing, managing, marketing and communicating the regeneration of the European historical city. All to be considered in an international framework within the European community.
The Master course will emphasize an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to designing and building new architecture within historical contexts, promoting a continuous interrelation among theory practice and design investigations.


The Old City of Naples has been chosen as the field of investigation and experimentation, possessing such a richness of layers and weaves between civitas and urbs to contain and sum up all the landscapes and the conditions of the historical European city.
Architecture, historical city and university are the elements of this research. Individual design projects will be brought back within a coordinated set of actions for the construction of a widespread university campus, integrated synergistically with the ancient heart of the city.
The research aims to initiate a concrete change for the regeneration of the old city of Naples, starting from the realisation of a joint plan between the universities and the cultural institutions.
The Master Course consists of a total of 1500 hours (of which 750 hours of design research in studio and lecturing and 750 hours of individual independent study and research), corresponding to the acquisition of 60 university credits by the enrolled candidates.
Hours and credits are distributed on four laboratories, critics, workshops, final jury.
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The course will be articulated on five working days per week with obligatory attendance.
The maximum allowed number of absences is equal to 20 percent of the hours of design research and lecturing in studios, as established by the course rules. The number of credits for each studio is comprehensive of the hours dedicated to independent study and research time.
The Master Course envisages intermediate advancement verifications.
The educational offer of the Master Course is articulated in three different ways:
1) “Frontal” educational activities (lessons, lectures etc.)
2) Design seminars and workshops
3) Individual study, research and design experimental activities
The Course may also envisage further training activities to be organized at professional offices, companies and public authorities in the design and construction sector in relation to designing and building interventions in historic centers, or similar activities to be performed at the Department of Architecture.
In the different phases of its development the Master Course will take advantage of contributions from both internal professors and external high qualified experts from the international sphere, who will be involved not only as lecturers but also as critics and design tutors.
The teaching activities, which will also benefit from the contribution of Italian and foreign tutors and professors, will favor seminar and workshop activities by comparison to more traditional “frontal” contributions in order to involve the participants in a complex and interdisciplinary design research.


Design research studio + final exam: hours 375 – credits 30
The studio, which brings together all the different disciplinary contributions, is the driving force of the Master and the place where all the possible relationships between idea and reality are built and verified.
Historical-critical research studio: hours 200 – credits 15
Through new methods of reading and interpretation of the architecture and the city, important themes are traced to be converged in the design practice.
Visual arts studio: no. hours 50 – credits 5
The tools of reading, of description and of city representation interact with processes and practices of art to define new forms of urban environment quality.
Financial and administrative sustainability studio: hours 125 – credits 10
The project hypotheses are placed inside clear economic arrangements and regulatory and procedural terms, in order to make them feasable.


Partecipants who will have completed the course and obtained the Master diploma will have the possibility to request a two months internship in one of the firms collaborating with the Master course. Acceptance of candidates by the firm will be subjected to an admission exam.