ASA - ADVANCED SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Giovanni Azzone (DIG), Ilaria Valente (DASTU), Luisa Collina (DESIGN), Barbara Betti (DICA)
Federico Bucci (DABC), Guya Bertelli (DASTU), Manuela Grecchi (DABC)
What it is
The Advanced School of Architecture (ASA) of Politecnico di Milano is an "additional" training programme that is held at the same time as the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) programmes. Its aim is to increase and to develop the professional profile of architect-designers. It does so through design and planning activities that make future architect-designers experience the complexity of the phenomena currently taking place in and out of Europe. In this sense it is an "experimental teaching structure" open to talented young students (32 per year) who are selected according to their academic curriculum and to the average mark achieved in exams during the Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) programme or the first three years of single-cycle, five-year degrees. The Advanced School of Architecture is an "Itinerant School" that is held in the various campuses depending on the integrated programmes offered. ASA is aimed mainly at students enrolled in the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, but applications from students enrolled in the Schools of Design and of Engineering will be considered as well.
The programme will take place in two years through 3 educational-experimental experiences with compulsory attendance, which will be held as part of theme/application-oriented and characterised workshops, according to specific disciplines that complete each other:
- architecture of open spaces
- heritage recovery and protection
- construction and use of advanced technologies
The workshops, which are organised on two levels (theoretical and practical), offer experience based on the participation in daily planning laboratories integrated with conferences, with scientific meetings and with forums. Additional activities will be organized for small groups within the 32 selected students; every year, to the most deserving student, a 6-month internship will be offered at the RPBW office.
The workshops will be held in the cities/towns that have Politecnico campuses (Piacenza, Mantova, Lecco), which are the ideal venues to host initiatives connected to environmental/landscape transformations (Piacenza), to heritage protection and conservation (Mantova), to construction and innovative technical applications (Lecco). In line with the University's internationalisation project, ASA works closely with the most accredited European and non-EU Schools of Architecture that the three campuses have been involved with for some time. ASA activities do not overlap with the Academic Calendar, but they are held when no courses related to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programmes are scheduled. Specifically, the programme's schedule includes:
- in July of the 1st year, a workshop in the Lecco Campus [website: www.asalecco.polimi.it]
- in September of the 1st year, a workshop in the Piacenza campus [website: http://www.asapiacenza.polimi.it/]
- in February of the 2nd year, a workshop in the Mantova Campus [website: http://www.asamantova.polimi.it/]