Academic Year 2014/15





School of Civil Architecture



Degree Programme of:


Building Architecture
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)


Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Civil Architecture
Code Reference Law1151
NameBuilding Architecture
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-17 - Architecture
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Angelo Torricelli
Coordinator of the Study programme Elsa Garavaglia
Website of the School http://www.arch2.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa
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2. General presentation of the study programme

The Building Architecture Degree programme aims to produce graduates that are capable of facing the complexity of issues connected to Architectural Building and Design and to the tasks and professional responsibilities in the field required today by the working world; its objective is a professional figure grounded on a theoretical and practical knowledge of architecture who is able to participate in design activities starting with a foundation cultural education and with specific technical skills.

The academic route consists in Architectural Design Studios, Internship and Final Examination, providing practical skills applicable on a professional level in the architectural design sector.

Traditionally, in the School of Civil Architecture, training of a building architect is focused around the central experience of the architectural project that makes reference to various applicative areas: the city and buildings, the built environment, interiors; therefore, the academic route’s main reference point is the integrated design laboratories: of architecture, interiors, restoration and town planning.

In particular, the layout of the architectural design studios, in the composition, structural, building and technological disciplines, defines the academic procedure in its main logical, scientific and technical-building aspects, in its focusing around the problem of the relationship between shape and structure, and between architectural design, structural design and plant design. The aim of integrating the various design disciplines is to approach the construction of an architectural designt in its entirety from different angles depending on the various disciplines. The concomitance of the various skills is not intended as a balanced juxtaposition of disciplinary contributions, neither as a succession of approaches and partial solutions, but in the wider sense of participating in defining the general objectives of the project and its foundation aspects.


3. Learning objectives

The programme aims for knowledge and understanding of architectural works in their various aspects (logic, form, composition, typology, distribution, structure, building and technology) and in their relation with the historical, physical and environmental contexts.

The general programme objectives are to acquire:

- an adequate knowledge of the history of architecture, the tools and forms of representation, the methodological and operational aspects of mathematics and other basic sciences and be able to apply such knowledge to interpret and describe architectural problems;

- an adequate knowledge of the methodological and operational aspects of the subjects characterising the programme and be able to identify, formulate and solve architectural problems using the latest methods, techniques and tools;

- an adequate knowledge of aspects concerning technical and economic feasibility, cost calculation and production processes and building construction;

- an ability to use building construction design techniques and tools.

Following these objectives, the programme more specifically aims to train an architect capable of combining architectural design and building and master the individual techniques; it therefore proposes to provide identified technical skills alongside a critical and intellectual comprehensive training.

Training is therefore found in the ability to control all phases of the design process, from the concept through to the building.

The Bachelor of Science in Building Architecture (3 years) requires full time involvement and includes: Courses, comprising lectures and exercises; design laboratories with compulsory attendance; seminars.

The programme has, as its specific objective, the preparation of an architect able to actively participate in design activities, mastering defined technical aspects, and to adequately face the jobs and responsibilities required today in the professional field.

The training process proposed by the programme is focused on the architectural design experience; therefore, its main reference is the integrated design studios: of architecture, interiors, restoration and town planning. In particular, the architecture design studios, integrated in the context of architectural composition, structural analysis, technology and graphics, define the formation path in its main logical and scientific and technological and structural aspects; the formation path targets the problem of the relationship between architectural design and structural design.

General academic objectives are:

  • to know the foundation disciplines: the history of architecture, the forms and tools of graphics and representation, the theoretical and practical aspects of mathematics and physics;
  • to know the theoretical and practical aspects of the relevant disciplines: architectural composition, structure analysis, technology, restoration and town planning;
  • to know the aspects relevant to economical feasibility, to the costs’ estimate and to the production and construction process of buildings.

A building architecture graduate must be able to use the ground and subject-relevant disciplines together with the design methodologies and tools in order to solve architectural problems.

The programme aims to combine technical skills with cultural and intellectual training; therefore it requires strong commitment in the design experience about half of the CFU credits allocated to design studios.

For the basic activities (History of Architecture, Drawing and Representation, Mathematics, Physics) 46 CFU credits are required; for integrative and elective activities 32 credits are required, 10 credits are required for professional training practice and for final work. Knowledge of English is a prerequisite for the enrolment.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The suitability of the training process to the relevance of the objectives being pursued is found in an academic route that concentrates around the central experience of the architecture project. The study process therefore foresees:

- maximum commitment from students in the design experience, with about half of the 180 total CFUs being allocated to the integrated design studios;

- the activation of integrated architectural design studios in Architectural Composition, Structures, Technology, Plants and Design;

- the integration alongside these of laboratories that specifically focus on Interior Design, Restoration and Town Planning, with a view to further exploring these particular design sectors in subject-specific training.

The training methodology of “learning on the field” characterises the programme, in particular in the design studios where the objective is to follow the design itinerary as a process of gaining knowledge and know-how.

The integrated studios aim to promote participation in the various areas of creating a project, each with its own discipline and independent cognitive style; the presence of numerous disciplinary sectors that are directly involved in the project operation is intended in the widest sense of an help to the project, starting from identifying the general aims and base. In particular, the architecture design studios, in the context of the composition, structural, technological, plants and representative disciplines, define the formation path in its main logical and scientific and technological and structural aspects; the formation path targets the problem of the relationship between architectural design and structural design.

The main aims of the courses, either single subject or integrated, are to guide students towards understanding the methodologies and instruments of the disciplines that combine together in the creating of a project.

On the whole, a track that already in the 1st year studis addresses the issues surrounding the entire design and develops over the following years and whose defining aspect can be found in the multi-disciplinary nature and the integration of these disciplines.

Evaluation of student understanding is therefore necessarily carried out not towards self-reference of the disciplines, but rather a perspective of knowledge integration.


Expected results of understanding (expressed in European qualification descriptors):

 

Knowledge and understanding

In the design studios, starting from the first year, the programme focuses on the central experience of the architecture dsign that is addressed in its multi-disciplinary entirety and in relation to real design issues and that is significant today.

Student learning in the studios is split into three phases, not necessarily chronological approaches to the design, but rather they consist in parallel learning paths that at times cross:

-analysis of the cognitive, methodological and decisional routes of historically significant architecture projects, assumed as typical examples, starting from a suitable bibliographic research;

-identification of a cognitive and methodological route aimed at a specific design issue proposed in the studio and later definition of a data and instruments’ system of knowledge for the project;

-elaboration, graphical representation and communication of the project.

In this learning process typical of the laboratories, foundation educational activities are directly involved in the representation along with typical educational activities. The latter, in the architecture design studios, concern Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Structural Analyses and Plants, whilst in the Restoration and Town Planning Studiosobviously the restoration and town planning disciplines are involved.

The theoretical principles of the disciplines based on history, mathematics, physics and estimating are proposed in the programmes, directly aimed at understanding of the disciplines that are typical and of their application to their project.

To conclude, the learning process takes on the form of collecting, within the process of defining the project, all the cultures and disciplinary instruments that are involved in its definition. The most important learning results expected from students are: knowing the reasons and objectives of the project, suitability of cognitive analyses in terms of complexity of the subject and finally coherence between design choices and objectives pursued. Essentially, the main response required from students is the ability to follow a conscious project path, on the basis of knowledge that students must acquire over the years and know how to apply.

The ways in which these educational objectives are pursued are strictly linked to the centrality of the architecture design, characteristic of the academic route, around which the entire learning process is focused. The main learning instruments used in this sense are, besides lessons – exercises, (in the programmes) and lessons – project reviews (in the labs), other learning elements that essentially integrate know-how such as teaching seminars to link and compare programmes and programmes and labs and to exhibit projects prepared by students in the labs each year.

These elements act as organisational learning instruments year by year, encouraging students’ understanding capacity.

 

Applying knowledge and understanding

In the design studios, where project building is intended as a process of research and acquisition of know-how, knowledge and application go hand-in-hand. The learning curve continually returns to the origins, that is to say, to the principle reasons of the project, and continually checks the suitability of every choice with these reasons.

In this way, graduates not only learn to apply their new-found knowledge but also and above-all, they learn to build up the competencies needed to approach the design in both the conceptual phase and that of checking that the design choices made correspond to the original objectives, thus being able to resolve design problems with professionalism, i.e. on the basis of their acquired competencies. They are also able to assess critical aspects and irregularities and therefore the need for further exploration and learning.

Exercises during the courses, project reviews in the studios, and the seminars and exhibitions already mentioned are organised to ensure graduates have these capabilities. Importantly, there are experimental labs alongside these (information technology, modelling, building diagnostics, material testing, analyses and morphological architecture models) along with subject and historical archives. These elements, which have been in place for a while in the programme, are set as both support to the programme and lab teaching and explorations of specifically interesting issues for students.

 

Making judgements

Students play an active role in the decision-making part of projects in the studios. Graduates learn how to make choices and independent judgements by continually checking the progress of a design with the work group in the studios, amongst the various groups addressing the same subject and with professors. These teaching methods are verified by an evaluation system of student understanding.

-Concerning Courses: continuous tests in order to verify gradual understanding of subject notions and final exam which always comprises a face-to-face interview with course professors in which the student is called upon to demonstrate ability to summarise knowledge acquired. Essentially, it is expected that students learn the methodological principles and instruments used in experiments and application (for the project) of the subject.

- Concerning Studios: project review with the objective of verifying level of maturity in understanding the project issue and ability to gradually build the project, bearing in mind points of view of the various subjects in terms of acquired knowledge; design presentation in the final stages via adequate communication and graphic representation; discussion of project results which the student is called upon to carry out individually in an interview with all Studios teachers.

 

Communication skills

Continuous deliberation in the studios regarding the project choices provides graduates with communication and representation skills, not only of final project solutions, but also concerning the decision-making process that lead to them. This skill is developed over the years via exhibitions and debate seminars that students are called upon to take part in annually, exhibiting the work produced in the Studios.

 

Learning skills

The learning skills in the designstudios are predominantly aimed at providing students with the approach methodologies for defining a project and comparing them.

The learning process that follows, going into further detail and in which the project issues are approached from all directions as of the 1st year of the programme and continued in the 2nd and 3rd years on an increasing scale of subject knowledge, leads to the training of an architect that on the one hand is able to combine architectural design and building activities with specific technical competencies (Presidential Decree 328/01) and on the other hand is capable, from a cultural point of view, of presenting him/herself critically compared with the design ability reached. In this way, graduates are capable of further learning, that is to say, they are aware of the need to broaden subject knowledge and how it is integrated into the definition of the project.

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)


The Bachelor Degree in Building Architecture gives access to the Master of Science programmes, admission onto these programmes could mean cancellation of academic deficits just as acknowledgement of already earned credits varies depending on the Masters chosen.
The Bachelor Degree in Building Architecture gives access to the EU Master of Science programmes of the School of Civil Architecture without academic deficits. It also gives access, according to the DM270 provisions, without academic deficits to all Master of Science 4 programmes (classes of the Masters degree in Architecture).
To enrol on the EU Master of Science programmes of the School of Civil Architecture, the test foreseen by item 1 of the Law 264/99 must be passed.
Students of the School of Civil Architecture that on 30th September of their second year of enrolment fulfil the parameters N and V (average of 27 and 100 CFU credits for students enrolled since the 2006-2007 academic year, average of 25 and 100 CFU credits for students enrolled since the 2003-2004 to the 2005-2006 academic years) are admitted without taking a selection test as long as they graduated in four years and know a foreign language to the levels established by the University.
To be admitted to the selection test it is imperative that the student delivers to the departmental secretary of the School of Civil Architecture, within the notified deadline, a portfolio.

Based on the selection test a ranking of candidates will be prepared up to the number of places available. Admission test results will be made available on the candidate's personal page.
In the March admission window, a number of candidates equal to those places not occupied in September may enrol, based on the ranking.

For more information see: Allegato tecnico al Regolamento didattico (www.arch2.polimi.it).

After graduating in Building Architecture, it is possible to access the 1st level Masters’ programmes.

The Bachelor of Science in Building Architecture allows the application to the entry evaluation:
- of Masters of Science (2 years); the enrolment to Masters of Science might require the cancellation of debts (of lacking CFU credits) and the acknowledgement of acquired CFU credits, depending on the chosen Master Science;
- of the EU Masters of Science of the School of Civil Architecture, without debts;
- of 1st level specializing Masters.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The first level degree in Building Architecture enables the graduate to contribute and cooperate to architectural design within the terms of the D.P.R. 328/01, that defines the figure of the"Junior Architect". The Junior Architect will be employed by public or private institutions and bodies working on urban construction and transformation (institutions, public or private bodies and firms).


Recent  legislation (pursuant to Presidential Decree 328/2001) has widened the scope of those who may become members of the professional register of architects, comprising, as well as architects, landscapers, planners and preservationists.
In addition, the law has divided the register into two sections, denominated A and B, section A is reserved for Masters’ graduates and section B for Bachelors graduates (only in architecture and planning).
Those enrolled in section B have the qualification of junior architect.
To enrol in the professional registers as a junior architect the order has foreseen that a professional examination must be passed, to be taken at the end of the study programme after graduation.
The professional examination foresees a practical test consisting of a project, two written tests and an oral test. The commission is chaired by a university professor appointed by the ministry and comprises professionals, public servants and university professors indicated by the professional orders and chosen by the Ministry.
For both sections A and B of the Order of Architects, the possibility of replacing the practical test with certified internship periods is being studied, to be carried out during the programme of studies subject to students having passed all of their exams.

The Bachelor of Science in Building Architecture (3 years) enables the graduate to contribute and cooperate to architectural design within the terms of the D.P.R. 328/01, that defines the figure of the “junior architect". The architects’register saves its B-section for junior architects; the enrolment for this section is possible by passing a state examination. The junior architect will be employed by public or private institutions and bodies working on urban construction and transformation (institutions, public or private bodies and firms).

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Building Architecture graduates must combine design works in the architectural field, performing their role within the meaning of the Presidential Decree 328/01. Given the direction of the programme, graduates are prepared in such a way as to be capable of combining preliminary, final and working drawings of civil components.

Professional opportunities for graduates are provided by institutions and public and private bodies operating in the fields of construction and city and territory transformation, institutions, public and private companies, professional studios, construction design companies.


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
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6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)


Preliminary Notice

Since the  Academic Year 2014/15 a  new  curriculum (“Corso di Studi”) in Architectural Design, unifying  four curricula in the L-17 class until now present at the Politecnico di Milano, will be offered  and this will imply the progressive  closure and deactivation of all curricula in “Building Architecture”, until  the final  completion of their  cycle in the Academic Year 2015/16. 
Thus, beginning since Academic Year 2014/15, there will be no new registration to the first year of “Building architecture”. Only courses for the second and third year will be offered, in addition to some special support activities and courses aimed towards the students who left behind some of their exams, in order to help them with completing their studies in agreement with the curricula in vigour at the time of their enrollment.

6.2 Requested knowledge

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
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6.4 Tutoring and students support

Tutoring offers the following services:

-information on Bachelor and Master Degree Programmes for final year high-school students, for first year students and subsequent year students;

- teaching guidance for first and subsequent year students (each year the II School of Architecture, via announcements, promotes the cooperation of students in tutoring activities);

-teaching support meetings held by professors (each year the school promotes selection of professor-tutors to facilitate student integration and understanding);

-internship training project and verification of student activity.


Polinternational
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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

A compulsory test, including the knowledge of English, is required for matriculation. As specified in the didactic regulations, 180 credits are required to obtain the first level degree. More specifically: 50 credits are devoted to the basic activities (Drawing, History of architecture, Mathematics, Building Physics); 90 credits are devoted to characteristic and distinguishing activities (Architectural composition, Technological culture of architecture, Restoration , Urban design, Structural Design and Mechanics, Economical Evaluation of the Project); 30 credits are devoted to integrative and elective activities; 10 credits are reserved to professional practice and final work.

7.2 Mode of study

The Course requires a full time involvement and includes: - Courses, including lectures and practicing; - Multi-disciplinary Design Laboratories, with compulsory attendance; Seminars.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The University has established that one CFU credit corresponds to 25 hours of student work, including the teaching activities and individual study.


Contents of the study program  2014-2015


2 Year courses - Track: *** - Architettura delle Costruzioni


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
091163A,B,CICAR/09
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/17
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE DELL'ARCHITETTURA 2A20.020.0
087183A,BICAR/06
ICAR/19
LABORATORIO DI RESTAUROA12.012.0
087189BICAR/08MECCANICA DELLE STRUTTURE16.06.0
087192AMAT/08MATEMATICA II - ELEMENTI DI ANALISI16.06.0
087191B,CICAR/21FONDAMENTI DI URBANISTICA24.04.0
087188AICAR/18STORIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEAA8.08.0
096515CICAR/16EXHIBITION AND MUSEOGRAPHY24.04.0
081566AMAT/07ARCHEOASTRONOMIA14.0
074632BICAR/14ARCHITETTURA E COMPOSIZIONE ARCHITETTONICA24.0
080324BICAR/19CONSOLIDAMENTO14.0
091990CING-IND/22DURABILITA' E CONSERVAZIONE DEI MATERIALI DELL'ARCHITETTURA14.0
078286BICAR/14ELEMENTI DI CRITICA DELL'ARCHITETTURA24.0
093809--SECS-P/06ECONOMIA URBANA E DELL'AMBIENTE24.0
089404--M-GGR/01GEOGRAFIA UMANA14.0
096513BICAR/09ARCHITECTURE OF STEEL STRUCTURES14.0
096533B,CICAR/21MACROURBANISTICA14.0
089383--ICAR/05PIANIFICAZIONE DEI TRASPORTI24.0
093814--SECS-P/06PRINCIPI DI ECONOMIA24.0
092243CICAR/16PROGETTO E ARREDO DEGLI SPAZI APERTI14.0
096514BICAR/14URBAN AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IN CHINA24.0
071184CICAR/16PROGETTAZIONE DEL PRODOTTO D'ARREDO14.0
096946AING-IND/11PROBLEMATICHE ENERGETICHE E STRATEGIE DI INTERVENTO NEGLI EDIFICI ESISTENTI24.0
093870AICAR/18RAPPORTI TRA ARTI E ARCHITETTURA24.0
078289BICAR/19RESTAURO ARCHEOLOGICO14.0
076307AICAR/06RILIEVO DELLA CITTA' E CARTOGRAFIA24.0
074640CICAR/16SCENOGRAFIA24.0
071211BICAR/09SPERIMENTAZIONE DEI MATERIALI, DEI MODELLI E DELLE STRUTTURE24.0
093797--ICAR/15HISTORY AND DESIGN OF CONTEMPORARY GARDENS24.0
071207BICAR/19TEORIE E STORIA DEL RESTAURO *14.0
084297AICAR/06TRATTAMENTO DELLE OSSERVAZIONI 114.0
096512AICAR/06TREATMENT OF OBSERVATIONS 224.0
093796--IUS/04DIRITTO D'AUTORE14.0

3 Year courses - Track: *** - Architettura delle Costruzioni


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
094877BICAR/09
ICAR/10
ICAR/14
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO 3/A18.018.0
093822B,CICAR/20
ICAR/21
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE URBANISTICAA12.012.0
084617BICAR/22ESTIMO ED ESERCIZIO PROFESSIONALE14.04.0
096349AING-IND/11FISICA TECNICA E IMPIANTI28.08.0
089398----PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE--16.06.0
089399----PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE--26.0
089396----FINAL WORK--14.04.0
089397----FINAL WORK--24.0
096515CICAR/16EXHIBITION AND MUSEOGRAPHY24.08.0
081566AMAT/07ARCHEOASTRONOMIA14.0
074632BICAR/14ARCHITETTURA E COMPOSIZIONE ARCHITETTONICA24.0
080324BICAR/19CONSOLIDAMENTO14.0
091990CING-IND/22DURABILITA' E CONSERVAZIONE DEI MATERIALI DELL'ARCHITETTURA14.0
078286BICAR/14ELEMENTI DI CRITICA DELL'ARCHITETTURA24.0
089404--M-GGR/01GEOGRAFIA UMANA14.0
096513BICAR/09ARCHITECTURE OF STEEL STRUCTURES14.0
096533B,CICAR/21MACROURBANISTICA14.0
089383--ICAR/05PIANIFICAZIONE DEI TRASPORTI24.0
093814--SECS-P/06PRINCIPI DI ECONOMIA24.0
092243CICAR/16PROGETTO E ARREDO DEGLI SPAZI APERTI14.0
096514BICAR/14URBAN AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IN CHINA24.0
071184CICAR/16PROGETTAZIONE DEL PRODOTTO D'ARREDO14.0
096946AING-IND/11PROBLEMATICHE ENERGETICHE E STRATEGIE DI INTERVENTO NEGLI EDIFICI ESISTENTI24.0
093870AICAR/18RAPPORTI TRA ARTI E ARCHITETTURA24.0
078289BICAR/19RESTAURO ARCHEOLOGICO14.0
076307AICAR/06RILIEVO DELLA CITTA' E CARTOGRAFIA24.0
074640CICAR/16SCENOGRAFIA24.0
071211BICAR/09SPERIMENTAZIONE DEI MATERIALI, DEI MODELLI E DELLE STRUTTURE24.0
093797--ICAR/15HISTORY AND DESIGN OF CONTEMPORARY GARDENS24.0
071207BICAR/19TEORIE E STORIA DEL RESTAURO *14.0
084297AICAR/06TRATTAMENTO DELLE OSSERVAZIONI 114.0
096512AICAR/06TREATMENT OF OBSERVATIONS 224.0
093796--IUS/04DIRITTO D'AUTORE14.0
093809--SECS-P/06ECONOMIA URBANA E DELL'AMBIENTE24.0

Type of teaching

The types of teaching aimed at ensuring the cultural and professional development of students are: lessons, exercises,  studio's activities (IT, experimental and design), seminars, study visits and internships.

Verification of understanding, tutoring and guidance are an integral part of teaching activities.

In the following table characteristics of teaching categories are indicated.

For each teaching category a defined ratio is associated between CFU credits and hours of face-to-face teaching activity with professors, according to the indications of the Academic Senate.


Study track priorities, limitations
In addition to Programme progress foreseen by the track, the student must respect the following priorities:
- it is advisable to earn the 1st year CFU credits before the 2nd year and to always earn the lab credits earlier than the Programme credits. This is to adhere more easily to regulations that foresee the possibility of enrolling on not more than two labs per year and the possibility to enrol on 3rd year modules for students who have earned 40 CFU credits in the 1st year, amongst which those relating to passing Design Studio 1.
- Students can enrol on the Architectural Design Studio 2 only after having earned the credits for the Architectural Design Studio 1.
- Students can enrol on Architectural Design Studio 3 only after having earned the credits for Architectural Design Studio 2.
- ‘Mathematics I: Calculus” is preparatory to “Mathematics II: Elements of Analysis”, that is to say that the Mathematics II examination can only be taken after having passed the Mathematics I examination.
- The “Mathematics I” and “Architectural Design Studio1” are preparatory to the “Structural Mechanics” programme, that is to say, they must both be passed before taking the Structural Mechanics examination.
-Enrolment on the Architectural Design Studio 3 requires passing of the Structural Mechanics examination.

Students enrolled on the 1st year that do not pass the first year labs at the time of submitting the study track, will be automatically moved to the new educational system (Ministerial Decree 270/04).
Students that must repeat 1st year courses, either single-subject or integrated, will automatically access the new educational system (270/2004) and these courses will be inserted in the track (creation of a “mixed” track, defined by the combination of modules from both the 509/1999 and 270/2004 Ministerial Decrees).
These automatic procedures are made possible by the fact that the Building Architecture programme is a transformation from the 509 (current) educational system to the 270 system (new) and the transformation criteria is a formality consisting in re-reading, concerning the L-17 classification, the course with the same name in the 509 system, in classification 4.
The current educational system already foresees:
-the qualifying academic objectives of the classification L-17 be reached;
-a number of credits allocated to indispensable academic activities, to subject areas and to scientific subject areas, clearly higher than the minimum required by the classification L-17;
-a final examination quantity in line with what the 270 system requires, this is due in particular to the fact that the current academic route predominantly consists of labs and integrated courses, thus foreseeing a number of examinations that is limited to the number foreseen by the 270 system.

7.4 Foreign language

Amongst admission requirements is the knowledge of English (level B1), as previously foreseen by the University for DM509 programmes. Possession of this requisite will be evaluated and may give rise to OFA academic deficits. The University will therefore offer students English language courses to fill any deficits.


Language courses
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7.5 Degree examination

In order to obtain the CFU Credits for the Final Test and be admitted to the Graduation Exam, the student must produce a folder (thesis document) illustrating a critical assessment of his education.

The Graduation Exam has a score of 0 to 8 points, to be added to the average obtained during the three years.

For the methods, content and minimum standards for the preparation of a dissertation, students should refer to relevant paragraphs of the provisions specific to the tecnical note of Academic Regulations (www.arch2.polimi.it).


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
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8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar
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9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Teaching support structures

The Teaching Library of Durando Architecture (TLDA) was opened to the public in September 1997. It aimed to create an extensive collection to cover student, professor and researcher areas of interest. It houses the texts shown in the official teaching programme bibliographies and texts that allow further exploration of the subject contents linked to the problems of the architectural project and that document the progress made in design in Italy and abroad. In the reference sector, encylopaedias, dictionaries, codes and annals, historic treatises and regulatory texts may be freely consulted. An open bookcase of over 160 magazines which the library subscribes to since 1997 is available.

Library opening hours: 8.00 - 20.50 from Monday to Friday;on Saturday 14.00 - 17.50.

In addition to the lecture theatres for courses and laboratory teaching, the School of Civil Architecture also uses:

- Lecture theatres with IT equipment in via Durando 10 and in via La Masa 34;

- Language Laboratory;

IT Lab that provides IT support to research and teaching activities for: elaboration of subject-oriented urban plans based on historic and archive databases; scale graphic renderings of photogrammetric surveys; urban surveys for formulation of intervention and implementation plans; comparative analysis of typological and architectural schemes; acquisition, preparation and production of text, graphic and photographic page layouts for exhibitions and hypertexts and digital publishing.

- Modelling laboratory: plans and creates architectural models in various scales, from territorial to urban, construction, interiors and accessories, using multiple execution techniques, materials and finishes, relating to the various possible use of models, which range from verification of projects still in the analysis phase to final presentation of architectures or scaled construction of existing works;

- Macro town planning, mobility and, urban design laboratory: prepares reliable scenarios of macro-economic and macro-town planning transformations via instrumentation and statistical and cartographic calculations as well as simulations and evolutionary proportioning of transport systems. In addition, tackles complex project issues with quantification of project activities and urban re-design;

In Bovisa Campus are also active the Laboratories of photography and light.

Diagnostic laboratory for building conservation and re-use: surveys level of decay and carries out diagnostics for projects concerning building conservation, management and re-use. In particular, studies the metric, static and materials consistency of buildings, identifies decay pathologies and corresponding causes and the most adequate graphic rendering to proceed with the subsequent conservation project.

Furthermore, on the via Durando 38/A campus, offers a consultancy service for the Piero Bottoni Archive, the most important document collection of the Politecnico di Milano, with over 90,000 exhibits (drawings, posters, models, furniture, objects, photographs, books, periodicals, booklets, etc.) concerning the works of Piero Bottoni, a prominent figure in Italian architectural and town planning culture of the twentieth century, as well as of other important architects including Le Corbusier and Terragni.

http://bottoni.dpa.polimi.it/index800x600.html

The consultancy service is extended also to Archive of Lombard Architects and Engineers. Albe e Lica Steiner Archive and Historic Archives of Politecnico di Milano

The school prints the annual “Student Guide” that contains a complete outline of the courses and services offered. Is also published with regularity the GIORNALE DELLA SCUOLA DI ARCHITTETTURA CIVILE.

There is a printing centre at the school that takes care of publication and sale of material.

Professors' lectures and publications may be consulted on the university web site at: www.arch2.polimi.it


11. International context

The objective followed by the Bachelor degree is that of creating an architect who is able to cooperate in the formulation process of a construction project in a logical and systematic way, in which, alongside the architectural composition disciplines are the technical and scientific disciplines, such as the architecture’s dimensions and rationalisation of the architectural process.

Hence teaching is arranged around the Architectural Design Studios and so the continual need to break down into sections the cognitive and methodological parts of subjects and their rearrangement in the detailed construction of projects, an approach in which experimentation plays a major role.

Evaluation of student understanding is necessarily orientated not towards self-reference of the subject but rather a perspective of knowledge integration.

Evaluation of efficacy of this type of teaching is left to cooperation and comparison with other architecture schools, especially at international level.

Important operative instruments in this sense are the various integrated design lab experiences organised together with foreign schools.


12. Internationalization

Within the scope of international exchange (EU and extra EU), students may spend a period of study abroad which normally has a duration of one semester, according to the following procedure:

- during both the first and the second semester of the 2nd year (if the period of study abroad carried out during the 2nd year, the duration can become of one year);

- during the first semester of the 3rd year.

Selected students must agree a study track with the mobility promoter equivalent to the programme of the foreign University up to a maximum of 80 CFU credits.

Within this limit the student may reiterate the experience abroad but only within the scope of international exchange programmes outside the EU. The tutor promoting the exchange will submit the credits and corresponding equivalence of courses and laboratories passed by the student abroad to the school board for recognition positively with exam.


LIFE LEARNING PROGRAMME (LLP) / ERASMUS - STUDENT STUDY MOBILITY

The LLP programme, promoted by the European Union, allows European students enrolled at European universities taking part in a partnership programme to follow courses at foreign universities with the guarantee of recognition of courses and exams taken. This programme has the main objective of offering European students the possibility to study and live abroad as part of the daily life of the host country in order to understand uses and customs.

The LLP programme affords students the possibility to experience not only different cultures but also different traditions and teaching and design methods.

Students from outside the European Union may also take part as long as they have been resident in Italy for more than 5 years. Universities at which students may carry out a period of Erasmus exchange are those foreseen by institutional agreements which the school of Building Architecture has stipulated with each partner campus. In the LLP announcement regarding destinations, the mobility promoters, professors which have created the exchange and which take care of coordinating exchange activities between our University and the foreign university are indicated.

The "coordinating" professor, on the other hand, is the person the student should refer to for defining his study curriculum for the study period spent abroad. Upon official confirmation from the European Union concerning our proposal for student mobility, each year, at the end of February, the school of Building Architecture starts the selection procedure with the aim of preparing a ranking of students considered suitable for exchange with European universities.

The exchange is finalised with acceptance by the student of the assigned location and confirmation of acceptance by the partner university, subject to control of the student profiles and forms sent by EXCHANGE-BOVISA within the established deadlines.


LIFE LEARNING PROGRAMME (LLP) / ERASMUS - STUDENT MOBILITY FOR INTERNSHIPS

The sectorial Erasmus Programme allows students in higher education institutes which are holders of "extended EUC" to access internships in companies, education and research centres (excluding European institutions or organisations managing European programmes) present in one of the "Participating Countries" of the programme.

The student, which may receive an ad hoc community contribution for the internship period, has the opportunity to acquire specific skills and a better understanding of the host country's social and economic culture with the support of preparation or refresher language courses of the host country (or in the working language) with the final aim of facilitating mobility of young workers throughout Europe.

before leaving, each student must have a work programme (Training Agreement) signed by the beneficiary, by the higher education institute and by the host organisation.

The internship period must be covered by a Placement Contract signed by the beneficiary and by the higher education institute or originating consortium.

For disabled students specific contributions are foreseen.

Furthermore, students bound for countries whose language is less used and taught have the possibility to participate in intensive language training courses (EILC- Erasmus Intensive Language Courses), useful for the subsequent Erasmus mobility period.

Interested students may apply at the Exchange International Projects Office within the deadlines established in the specific announcements.


All information and programmes regarding International Relations may be requested to:

EXCHANGE - BOVISA

Via Durando 10 - 20158 Milan

Tel: 02.2399.5721 - Fax: 02.2399.5675

E-mail: exchange-bovisa@polimi.it

opening hours: Monday-Tuesday-Thursday, 10.00-12.30; Wednesday

and Friday by appointment

 

School of Civil Architecture: Marco Grassi

Via Durando 10 - 20158 Milan

Tel: 02.2399.7140 - Fax: 02.2399.7135

E-mail: arcmibov@polimi.it

opening hours: from Tuesday to Thursday, 10.00-12.30 / 14:30-16:30 -

Friday, 10.00-12.30.

www.arch2.polimi.it at the link "strutture".

 

The professor in charge of the school of Civil Architecture is Maurizio Meriggi.


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14. Further information

Specific information and rules on:

  •  Passages of course, transfers;
  •  Additional educational (OFA);
  •  Organisation of teaching and frequencies;
  •  Study plan;
  •  Allocation criteria;
  •  Courses in excess;
  •  Participation and credits recognition of  workshops;
  •  Registration for exams and timing ;

so as other specific provisions are contained in the technical note of Academic Regulations (www.arch2.polimi.it) which each student will see.


15. Errata corrige