Academic Year 2015/16
School of Architectural Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Building and Architectural Engineering
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
Lecco, Milano Campus
1. General Information
|School ||School of Architectural Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||1095|
|Name||Building and Architectural Engineering|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||LM-24 - Construction engineering|
|Degree level ||Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2014/2015|
|Official length of the programme ||2|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2|
|Official language(s) ||English|
|Campus ||Lecco, Milano|
|Dean of the School ||Emilio Pizzi|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Gabriele Masera|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingeda.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |Central Student Office - Lecco
2. General presentation of the study programme
The programme in Building and Architectural Engineering, entirely offered in English, prepares professionals ready to tackle the cultural and technical challenges of sustainability in the construction sector.
Our graduates can work in the field of new and refurbished buildings (and more in general of the built environment) with high performances, high energy efficiency and limited environmental impact. They are also able to transfer this ability outside Europe, in countries with different climate and construction practices, thanks to the experience gained in the world-leading European legislation about energy-efficient buildings (target 2020 and beyond).
The structure of courses of the programme in Building and Architectural Engineering considers the wide range of parameters influencing the design, performance modelling, construction and management of energy-efficient buildings, and their mutual dependence. The environmental performance of a building is in fact related, in a non-linear way, to the combination of various parameters acting at different scales: from the external microclimate, defined also by the urban morphology, to the single construction component, or the mechanical systems, or again users’ behaviour.
The Building and Architectural Engineer is a strongly innovative professional, able to manage the complexity of the very energy-efficient built environment: either because he/she masters the tools and the cultural aspects required to guide a design process integrating different disciplines (multi-disciplinary) at different scales (multi-scalar), which is the only route to cost-effective solutions; or because he/she acquired the ability and the tools to model in detail the components of buildings from the point of view of structural behaviour and building physics. The Building and Architectural Engineer is then able to design efficient components of buildings, also with innovative features, and to predict the performances of buildings and their parts in time.
The Course offers two tracks with specific characteristics:
- Architectural Engineering (offered in the Lecco Campus), giving students the ability to manage – and take part in – the multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design process of complex construction projects;
Building Engineering (offered in the Milano Città Studi Campus), giving students the ability to design, model and predict the physical, mechanical, and energy behaviour of complex building components and systems, services and structures.
3. Learning objectives
The programme, entirely offered in English, prepares high-level professionals that can practice in complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-scale projects, characterised by high energy efficiency and low environmental impact.
The Building and Architectural Engineer can typically apply his/her skills in the following fields:
- design of complex new buildings, in particular in the areas of technology, structures, energy efficiency and environmental quality;
- refurbishment and retrofit of existing buildings, in particular in the areas of technology, energy upgrade and structural consolidation;
- management of the multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar design process, with the help of specific design and information tools;
- technological innovation of building components and systems;
- advanced performance modelling of complex building components and systems, services and structures;
- management of global performances, with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of buildings.
The programme in Building and Architectural Engineering provides students with:
the integration of these skills with design studios and experimental and modelling activities.
- solid competences in the basic technical and scientific matters, also considering the different backgrounds of applicants;
- multi-disciplinary engineering skills that prepare students for the future evolutions of the construction sector, and in particular those deriving from sustainability issues;
- the integration of these skills with specialised and applied courses;
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
4.2 Further Studies
The Qualification in Building and Architectural Engineering grants access to “Dottorato di Ricerca” (Research Doctorate, PhD), “Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello” (2nd level Specialization Course) and “Master Universitario di secondo livello” (2nd level University Master).
Graduates in Building and Architectural Engineering mainly qualify for PhDs in the architectural, building engineering and civil engineering fields.
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
The Building and Architectural Engineer is a highly qualified professional who can work in the field of the built environment, and in particular of high energy performance, low environmental impact buildings, thanks to a multi-disciplinary training and to the acquisition of specialised engineering skills.
Graduates in Building and Architectural Engineering can take the Professional Practice Exam to get licensed as senior engineers according to the Italian law (registration in the Albo degli Ingegneri, settore Civile – Ambientale, sezione A), and practice in Italy and / or in other countries according to the specific local regulations.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Since the Building and Architectural Engineer knows about design and analysis tools, he/she can master the complex series of technical, technological, organisational, legislative and regulatory aspects related to fields such as:
- the environmental sustainability of buildings, either new-build or refurbished;
- the multi-scalar correlations originated by the quest for environmental quality of complex systems, either at the urban or building scale;
- the technological innovation of buildings and their components;
- the advanced performance modelling of construction components, building services and complex structures;
- the work in multi-disciplinary teams.
The Building and Architectural Engineer (track Architectural Engineering) can typically find a job as:
- consulting engineer,
- design engineer for buildings and their structures,
- project manager,
- and in general in all those positions requiring qualified skills about technological innovation for low-energy buildings.
The Building and Architectural Engineer (track Building Engineering) can typically find a job as:
- consulting engineer with specific skills in the modelling of envelope components, building services and structural systems,
- design engineer for building components, building services and structures,
- project manager with specialised skills.
Employment surveys by the University’s Assessment Commission are available through the Career Service here:
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
6.1 Access requirements
Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science), or comparable degree obtained outside Italy.
The programme in Building and Architectural Engineering is open to students holding a Laurea (BSc) in the L23 Engineering class according to the Italian law.
Students with a degree obtained outside Italy, or with an Italian degree in a different field, will be evaluated by a Commission. Prospective students holding at least a BSc degree in Architecture or Architectural, Building or Civil Engineering and 15 years of education are eligible for application.
A Commission will evaluate case by case all students, including those with a different background.
Please find detailed information about the admission procedures at this page:
and in the Guides to Enrolment:
6.2 Requested knowledge
The programme is open to Architectural, Building and Civil Engineers and Architects wishing to improve their ability to be part of multidisciplinary design teams, manage a complex design process, and enhance their skills in construction engineering and energy and structural modelling.
Prospective students should carefully consider the abilities requested to pass exams, be open-minded and ready to work in multidisciplinary teams.
The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
Please find detailed information about the admission procedures at this page:
and in the Guides to Enrolment:
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
Please visit the Polinternational website:
for information about the educational offer, the application procedures, the exchange opportunities and the practical aspects of life at Politecnico and in Italy.
Each September, Politecnico di Milano holds a Welcome Week for international students, introducing them to life in Italy and at Politecnico.
A presentation of the contents of the two curricula in Building Engineering and Architectural Engineering follows, respectively in the Milano Città Studi and in the Lecco Campus.
The Lecco Campus also provides logistic support specifically for international students (Welcome Desk).
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
120 ETCS credits are required to earn the degree of Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Building and Architectural Engineering.
Courses offered in the Architectural Engineering track are broadly organised into four main areas:
- architectural and urban design;
- technological design and process management, analysing the integrated design process from the environmental point of view;
- refurbishment and conservation;
- structural design.
The programme spans four semesters:
- the first semester presents topics and tools required for the following courses, also taking into account the diversified backgrounds of students;
- the second semester presents specialised courses;
- the third semester revolves around the integrated design of a complex building, supported by courses providing tools for construction technologies and environmental quality. This project is the foundation of the degree thesis;
- the fourth semester concentrates on the preparation of the degree thesis, which will demonstrate the student’s skills in designing and managing a multi-scalar, multi-disciplinary process.
Courses offered in the Building Engineering track are broadly organised into four main areas:
- technological and performance design of construction components, structures and building services with high degree of efficiency and complexity;
- management of the design and production process of construction components, structures and building services;
- complex performance analyses of construction components, structures and building services;
- management of global performances for the whole building.
The programme spans four semesters:
- the first semester has two goals: the first one is to understand architectural design and identify the specific role of the Building Engineer; the second is to understand detailed aspects of the physical, mechanical and chemical behaviour of materials;
- the second semester presents specialist courses about the technology and performance of the building envelope and about building services, also considering their integration;
- the third semester completes the presentation of the energy behaviour of buildings and their envelopes and introduces the dynamic analysis of structures;
- the fourth semester introduces the concept of parametric analysis and provides tools for the integrated performance design and the optimisation of parameters (costs, materials, performances, correlation among performances).
7.2 Mode of study
This course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities.
The Course includes participation in training activities consisting of lectures and tutorials, design studio activities, workshops, study trips and internships. Attendance at Studios is mandatory.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
7.4 Foreign language
To access the programme it is necessary to demonstrate proficiency in English language.
Please find information about the English language requirements here:
In particular, students with a University qualification obtained outside Italy should provide an English language proficiency certificate as explained here:
7.5 Degree examination
The programme ends with a degree examination, consisting in the presentation and discussion of a degree thesis, prepared within the credits specifically reserved for this. The final thesis work consists in the design of a complex building, either new or refurbished, and shall have a multidisciplinary nature to prove the ability of the candidate to manage the different areas of expertise; or it can treat one specific disciplinary aspect in detail (depending on the track).
Information about the final Degree exam, concerning general rules and regulations, calendars, registration and submission of theses, is available at:
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
8. Academic calendar
The Academic calendar is available here:
The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, are available in the Educational Rules starting in September each year.
The Educational Rules are published each year on the website of Politecnico di Milano at this address:
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
The Architectural Engineering track takes place entirely in the Lecco Campus, in new buildings constructed in the area of the former hospital. Classrooms, studios and computer design rooms allow students to work in a comfortable environment, in line with the international university standards.
The Building Engineering track takes place in the historical Città Studi Campus, integrated within the city of Milan and under progressive refurbishment to improve classrooms and infrastructures for better environmental comfort and computer-based work.
In both Campuses study areas, library, printing centre, models workshop, as well as research laboratories are also available.
11. International context
The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Building and Architectural Engineering can be compared with existing programmes offered in many universities around the world under the names of Building Engineering or Architectural Engineering, either as independent programmes or as specific tracks of larger programmes.
The past experience at Politecnico di Milano with the programme in Ingegneria dei Sistemi Edilizi (offered in Italian and, more recently, also in English), the surveys among stakeholders, and the analysis of the most advanced programmes in this field offered in Europe and around the world, allowed to identify a common thread linking Building Technology with multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design, energy efficiency and economy of resources.
On this basis the programme in Building and Architectural Engineering was designed.
In cooperation with the SPI – International Program Office of Politecnico di Milano, the School of Architectural Engineering offers international exchange programmes for students such as TIME, Erasmus+, Athens.
According to the School regulations, only students that have already earned, or will earn, at least 117 ETCS credits at Politecnico di Milano are eligible for TIME and Erasmus+ exchange programmes.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships is available at this page:
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
13. Quantitative data
A University Assessment Commission regularly reports on the final results of programmes, including the quality of teaching activities and the graduates’ employability.
Reports and studies are available here:
14. Further information
Each year the Course organizes various events and initiatives to extend learning outside the university. In particular, student work exhibitions are organized, along with workshops, competitions, and study trips in Italy and abroad.
Only the original version of this document, in Italian, is legally valid.
15. Errata corrige