Academic Year 2015/16

School of Architectural Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Building Engineering
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)

Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architectural Engineering
Code Reference Law1142
NameBuilding Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-24 - Construction engineering
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Emilio Pizzi
Coordinator of the Study programme Angelo Lucchini
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme

Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The complexity that characterizes the construction industry today is such as to demand an increasing number of technical graduates and an organic diversification of their training programmes both as part of the degrees in architecture as well as those in engineering.

In this context, building engineering, once a sector of civil engineering, has become highly specialized and autonomous in its teaching.

With the educational system resulting from MD 270/2004 the degree in Building Engineering has taken on the name of Building Engineering for the three-year Bachelor of Science and Architectural Engineering for the two-year Master of Science.

The Master of Science graduates in Architectural Engineering is a learned and critical engineer with a solid scientific and technical background, with a professional attitude that enables him/her to engineer the architectural design of buildings - particularly those which are complex, large scale and/or to be used in whole or in part for special activities - to supervise design integration of all technical and technological, construction, structural and systems components, to organize and control the construction and maintenance process and to manage the entire production cycle and life span of buildings.

The Architectural Engineering engineer, in both the design of works and their planning, implementation and management, is able to address the range of technical, technological, productive, economic, administrative, legislative and regulatory aspects arising from issues that characterize our time, as well as anticipating the future and trends such as:

  • environmental and energy challenges for the sustainability of new buildings or reclamation and redevelopment of the building heritage;
  • dynamics of innovation, the study, production and use of systems and components with new or improved performance;
  • new requirements of customers and users;
  • new forms of architecture in new and reclamation construction;
  • work in multidisciplinary teams and new professional roles.


The main general theme of sustainability in particular requires significant new engineering capabilities designed to minimize environmental impact.

In this energy aspects play a strategic and substantial role which is expressed on the one hand with the development of technologies and implementation of solutions to ease requirements and on the other to minimize the use of traditional sources and also to increase exploitation of renewable sources.

The resulting new architecture involves the design of innovative building structures in terms of the technological, structural and environmental quality aspects, with particular attention to the conditions of well-being, service life as well as energy issues and environmental impact.

The processes that lead to the construction and management of new building structures or recovery of existing stock require new specialised skills for the operational, economic and management aspects, with particular attention to and analysis of safety, technological innovation, experimentation and quality control issues of products and works.


To meet its educational objectives, the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is designed to provide students with:

  • a foundation of a general scientific and technical nature;
  • a multidisciplinary engineering preparation able to deal with the evolutionary dynamics of the sector;
  • integration of such preparation with applied courses of a design, construction, production, management and economic nature.

3. Learning objectives

The educational goal is to provide the job market with a high profile professional who, due to his/her interdisciplinary background and the acquisition of a strictly engineering approach, is able to identify problems and seek appropriate design solutions, in line with the pace of innovation in the sector, to improve the quality of buildings in terms of physical, technical, performance, process and economic value.

In particular, the aim is to train a professional engineer who is able to operate independently and effectively in the processes and activities of:

  • designing complex building systems in terms of technological, structural and environmental quality aspects, with particular attention to the conditions of well-being, the service life and energy and environmental impact issues,
  • reclamation, redevelopment, maintenance and management of existing building stock;
  • development of the building process in terms of the operational, management and economic aspects;
  • management technological and productive processes related to the construction sector (new buildings, existing buildings), with particular attention to safety issues;
  • analysis, development and application of building, structural and facility systems and components with new or improved performance;
  • testing and quality control of products and works.


To achieve the diverse educational goals, students are given the option to choose between different specialisations and corresponding courses calibrated to acquire the professional skills typical of the Architectural Engineering sector which can be immediately used in the employment market.

In addition, in order to promote the internationalization of the Master of Science Programme a specific specialisation is made available to students with special courses in English only - also available to Italian native speaking students - following assessment of adequate knowledge of English.

For foreign students, during the first year of this specialisation, it is mandatory to attend an Italian language course in order to allow better integration with their Italian colleagues and with all the entire university context.

The Master of Science Programme in Architectural Engineering foresees, in addition to afore-mentioned specialisation in English, the three specialisations listed in paragraph 4.1 with its corresponding contents.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The Programme is divided into a series of courses covering the disciplines typical of Architectural Engineering, i.e.:

  • architectural, construction, structural and systems design of new buildings;
  • architectural, construction, structural and systems design for the reclamation and functional and performance redevelopment buildings;
  • general and detailed structural design;
  • organization, planning and control of production processes and building construction and management.


More specifically, the subject areas corresponding to approved study plans are, for example:

  • building design which examines the aspects of technological and environmental design and provides specific insights for solving problems of complex structures of large-scale works and special environments. Courses address, also via practical exercises, the design specifics of the quality of the built-up environment, technological quality of construction components and materials and corresponding services and development of low environmental impact and energy efficient construction systems. All issues addressed consider compliance with the principles of sustainable development.
  • building process and production management examines one of the following aspects:
  • technological and productive aspect with reference to initial technological quality and sustainability, installation over time and in maintenance of building systems and components, with particular attention to their durability and serviceability and recyclability of materials,  as well as quality control and quality systems;
  • organizational, procedural, economic, financial and planning aspect of construction projects, with reference to value analysis and project financing, to tender procedures and offer presentation and contract adjudication criteria;
  • managerial aspect of construction processes  according to project, construction, maintenance, management and control principles as well as those of facility management in terms of maintenance selection strategies, particularly in cases of contracting maintenance services in global service;
  • building reclamation aspect, aimed at providing Architectural Engineers with general and specific knowledge and operational skills necessary to address the area of ​​building reclamation both in terms of design as well as from the point of view of technologies and organization to manage such interventions. Issues relating to surveying existing buildings in order to discover their history, their physical and technological components and their state of preservation will therefore be examined in terms of subject matter and instrumentation; intervention on existing buildings will thus be addressed in order to restore or increase their value of use and finally define the true reclamation project;
  • structural aspect which explores the issues of structural design, analyzing in detail structures of reinforced concrete, pre-compressed reinforced concrete, steel, wood, masonry and corresponding seismic resistance and geotechnical performance and issues.

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)

The Master of Science gives access to a PhD, second level Specialisation Programmes and second level University Masters.

After the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, it is therefore possible to access the third level of university education at the University via PhD Programmes in the construction and real estate market sector.

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

At the end of the Programme, after the graduation examination, the qualification of  Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is awarded. This qualification is a prerequisite to take the Professional Exam which enables the successful candidate to practice as a Professional Engineer, registered in the Order of Engineers in the Civil and Environmental sector.

In particular, the goal is to train a professional engineer able to effectively operate, within the competences set by the law, in different fields such as:
- designing of complex building systems, including technological, structural, environmental aspects, with special attention paid to comfort, service life, energy and environmental impact issues;
- development of the building process, in its operative, economic and managerial aspects;
- managing technological and production processes related to the building sector (new and existing buildings), with special attention paid to safety issues;
- technology innovation;
- testing and quality controls of products and buildings.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The Architectural Engineering, thanks to the skills acquired, can find various employment opportunities. He/she can work as a consulting engineer, design engineer, project manager, construction manager, cost engineer, facility manager, safety engineer and in many other roles arising from the development trend of innovation characterizing today's construction world.

Employment is typically in:

  • professional architecture and engineering practices;
  • consultancy practices in the fields of technology, safety, heating technology and quality control;
  • engineering, construction and maintenance companies;
  • industries manufacturing building materials and components;
  • government;
  • technical offices of public and private companies;
  • building heritage management companies;
  • quality control service companies;
  • insurance companies and
  • more generally in the field of the self-employed professions.

Surveys of University Assessment Commission

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification

For admission to the Master of Science, without the need for curricular supplements, the candidate must be in possession of a Class L23 Bachelor of Science from the Politecnico di Milano or from other Universities.

In other cases, any curricular supplements must be acquired before assessment of individual preparation. In addition, admission to the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering takes place via career assessment (based on the documentation submitted by the candidate at the time of pre-enrolment) and verification of the adequacy of personal preparation.

The procedures of this verification will be described in the Programme Teaching Regulations.

At the Politecnico di Milano, in order to assess the level of proficiency in English, the CEF (Common European Framework) classification is adopted.

TheSchoolofBuilding Engineering-Architecturehas adopted, without any additional requirement, the entire regulation approved by the Academic Senate (meetings of 20/02/2006 and 25/05/2007) for the entire University with regard to verification of knowledge of a foreign language, also with reference to subject matter vocabulary.

To be admitted to the Master of Science Programme, students must be comfortable with at least one European language other than Italian; the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering therefore requires the attainment of a certificate of proficiency in the English language at least to level B2 of the CEF (Common European Framework). This level of knowledge is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Science itself.

The School reserves the right to modify or adapt this level in coherence with the decisions of the University, based on the evolution of the Programmes themselves and the Teaching Offer in general. Any amendments, as well as the details of certifications already considered eligible, will be announced and illustrated in the Teaching Regulations, on the University website, on that of the School and with personal e-mails.

6.2 Requested knowledge

The knowledge required is that provided by Bachelor of Science degrees in Building Engineering or Construction Engineering or equivalent.

Any deficiencies identified by the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering Admissions Commission can be bridged by the acquisition of additional credits (curricular supplements) to be satisfied before enrolment (according to the requirements of MD 270/04).


Details of the entrance test are available on the Guidance website(

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano

6.4 Tutoring and students support


The Programme adheres to the institutional guidance and counselling organized by the University, the Bachelor of Science Open Day held in the spring on the Leonardo campus.

On this occasions, presentation of courses by School Professors are organized in which educational goals, career opportunities and study subjects are illustrated.

The work of students in previous years, the infrastructures in which teaching takes place and events and initiatives organized as part of the Programme are also presented.



For certain courses in the Programme student tutoring carried out by highly qualified researchers and professionals is available.

The management individual Study Plans and international exchange programs is carried out by school Professors.

Detailed information can be found on the School website.


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

As specified in the didactic regulations, 120 credits are required to obtain the degree (first level).
Three specialization areas are present:

- Design;
- Management;
- Refurbishment.

In general courses fall in the following areas:

- Architectural Design
- Architectural History
- Building Durability and Maintenance
- Building Materials
- Building Pathology and Diagnostics
- Building Physics
- Building Services System Design
- Refurbishment and Conservation
- Structural Design
- Structural rehabilitation and consolidation
- Technological Design
- Urban Design

To attain the qualification, acquisition of 120 credits specified in the Teaching Regulations is required.

Credits are acquired successfully passing all examinations and activities foreseen in the two-year Programme including the final graduation examination.

In general, course subjects cover the following areas:

  • Architectural design
  • History of architecture
  • Durability and maintenance of building components
  • Building materials
  • Building pathology and diagnostics
  • Building physics
  • Technological services design
  • Reclamation and conservation
  • Structural design
  • Structural rehabilitation and consolidation
  • Technical architecture
  • Town planning

7.2 Mode of study

This Course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

Teaching Regulations for the Programme in:

Master of Science

1 Year courses - Track: SA3 - PIANO PROGETTAZIONE

2 Year courses - Track: SA3 - PIANO PROGETTAZIONE

1 Year courses - Track: SB3 - PIANO COSTRUZIONE

2 Year courses - Track: SB3 - PIANO COSTRUZIONE

Teaching activities derive from different sets of characteristic disciplines which may be classified in the following groups:

  • architectural design, urban planning and technology
  • design and verification of structures
  • physics of buildings and technical systems
  • ergotecnology, organization and safety
  • materials technology and building systems
  • economics, estimation and management
  • building reclamation and restoration.

By decision of the school optional courses will be activated only if we reach the minimum number of 15 students. Will be care of CCS inform students about the actual availability.

7.4 Foreign language

Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

Presentation and discussion of a thesis, autonomously developed by the student, within the scope of specific credits allocated for such purpose. The thesis leads to the preparation of a document addressing all the major aspects of the future engineering profession, i.e. in-depth analysis of particular aspects of the disciplines that characterize the various Master of Science specialisations.

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

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar

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

In support of teaching there are several project laboratories in the specialisations foreseen for individual courses.

There is also a modelling laboratory specializing in the production of models on the basis of designs prepared by students.

Information is available in the Study Manifesto.

The Study Manifesto is published each year on the Politecnico di Milano Website.

11. International context

The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is present as Building Engineering or Architectural Engineering in the educational systems of many foreign universities, particularly American, both as a degree in itself and as a specialisation of other degrees.

With regard to research and development activity related to the degree, the main reference is the International Council for Building, a worldwide organization which brings together researchers and educators in its commissions from nearly every country in the world.

The University is carrying out a comparison with the main international universities. Reports and studies will shortly be available on the Politecnico di Milano Web site in the Study Manifesto section.

12. Internationalization

The School recommends periods of at least one semester (excluding the first) of study abroad and therefore there is an internal structure for guidance and counseling of interested students.

The Master of Science has been recently introduced and students which to date have taken advantage of exchange programs have been concentrated in theNetherlandsand inSpain.

In the future the objective is to strengthen internationalization using Erasmus Placement, a very flexible exchange tool.

Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at

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14. Further information

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