The Istituto di Design of Turin and the Architect Mario Cucinella are offering the first Master course in Sustainable Architecture, a course specifically conceived to train designers capable of understanding and managing the dynamics behind environmental strategies and transforming the need to address the problem of energy consumption in buildings as a creative opportunity. A professional who can combine architectural design competence with the technical knowledge required to come up with a sustainable project.
Redefining the quality of public spaces, rethinking a building’s outer shell in order to suggest new city dynamics, reviewing their density and their integration with nature, while also reinstating lost urban relationships with historic city centres are just a few of the opportunities afforded by a sustainable approach to design and urban planning.
Together with the design elements students will also receive the information and tools they require to develop different kinds of projects.
An introductory part of the Master course will be set aside to provide an insight into the awareness and culture on which sustainability is based, presenting the different contexts in which it can be applied, retracing the history of the exploitation of renewable resources right up to an overview of current transnational energy policies. From a socio-scientific point of view the relationship between economics and ecology will be explored alongside the one between the climate and developable energy policies, by addressing issues such as Housing Evolution and the Green Economy.
Lessons and courses will specifically look into design methods, how continuous research and analysis can be fostered, the different representation (sketching, 3D modelling, rendering) and simulation techniques (Ecotec, Radiance), how the project can be communicated and the evaluation of innovative materials and production technologies.
Technical and cultural materials will then be brought together and used in practical applications in order to provide a complete training experience ideally suited to fulfil the requirements of the workplace.
The Master course will be coordinated by the Architect Mario Cucinella, the founder of the Mario Cucinella Architects studio with offices in Paris and Bologna.
The MCA studio employs a team of architects and designers from a number of different countries and has a longstanding experience in architectural design, industrial design and technological research, with particular focus on energy and environmental issues.
The total time for the Master’s is 1500 hours - 9 months of classwork and project development and 3 months of work experience. Full time attendance is required. The overall 1500 hours includes both the training activities, the work experience and one on one tutorials. These are spread over approx. 40 weeks with a full time weekly commitment of around 35 to 40 hours, of which between 8 and 20 will be class lessons, while the remaining hours will taken up either by individual supervised work, or team work on specific projects
The Master is specifically tailored for full (five year) graduates in Architecture and Civil Engineering. Admission of candidates with only a three year graduate diploma in Architecture will be subject to individual assessment.
Course attendance is restricted to a maximum of 18 students.
Start date: April 2010