Architecture for Heritage: YACademy's Course Offers 8 Scholarships and Internships in Renowned Firms

Architecture for Heritage: YACademy's Course Offers 8 Scholarships and Internships in Renowned Firms

108 hours of lessons, a 60-hour workshop and internships/lectures held by internationally-renowned architectural firms like OMA, Mccullough Mulvin Architects, Aires Mateus e Associados, Claudio Nardi Architects, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Duque Motta & AA, and Markus Scherer.

The Course

Architects have always been asked to breathe new life into ancient architectures inherited from the past or into historical – often monumental – artifacts that no longer respond to the customs and needs of the contemporary society.

Nevertheless, the ancient architectures tell our story, therefore deserve to be restored with interventions that bring along a hint of modernity and show the trace of the design activity. The “Architecture for Heritage” course has been created on these premises. Its aim is training designers who will able to understand and enhance the memory of historical architectures and take inspiration from them to carry out new interventions that both meet the new needs and are enriched by the link to the past. In a close dialogue between the ancient and the modern, between existing architectures and new interventions, it is possible to comprehend what has been and what is now, redesigning – through architecture – a historical line bound to be continued by future generations.

The students will learn about the most advanced survey strategies and redesign of historical architectures; therefore, they will be able to protect the ancient wonders without giving up on a contemporary approach to the project. They will acquire skills and experience in a field of design that is always present and offers continuous and valuable job opportunities.

The students will analyze the technical and compositional strategies to adopt in contexts that host outstanding existing architectures through the intervention on archaeological and industrial sites and focusing mainly on the accommodation and cultural use of historical buildings. The workshop deals with a real design case arranged with the Italian Government and offers a great opportunity to analyze and realize the outcome design, gain and improve their skills regarding surveys, understanding, interpretation, repurposing, and enhancement of historical architectures.

Moreover, thanks to their internships in well-renowned professional firms, the students will gain an efficient link to the labor market.


YAC is an association which promotes architectural competitions aimed at fostering culture and design research. Over the years, YAC has broadened its experience of work and collaboration with the main architectural firms of contemporary architecture, dealing with diverse and numerous topics of architectural design. Nowadays, thanks to the collaboration with the University of Bologna, YAC’s expertise can serve young designers better, providing them with the creation of high-level educational programs aimed at polishing the skills of the students and offering them a valuable connection to the labour market. Thanks to the close relationship with internationally renowned professional and academic actors, YAC is the perfect frame within which complete or specialize one’s skills and create a significative link with the most internationally-renowned architectural practices. The courses will take place at YACademy’s headquarters: a historical building located in the heart of Bologna historical city center, close to the Two Towers and next to Piazza Santo Stefano, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque corners of the city.

108 Hours of Lessons

Reading History | 16 hours

Historical analysis and contextualization of the architectural heritage
Pierluigi Cervellati, founder Studio Cervellati Associati

Types of Reuse | 10 hours

Accommodation, cultural and productive repurposing of historical architectures
Francesca Graziani, Project Manager Agenzia del Demanio (Italian Government) / William Brunelli, chief of “Area Ambiente, Sicurezza, Energia e Territorio di Confindustria Emilia Area Centro”

The New Frontier of Survey | 16 hours

Standard and cutting-edge techniques of architectural survey
Giuseppe Boselli, CEO Geogrà srl

Concept Design | 10 hours

The genesis of a design idea
Mauro Frate, founder Mauro Frate Architetto

Restoration Materials | 12 hours

Harmonies and dissonances: the use of contemporary materials for historical architectures
Markus Scherer, founder Markus Scherer

Restoration Technologies | 14 hours

Modernity as the key to enhance the ancient
Massimo Alvisi, co-founder Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

The Ancient is Sustainable | 12 hours

Principles of environmental and energy sustainability for historical architectures
Edoardo Milesi, founder Edoardo Milesi & Archos

Case History | 18 hours

Successful examples of restoration of historical architectures
Andrea Zamboni, co-founder Zamboni Associati Architettura

Special Lectures 

  • Fondazione Prada

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, OMA

  • New Uses for Sacred Spaces

Valerie Mulvin, McCullough Mulvin Architects

  • Presences and Absences

Manuel Aires Mateus, Aires Mateus e Associados

  • Re-Architecture: Schindler’s Factory in Krakow

Claudio Nardi, Claudio Nardi Architects

  • Building on Ruins: The Moritzburg Museum

Fuensanta Nieto, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

  • Italy and Hospitality

Giorgio Palmucci, Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi

  • The Public Space

Vincenzo Latina, Vincenzo Latina Architetti

  • Elqui Domos: Nature as a Pre-Existence

Rodrigo Duque Motta, Duque Motta & AA

  • Contemporary and Archeology

João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos

  • New Opportunities From the Past

Stefano Mantella, Agenzia del Demanio

60-Hour Workshop

  • Art in Nature 
  • Between the Middle Ages and the 20th Century

The design for accommodating purposes of the Fortilizio dei Mulini and the area of San Pancrazio.

Alessandro Marata, professor University of Bologna Francesca Graziani, Project Manager Agenzia del Demanio (Italian Government)


At the end of the lessons, the students are guaranteed an internship in one of the professional firms relevant to the course topic. OMA (Rotterdam), Mccullough Mulvin Architects (Dublin), Aires Mateus e Associados (Lisbon), Claudio Nardi Architects (Florence), Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid), Duque Motta & AA (Santiago de Chile), João Luís Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos (Lisbon), Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners (Rome).


The project is in cooperation with:

University of Bologna, Italian Government, Unipol, Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi, Ariostea.

More information at:

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    Architecture for Heritage: YACademy's Course Offers 8 Scholarships and Internships in Renowned Firms
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  • Registration Deadline

    July 20, 2018 12:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline

    July 20, 2018 12:00 AM
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  • Price

    2,450 € + VAT

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Cite: "Architecture for Heritage: YACademy's Course Offers 8 Scholarships and Internships in Renowned Firms" 21 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884


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