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

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    YACademy launches the second edition of Architecture for Heritage, a high-level training course offering 8 scholarships and internships for internationally-renowned architectural firms.

    106 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop and internships/lectures held by internationally-renowned architectural firms like OMA, Mccullough Mulvin Architects, Aires Mateus E Associados, Claudio Nardi Architects, and Carrilho Da Graça Arquitectos.

    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 course will be made up of 106 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop and multiple lectures by well-renowned professional architects. At the end of the lessons, the students will be granted an internship.

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    Courtesy of YAC Academy


    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 labor 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.

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    Courtesy of YAC Academy

    106 Hours of Lessons

    Reading the History | 12 hours
    Historical Analysis and Contextualization of the Architectural Heritage
    Pierluigi Cervellati

    Industrial Heritage | 9 hours
    From The Object to the Project: Restoration Strategies
    Edoardo Currà

    Restoration Technologies | 12 hours
    Modernity as the Key to Enhance the Ancient
    Paolo Iotti

    The New Frontier of Survey | 8 hours
    Standard and Cutting-Edge Techniques of Architectural Survey
    Giuseppe Boselli

    The Ancient Sustainable | 9 hours
    Principles of Environmental and Energy Sustainability for Historical Architectures
    Edoardo Milesi

    Concept Design | 12 hours
    The Genesis of a Design Idea
    Marco Prati

    Case History | 18 hours
    Successful Examples of Restoration of Historical Architectures
    Andrea Zamboni

    Arts and Ruins | 6 hours
    Artistic Languages as the Tool to Enhance Historical Architectures
    Gianandrea Gazzola

    Memory and Earthquakes | 8 hours
    Principles for Seismic Adjustment of Historical Architectures
    Francesca Bond, Viviana Cannas, Lisa Galeotti

    Interior Design | 12 hours
    How to Design the Interiors
    Sonia Galafassi

    Special Lectures

    Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, Prada and Manifesta: OMA and Historical Heritage
    Ippolito Pestellini | OMA

    New Uses for Sacred Spaces
    Valerie Mulvin | McCullough Mulvin Architects

    Presences and Absences
    Aires Mateus e Associados

    Re-Architecture: Schindler’s Factory in Krakow
    Claudio Nardi | Claudio Nardi Architects

    Cavea Arcari: The Evident Space
    Giuseppe Zampieri | David Chipperfield Architects Milano

    Contemporaneity and Archeology
    João Luís Carrilho da Graça

    Betraying History: Interpreting the Ancient
    Vincenzo Latina

    Contemporary Grafts: Kalo Slot Ruins
    MAP Architects

    Skin and Memory: San Michele in Borgo
    Massimo Carmassi

    Ethereal Architecture: Between Imagination and Memory
    Edoardo Tresoldi

    Italy and Hospitality
    Giorgio Palmucci | Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi

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    Courtesy of YAC Academy

    32-Hour Workshop

    Life in the Ruins: Post-earthquake Activation of Bolognola

    The course will be carried out in collaboration with the Municipality of Bolognola and Agenzia del Demanio. The students will be given the opportunity to work on the area of Bolognola, a little village located in the seismic basin of the 2016 earthquake, with the opportunity to find in the wounds the elements to turn the little hamlet into a major international example of post-calamity repurposing and re-activation, joining historical heritage to contemporary architecture.


    At the end of the lessons, the students are guaranteed an internship in one of the professional firms relevant to the course topic: OMA, Mccullough Mulvin Architects, Aires Mateus E Associados, Claudio Nardi Architects, or Carrilho Da Graça Arquitectos.


    The project is in cooperation with Confindustria Alberghi, Galletti, Banca di Bologna, Ariostea, Paolo Castelli S.p.A., Comune di Bolognola

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