Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design

Duration 1 Year
Ects 60
Language English
Starting periods

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The Course

The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design offers new techniques of inquiry into the methods, tools, and topics that define contemporary urban and architectural projects. In this program, you will study design-based strategies for transforming cities and regenerating metropolitan areas.

Taking factors like the environment, social equity, and economic viability into consideration, you will design concepts for private and public spaces and collaborate on projects that define a better urban future.

Step-by-step admission and enrollment process

Application form 2019–2020

Who Should Apply

The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in architecture, urban planning, landscape design, civil engineering, or equivalent.

It is also open to candidates who hold a degree/diploma in other disciplines, if they are motivated by interest in the program’s topics and a strong portfolio.

All courses are taught in English, so a knowledge of the English language is essential. Click “Requirements” for details.


How to Apply

Career Paths

Graduates can find employment in design, architecture, and engineering studios; regional development agencies; urban planning departments; or real estate or construction companies.

Job titles include:

  • Architect
  • Architectural assistant
  • Urban planner
  • Urban designer
  • Project researcher
  • Project manager
  • Landscape architect
  • Landscape designer

Explore the Program

The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program leader, and project leaders will guide you via individual coaching and mentorship.

The program consists of four customizable course/workshop modules, followed by a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation.

Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design Overview 2019 PDF


Coursework focuses on critical research methods, design theory, strategic thinking, and historical and contemporary design practices—all within the broader context of urban and architectural design studies.


Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work with leading companies on projects such as developing a strategic vision for solving a specific urban issue, designing parts of open spaces, or drafting a proposal for an architectural intervention.

Professional Experience

To gain real experience working in your field, you will choose from an internship at a company site, a work project on campus in collaboration with a company, or an entrepreneurship module. In each case, you will benefit from mentorship, an inside perspective on your field, and valuable career connections.


Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department.

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Meet your faculty


Your Program Leader

Elisa Poli

Co-founder of Cluster Theory Research Group, Elisa Poli is an architectural historian, critic, and curator. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 in Architectural History from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has co-authored or contributed to several books about contemporary architecture theory, including Hybrid Living.

Elisa was trained as a teacher at the Architectural Association in London and has taught at several Italian schools of design and architecture. She writes for architectural magazines—including Domus, Abitare, Arch’it, Paesaggio Urbano, and Archphoto—and is editor of Opere. She joined Domus Academy’s faculty in 2014 as course leader of the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design.

Visiting Professors

Other visiting professors and collaborators include architects, urban planners, urban designers, and project managers such as:

Luca Astorri, Giovanni Avosani, Andrea Balestrero, Gianandrea Barreca, Alessio Battistella, Francesca Benedetto, Carlo Berizzi, Marco Boffi, Paolo Brescia, Marco Brizzi, Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo, Federico Cassani, Elisa Chiodo, Alfredo Cisternino, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Roberto Maria Clemente, Nigel Coates, Antonella Contin, Matteo Costanzo, Maddalena De Ferrari, Manfredo di Robilant, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Alberto Francini, Francesco Franchi, Matteo Ghidoni, Guido Incerti, Richard Ingersoll, Caterina Lunghi, Ludovico Migliore, Davide Mottes, Walter Nicolino, Fabio Nonis, Caren O’Rourke, Filippo Pagliani, Cristina Perilli, Roberta Pezzulla, Marco Quaggiotto, Nicola Rainisio, Massimo Randone, Davide Rapp, Chiara Rizzica, Elvira Vannini, Andrea Vercellotti, Mariella Zoppi.


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Fees and Scholarships

Each one-year Academic Master’s program (60 ECTS) at Domus Academy involves the following costs, in addition to a € 540 diploma fee, which must be paid at least one week before the course start date. The Academic Master’s diploma is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA.

Matriculation Fee: € 540

See the Tuition Fees page for more information.

EU & Switzerland Students
€ 19900

€ 3000Pre-Enrollment
€ 16900Tuition

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Non - EU students
€ 28600

€ 3000Pre-Enrollment
€ 25600Tuition

Scholarship Competition

New Museum Kartell

The history of Kartell is one of the richest and most significant in the Italian design scene. The objective of this competition is to present Kartell ideas for a new museum that not only describes the history of the company but also imagines the future of design.

In collaboration with KARTELL MUSEO

Deadline: 25 Oct 2019

Number of: 5

Prizes: One scholarship covering 60%, one covering 50%, one covering 40%, and two honorable mentions covering 20% of the total tuition fee of the master’s program.


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