Italy, Venice

Contemporary Architecture (AUGUST)

when 6 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 950

The course fosters an understanding of the relationship between buildings and the city at large. Buildings are not isolated objects: they must react and respond to very particular urban conditions if they are to stand the test of time and, of course, delight us. In Venice this concern is particularly acute. These fundamental observations form the springboard for this course.

The course is a combination of theory, workshops and visits. The introduction to People and Places provides the theoretical background while the workshop Drawing, Modelling & Photography provides the practical component. This segment of the course examines the three core tools in the architects’ toolbox: two- dimensional drawing, three-dimensional modelling, photography, and film. Visits include amongst others the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (by OMA), Venice Biennale and Punta della Dogana (by Tadao Ando).

If you wish to stay longer, this course can be combined with Venice Architecture Biennale or Design: the World Around Us courses at the Academy.

The courses take place in historic venetian palazzos and are done in cooperation with the European Cultural Centre- the second largest cultural venue in Venice after the Biennale.

Beyond the classroom immerse yourself in creative and cultural activities or relax at famous Lido beach. Leveraging our 15-year experience of working in this incredible city, we will guide you to its most alluring locations. For anybody who wishes to explore Italy, Florence, Siena and Milan are within proximity.

Course leader

The course is constructed by James Taylor-Foster Contemporary curator at ArkDes, Sweden's national centre for architecture and design and former European editor-at-large at ArchDaily. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architet

Target group

The courses are open for anyone with an interest in art and architecture. Your peers come from all backgrounds and are international, curious and inquisitive minds that are looking to expand their knowledge. Many of them will be responsible for managing and advancing best projects in art, design and architecture.

Course aim

1. Enrich your perspective on current trends in Architecture

2. Get inspired by reviewing and evaluating the best architecture practices in the world.
Learn to about Combining New and Old using the city of Venice as a case study discussing the challenges faced by a living city.

3. Learn practical skills in a short period of time.

4. Gain new skills to create greater impact with your work immediately.

5. Have an unforgettable time in Venice outside the classroom: immerse yourself in creative and cultural activities or relax at famous Lido beach. For anybody who wishes to explore Italy, Florence, Siena and Milan are within proximity.

Credits info

5 EC
All students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

You can get from 5 to 10 ECTS by registering the course as your internship/work placement/stage. Contact us at for more info. You need to apply for ECTS with your university BEFORE attending the course.

Fee info

EUR 950: Tuition fee is 950 euro per week. The fee covers the classes, course materials, visa support, access to archives and library, all passes to cultural institutions, welcome breakfast and a boat ride around Venice. If wished for, we can organise a nice single/double accommodation for EUR 500 per 7 nights or recommend suitable options starting from EUR25 per day.


There is a small number of scholarships available. Contact us at for more info.