The MSc (second cycle degree course) in Architecture and City Sustainability combines in-depth theoretical studies of core professional subjects with a solid applied and technical approach to sustainable design and planning. Courses in the different design subjects (architectural design, restoration, urban planning and design, building and construction technology) are organized into laboratories where students, supported by theoretical studies, carry out an applied activity during lessons hours.
Graduates of the MSc in Architecture and City Sustainability display awareness of aesthetic, distribution, function, technology and construction, management, economic and environmental aspects. They can also sit the Italian State examination to become registered as architects, planners, landscapers, and conservators. The professional skills to be acquired cover a very wide range. An architect has specific skills in architectural design and, in a more general sense, in public works, including reinforced concrete structures, urban and regional planning, building surveying and quantity surveying, as well as in civil works of significant artistic interest and in the restoration and rehabilitation of listed buildings protected by the Cultural Heritage and Landscape Code. Planners have expertise in spatial, landscape, environment and town planning and in carrying out and coordinating complex and specialized analyses of urban, spatial, landscape and environmental structures. Planners also have the task of coordinating and managing environmental assessment activities and the feasibility of urban and territorial plans and projects. Landscapers have expertise in the design and supervision of works relating to gardens and parks; in the preparation of landscape plans; and in the restoration of historical parks and gardens. Conservators operate in the field of conservation of architectural and environmental heritage and diagnosis of processes of decay and damage of architectural and environmental heritage, identifying measures and techniques for their restoration or recovery.
The MSc in Architecture and City Sustainability requires a three-year degree or university diploma (in Italy), or other study qualification obtained abroad and recognized as equivalent.
Currently, about 300 students are enrolled in the second cycle Architecture and City Sustainability degree course. The courses are organized in accordance with European Directive 85/384/EEC concerning the reciprocal recognition of diplomas, certificates and other qualifications in the Architecture sector. The teaching body on the Architectural and City Sustainability course comprises lecturers on the University of Parma staff, professionals, and public administration managers who are all able to offer invaluable interaction between the world of work and academia. This feature is reinforced by the role of compulsory internships and work placements, which are organized in conjunction with approximately one thousand public bodies and private firms, mostly professional studios affiliated with the University.
Each course year is organized in two teaching periods (usually lasting thirteen weeks each and called semesters) separated by periods dedicated exclusively to exams. Course attendance is the students’ right and duty. The courses are entirely held within the University Campus called Parco Area delle Scienze, the scientific centre of the University of Parma. The Campus, located in a 77-hectare green area on the outskirts of the city, is easily accessible from the train station and the historical centre; it includes the most modern and well-equipped facilities of the University Sports Centre (swimming pool, tennis courts, facilities for football, golf, athletics, basket, volleyball and five-a-side).
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