Approximately 100 students enrol annually from all over Italy and from abroad (roughly 10%), especially from Greece, Iran and South America. Next to these students, who pursue the entire program in our University, there are also many Erasmus students, who attend one or two semesters, from all over Europe and beyond.
The Master of Science in Architecture for Heritage preservation and enhancement is the natural evolution (as well as a regulatory compliance) of the Degree Program in Architecture for Restoration and Enhancement, activated by the previously active 2nd Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Torino, starting from AY 2000-2001.
With the experience gained in recent years added to this initial background, the current MSc was activated starting from AY 2010-2011 . The objective of the entire two-year program is to provide an architect with special skills in the restoration and development of architectural and landscape heritage, thus responding to the urgent needs for conservation and restoration.
The job market today requires professional profiles, in the international arena, that are particularly attentive to procedures, know-how, materials and different cultures, with a particular and refined inclination to manage situations of risk and sustainability, as well as the knowledge strategies and sustainable procedures for access to cultural heritage. By "heritage" we mean the set of works that are "testimonies representing civilization"; the study focus, around which all the duly scrutinised topics gravitate is therefore all architectural and urban heritage, be it widespread or concentrated, ancient or modern, environmental or landscape related.
The objective of the studies is to train architects who will mature skills for the understanding, conservation, enhancement, management and promotion of heritage; and such an objective is achieved through a well-structured and complex design path that evolves over the two-year period: it aims to combine the unique value of the cultural assets with the up-to-date economic and social mechanisms of their environment.
With its established tradition and know-how in matters of heritage protection, conservation and enhancement, the Italian system represents a competitive attraction on the international scene. The educational model also has distinct subject developments in the field of management and promotion of cultural heritage.