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ARCHITECTURE HERITAGE PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2019/20
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Collegio di Architettura
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 2 years
Class LM-4 Degree: ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Reference Faculty
MATTONE MANUELA   referente.ARV@polito.it
Program held in Italian
 Educational objectives

The objective of the MSc is to train an architect in the preservation, enhancement, management, promotion of cultural heritage (as per its international definition) thus acquiring expertise through a two-year program that is structured in single-subject teachings, theme Studios, workshops and seminars, study visits, training activities and/or internships in Italy and abroad. The courses are aimed - in virtue of the cross curricular contributions... More...

The objective of the MSc is to train an architect in the preservation, enhancement, management, promotion of cultural heritage (as per its international definition) thus acquiring expertise through a two-year program that is structured in single-subject teachings, theme Studios, workshops and seminars, study visits, training activities and/or internships in Italy and abroad. The courses are aimed - in virtue of the cross curricular contributions - to the consolidation of the cultural base to then acquire theoretical knowledge, to apply it to design issues and keep to up-to-date on contemporary debates. The Studios adopt appropriate design methodologies and propose solutions using traditional and innovative tools; they have a cross curricular nature and include workshops, seminars and field visits to tackle design simulations on real case studies.
At the centre of the MSc training is design, broken down in the many subject fields that all converge in a varied framework of skills; design is meant both as a cognitive experience (identification, analysis, critical evaluation of what currently exists) aiming at the safeguard, evaluation and communication, and also as an approach on different scales: ranging from the single building to a city, a landscape or widespread heritage. The Studios develop the complexity of the architectural and landscape heritage and they deepen studies in specific fields, such as conservation and enhancement, through technical tools and data management, which provide the indispensable support for: the identification of the functions and activities needed in interventions on architectural heritage; the knowledge base; the choices of design and management of end-user scenarios, also identified by reference market demand and audience analysis tools; and finally the planning of interventions and their virtual communication.
The curriculum is organized in 4 semesters. The Studios follow a scheme that is based on the sequence of design scale and complexity. During the 1st semester the design experience is related to the architectural scale, in the "new design in the existing" Studio (with subjects related to composition and technology), and in the "architectural restoration design" Studio (with subjects such as restoration, technical physics/ systems in ancient buildings, restoration materials science/diagnostics). The urban scale of design is approached in the 2nd semester Studio that combines urban planning with urban design. In parallel, the first year courses - in structures of existing buildings, sociology and legislation of cultural heritage and history of architecture - all aim at the consolidation of specialised knowledge, for a deeper architectural culture, in the study of cities and regions, in interventions on structures, in consolidation, in European regulations and urban sociology. The Studio in the 1st semester of the 2nd year focuses on large scale issues, thus considering widespread heritage in the context of cultural landscapes and "systems of cultural assets"; here there is an interaction of subjects such as urban and landscape restoration and economic enhancement of the design, which also include the verification of the economic compatibility and sustainability of the design as the end result of a feasibility study, which is also approached with strategic evaluation tools in the preliminary design phases.

 Career opportunities



The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s: Roles and skills:
Architect   JOB ROLES:

These professionals must have acquired the ability to set up work designs, direct and coordinate their implementation, with specific expertise in enhancement, management and communication related to architectural and landscape heritage.
Must have the ability to coordinate the feasibility studies of designs and the application of innovative technologies in construction. Must be able to act as consultants to help identify the functions that are compatible with a heritage building, also relying on dedicated software; must also have the necessary skills to coordinate the pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of public and public-private intervention works that aim at local enhancement and development, also using innovative technologies for promotion and for the identification of cultural consumption demands.


SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

The architect must have acquired specific skills in feasibility studies in the preliminary phase (also for UNESCO nominations) of promotion, development, management and communication of heritage asset and site projects, dealing with the implications deriving from compatibility, economic and cultural sustainability, integrated conservation, even in candidate projects to EU and local authority development programs; more specifically, reference is made to skills regarding: architectural design on an urban-territorial scale; the "new design in the existing" with reference to systems engineering design; conversion; analysis of the solidity of the building; the economic and management implications of such interventions; the estimate of the increase in value of assets after enhancement interventions; quantification of the transformation and investment costs ; the identification of the social impacts that these interventions generate on the surrounding contexts. The architect must also have an expertise in the advanced communication of architectural design.
The restoration architect must be able: to independently carry out the design work, in accordance to all the competencies vested in the professional figure of the architect, and in accordance with the preliminary, final and executive design, in public works, in construction supervision, and in project accounting and testing; to manage teams that operate for the enhancement, management and communication of cultural assets and sites; to hold high responsibility functions in public and private institutions and bodies operating in heritage enhancement, management and communication (Superintendents, Museums, Regions, Foundations, Cultural service companies, non-profit organisations, etc.).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Architectural firms. Public and private organizations. Technical, cultural and management offices in local and ministerial authorities. Manufacturing and service companies.
 


Qualifications for further studies Knowledge required to continue studies
   

 Expected learning outcomes

The Master's Degree in Heritage Preservation and enhancement responds to a consolidated and evolving demand, both at professional and at a research level, even at a European level. This demand imposes the training of professional skills to adequately master the complexity of conservation projects and heritage enhancement in different areas and on different scales, to restore, modify and convert the physical environment and the landscape. MSc Grad... More...

The Master's Degree in Heritage Preservation and enhancement responds to a consolidated and evolving demand, both at professional and at a research level, even at a European level. This demand imposes the training of professional skills to adequately master the complexity of conservation projects and heritage enhancement in different areas and on different scales, to restore, modify and convert the physical environment and the landscape. MSc Graduates also acquire a cultural education that allows them to approach with awareness and competence the aesthetic, functional, structural, structural engineering, managerial, economic, social and environmental issues.
The knowledge base which is necessary to propose a conversion project is acquired with the different subject areas that converge in the Studio experiences, with single-subject lectures and a cross curricular design tutorial on a specific design topic.



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