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Planning, Design and Architecture Technology

Offered by

Sapienza Università di Roma

Fields of Study

Engineering Studies, Humanistic Studies

Working Languages

Italian, English


Planning, Design and Architecture Technology

Research Areas

The PhD in PLANNING, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY pursues communal scientific and training goals, aiming at the integration of different disciplinary contributions; it identifies cross research areas and offers a training plan articulated in educational activities, cultural initiatives, the supervision of doctoral scholars and highly integrated assessment procedures, while recognizing, from time to time, the prevalence of a single disciplinary field which might be necessary for carrying out high quality research activities for public and private entities and in professional activities. The PhD Program aims to train researchers with a strong critical capability in theoretical and applied research, both at national and international level, with expertise in:

- multidimensional reading, interpretation and evaluation of the dynamics of physical and functional transformations of the city, territory, landscape and architecture;

- the definition, based on interdisciplinary cooperation, of design methods appropriate to the different variations and the various scales of the project, as well as their assessment criteria,

- techniques for delineating urban, territorial, landscape and strategic planning, regulatory institutions, pathways for the activation of effective practices, transformation/conservation qualities of the city, territory, landscape and environment,

- the definition of new design approaches leading to eco-efficient layouts, physical-spatial-material configurations and products, with the awareness that the process of evolution of the inhabited space should be based on the combination of technological innovation and environmental quality,

- criteria for the new concepts of the urban environment, the architecture space, the design product and the technological characters, as open systems supporting exchanges of matter, energy and information, which holds the concept of eco-efficiency as the basis of a systemic approach to the design and development of products with low environmental impacts, high energy efficiency and better bioclimatic quality.

In essence, the PhD Program aims at a research training focused on the idea of an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable transformation of the territory, the city, the architecture and the design, which should be more and more aware of their complex reality, as well as of the complexity of construction and industrial production processes, and able to critically understand the multidimensional connections of government processes.

A research training, therefore, which will prevent the risk of an excessive subdivision of disciplinary sectors and will offer not only specific skills, but also the ability to keep them updated and to build new ones, always opening itself to international exchange. A research training which can be applied not only in universities but also in public and private research institutions or in high-level professional profiles for public administration and in the private sector.

Synthetic Doctorate issues:

- Policies, tools and techniques for the regeneration of the territory, of contemporary dwelling and buildings

- Methods and techniques of promotion, assessment, regulation and definition of territorial and urban transformations through plans, projects, programs and policies

- Reading and evaluation of urbanization patterns and management of transformation processes of urban and territorial planning (decision-making and governance)

- Processes and strategies for environmental and landscape control of transformation processes of urban and rural layouts

- Methods and tools for environmental design, recovery and energy retrofitting of built assets, buildings and products

- Tools and technical information for technological innovation and eco-efficiency of building materials and components

- Study of the dynamics of innovation relating to the intermediate and final product and to the processes that form its life cycle

- Reading and definition of the socio-cultural, consumer and market innovations that influence production, communication and distribution strategies

- Definition of the qualitative aspects and environmental requirements of products, communication and consumption processes aimed at “sustainability” strategies.

PhD Full

Starting date:Nov 01, 2017
Duration:36 months

PhD Sandwich

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months


Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months

Master research

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 6 months


Academic contact

Martina Vizzani

Institutional contact

Martina Vizzani