PhD in Architecture and Design Cultures

Academic Year 2021-2022
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Annalisa Trentin
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 10 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table
Application deadline May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 13, 2021 to Jul 23, 2021
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2021
Operating centre
Bologna (Cesena and Ravenna secondary establishments)
Main Department
Department of Architecture - DA
Mobility abroad
3 months
Research topics


  • Architectural composition
  • Theory of architectural design
  • Autonomy of architecture
  • Space, form and structure in architecture


Planning and Urban Design

  • Sustainability in planning and in urban design
  • Relations between planning and environment/landscape protection and promotion
  • Urban regeneration: techniques, tools and experimentations
  • Theories of planning and urban design


Construction Technologies and Building Performances

  • Sustainable building design
  • Energy efficient building - Architectural building renovation
  • Project construction management - Innovation Technologies
  • Indoor quality and building performances
  • Outdoor quality, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies


Advanced Design

  • Design driven product and service innovation
  • Advanced design cultures: beyond processes and thinking
  • Design thinking social innovation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Social Innovation
  • Visions of the futures in material forms: a dynamic relationship between past, present, and future


Cultural Heritage

  • Protection, Restoration and Preservation
  • Technologies for conservation
  • Digital Heritage
  • Design for Cultural Heritage in the digital era
  • Humanities and Technology for Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage and sustainability


Architectural Humanities

  • History of architecture
  • History of design
  • Aesthetics of design and architecture
  • Aesthetics of everyday life
  • Philosophy and architecture
  • Architecture and arts
  • Architecture and literature, film, tv
  • Urban and visual culture
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Job opportunities are directly related to research activities in the field of architecture with particular reference to the areas here described in general terms: Architectural composition; Urban Design; Construction Technologies; Advanced Design; Restoration and Preservation; Humanities and Technology for Cultural Heritage; History of architecture; Aesthetics of design and architecture.
Admission Board

Surname Name University/Institution Role email
Apollonio Fabrizio Ivan Università di Bologna Member
Celaschi Flaviano Università di Bologna Member
Leoni Giovanni Università di Bologna Member
Pretelli Marco Università di Bologna Member
Tondelli Simona Università di Bologna Member
Bartolomei Cristiana Università di Bologna Substitute
Ferrante Annarita Università di Bologna Substitute
Formia Elena Maria Università di Bologna Substitute
Trentin Annalisa Università di Bologna Substitute
Ugolini Andrea Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The PhD programme in Architecture combines the specificity of the architectural research as architectural composition, urban planning, history, aesthetics, design, restoration, technology and industrial design, combining basic research and applied research in an interdisciplinary perspective. The research will be developed according to subject areas that, given the nature of the PhD programme, it is aimed primarily at graduates in architecture and construction engineering-architecture and graduates who need to develop specific studies in the field of Architecture according to the different disciplinary joints which characterise it, despite coming from other graduating classes. The PhD programme in Architecture is characterised by the following research areas:
- Architectural composition
- Urban Design
- Construction Technologies
- Advanced Design
- Restoration and Preservation
- Humanities and Technology for Cultural Heritage
- History of architecture
- Aesthetics of design and architecture.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The training of PhD candidates will carry out teaching and research, articulated in the three years according to operational phases that include not only research staff and regular meetings with the PhD candidates aimed at assessing the progress of individual work, but the participation in workshops, courses, seminars and conferences in cycles. The training programme of the PhD in Architecture provides that such activities are aimed at:
- offering to all the PhD candidates, through participation in seminars and research activities at UniBo or in external institutions, an overall comprehensive training on the topics of doctoral degree;
- promoting the deepening of the individual research topics both finalising the production of the thesis and the elaboration of contributions for publication.
For each PhD candidate the Academic Board will identify complementary training activities most appropriate to the theme of the doctoral thesis. Each PhD candidate will also be encouraged to carry out internships or research periods at national bodies, international organisations, European institutions and foreign universities. PhD candidates are also encouraged to carry out educational activities and seminars, with regard to issues relating to their doctoral thesis, within the University of Bologna, within actions taken by international research networks, or in conferences offered by other universities and / or research centers in Europe.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The training activities are divided into basic and specialised activities.
Basic tasks:
- How to deal with the study and treatment of sources
- How to write a scientific text (stylistic conventions and editorial)
- How to write a scientific paper in English (technical language and rhetorical techniques)
- English language courses
- European projects
- How to do fund raising (knowledge of the regulatory framework, technical and administrative work involved in seeking funds for scientific research and practice to writing technical reports to contribute to specific calls)
- Monitoring and research strategy
- The rights and duties of the authors
- The challenges of digital publishing
- The digital publishing and legal nature of copyright

Characterising activities Internal or external to the university courses:
- Participation at conferences and meetings
- Laboratories or practical activities aimed in developing the research
- The acquisition of credits will be agreed annually by the members of the PhD programme in Architecture.
The leaders of research groups, indicated by the Academic Board each new cycle of PhD, will provide a list of activities in which the individual PhD candidates can carry out training activities. Each group can be directly linked to some research laboratories of the Department of Architecture that will complete the framework of the training of PhD in Architecture. PhD candidates, as an integral part of their training programme, will be able of tutoring students enrolled in Bachelor and Master Degree as well.
Internationalization features
More then 25% of the Academic Board is composed by foreign professors. Ongoing co-tutoring:
- n. 1 co-tutelle - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Parigi
- n. 1 co-tutelle - Université Paris Est - Marne la Vallée
- n. 1 co-tutelle - RWTH Aachen University
- n. 1 co-tutelle - TUM TU Munich n. 1 co-tutelle - Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
To meet the needs of internationalisation, the PhD in Architecture will benefit both of agreements already in place between the University of Bologna and foreign institutions, and of numerous international relations cultivated by the professors of the Department, and will encourage PhD candidates to take courses that foresee educational and cultural partnerships with international doctorates. With the cooperation of international PhD candidates, the programme will also promote international research through more wide-ranging external activities in relation with other universities. Since it is desirable that students undertake research pathways that allow exchanges and co-supervision with foreign institutions, in the training programme joint activities among multiple doctorates are foreseen. This collaboration will contribute to raising the number of agreements with universities in Europe and beyond. It will be possible, if necessary, provide for the issuing of a double, multiple or joint degree. Thanks to "Dipartimenti di eccellenza" foundings, there will be an increase in international relations. The goal is to create specific agreements with other universities / research institutes / laboratories abroad to activate programmes in co-supervision of theses.
Expected research results and products
The PhD program is an expression of the different disciplines and skills available within the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna and its mission is to develop a critical and theoretical context of the different disciplines of architecture. The goal is to disseminate such research through the publication of articles, essays, through participation in national and international conferences in order to enter the new PhD in the relevant scientific community.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Matteo Agnoletto Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Ernesto Antonini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cristiana Bartolomei Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Andrea Borsari Università di Bologna Professore Associato confermato
Matteo Cassani Simonetti Università di Bologna Ricercatore A Tempo Determinato
Francesco Ceccarelli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Flaviano Celaschi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Federico Fallavollita Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Filippo Fantini Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Annarita Ferrante Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Elena Maria Formia Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Francisco Javier Gallego Roca Università di Granada/Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Professore Ordinario
Valentina Gianfrate Università di Bologna Ricercatore A Tempo Determinato
Luca Guardigli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Riccardo Gulli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Carola Hein TU Delft Professore Ordinario
Stefen M. Holzer ETH Professore Associato
Piotr Kuroczynski Technik Hochschule Mainz Professore Ordinario
Giovanni Leoni Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Danila Longo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Gino Malacarne Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Dijon Moraes Jr Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG) Professore Ordinario
Ana Clara Mourao Moura UFMG - Università Federale di Minas Gerais, Brasile Professore Ordinario
Marco Pretelli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Rasmus Henrik  Reeh University of Copenhagen Professore Associato
Rosa Schiano Di Cola University of Westminster Professore Associato
Uwe Schroder RWTH Aachen University Professore Ordinario
Simona Tondelli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Annalisa Trentin Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Lamberto Tronchin Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Andrea Ugolini Università di Bologna Professore Associato


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