Postgraduate Specialisation Course

A curator is expected to act as a thinker, a writer, a content producer, a manager of projects and, above all, a provocateur.

The Master in Curatorship of Architecture and Design aims to train professionals to be capable of developing curatorial projects with a solid foundation in theory, critical thinking, and strategic knowledge of exhibition making. The goal of the programme is to stimulate innovative curatorial approaches aimed at generating new ways of understanding, discussing and presenting our built and natural environment.

The Programme

Module 1

History, Theory, and Contemporary Practice

The module will focus on the historical evolution of “curatorship” and exhibition making, with a close attention given to contemporary case studies in the fields of architecture and design. A comparative analysis of exhibition making between art and architecture will form the area of discourse for seminar discussions.

Module 2

Object, Subject, Format

The module will be devoted to the purpose of the exhibition, examining ideas related to the nature of the object, the narrative of the subject, and the experimental potentiality of format. Key areas that will be discussed include: representation and presentation in architecture and design, and the strategies and languages for display and communication within a wide variety of media.

Module 3

Thinking Outside the (Museum) Box

The module will be centred in subjects related to the museum, large international exhibitions and public spaces, and the spatial dynamics and behaviour of the public – including the role of digital platforms and social networks. Part of this module will be framed as a laboratory in which skillsets acquired thus far will be applied in order to analyse and verify the strategies outlined in the exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia during scheduled group visits.


Students will have to do a three month-long internship in one of a broad range of possible institutions, organisations, and companies, in Italy or abroad. This placement can be within museums, cultural institutions, with autonomous professionals, online publishing platforms, or with print media. The experience of this internship is not only a moment to complement further independent research and to have hands-on curatorial practice, but is also an opportunity to build real-world relationships and future collaborations with colleagues and professionals involved in the expanded curatorial field.


The course culminates in an independent thesis, conceived as an academically rigorous written research for an original exhibition project. The output will be a Catalogue containing an essay explaining the conceptual framework, the elements to be explored, the concept for display within a determined space, and a complete and thorough description of all the topics required to materialize the exhibition project. During all of the modules, class time will be dedicated to the thesis theme with faculty tutors.

Teaching Staff

Pippo Ciorra Pippo Ciorra

Senior Curator of Architecture at the MAXXI in Rome. Appointed member for the International Jury of La Biennale di Venezia 2016.

Pedro Gadanho Pedro Gadanho

Artistic Director of the Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (MAAT) in Lisbon, former Curator of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Andres Lepik Andres Lepik

Director of the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München, Germany.

Angela Mengoni Angela Mengoni

PHD in Semiotics, Professor of Visual Semiotics and Image Theory.

James Taylor-Foster James Taylor-Foster

European Editor-at-Large, ArchDaily. Co-curator, In Therapy (2016 Nordic Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia).

Mateo Eiletz Mateo Eiletz

Architect, Programme Head, specialised in exhibition design and management for National Participations at La Biennale di Venezia.

Malvina Borgherini Malvina Borgherini

Architect, Professor, Director of the Multimedia lab at the Università IUAV di Venezia.

Agnes Kohlmeyer Agnes Kohlmeyer

Curator and Writer of Art, Professor of Visual Arts.

Angelo Maggi Angelo Maggi

Architect, Professor of History of Architecture through Photography, Cinema and Visual Communication.

Carmelo Marabello Carmelo Marabello

Phd in Anthropology, Professor of Theory of Media and Anthropology of the Images.

Christoph Pourtois Christoph Pourtois

Exhibition Manager for the MAXXI in Rome, La Biennale di Venezia and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Luka Skansi Luka Skansi

Architectural Historian, Curator and Writer. Guest Curator at La Biennale di Venezia 2014. Co-Curator at MAO (Slovenian Museum of Architecture and Design).

Information of interest

Start Date
October 9, 2017
1 year
Classes 4 months
Internship 3 months
Thesis 5 months
Badoer Palace, Venice, Italy
Participation fee
€ 12.000,00

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