Laboratories, trespassing and specializations.

A conversation on the teaching of architecture with Giovanni Durbiano, Antonino (Nino) Saggio and Ilaria Valente.


  • Francesca Frassoldati Politecnico di Torino
  • Alessandro Armando Politecnico di Torino
  • Cassandra Cozza Politecnico di Milano
  • Caterina Padoa Schioppa Sapienza Università di Roma



Interview. Laboratories, Trespasses and Specialisms. A Conversation on Architectural Education with Giovanni Durbiano, Antonino (Nino) Saggio and Ilaria Valente.

Discussing competence in architectural education is the opportunity for Giovanni Durbiano, Nino Saggio and Ilaria Valente to reflect on the foundations of architectural education in Italy and the Schools where they have been teaching for a few decades, in Torino, Rome and Milan respectively. Since their inception, Architectural Schools in Italy were characterized by the presence of “masters”, who mediated via their authorship the effects of design on places, their history and contexts. Beyond education, this became the Italian way of approaching architecture. The three scholars agree, in different ways, on the value that a similar approach may retain while more instances have to be considered and innovation seems to expand indefinitely the fields in which competencies are needed.

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