Wood Architecture | YACademy

Submission: 1st December 2023 Registration: 1st December 2023 Location: Concept Language: English Prizes: View Website Type: Open

Submission: December 1st, 2023
Registration: December 1st, 2023
Language: English
Prizes: View website
Type: Course



YACademy launches a new edition of the course in Wood Architecture promoted by Klimhouse: meet and collaborate with    Kengo Kuma & Associates, Snøhetta, AMDL Circle: 

3 scholarships  full-coverage of the enrollment cost and opportunity to participate in the courses from remote connection

Applications open until December 1st

The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee featuring 4 partners of Pritzker Laureates firms 


With 15 Pritzker laureates- the “Nobels” of architecture-on its panel of lecturers, YACademy is the world’s first postgraduate institute resulting from the relationship and collaboration among the most distinguished firms in contemporary architecture. From the definition of the programs to teaching, all aspects are curated by the greatest architectural studios of our time. Thanks to the collaboration with renowned professional practices, YACademy is the ideal context in which to complete or update one’s skills and boost one’s career through the connection with the most important firms on the international scene.

YACademy’s educational program is one of the most comprehensive and fascinating didactic experiences in the world. It is the result of years of experimentation and interaction between great masters of architecture. Each course comprises numerous educational formats offering an experience that can make the difference in young designers’ personal and professional careers.


It is one of the oldest construction materials, absolute protagonist of well-known architectural traditions, and a technology which has proved capable of keeping a unique expressive energy over the centuries. 

The first human settlements were made of wood, just as the first Greek temple, the first Chinese pagodas, and the trusses of the great gothic cathedrals. Wood is one of the protagonists of architecture and, even if recent technological progress used to prioritize other research directions, today, environmental problems put wood centre stage in the debate and attracts the attention of architects. 

Wood is a renewable, natural, low carbon-footprint resource; it’s a healthy material, esthetically pleasant, capable of giving a cozy, human touch to any architecture. Today more than ever, architects need to go back to wood, to know how to use it to design and construct. 

The reason why the Wood Architecture course started is precisely this: training architects who are capable of using wood to make sustainable architecture, with a great visual impact, which represent the renovated balance between human needs and nature.  

Studying the wood production process, the various essences, and the characteristics of a material which is all but inert, which is in fact alive and constantly evolving, designers will learn techniques and composition of wood architecture, during a course that is made up of 80 hours of seminars, 32 hours of workshops, and many interventions of renowned professionals.

The course is made of a teaching module of 80 hours, a 32-hours design and construction workshop, several special lectures, site visits and a period of internship/collaboration with one of the entities belonging to YACademy’s network


Sandy Attia (MODUSARCHITECTS); Technology as a new esthetic language: the case of the Kostner House 

Daugur Eggertsson (RINTALA EGGERTSSONI); Scandinavian DBA: Refugium Feinavaer

Patrick Lüth (SNØHETTA); Reindeer Pavillion

Kengo Kuma (KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES); Japanese imagery  and aesthetics: Yusuhara wooden bridge museum

Lars Johan Almgren (DORTE MANDRUP ARCHITECTS); Iconic architecture and relationship with the landscape: Greenland visitor centre

Michele De Lucchi (AMDL CIRCLE); Art, architecture, and thought: thinking with wood

Marshall Blecher & Magnus Maarbjerg (MAST); City on water: timber buildings and climate change


Lone Wiggers (C.F. MØLLER ARCHITECTS); Designing with wood on a big scale: Danish state building agency

Lukas Rungger (NOA); Wood and hospitality: from the shell to the interior



Lars Johan Almgren (Dorte Mandrup Architects)

The workshop will be the opportunity to test the notions learned in the other didactical modules, as students are called to give strategic solutions to a real architectural project. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Vento di Venezia, concessionary company of the Certosa island since 2002. Located a few minutes by boat from the Arsenal and from some of the most iconic landmarks of Venice, the Certosa island is a hidden gems of one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Mostly covered in forests and nature, the island – which has recently been restored – hosts the fascinating ruins of the ancient Carthusian monastery and some artifacts built by the engineer corps.  With a renowned restaurant and its very own marina, the concessionary company aims at transforming the island into a high-end tourism destination, for those who want to immerse themselves in nature, in the heart of the historical marvels of Venice. In this view, designers will be asked to renovate the restaurant, develop lodge modules (on land and floating) to increase the accomodation potential of the island. Considering the maritime vocation of Venice, its construction tradition, and the strong presence of nature in the area, the Certosa island will be the perfect location for a workshop whose aim is to experiment wood design techniques, which can be consistent with the environment, the history, and the natural characteristics of the lagoon. 

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Construction is a fundamental step in architecture. For this reason, YACademy offers its students the opportunity to participate in the process of producing their own ideas. Thus, the students will gain practical experience on construction sites and, above all, the authorship of projects built for excellent commissions, destined for a major media echo and capable of defining a turning point in their professional career.



Within the scope of the “Wood and vernacular architecture” module, students will have the opportunity to visit the Naturalia Bau showroom, so they can immerse themselves in the history of traditional architecture techniques, learning more about ancient technological solutions and finding inspiration for the development of their own projects. 


Within the scope of the workshop activities, students will have the opportunity to visit the Certosa island in Venice, learning more about its natural and architectural features, and understanding its needs with reference to the development projects promoted by the clients. 


Within the scope of the “Forest supply chain” course, students will have the opportunity to visit Cavalese. Located at a stone’s throw from Dolomiti mountains, a Unesco world heritage site, students will have the opportunity to visit forests and carpentries of the most ancient community in the world dedicated to the management and maintenance of wood, in order to understand the economic and social impacts of wood production. 


Concurrently with the “Getting to know wood” module, students will have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest companies in Italy and one of the highest rated in the field of bespoke wood furniture production, in order to understand the way essences are employed, their differences, and their characteristics, applied to the world of design.  


To conclude the course, each student will carry out a period of collaboration with one of YACademy’s partner firms. Such collaboration will have a minimum duration of 2 months and guaranteed remuneration consistently with regulatory requirements. It will aim to perfect students’ skills, offering the rare opportunity to work and interact with some of the world’s leading firms. By enriching their experience through internships and collaborations, students will have a real chance to build a solid network of relationships, useful for accelerating and turning their career around. 

Hereby follow some of the professional players with the greatest expertise in relation to the course topic:





At the heart of Bologna’s historic center – in the shade of the Two Towers and adjacent to the square Piazza Santo Stefano –YACademy occupies the ancient courtyard of a prestigious medieval palace, renovated to host an educational hub of excellence and located just a few minutes’ walk – under the UNESCO heritage porticoes – from the Central Station. Equipped with an architecture library of more than 5,000 volumes, YACademy is an evocative place to complete or enrich one’s educational experience in a fascinating setting, immersed in the historical and cultural heart of a bustling city that is always on the move. With an airport connected to major European cities, and located just a stone’s throw from Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, Bologna is the ideal place from which to set out to discover Italian and European wonders.

To ensure the best and most engaging experience for its students, since 2023, YACademy has been providing numerous apartments in the same building that houses the institute’s classrooms. Different housing solutions will ensure a unique integration and relationship experience among students. Immersed in history, innovation and internationality, at the YACademy campus, young talents selected from the best studios in the world will be able to socialize with one another, building a network of absolute excellence and laying a solid foundation for their professional future.



In collaboration with:

Klimahouse – Aresline – Contec – Flooring – Roversi Arredamenti – Terreal – Knauf 

For more information visit: www.yacademy.it

Contact: studenti@yacademy.it


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