YACADEMY | Architecture for Landscape 2023

Application: July 14, 2023
Location: Please see the details below
Type: Training Course



Live the best post-graduate experience: meet and design with Toyo Ito, Snøhetta, Chipperfield at the course “Architecture for Landscape” 2023 edition

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


Applications open until July 14th

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.



From Stonehenge to Greek temples, architecture is the signature of humankind on landscape, the artificial element that has always been connected to the natural environment. Architecture and landscape are linked by a fundamental continuity that is now starting to fade, damaging the quality of the space we dwell.

More than ever today, landscape is a precious heritage that architecture can and must enhance, while protecting it to pass it on to future generations: architects shall not give up on working on landscape, instead they should be able to design architectures that respond to each landscape’s specific feature and generates wonderful and unique spaces.

The “Architecture for Landscape” course was created on these premises: it aims at training designers who are able to meet the diverse needs of transforming territories, enforcing an attentive and productive dialogue with the surrounding landscape to respond to the needs of prestigious clients in outstanding contexts. Through a thorough analysis of the natural world, light and geomorphological features of terrains, the designers will become more and more able to reconnect human design to the natural environment and be inspired by landscape to design outstanding, sustainable and impressive architectures.

The course will be made up of 80 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop and multiple lectures by well-renowned professional architects. At the end of the course, YACademy Placement office will guarantee each student a proposal for an internship / collaboration within the partner studios.

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.



LARS JOHAN ALMGREN | DORTE MANDRUP: Shaped by the surroundings: The Whale

PATRICK LÜTH | SNØHETTA: Underwater landscape: Under


NEIL HUBBARD | HEATHERWICK STUDIO: A new green island in NY: Little Island

VIRGINIE LEGOFFIC| EFFEKT: Architecture becomes a path: Camp Adventure Forest Tower

ELORA HARDY | IBUKU: Design with bamboo: scenarios and charm from Indonesia

TOYO ITO | TOYO ITO & ASSOCIATES:  Balance and relation between built landscape and natural landscape

RENZO PIANO  | FONDAZIONE RENZO PIANO: Architecture, technology and landscape

GIUSEPPE ZAMPIERI | DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS MILANO:  Cava Arcari: the anthropic landscape as performative stage



CARRARA COMMUNITY QUARRY: Reuse of the disused caves of Carrara

Patrick Lüth | SNØHETTA

The workshop will be the practical opportunity to test all the notions provided during the teaching modules. It will guarantee strategic solutions to a real architectural project.  The workshop, conducted in collaboration with Franco Umberto Marmi, will focus on the reuse of an ancient disused cave located in the renowned marble caves of Carrara. The caves, dug in the heart of Alpi Apuane and face the beautiful beach of Massa, are a prodigy of interaction between human being and nature, a result of an amazing landscape, literally carved and worked by centuries of excavations and extractions.  A place that gives us one of the more charming landscapes on the planet, where huge steps, geometric voids, gashes and multiple levels, sculpt the pure mountains. In this place, centuries ago, artists such as Michelangelo, Canova chose their marble blocks to leave us artifacts that became part of art history. On the Vara bridges, students will have the opportunity to see a unique landscape with the aim of giving it a new meaning, transforming it through contemporary architecture and giving it back to the local community reinterpreted and regenerated.



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.



In line with the topics of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to visit the marble caves of Carrara and the territory of Massa, in order to interiorize the place and take inspiration for the future steps of the design process.


On the occasion of the lecture about Arcari Quarry, students will have the exclusive opportunity to visit the site with studio Chipperfield in order to collect input and reference useful for the development of the project in Carrara area.


Concurrently with module “Art and Nature” students will have the opportunity to visit, with the director of the park, the amazing paths of Arte Sella. During the visit they can see the ability of contemporary thought to combine, in a equilibrate and synergic way, in a prestigious and highly characterized natural context.


In keeping with Shinto tradition, in Japan every 20 years the temple of Ise is completely demolished and rebuilt identically on a plot facing the previous one. The purpose is to pass on building and craft skills from one generation to the next. During the work three generations meet: the sixty-year-olds who teach, the forty-year-olds who, having learned, build the new temple in a workmanlike manner, and the twenty-year-olds who observe and learn. Taking part in one of these ceremonies in the fall of 1996, Renzo Piano began to wonder how to transmit his professional experience to young people.




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:

WWF – Franchi Marmi –  Arte Sella – Aresline – Contec – Flooring – Roversi Arredamenti – Terreal – Knauf

For more information visit: www.yacademy.it

Contact: studenti@yacademy.it



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Date: May 15, 2023