YACademy | Off-site Technologies for Architecture

Application: September 15th, 2023
Location: Please see the details below
Type: Training Course



YACademy enriches its educational offer: learn more about the first edition of the course in  “Off-site Technologies for Architecture” by Manni Group and design with Foster + Partners


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


Applications open until September 15th

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.


Technology is the tool with which architecture is made.

Whether one is a technician or an architect, one needs deep knowledge – the former – and a solid understanding of the tools that make every project possible – the latter. Like all human phenomena, technology evolves according to trends and advances with a common understanding of environmental, economic, and social events. In this regard, off-site is one of the undisputed leaders in modern construction technology, proving to be among the most effective methods of creating quality low-environmental-impact architecture.

In a world where the demand for architecture is growing exponentially -despite the urgency to reduce the anthropogenic load on the environment and ecosystem- off-site is one of the most viable alternatives to meet the current needs of the world’s population without jeopardizing the future of the planet.

This is why the course in “Off-site Technologies for Architecture” was created, to turn technicians and architects into experts in the latest trends in off-site construction technology, therefore able to offer tangible solutions for a better and more sustainable future. Thanks to their expertise in a modern culture of technology, designers will become valuable professionals in any design process, learning tools to shape their projects and becoming part of a trend marked by major investments by the world’s major players. Through the experience of Manni Group and the help of some of the most authoritative voices in the field (as engineering companies and researchers), designers will delve into the most up-to-date technical and composition possibilities in a program comprising 88 hours of classes, workshops, and visits, 32 hours of workshop, numerous lectures by renowned professionals and at least 2 months of placement at the illustrious partner firms.


PAOLO MATTEUZZI | ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS: Production of complexity: from parametrics to the construction site

NICOLA SCARANARO | FOSTER + PARTNERS: Tech negli high-rise buildings

FRANS VAN VUURE | UNSTUDIO: Sustainable research and technology

ARNE EMERSON | MORPHOSIS: Architectural scenarios in the USA


MARIO CUCINELLA | MARIO CUCINELLA ARCHITECTS: The future as reinterpretation of past techniques

GIORGIO DONA’ | STEFANO BOERI ARCHITETTI: Green skyscrapers and urban greening; design and technological challenges

PAOLO CRESCI | ARUP: Research and New Tech for sustainability


BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Design of a sustainable housing module

Nicola Scaranaro | FOSTER + PARTNERS

The workshop will be the practical opportunity to test all the notions provided during the teaching modules and will guarantee strategic solutions to a real architectural project. The workshop will be conducted under the mentorship of Foster+Partners based on the firm’s experience in various areas of development cooperation, including the reconstruction of Turkish cities devastated by the recent earthquake. It will deal with one of the central topics of the future of construction: the design of sustainable, replicable housing modules that can be combined to meet the significant housing demand of emerging economies or support temporary functions in emergency contexts. By definition, offsite technologies are capable of bringing quality architecture to any context. Through the workshop, students will have the opportunity to design prototypes as the basic module in the development of tomorrow’s cities. They will design quality, scalable, and customizable housing that can be built quickly and at a reduced cost, according to a tight analysis of their environmental paradigms to ensure environmentally sustainable interventions.


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 workshop topic, students will be given the opportunity to visit Manni group’s production lines in order to understand the essence of off-site technologies, the pre-processing stages in the factory, and the quality control that can be guaranteed in the industrialization process.


Concurrently with the “construction site” module, and according to the lessons schedule, students will be given the opportunity to visit the main construction sites of Lombardini 22: the largest firm in Italy by volume of activity.


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.



A project by: MANNI GROUP


Patronage: ADI, FPA, UNICMI


Main Sponsor: ROCKWOOL

For more information, visit: www.yacademy.it

Contact: studenti@yacademy.it


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Date: May 29, 2023