With its new constitution, the Department of Architecture redefined its educational offer in light of the changes currently taking place, as well as the complexity of design and construction processes: it offers courses in the cities of Bologna (Single Cycle Degree/Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Building Engineering and Architecture; First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Industrial Design; Second Cycle Degree/Two years Master Degree in Advanced Design), Ravenna (Second Cycle Degree/Two years Master Degree in Building Processes and Systems Engineering), Cesena (Single Cycle Degree/Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture) and a PhD Program in Architecture and Design Cultures.
The Department’s main research fields include: Design Innovation, Cultural & Living Heritage, Building Performance & Architectural Liveability, Climate & Energy Challenges, and Urban Design.
The Department of Architecture seeks to define networks aimed at enhancing international collaborations in research and training. It promotes Erasmus students and teaching staff exchanges as well as cooperative agreements with universities worldwide, and also participates in projects and initiatives funded by the EU and diverse international activities and research.
In 2018 the Department of Architecture was selected by the Ministry of Education, University and Research among the 180 “Departments of Excellence” of Italian Universities. The project seeks to consolidate and innovate the Department’s identity, updating it in relation to the national and international context in the fields of both research and education. These objectives are pursued through the creation of the “Laboratori di Innovazione delle Culture del Progetto – ICP” (Innovation Labs for Design Cultures) for integrated third-level research and training activities. One of the main objectives of this project is to develop the Department’s internationalisation and funding, focusing on PhD positions for foreign students, workshops and laboratories in collaboration with universities worldwide and the enrolment of foreign professors.