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The Programme: overview

The Academic Master (starting in A.Y. 2022/23 subject to authorisation by MUR currently in progress) gives a new perspective on the role of urban designers, and allows the students to enhance their experience in reading into, interpreting and designing cities to face the new complexity of urban contexts, and complement it with practical actions also establishing relationships with local and international partners. Through the research of new ways to understand the city, this course develops the specific necessary skills to carry out new urban design projects, with specific attention to service design.

Learning Objectives:

Over the AM, students will have the opportunity to:

  • understand cities in their different scales and dimensions (physical cities, social cities, political cities) in order to develop Urban Design projects that take particular care in re-designing services (physical, social, political)
  • develop a methodological approach to management and planning aimed at revitalising neighbourhoods or entire metropolitan areas, organising activities and temporary events for the community, and interconnecting buildings, transportation systems, social networks, and natural environment with attention to local communities
  • interact with the main actors in the industry: institutions, associations, companies, architects, sociologists, anthropologists, and citizens.

Department: Design and Applied Arts

Area: Design

Title Awarded: First Level Academic Master Degree

Credits: 60 CFA

Starting: October 2022*

Duration: 1 year

Languages: Italian and English

Campus: Milan


*subject to authorisation by MUR currently in progress

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Luca Poncellini
<p><strong>Design and Applied Arts Department Head</strong></p> <p>Luca Poncellini is an architect and a designer with a PhD in the History of Architecture and City Planning. As a partner in the architecture office Cliostraat until 2009, he has curated projects and has lectured in Italy and in several countries throughout the world. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at the Van Alen Institute in New York, at ETH in Z&uuml;rich, at MAGA in Gallarate and at Triennale Milano. In 2008 he co-curated the retrospective exhibition Laszlo Hudec, in collaboration with the Hungarian Consulate in Shanghai. Since 2013 he has been the Course Leader of the MA in Interior Design. Between 2015 and 2019 directed the research lab and the project C-Park. Since 2019 he has been Design and Applied Arts Department Head.</p>
Claudio Larcher
Design Area Leader
Design Area Leader
Claudio Larcher
<p>Born in Milan, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. After a research period in Spain, in Madrid and Barcelona, in 2002 he founded his own studio, Modoloco Design Workshop, a space for experimentation and research, where diverse cultures and experiences are implemented as architectural and design forms. He has taught at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen, at Politecnico di Milano, and lectured in Italian and international institutions. He curated and participated in several exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Sweden. Ambassador of Italian Design for Switzerland, Albany and Uruguay in 2017, 2018, 2019, he is the author of the books Globetrotting designers (Compositori), Design, scuola e solidariet&agrave; (Fausto Lupetti), Design from the Alps (Scheidegger Und Spiess), and Disegnare un cucchiaio per cambiare la citt&agrave; (Quodlibet).</p>

Study and career opportunities

Career Services

NABA’s Career Services & Industry Relations Office can provide you with support and guidance during your transition from the academy to the professional world. Our staff can help you develop self-promotion tools and assist you during your first steps into the world of work.

The Office develops relationships with companies in order to set up internship agreements, employment opportunities, and interactive projects between students and businesses.

Companies and institutions placement

NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Armani Hotel, Giulio Iacchetti, Studio Bestenheider, Vittorio Martini 1866, Giochi Preziosi, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, The Swatch Group, Giorgio Armani, Pininfarina Extra, Tagua, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Alta Design & Engineering, AAAHHHAAA, Forchets, Studio di architettura Amedeo Guidobono Cavalchini, Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Progetto CMR Engineering, Integrated Services S.r.l., Abad Architetti S.r.l., Festina Italia, Zanotta, Luxottica, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Giugiaro Architettura, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Luceplan, Ikea Italia Retail, 3M ITALIA, Yellow Office, Studio Lissoni Associati, Studio Barreca & Lavarra, Uragano Studio, Veneta Cucine, Dado Arredamenti.

After the Academic Master

Kick-off your career. Among the career opportunities:

  • Urban designer
  • City brand designer
  • Public administration consultant
  • Municipal and multi-utility companies consultant
  • Architecture/Engineering firms, and Urban Design companies consultant