Venice has since its origins been a key nodal point in a wide Mediterranean network, a center for mercantile, artistic, and architectural exchange. By virtue of geography, it remains a natural site from which to travel North, South, East and West.
Venice is at the cutting edge of issues of great interest and relevance to architecture. It is at the forefront of hydrological and ecological management, confronting a potentially hazardous situation through radical and innovative (if controversial) means. It is also a leader in preservation, restoration, and adaptive re-use, with premier experts in the field who are available to be involved with our programs. It is a major center of the international art and contemporary architecture world, through its hosting of the art and architecture Biennale.
Students spend the first week in nearby Trieste, and explore other parts of Italy through a series of day trips and a longer study tour (see Excursions below).
ARCH 4010/7010/8010: Studio (6 cr)
ARCH 5401: Drawing Venice (3 cr)
ARCH 4201/5201: Forms and Materials of the Buildings of Venice (3 cr)
ARH 4201/5201: Art and Architecture of Venice (3 cr)
SARC 4801/5801: Italian Language and Culture (2 cr)
The curriculum is designed to integrate seamlessly with UVA degree program requirements in Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning, Architectural History, and Historic Preservation while reflecting the vibrant and unique cultural and architectural life of the Veneto region of Italy.
All students take Drawing Venice, Forms & Materials, Art & Architecture, and Language & Culture. For the remaining 6 credits:
- Design students also take a 6-credit studio
- Students in other programs (including Urban Planning and Architectural History) take a course or series of courses to focus on their area of study
During the spring semester, successful applicants are required to take an introduction to Italian course (beginning after the application deadline). Additionally, ARH 3201 Italian Renaissance Architecture is a recommended preparatory course.
Maddalena Scimemi | email@example.com
Program Director, Forms and Materials Instructor
Studio and Drawing Venice Instructor
Monica Shenouda | firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Advisor, Art and Architecture of Venice Instructor
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation is provided in a newly renovated hall of residence, a beautiful and well located former convent, furnished with amenities such as kitchen supplies and bed linens. Detailed information will be provided to students prior to arrival. Students are responsible for their own meals.
Students stay in hotels while on overnight excursions. In Trieste, students stay in pairs with local families, to increase linguistic and cultural immersion.
In 2019, in order to reinforce the understanding of Venetian identity and the Veneto region with respect to the rest of Italy, the 6-day study tour will include Rome and other cultural capital across Central Italy, with specific sites in Tuscany and Lazio region, and ending in Rome. This tour will be complemented by a day trip dedicated to Ravenna, cultural capital before Venice on the Adriatic Sea, and by other day trips dedicated to sites of historic interest for the Venetian Republic (Padova and Bergamo) and to other major cultural capitals (Florence and Verona).