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Building Beauty Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture

Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture

What it would be like to live in a mental world where one’s reasons for making something functionally, and one’s reasons for making something a certain shape, or in a certain ornamental way are coming from precisely the same place in you.

Precisely the same place.

Christopher Alexander, 1982

An innovative approach to architecture education is now underway at Sant'Anna with Building Beauty Master program. Building Beauty seeks to reconcile the education of architects with the art of making things that have life, and are good to people and the land. The program is taught in English, and classes began in November 2017. The next course will begin in November 2018.

Building Beauty is a Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture (60 ECTS credits, equivalent to 120 USA/UK credits). Legal accreditation is currently being sought from Universities in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. The idea underpinning Building Beauty is that of a different, both holistic and scientific approach to architectural education, one that poses the ordinary living environment to centre stage, focuses on the adaptive process of building and change and the role of design in it, where life is respected and enhanced in all its forms and “beauty” becomes a tangible objective of social and ecologic pursuit as well as a matter of rigorous scientific investigation. The program is shaped to offer a profound experience of designing and making, revolving around the exploration of the reality of feelings and an evidence-based approach to the architectural process.

Building Beauty is founded on Christopher Alexander’s intellectual and practical work, and designed in close collaboration with Maggie Moore Alexander and some of Alexander’s life-long collaborators. This legacy is most evident in our thirteen founding principles and in a few taught modules in our curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes the generation of beauty by means of the practical work of making; it is offered to all those willing to explore that beauty which makes a difference in the world.

On January 18-19, 2018, special guest: the blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri.

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