3+3 Architecture which Teaches?

3+3 <> Architecture which Teaches?
3+3 <> Architecture which Teaches?

Academy of Architecture

Date: 14 October 2021 / 19:30 - 21:30


3+3 <> Architecture which Teaches?

14 October 2021, 7.30 p.m.
Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio 


Online registration form required.

Admission with Covid/Green Pass certificate and photo ID


The conference will also be streamed live on www.arc.usi.ch



  • Prof. Arch. Walter Angonese, ARC-USI
  • Prof. Arch. Dieter Dietz, ENAC-EFPL
  • Prof. Arch. Tom Emerson, DARCH-ETHZ
  • Prof. Arch. Dorte Mandrup, ARC-USI
  • Prof. Arch. Shelley McNamara, ARC-USI
  • Prof. Arch. Ilaria Valente, DAStU-POLIMI



On the occasion of the celebrations to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Università della Svizzera italiana, the Academy of Architecture and the Teatro dell’architettura Mendridsio have promoted and are presenting two exhibitions with the aim of prompting reflection on the role of architecture schools today: 'Architecture which Teaches’ and ‘Project and Prophecy: The Future According to Architects'.

The recent upheavals caused by the ongoing pandemic have everywhere led cultural operators to engage in important reflections at various levels and on various fronts. For this reason, the USI Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio intends to promote, starting from October 2021, a series of encounters to renew the dialogue on topics related to the transmission of disciplinary knowledge.

The success of the Swiss architectural training model is due to a distinctive and unique general context, in which the two Polytechnics of Zurich and Lausanne also provide an important and fundamental frame of reference. The USI Academy in Mendrisio and the Schools of Architecture of the EPFL in Lausanne and the ETHZ in Zurich – the three Swiss architecture faculties – are institutions of indisputable excellence recognised nationally and internationally, while the reciprocal relations between the three institutions have been strengthened over time in a variety of ways.

To continue reflections on the role of architecture schools, the Academy has invited three architects engaged in teaching from three different countries and the three Deans of the three Swiss architecture faculties to engage in a dialogue on topics that are central to the discourse on architecture today and on the cultural horizons that will influence education in schools of architecture in the next future.



In seeking to present the context in which the architect will work in the various changing political and cultural contexts, both national and European (and beyond), is the task of the institutions responsible for training young architects. The changes in society are very closely related to and interdependent on the changes to physical cities and territories, their spatial organisation, the formal and functional features of buildings and public infrastructures.

Understanding how this relationship is embodied in the approach to the project is certainly one of the central themes of the discourse on architecture today.

New lifestyles, changes in the social base (the aging of the population and multi-ethnicity), in the economic base (new organisational forms of work: co-working, homeworking, Industry 4.0), the constraints induced by environmental sustainability such as challenges to respond adequately to so-called 'social innovation', will profoundly reflect on the organisation of spaces for living in and their internal and external architectures.

A humanistic and technical education in architecture schools will have to continue to maintain an intelligent and varied balance by focusing on teaching that draws on the sources of the discipline, despite the great influence in education of access to information offered by the development of the semantic web.

The ongoing dialogue on these and other topics will be extremely useful to students in schools of architecture, committed to defining their future paths of study and professional work. It will support the reflection that the three faculties will conduct on their role in the European system of education and research