The Dean’s office is formed by the Dean and Associate Deans. The Dean, assisted by the Associate Deans, leads and manages the Faculty by implementing the decisions of the Faculty Council and the Board of Professors. The Dean represents the Faculty in the University Council.
The Faculty Council rules on all matters related to the Faculty’s general interest, in particular on education and research. It implements study plans and regulations, defines the search criteria for open academic positions, and appoints the Faculty representatives within the University internal and external bodies. Chaired by the Dean, the Faculty Council includes all permanent faculty (Full, Associate, Assistant, and Adjunct Professors), student representatives, and junior academic representatives (assistants, clinical Professors, Architects and Design Studio staff members, research fellows, teaching assistants and lecturers).
The Board of Professors (also known as the restricted Faculty Council) identifies the Faculty members that are called upon to sit in a commission for the appointment of professors, assigns courses to lecturers, and proposes the awarding of Honoris Causa and Professor Emeritus. It is chaired by the Dean and includes all Tenured Professors (Full and Associate).
For specific details and peculiarities on the organisational aspects of each Faculty and Institutes and Laboratories please refer to their relative statutes:
The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee coordinates relationships among the Faculties and between Faculties and the Rectorate. It assists the Rectorate in managing the University, and it is formed by members of the Rectorate and by the Faculty Deans.
Director of the Academy of Architecture
Riccardo Blumer, Swiss citizen, studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano where he graduates in 1982. From 1982 to 1988, he worked for the architect firm of Mario Botta in Lugano. Since then he carried out his work as an architect working for companies such as Alias, Artemide, Desalto, Poliform, Ycami, B&B, Flou by Interior, for the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, la Triennale di Milano, Palazzo Ducale of Genoa and the Musée du Président Jacques Chirac in Sarran. In 1997 he wins the Design Preis Schweiz and in 1998 the Compasso D’oro (Golden Compass) followed by other minor awards thanks to the design of the chair Laleggera produced by Alias. Through the years he focused on structural issues aiming for minimalism, with experiments between physics and aesthetics, and the production of creative perfomances. Based on this he founded the workgroup “blumerandfriends” with which he developed important research activities with new installations and exhibitions. He taught in many Universities such as Iuav in Venice, the University of San Marino, the Naba, the Institute of European Design and the Politecnico di Milano. He has been Professor at the Academy of Architecture since 2013, which is also his designated workplace. Since September 1st 2017 he has been Director of the Academy. In 2010 his chairs Laleggera for Alias and Entronauta for Desalto became part of the permanent collection at MoMA, New York.
Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
Mario Bianchetti (1949) graduated in medicine from the University of Bern in 1975, specialising later on in paediatrics and pediatric nephrology. He was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at both St John's and St Mary's Hospitals in Bellinzona and Mendrisio (2003 – 2012), Medical Director at St John's Hospital in Bellinzona (2010-2012) and Chair of the Pediatric Department of Southern Switzerland EOC (2013-2014). After earning his Medical Doctorate (M. D.) at the University of Bern (1980), he conducted research at the same university, at the University of Geneva, at the Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades (Paris, France) and at the De Marchi Clinic (Milan, Italy). He was Assistant Professor and Professor at the University of Bern were he directed the Department of Pediatrics and Nephrology from 1997 to 2003. He is the current dean of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and has been a member of the University Council since December 2014.
Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences
Andrea Rocci (1970) is Full Professor at USI Faculty of Communication Sciences and Director of the Master in Financial Communication. He graduated in Modern Literature with specialisation in Social Communication from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (1995). He then earned a Higher Education Degree in Linguistics at the University of Geneva (1999) and a PhD in Linguistics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (2001). In 2005, he won the position of Assistant Professor at USI and became Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2015. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences.
Dean of the Faculty of Economics
Patrick Gagliardini (1974) is Full Professor of Econometrics at USI Faculty of Economics. He studied at the ETH Zurich where he graduated in Physics in 1998. In January 2003, he received a PhD from USI Faculty of Economics for a thesis in Econometrics. In 2003, he was visiting fellow at the Laboratoire de Finance-Assurance of CREST (Paris) with a SNSF research grant. Between 2004 and 2006, he held an assistant professor position at the Faculty of Economics of the University of St. Gallen. From 2008 to 2012, he was Junior Chair of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). He is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics.
Dean of the Faculty of Informatics
Antonio Carzaniga is a professor and a founding member of the Faculty of Informatics. From 2001 to 2007 he was an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Antonio Carzaniga has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he also earned a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science. His primary research interests are in the areas of Distributed Systems and Software Engineering, specifically in content-based networking, information-centric networking, distributed publish/subscribe systems, middleware, software adaptability and automatic fault tolerance, and testing. Previously, he also conducted research in software configuration management and code mobility. He is Dean of the Faculty of Informatics from September 1st, 2017.
The responsibilities, tasks, organisation and members of the Institutes are defined by specific agreements between the Faculties and the Rectorate. These agreements set the scope and limits within which an Institute can engage in its own right with third parties. The contract has limited duration and is renewable.
The Institutes do not have a distinct legal personality and are headed by a Director appointed among professors (Full or Associate) of the Institutes, according to the terms of agreement.
A third party institute affiliated to USI is also subject to the University strategies and general regulations. The affiliated institutes maintain administrative autonomy.
Affiliation is defined by the Law that regulates the Università della Svizzera italiana, art. 12a, and by the Statute of the Università della Svizzera italiana, art. 6a.
The association with USI of a third party Research Institute allows a formal synergy between the University and the Institute in areas of interest. The Institute is not involved in the University strategic planning or general regulations. The association can be with a Faculty or the University in general. All associates keep their administrative autonomy.
The Association is defined by the law that regulates the Università della Svizzera italiana, art. 12b.
Specialised sub-units can be created inside the Institutes (centres, observatories, laboratories), with the aim of carrying out specific research projects and/or handling specific aspect of the training.