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Architecture for Sustainable Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MSc program in Architecture for Sustainable Design at Politecnico di Torino responds to the consolidated demand -  also at a European level - for skills that master the complexity of the design process in different areas and on different scales, in order to sustainably construct, convert and modify  the physical environment and landscape.


Graduates in Architecture for Sustainable Design from Polytechnic University of Turin also acquire a cultural education that allows them to approach, with awareness and competence, the aesthetic, distributive, functional, structural, constructional, managerial, economic, social and environmental issues, always relating them to sustainability.

Indeed new needs are now unfolding in the relationship between architecture and society regarding where and how we live. A key aspect of this change, in every field of design, is the emergence of issues related to project sustainability , in all its conceptions. Sustainability is, therefore, not only environmental, but also cultural, technological, economic, energetic, social and territorial.

Educational objectives

The programme aims to provide all the cognitive tools necessary for an architect who will be in a position to manage entire design/planning processes with a focus on sustainability, interacting with other professionals involved and coordinating input.

It is divided into five multidisciplinary design ateliers, elective courses, internship activities and final thesis, focusing on integrating the various disciplines that make up the plan of studies. The multidisciplinary ateliers, through projects on appropriately defined issues, integrate different disciplines and expertise with a focus on project sustainability.

Career opportunities

The MSc degree course in Sustainable Architecture responds to an increasing demand both at professional and research levels, nationally and Europe-wide, for professionals who can manage the complexity of the design/planning process in various fields and at different scales, with a focus on sustainability, in building and modification of the physical environment and landscape. Students acquire a cultural formation that enables them to address the aesthetic, distributive, functional, structural, technical-constructive, managerial, economic, social and environmental aspects of planning and design, with a constant view to sustainability.

The relationship between architecture and society today is characterised by evolving needs linked to the human population¿s changing lifestyles. A fundamental aspect of this evolution is the emergence, in every field of design, of a need for sustainability in all the dimensions that the concept evokes. Sustainability is therefore not only environmental, but must also encompass local culture, technology, economics, energy, and social and territorial cohesion.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architectural and urban design
  • Building physics
  • Environmental technological design
  • Digital history
  • Structural design
  • Atelier compatibility and sustainability of architectural restoration
  • Urban planning
  • Urban sociology
  • Evaluation of project economic sustainability
  • Architectural and urban design
  • Advanced environmental technological design
  • Environmental control systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • hold a Bachelor degree awarded by an accredited foreign university.
  • In case you are enrolled in a “single cycle” Laurea magistrale course (5 or 6 years degree program) and you have not yet graduated, you must have completed minimum 3 years at University level, having obtained at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent. In case you obtained the high school diploma after 10 or 11 years of schooling, you must also have completed at least 15 years of previous education.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Torino

  • 660 - 980 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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