The Ferrara Architecture Faculty

October 20, 2011


The Ferrara Architecture Faculty, founded in 1987, commenced its first course in the 1991-1992 academic year.
Though only twenty years old, the history of this faculty is extremely eventful, full of defining choices, recognised results and a national and international reputation.
The school focused on a direct and collaborative relationship between students and professors and is always committed to supporting the strategic effort in recruiting young teachers by opening drawing them from the professional world, then leading many of them towards a stable academic career; as motivated professors, active in didactics and in the field of architectural research.
The effort to select a qualified group of students has also been a mainstay, remodelling, year by year, the admission procedures and the number of students to be registered in the course, by means of modifying the various reforms of the national university system and in terms of space made progressively accessible by renovations to the extensive complex located around the monumental area of Tassoni Estense Palace.
The Ferrara Architecture Faculty, in order to guarantee a fitting link between the university training and the working world, has begun numerous training activities and post-degree specialisation courses in subjects of specific interest and importance, allowing the graduates to be updated and integrate smoothly into the professional world.
Aware of the evolution that is marking the scenery of contemporary society, the Ferrara Architecture Faculty stimulates students to experience periods abroad, promoting a high number of grants.
International relations and exchanges are very frequent: Socrates/Erasmus programmes with Universities in fourteen countries of the European Community, and numerous collaboration initiatives with Universities in South and North America and in New Zealand.
The Ferrara Architecture Faculty has been at the top of the CENSIS quality ranking for years. This ranking system evaluates the universities in the country, with the Ferrara Architecture Faculty proving to be the first among the Italian faculties of architecture time after time. The positive results, easily confirmed year after year, are supported by an organisational idea and an administrative policy geared at pursuing the prearranged aims, monitored, year by year, both in didactics and research.
In the 2009-10 academic year the Ferrara Architecture Faculty expanded its offer with a three-year course in Industrial Product Design.  
This new course is a strategic asset, aimed at the synergistic combination of productive activities in the different areas of interest in Emilia-Romagna – marked by the spin-off districts of ceramics, motoring, fashion, furnishings – and, on a more general stage, the national production activities such as Made in Italy, by bringing together the immaterial research and innovation resources, whether technological, formal or cultural.
The course provides for a set number of 50 students per year, with a total number of 150 students over the triennium-degree.
By developing the strong points, reputation and status earned, the Ferrara Architecture Faculty aims to open up to the outside, more than ever before, and to promote collaborations with institutions, public and private firms, trade associations, and production organizations aimed at developing research, training and institutional cultural projects.

Graziano Trippa               
Dean of the Ferrara Architecture Faculty


Alfonso Acocella

XfafX Scientific Head

Palazzo Tassoni. Salone d'Onore, piano primo.

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MD Material Design
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Alfonso Acocella