The Department

IMG_DIPThe Italian Educational system is today under a deep transition, due to the amount of State laws ( in particular concerning the 240/2010 Law) set out mostly, but not only, to rationalize and simplify its own administrative and functional organs: Chancellor, Administrative Board, Academic Senate , Faculty and Departments.

The number of the latter, specifically, has been fundamentally lowered and the Departments have been committed to the direct management of each Course.

Architettura of Roma Tre has been changed as well: the former Faculty has been suspended on September 30th, 2013, and its functions undertaken in toto by the Dipartimento di Architettura. Established on the 1st January 2013, the Department assembles, under one only administrative body, all faculties (coming) from the former Dipartimenti di Progettazione e Studio dell’Architettura e di Studi Urbani, and some from the former Dipartimenti di Strutture e di Matematica.

The 30th of September, the Faculty and the Dean have been replaced by the Department Director, held, in this case, by Professor Elisabetta Pallottino.

As we can see, a lot has been changing; however, hardly anything changed in the organization of the educational offer, which keeps on being as it was set before: it has, indeed, yielded good results, from different points of view.

Aims and areas of interest

The Department of Architecture aims to stimulate innovation and perfect adaptation of the architectural disciplines in their whole spectrum and to support, through research and education, the commitment of students, professors and faculty [and researchers] in the different spheres of study and exsperimentation, essential to [create and] develop a project of architecture.

The main lines of interest and research are to be found in the different subjects of the three Master’s Degrees offered; several faculties, specialized in basic or optional subjects (historical, mathematical, technical and representational [doctrines]), carry out their research activities in the Department, making the cultural outline extremely rich and various.

Preferred subjects are architectural restoration, history of architecture, archeological, housing and public spaces design, subjects which flow together in different final graduation thesis. Besides projects of complex historical areas, also sectorial and specific thesis built on the subjects dealt with optional courses, such as the one called “Mathematical models and methods”, are not uncommon.

Thanks to the post-lauream Masters (post graduate programs), the Department has been increasing its  istitutional and cultural relationships, both with other Italian and foreign universities, not only the European [ones] (Madrid, Paris, Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Losanne, Porto, Valladolid, Granada, Barcellona, Vien, Amburg, Athens, Mendrisio), but the non-European as well (Moscow, Columbia, Houston, Farq-Uruguay, New York University, UTalca-Cile, UCLA-Los Angeles) and, moreover, with a large part of the greatest cultural Italian institutions (Accademia di San Luca, Darc, ENEA, Roma Capitale, Regione Lazio, MiBACT) and international institutions (Academies, cultural institutes, UNESCO) located here in Rome.

Opening to international relationships is one of our strong points.

Students are used to partecipate to community programs such as Erasmus and Leonardo, as well as to different grants for graduation thesis in a foreign country.

At the same time, thanks to the amount of different Workshops, organized by the Department’s professors, in collaboration with other universities and national or international organizations, students have more and more possibilities to increase their chances to meet students coming from different european countries.

Moreover, other different, more open and interactive forms of educationare tested, such as, for example, the itinerant and multifaculty “Villard” program and the various experimental initiatives, such as contests set for our students, inter-academy competition, for the design and construction of a sailing-boat, without taking in account the several initiatives promoted by the students themselves.

Rome is a capital city that, in the years following the institution of our University, has been capable of imprinting a whole new impulse to the urban transformation and, at the same time, of protecting its own artistic, architectural and environmental patrimony; it is therefore itself an open laboratory, always raising the interest of our Department.