About us

The Department of Architecture carries out education and research activities regarding territories, cities and buildings, in all their humanistic, technical and scientific forms, and at various scales of contemporary design.
These activities are integrated with many initiatives to open the university to the outside world and to cultivate international relations.

We are an extremely active, small to medium sized school, with a prominent national and international profile. Our educational model emphasizes the central role of architecture and promotes a strong interest in history, in the humanities and heritage, in construction and applied scientific and technological research, and in urban and territorial contextualization.

In the context of the profound and rapid transformations that have affected our reference productive sectors, the department questions itself operationally on the contribution that the profession of architecture can make to the great issues of our time, on the Italian educational model applied to architecture schools, on the prospects of architectural research, on interdisciplinary practices, and on new relations between hard and soft skills.

Photo with detail of the disused guideways at the former slaughterhouse


For many years now, our courses have been articulated in the modular form commonly known as 3+2, that is three years of building a broad foundation of knowledge and know-how, which naturally leads into the two years required to complete a full Master’s, enhanced by the rich offering of the Erasmus programme.

This arrangement facilitates the national and international mobility of students, and accentuates the responsibilities of universities to provide teaching for subjects in which teachers have internationally recognized and demanded competences.

Our primary task of training architects is currently articulated as follows:

  • A three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Link identifier #identifier__16871-1Architectural Sciences, with an emphasis on the centrality of construction and its history as distinctive elements specific to the culture and creativity of our profession;
  • Three two-year Master’s Degrees, Link identifier #identifier__12940-2Master of science – Architecture, Link identifier #identifier__184654-3Master of science – Urban Design, and Link identifier #identifier__107366-4Master of science – Restoration, which complete the training on the same theme as the three-year Bachelor’s, with emphases on architectural design, urban design, landscaping and restoration as vital strands of the Italian architectural school;
  • Link identifier #identifier__66759-5Level I and II Master’s and Link identifier #identifier__31790-6Doctorate research degrees that further studies into some of the above themes and offer varied opportunities for exchange nationally and internationally.


The three most representative lines of the department’s research, clearly recognizable both in doctorates and research laboratories, are Architecture and Heritage, Urban and Territorial Studies, and Architecture and Innovation Sciences. These are central themes in political, social and scientific questions that, today, can be addressed to the field of architecture and all disciplines that guarantee its cultural credibility and continuing relevance.
With this mind, the department’s lecturers invest ever more energy into research projects committed to the innovation, development and knowledge demanded by cities, historical and contemporary landscapes, the world of construction and the industrial production sector.

The cultural role of the Mattatoio al Testaccio former slaughterhouse

Within the wider urban regeneration project of certain sectors of the Ostiense-Marconi area of Rome, pursued and brought to fruition by Roma Tre University since its very beginnings, and today central to one of the most promising urban redevelopment initiatives in Rome, is a portion of the Mattatoio al Testaccio former slaughterhouse complex belonging to the Department of Architecture.
Since acquiring the nineteenth-century structure, the university has promoted a policy of opening it up to the city and its institutions, also thanks to the exemplary renovation of several of its pavilions, now a venue for numerous national and international events.
Several of the already renovated spaces of the former slaughterhouse host the educational activities of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, administrative and teaching offices and the departmental library. Pending the completion of the building renovation, the department’s other activities are hosted by the Via Madonna dei Monti site.

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Emiliano Mattiello 13 March 2024