Welcome to the course “Mario Botta. To be an architect” offered by USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

Course Details

Language English
Duration 4 weeks
Effort 1 hrs/week

This is the fourth run of this online course; the three previous runs were published on FutureLearn.
The course was born as a conversation with Mario Botta, one of the most famous and influential contemporary architects: in this conversation, the Swiss architect will guide you in a reflection about what does it mean to be an architect.
The main objective of this course is to help you develop critical thinking about Architecture: in a continuous dialogue between you and the famous Swiss architect, you will be guided to build your own approach to architecture.
The course is divided into four sections. In each section, different activities are proposed, such as watching videos, joining discussions, reading articles, and others. Additional readings and resources will be available for those who want to deepen their knowledge. A course map will help you in your journey through the course.

Course instructors

Lorenzo Cantoni

Lorenzo Cantoni graduated in Philosophy and holds a PhD in Education and Linguistics and is professor at USI - Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano - Switzerland), Faculty of Communication Sciences, where he served as Dean of the Faculty in the acad…

Mario Botta

Graduated from the Venice Istituto Universitario di Architettura (IUAV). Professor of the Federal Polytechnics of Lausanne and Zurich as well as honorary professor of a number of universities. He has received important international awards and completed p…

Gabriele Neri

Gabriele Neri is an architectural historian, critic and architect. He is currently Mâitre d’enseignement et de recherche at the Accademia di architettura of the Università della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio, CH. Since 2011 he has been adjunct professor …

Università della Svizzera italiana

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland and member of swissuniversities. It is organised in six faculties and is active in several study and research areas, among which: architecture, communic…

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