MIAW 2021


The challenging urban regeneration
of Milano Porta Romana rail yard

The MIAW – Milan International Architecture Workshop is the international intensive program of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering. It is an international design forum for schools, teachers and students, but it is also an informal platform to discuss different issues and share ambitions. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate cross-over thinking between researchers and practitioners in the design field, involving different scales and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach towards the design problems. Each class of the workshop is held by an International Guest Professor of high profile whose activity and interests are related to the different study courses and disciplinary areas characterizing our school.

The MIAW 2021 edition will focus on the event of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games Milano-Cortina. The workshop will allow to experiment new architectural approaches that will make the Olympic Games fisically-responsible, socially-sustainable and environmentally-friendly. The classes will focus on urban strategies and architecture projects to be implemented in the sites dedicated to the Olympic Games in Milan, with the intention of transforming the event in an opportunity for the city of Milan through a log-term regeneration process. 

The MIAW 2021 – 11th edition is coming!


The MIAW 11th edition is coming! It will take place at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering – Politecnico di Milano in January – March 2021 – period to be defined. The workshop will be developed by international professors and students.
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MIAW AY 2019-20


The international intensive programme MIAW-Milan International Architecture Workshop (4FU) is optional and is considered a workshop; therefore, in the study plan it replaces a teaching in the optional course group and must be combined with an optional course in order to obtain 8 CFU in total.
It will be held in Campus Leonardo Milan from 13 to 24 January 2020.

During the Study Plan compilation (August 26 – September 6), students may choose among the international Professors, expressing their section preferences order, and will be allocated according to merit based on the weighted average of examinations sat during the summer session.

The number of places for students enrolled on the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes, the three-year Laurea Triennele (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Programme and the Exchange Programme for academic yaer 2019/20 has been defined as follows:

Students enrolled on the first year of the Programme may only bring the MIAW activity forward if they have entered all the first-year courses.
MIAW involves a final assessment and, on completion of lectures, students must register for a dedicated examination date in order to obtain the score in the career.

Any students not admitted will automatically be issued a generic workshop that must be defined or replaced with a second semester teaching, during the half-year Study Plan change period in February.
After the allocation, it will not be possible to delete the course from the Study Plan or replace it with another course, but it may be included as extra the following academic year.

Schedule – MIAW 2019



Tuesday 15 January
15.00 - 17.00 - Hall Rogers

Opening Seminar
Welcome and Presentation

Ilaria Valente
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering

Alessandro Rocca
Deputy Coordinator MSc Study programme
Co-founder MIAW

Laura Pogliani - scientific committee - Head of technical coordination

MIAW Theme Introduction
Filippo Orsini - MIAW and RI-FORMARE scientific committee

17:00 - 19:00 (WS rooms)
Brief on WS organization

Wednesday 16 January
9:15 - 13:30 Area Survey
14:30 - 19:15 Starting Workshop

Thursday 17 January
9:15 - 13:00/14:30 - 19:15 Workshop
13:30 - 14:10 Speed Talk - Hall De Donato - Building 3
with Robert Sakula - chairman Giulia Setti

Friday 18 January
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 17:15 Workshop
17:30 - 19:30 Aula Magna, Edificio 1 - Rettorato - Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
Book presentation: "A Real Living Contact with Things Themselves"
talk with the author Irénée Scalbert
with Alessandro Rocca, PierPaolo Tamburelli, Matteo Poli, Francesca Benedetto, Nina Bassoli

Saturday 19 January
11:30 Exhibition visit at Triennale Museum
*RICOSTRUZIONI - Architettura, città, paesaggio nell'epoca 
delle distruzioni
with the co-curator Nina Bassoli

2nd WEEK

Monday 21 January
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 19:15 Workshop
13:30 - 14:10 Speed Talk - Auditorium via Pascoli 53
with Louise Wright - chairman Catherine Dezio

Tuesday 22 january
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 19:15 Workshop
13:30 - 14:10 Speed Talk - Auditorium via Pascoli 53
with Katherine Ashe - chairman Elena Fontanella

Wednesday 23 January
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 19:15 Workshop
13:30 - 14:10 Speed Talk - Hall Rogers
with Elizabeth Hatz - chairman Rossella Ferorelli 

Thursday 24 January
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 19:15 Workshop
13:30 - 14:10 Speed Talk - Auditorium via Pascoli 53
with Anna Marie Fisker - chairman Giulia Fini

Friday 25 January
9:15 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 19:15 Workshop

Saturday 26 January
Closing Seminar & Finissage
10-11:30 Hall rogers
Gennaro Postiglione - Head of MSc in Architecture - MIAW founder
VP | presentation of the Workshop results
12:00 Exhibition Setup - Building 11, Ground floor
Talks with
Ilaria Valente
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Gabriele Pasqui
Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Filippo Orsini, Gennaro Postiglione, Alessandro Rocca
Miaw Scientific Committee
P.Campos Costa, H.Fernàndez Elorza, S. Tillner, B.Vuga
PoliMi Visiting Professors in MSc Architecture - Built Environment - Interiors
** Paolo Mazzoleni
President, Milanese Architects Association
** Anna Prat
Comune di Milano, Piano Periferie
** Demetrio Scopelliti
Advisor for Urban Planning, Comune di Milano
13:30 Buffet&Drinks

*Optional Event
**To be confimerd

Sebastián Irarrázaval

He was taught as an architect in the Universidad Católica in Santiago and the Architectural Association in London. In 1993 he set up his own practice in Santiago. In 1999 he receives the AOA (Architecture Offices Association) award to the most outstanding young architect and was awarded at the Architecture Biennial in Chile. Teaches design studio at the Universidad Católica de Chile since 1994 and has taught as visiting professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA, 2007) and the Università IUAV di Venezia (Italy, 2016, 2020). His projects have been published worldwide in specialized magazines, among them: Casabella, Arquitectura Viva, ARQ, and A+U. Practice work has been exhibited locally and abroad. Recent exhibitions include XV Chilean Architectural Biennial, Venice Biennale, Shenzhen and Hong Kong bi-city Biennial where he received the Public Choice Award and the Milan Triennial where he exhibited and ideal city for Africa. Irarrázaval has been awarded twice at the WAVE International Workshop held at IUAV in Venice (Italy, 2014-2015) and has been shortlisted for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (USA, 2016) and the Architecture Swiss Award (Switzerland, 2017). Recently his project 2Y house was chosen among the best 3 projects of the year by Archdaily and his latest project Public Library of Constitución has been granted Merit at the AZ Award (Canada, 2016), Honor at the Wood Design and Building Award (Canada, 2016) and RIBA Award for International Excellence (UK, 2017).  Recently Irarrázaval has been awarded Eeero Saarinen Honorary Lecturer by the Museum of Finish Architecture (Finland, 2017) and Riba International Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Roberto Cavallo

Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture where he is currently head of the Section Theory & Territories, chair of the group Architectural Design Crossovers and member of the departmental Research Steering Team. He has been Director of Education for the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment (BK), Delft University of Technology (TUD) between 2014-2019. He rounded up his PhD at the TUD in 2008, obtained the ius promovendi from the TUD Board of Doctorates in 2017, and is currently supervisor of several PhD candidates as promoter and co-promoter. In 2018 he was elected council member of the EAAE (European Association of Architectural Education), and he is a founding member of the Architectural Research Network ARENA. In 2013 he worked as a senior researcher at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), at the Faculty of Architecture of Hong Kong University (HKU), and in 2014 at the College of Architecture & Urban Planning (CAUP) of the Beijing Technical University (BJUT). His research contributions and scientific publications are touching upon theory, education and practice ranging from the urban to the architectural project and have good impact in terms of valorisation as well as in terms of number of research projects and initiatives on national and international level. He has an extensive experience in organizing, coordinating and leading international workshops, symposia, conferences and exhibitions, and he is often invited for (keynote) lectures and as member of scientific committees in international academic events in The Netherlands and abroad.

José María Sánchez García

Architect graduated from E.T.S.A.M. Escuela Politecnica de Madrid, 2002 graduation year. International Doctorate. PhD thesis: “The Bath case.”, 2006. Full professor at ETSAM, Escuela Politecnica de Madrid (2008-2020). Invited Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM, 2015-2019), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH ZÜRICH, 2014-2015), Università di Venezia (IUAV, 2015-2016), Universidad de Navarra (UNAV, 2013-2014 and 2019-2020). His work has been awarded and recognized on various occasions, of which it is worth mentioning the First Prize obtained at the BSI SWISS ARCHITECTURAL AWARD in 2014; the First Prize X BIAU Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2010 and 2016, the First Prize of the AR+D Architectural Review for Emerging Architecture in London and the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award of New York in 2009. It is also worth mentioning at the Spanish level, the Honorable Mention of the “Premio de Arquitectura Española 2017”; the First Prize XIII BEAU Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in 2016; the First Prize Luis Moreno Mansilla, COAM Madrid in 2014 and the First Enor Prize 2014. José María is Honorary Member, International Fellow, of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA (2017). The work of the studio has a direct relationship with the teaching and research activities carried out in the field of architectural design.

Hervé Dubois

Graduated at l’école d’architecture Paris-Belleville. Since 2015, he is teaching at ENSA Paris-Val de Seine (CPS president since 2018). He is visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano (2013-2020). In 2008-2015 he was teacher at ENSA Marseille. 2002-2008 teacher at ENSA Lille. 2001-2002, invited teacher at Politecnico di Milano. 1998-2002, teacher at ENSA Lille. 1995-1998, associate teacher at ENSA Lille. 1991-1994, assistant at Ecole d’architecture de l’Université de Genève. Since 2015 he is Architecte-conseil de l’état in French Guyane.

Donatella Fioretti

She studied architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice and at the University of Kassel. In 1995, she established a collaboration with Piero Bruno and José Gutierrez Marquez in Berlin and Lugano. The office’s projects are mainly resulting of successful competitions. Focus of their work are libraries, museums, kindergartens, schools, universities and housing. Some buildings are realized in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. “Bruno Fioretti Marquez” has won awards for design excellence, among them the German Architecture Prize, the DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany, the Hugo Häring Prize, the BDA Prize Berlin, the Detail Special Award, the German Brick Award. Teaching and participation in workshops, seminars, lectures and juries in Germany and abroad. From 2004 until 2008 Donatella Fioretti was an invited professor, between 2011 and 2017 she held a full professorship, both at TU Berlin. In 2018 she was appointed to the chair of Baukunst at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.