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 2022 edition will focus on the design of new schools in Milan, starting from the already developed research program Inventing Schools.
The workshop will allow experimenting with new architectural approaches to the transformation and upgrade of school architecture in Milan, an urgent topic for the city but also for the country. Working on urban strategy and architecture projects the different sections will focus on a new vision for the school of tomorrow.
This year the International Guest Professors will be:
KARIN HOFERT, MLADEN JADRIC, GIANCARLO MAZZANTI, ELSA PROCHAZKA and MIA ROTH.
The first appointment is the MIAW kickoff meeting on May 17th, 2022.
The event will be held online.
The intensive weeks (6th-17th June) will be held in presence mode.
Karin Elke HOFERT FEIX graduated in Architecture at ETSAB-UPC in 1986.
Since 1987 she teaches Architecture Design in this college.
From 2008 to 2014 she was Vice-Dean for International Relations.
Since 2014 she is part of the regular visiting teachers’ staff at Politecnico di Milano, Piacenza (AUIC – Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design).
The main research and study areas are public space, urban landscape, and “specialized” neighbourhoods.
She has been invited as visiting lecturer and academic jury member to universities in Europe, South America, North America, North Africa, Australia and Asia.
From 1995 onwards she is building up and directed international workshops and seminars. She has organized and co-directed international congresses, she is and has been a member of the scientific board and keynote lecturer at international conferences, and a reviewer of Architecture Publications.
Furthermore, she has worked and is working in cooperation and development, directing projects on public space in Morocco and Peru.
Her current professional activity focuses on the refurbishment of private housing. Formerly she got awards in several design competitions for public spaces and public buildings.
Mladen Jadric is teaching and practising architecture in Vienna, Austria.
He is the founder and principal of JADRIC ARCHITEKTUR ZT GmbH.
He has realized a wide range of projects of different scales: architectural and urban design projects, including housing, residences, art installations and experiments with new materials and technologies in Austria, the USA, Finland, and China. He has been teaching at the TU Wien, Faculty of Architecture and Planning and has gained extensive experience as a visiting professor and guest lecturer in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia, and South America.
His works were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK; M.I.T., Cooper Union, and Roger Williams University, USA; Alvar Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland; the Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy; the World Architectural Triennale in Tokyo, Japan; Museum of the 20th Century, Berlin, Germany; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urban Planning, Korea; NIT-Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan, and many more.
He has been awarded the State Prize for Experimental Architecture, Karl Scheffel Prize and Schorsch Prize for housing by the City of Vienna as well as the Grand Prize by the Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea.
Mladen Jadric is chairman of the architectural section in “Künstlerhaus”, the oldest association of artists and architects in Austria. He is also deputy chairman of the architectural section of the Chamber of Civil Engineers of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland.
Giancarlo Mazzanti graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Pontifical Xaverian University in Bogotá (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) in 1987. He received a graduate degree in history and theory of architecture and industrial design from the University of Florence, Italy in 1991.
He has taught at several Colombian universities and at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia universities, and his work is exhibited in MoMA’s and Pompidou’s permanent collections. Social values are at the core of Mazzanti’s architecture projects. He searches for projects that empower transformations and build communities. Mazzanti has committed his professional life to the improvement of the quality of design of the built environment and the concept of social equality, his works reflect significant social shifts happening in Latin America today. His work has helped show that good design can lead to new identities for cities and their inhabitants, transgressing reputations of crime and poverty.
Mazzanti’s work includes the Biblioteca Parque España, the León de Greiff Public Library (Bibliotheca La Ladera) in Medellín, the Gerardo Molina Public School, the Nazca Restaurant, Habitar 72, Habitar 74, and the Medellin Coliseum (for the IX South American Games). He won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from the French Institute of Architecture (Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine).
He also designed the El Porvenir Social Kindergarten in Bosa; the Gerardo Molina Public School in Suba; the Museo del Caribe in Barranquilla; the Third Millennium Park in the San Victorino neighbourhood in Bogota; and various coliseums.
Elsa Prochazka studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology from 1966 to 1970 and then in Ernst A. Plischke’s master class at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, graduating in 1973.
In 1974, she founded the IGIRIEN planning consortium with the architects Werner Appelt and Franz E. Kneissl. This existed until the mid-1980s. From 1980 she worked as an independent architect and civil engineer. Her work focuses on housing and urban development, public buildings, office and industrial construction, museum conception and exhibition design, design and crossover, and corporate architecture.
From 1992 to 1996 she was a university professor for design in an urban context at the Gesamthochschule University of Kassel. From 1998 to 2001 she held a lectureship as Visiting Examiner at University College London, Department of Architecture, The Bartlett. From 2001 to 2013, Prochazka was professor and head of the “space & design strategies” course at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, 2014 Visiting Professor at the University of Naples Federico II, 2020/21 Visiting Professor Politecnico di Milano.
She is a member of the Vienna Secession, Advisory Board for Urban Planning and Design in Vienna 1996-1999, 2001-2009 Chair of the Senate of the University of Art Linz, Property Advisory Board Vienna, 2002-2008 (Chair), from 2011 to 2015 member and Chair of the Design Advisory Board Salzburg, member of the Architectural Advisory Board of the Federal Real Estate Company from 2013-2017 (Chair 2014-2017).
Mia Roth-Čerina is a Croatian architect and associate professor at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, where she attained her diploma in 2000 and doctoral degree in 2015.
Her primary interests in both professional, teaching and research practices are educational buildings, spaces for achieving social standards, public space, and architectural education. She is engaged in activities directed at raising spatial culture and initiatives aimed at promoting various levels of architectural education – from early built environment education to exploring new modalities in higher architectural education. She has co-organized and mentored student workshops in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, UNICEF, AEDES Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin, and many other associations and organizations.
Taking part in research projects related to educational architecture since 2002, she has profiled her research interests, currently most engaged in the Erasmus+ research project Architecture’s Afterlife as well as activities of the European Association for Architectural Education’s Education Academy.
Engaging in competitions and practising architectural design since 1999, also with Tonči Čerina, she has won numerous awards in architectural competitions. They received the Croatian Architects’ Association annual Viktor Kovačić award for the best project of the year in 2019 for the Elementary School in Popovača and were nominated for the same award in 2009 for the Kindergarten in Lanište. In 2020 they received the Grand Prix of the Salon of Architecture in Novi Sad and the Fresh&Bold award of the Days of Architecture in Sarajevo for 2019. They were also nominated for Piranesi, Mies Van der Rohe, BIG See and Vladimir Nazor awards. She has served as a jury member of architectural competitions and been a member of professional, public and faculty bodies. Most notably, since 2010 she has served as the Croatian delegate of the international UIA working group Architecture & Children and has contributed to their conferences and meetings. Since 2016 she has been serving as vice-dean of international relations and art at her faculty. In 2018 she was elected as a council member of the European Association for Architectural Education. She co-hosted the annual EAAE conference titled ‘The Hidden School’ in 2019 in Zagreb. Recently, she has judged the RIBA President’s Medals – Dissertation Medal in 2020, as well as the UIA Architecture&Children Golden Cubes, awarded at the UIA Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2021.
Amazing closing meeting for the end of Miaw 2021 edition.
The institutional greetings by the Dean of our AUIC School, Prof. Ilaria Valente, and by the Rector’s Delegate for Internationalization of our Politecnico, prof. Stefano Ronchi, was followed by an interesting speech by Pierfrancesco Maran, Councilor for Urban Planning, Green and Agriculture of the Municipality of Milano.
The works, moderated by Prof. Camillo Magni, showed the multiplicity of interpretations that the area of the Porta Romana.
Quick presentations made by each Atelier were introduced by their own professor, who shortly have defined the horizons, the approach, and the organization of the works.
The results will be soon shown in a virtual exhibition in which the book Miaw 2021.2026 OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE CITY. The challenging urban regeneration of Milano Porta Romana rail yard, edited by LetteraVentidue, will be presented to the public.
Last full workshop day: completed! We are all looking forward to attending the final presentation of the projects tomorrow morning, with special guests and discussants! Everybody is invited at 10 am on MIAW Teams channel. Today, Donatella Fioretti – introduced by Nicole De Togni – concluded the Speed Talk program with a fascinating reflection, placing architecture in a very realistic and concrete scenario. The projects illustrated from her professional experience brought out the strong relationships between the hardest part of architecture (materials, structure, regulations) and the more poetic one, facing the new skills and visions required by the contemporary project. Virginia Woolf’s words concluded the presentation, bringing out the difficult work of the architect, “who has to follow the fragility of the idea, but to realize it with the hardness of iron”.
SECTION A – Dubois
Today at Atelier A, the students are finalizing their projects, working on graphics, and showing their point of strength inside the proposals. Moreover, they managed to overcome a big challenge, such as creating a general 3D model that will be essential for future common drawings.
#linearinfrastructure #verticalcity #performativelandscape
SECTION B – Fioretti
The week has come to a close. Today during revisions we packaged the projects as best we could. We are all very satisfied, both with the work done and the final result. Thanks to Professor Fioretti and to the students!
#finish #dedication #contentment #differences #merits
SECTION C – Irarrázaval
Last adjustments before tomorrow’s presentation! A long night attends students to finalize their projects and make them the most attractive and communicable.
#view #renders #photomontage #editing #presentation
SECTION D – Cavallo
The students are currently finalizing the projects for tomorrow’s final presentation. All the masterplan are defined, and therefore it is time to show the catalyst elements of the projects.
#multiscalarapproach #greenspaces #connectingthecity
SECTION E – Sánchez García
Today in the atelier we discuss the final presentation and we try to homogenize all the works.
#finalday #discussion #lastdrawings #end
The work in our five classrooms, virtual and not, now is becoming increasingly intense. An alternation of individual work between groups and progress of the projects presentations to their mentors and to some professors of the Politecnico di Milano, “visiting” for a day. The fourth speed talks, introduced by Elena Fioretto, “Singular Territories” by prof. José Maria Sanchez Garcia focused on another theme very interesting for the students. Precise reasoning on the relationship between project and territories declined in four different situations, four different programs, but with the same delicate way of approaching the project. The record of the lecture is available here. To know more about Professor Sanchez Garcia’s professional work visit www.jmsg.es
SECTION A – Dubois
Today at Atelier A, the students are finalizing their projects, starting to prepare the final drawings, and exploring different ways to communicate their ideas. Moreover, they collaborated to structure together with a common narrative for the presentation of Saturday.
#linearinfrastructure #verticalcity #citybalcony
SECTION B – Fioretti
With today, we are almost at the end of the workshop, and projects are being finalized. The design of the park and the urban layout are done, now it’s time to produce the best possible drawings. We are hopeful, one more day of reviews and the work will be completed.
#goal #growth #working #define #awareness
SECTION C – Irarrázaval
Students are filing the final details: materials, finishes, and green design have now been chosen. Now the challenge is to best represent and communicate the project, but the inspiring lecture taken today on this by prof. Irrarázaval will surely help!
#brutalism #sketches #rocks #references #communication
SECTION D – Cavallo
With the 3rd mid-workshop presentation, the development phase of the projects is over. After the general strategic vision has been conceived, the six groups of students are currently working on the catalyst points of the project that will be designed deeply and shown in the final presentations.
#catalystelements #connectivity #regeneration #landscapedesign
SECTION E – Sánchez García
Today we had as a visiting professor Massimo Ferrari, and together we discussed the main reasons for the projects. Now we are going to present the work of our atelier in a collective way, finding solutions that you will see at the end!
#discussion #collective #connection #boundaries #radicality