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Bachelor Ministage Architecture

Get to know the Academy of Architecture in two days


Are you curious to know how a university lecture unfolds?

Registration to the Bachelor Ministage is closed.
Do you want to be invited to the events of Spring 2024? Stay in touch.

Are you curious to know what it means to study architecture?

During the Spring Semester, you can choose whether to participate in the Bachelor Ministage on 4-5 March 2024 (registration closed!) or 25-26 April 2024.
Immerse yourself in the daily life of USI and experience two days as a student of the Academy of Architecture by participating in our Bachelor Ministage. Discover the vibrant atmosphere of our campus in Mendrisio and get a firsthand glimpse into our Bachelor's program in architecture.

For organizational reasons, participation will be prioritised for high school students in Switzerland. Meals are offered to all participants. Hotel accommodation is only offered to students attending high school in Switzerland (excluding Canton Ticino).

Participation in the event is confirmed within 48 hours (working) from registration. A certificate of participation is issued on the second day of the Ministage.

Studying at the Academy

Architect based in London, he received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, where he studied under the main guidance of Mario Botta and Peter Zumthor. He has gained international experience in Italy, Japan, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom. From 2012 to 2014 he worked at Richard Meier & Partners in New York City. His most notable involvement was with the Reforma Towers, an over 1 million square feet mixed use office and hotel complex in downtown Mexico City. In 2015 he joined Foster + Partners in London. Furthermore, he has also been part of the team designing the next generation of Apple Global Flagship Store, developing an innovative carbon fiber roof.

Giorgio Villa, Graduate of the Academy of Architecture (Class of 2009)


Why l'Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)?

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. USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where our researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their initiative.

Why study Architecture in Mendrisio?

An architectural faculty which boasts an innovative, interdisciplinary, humanistic and generalist teaching method. Seeking to counteract the fragmentation of knowledge threatened by over-specialisation, the Academy of Architecture will ensure that the future architects will acquire skills based on an open and critical approach, ranging from various types of architectural design to urban planning and landscapes, from the rethinking of historical heritage to developing sustainable designs.

Where to find us

The event will take place at the Academy of Architecture which is based in Mendrisio. 

We will be waiting for you in the entrance hall of Palazzo Canavèe. The exact address is via Buffi 5, Mendrisio (Switzerland).

Parking is very limited in the area, so we recommend using public transportation.

The Academy can be reached by foot in 7 minutes from Mendrisio FFS Station. Alternatively, you can take the bus Line 502 from the Mendrisio FFS station and get off at the stop "Ospedale". The timetable of the bus is available here

Register now

Registration to the Bachelor Ministage is closed.
Do you want to be invited to the events of Spring 2024? Stay in touch.