Department: History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture
Coordinator: Prof. Cesare Cundari
Places available: 8
Funding: 4 scholarships
Contact person: Marina Finocchi Vitale (+39) 06 49918842
The main aim of the PhD Programme Theories and Techniques of Architectural Representation and Survey is to train students in the fields of architectural drawing and surveying, documentation and critical interpretation of our architectural and environmental heritage.
The Programme caters for students who hold a degree in the scientific area 'ICAR 17', and who are able to research and teach in this field. On completion of the Programme, students will achieve a high specialization as a researcher or will be able to go on to a career in the field of architectural drawing and surveying.
The first year and part of the second year of the Programme are devoted to teaching and formation through theoretical lessons, seminars, workshops and stages.
Given the heterogeneous background of the students, educational activities will focus on improving the basic knowledge of the study subjects, as well as on facilitating basic training and provision of appropriate training for individual development of the final thesis. During this stage, students will acquire the scientific and methodological skills to organize and develop their studies on issues pertaining to the subject: 'Drawing and the environment'.
One specific objective of the PhD Programme is to provide students with a satisfactory understanding of the main scientific notions of representational techniques and the drawing and surveying of architecture, bearing in mind the relationship between architecture and the urban environment and context. Scientific knowledge and know-how will be pursued in the following areas:
- Drawing intended as a language for knowledge and communication: history, instruments and methods.
- Architectural and environmental surveying: history, instruments and techniques;
- Science of representation and geometry: history and methods;
- Integrated technologies and innovative tools for representation: history and methods.
The Programme will also cover the study and application of different representational methods, such as the theoretical, philological and experimental methods.
The theoretical method involves the study of representation, including recent IT techniques and how they can be used to create models. The philological method is applied to the study of archivist, bibliographic and iconographic sources. The experimental method involves exploiting the many tools available in the labs of the department and applying them to the issues being studied. These methods will be addressed from a rigorously scientific perspective.
Seminars, workshops and stages will be held in Rome as well as in other locations, depending on the departments affiliated with the National Graduate School of Representational Techniques and Surveying.
Further research centres and institutions in Italy and abroad may be available, according to the main subjects and aims developed in the study programme. Moreover, in order to strengthen the opportunity of meeting and exchanging information with foreign institutions and graduate schools, our department is currently carrying on an experimental project for long-distance communication in videoconference which relies on the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.
This PhD Programme is part of the national graduate school in Representation and Surveying based in Florence.
The National Graduate School was established in 2005 by the academic Senate of the University of Florence as a consequence of the aggregation of various Italian doctorates in the same area (ICAR 17). It is administered and founded by the National Interuniversity Consortium, and aims at coordinating a range of individual PhD programmes for excellence and scientific and technological specialization.
Last year, the National Interuniversity Consortium set up a network within single doctoral programmes in the field 'ICAR 17' for mutual exchange and peer-reviewing of researches at a national level, as well as to set up shared principles training young graduates in the area of representational techniques and surveying.