Following the successful experience of the Summer School in Porto and the Visiting programs in Mexico City and Versailles, Porto Academy aims now to a new Visiting School entitled Visiting USI-ARC Mendrisio, that will take place from July 18 to July 25 2023 in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland.
The Visiting USI-ARC Mendrisio program will be a celebration of the 10 years of existence of the Porto Academy which started in 2013. What was meant to be a once off happening turned into a succession of unforgettable moments of shared knowledge and experiences.
Accademia di Mendrisio and Porto Academy share this common ground of interest and passion for the discipline of architecture. This is reflected by the quality of the different guests tutors who are recognized by their work in the field of education and practice. But also for the students or practitioners who are also coming from a wide range of origins turning this into an international and multicultural experience of learning.

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - Casa dell’Accademia

On the Mendrisio Campus, just ten minutes from Palazzo Canavée, stands the Casa dell’Accademia, a residential complex which houses up to 72 students. The complex, designed by architects Carola Barchi and Ludovica Molo with the collaboration of Jachen Könz, consists of two rectangular reinforced concrete buildings set parallel to each other and separated by a garden. Laid out on three floors are 18 apartments (3 of them designed for the disabled), with some 90 sqm of floor space, containing four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and kitchen. The apartments come complete with furniture (beds with storage space on wheels, closets, table, chairs, sofa and armchairs, fully-fitted kitchen), with the exception of linen, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans. On the lower floor are the laundry room, cellars and parking space for bikes. An elevator goes to the apartments allowing disabled access. The outdoor car park has 10 rental spaces and 6 for visitors. Rooms can be rented annually by submitting the application form, duly completed, by 10 August of each year. The accommodation is managed by the Casa dell’Accademia Foundation, responsible for allocating places in compliance with the rules of the Protocol. Its statutes require the Foundation Council to have eight members.

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Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - Palazzo Turconi

The Academy of Architecture offers an innovative, interdisciplinary, humanist and generalist educational and teaching model, suitable for our times. This has enabled the school to make a name for itself and play a leading role in the international panorama of architecture schools. The Academy is one of the five faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and is based in Mendrisio. Direct learning through practical work in the design studios under the tutelage of authoritative internationally renowned architects is accompanied by a rich offering of courses in history and the humanities, where the teaching is devoted to the history of architecture and art, philosophy, sociology and technical-scientific courses open to contemporary issues and advanced courses in the representation of the project. Together with a training in architecture, a course of study in the history and theory of art and architecture completes the school’s offerings, giving further depth to its humanist vocation and cultural dimension. The educational offering of the school is part of a broader mission, which includes scientific research, in the historical-artistic field as well as the architectural-urbanistic, and cultural activities, which range from a rich programme of conferences and publications to exhibitions and other events in the Theatre of Architecture.

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