This PhD programme investigates the complexity of architectural cultures, focusing on the close interweaving of history and project, defined by Roberto Gabetti in 1983 as the main feature characterising Turin school and to which refer two important cultural traditions of doctoral academic and research activities, engaged in a mutual dialogue from over twenty years.
On the one hand, architectural composition and technology favour the interpretation of projects as a means to explore the interplay between different theories, technical innovations and changes in urban environment.
On the other hand, historical disciplines, focusing on architecture and city planning, provide a broader view on urban and architectural environments, far from a narrow perspective, thanks to the cooperation with other type of histories (related to economics, social sciences and arts), mapping out a career path devised not only for architects and planners, but also for scholars of humanities.
While maintaining the specific features characterising each curriculum, those two programmes share the interpretation that construction of urban and local territory is the result of a complex process of space and time stratifications. Another key point comprised in both curricula is the promotion of internationalization of III-level PhD programmes, to be based on the large network of scientific projects carried out by members of Academic Board, playing a fundamental role in the definition of new strategies in both architectural and urban fields and in undertaking professional endeavours they may pose.