At the Architecture School
From Ettore Sottsass to Joe Colombo, from Castiglioni brothers to Gio Ponti, the now famous names of Italian and international design were all (and are) first and foremost architects.
The figures who have made the history of design so great, not only in the ”Belpaese” but worldwide, have inevitably passed through the classrooms of architecture schools. Design, art and architecture have always flowed through the DNA of Italian culture, so the institutions that form these creative minds cannot but be greatly acknowledged on an international scale.
The results of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings and its ranking of the best universities in the world for architecture, including seven Italian faculties, confirm this qualitatively significant role.
Above all, is the Politecnico di Milano, sitting within the top ten in the world for its faculty which is prized for its training programmes that have the ability to interpret changes in contemporary society, along with the great investment put into research laboratories and into a campus that is at the height of international standards.
Looking beyond we see a vanguard Great Britain aiming to pave its way in the field of contemporary architecture: starting with Bartlett School of Architecture, historically one of Europe’s most important schools, recognised for its ongoing experimental research, along with seeing Frank Gehry rise to the chair of professorship.
Next up is the Manchester School of Architecture: the university has educated, among its most renowned students, Sir Norman Foster, famous for having designed the audacious 30 St Mary Axe in London. Moving on, the University of Cambridge is the second oldest university in Great Britain, with a Department of Architecture that, despite “only” being established in 1912, is considered today to be among the most in vanguard for research.
With a place in the top ten is Delft University of Technology (Holland) and the ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, claiming third and fourth place respectively. Only three non-European faculties squeeze into the top ten, proving that the old continent continues to play its role as incubator of talents, art and more broadly of culture.