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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Venice Aerial View

UVA Architecture in Italy: Venice


The Venice Program offers a unique collaborative experience:  the study of a centuries-old relationship between dwelling, the land, and in this case, the water.  Being immersed in the daily rituals of a foreign culture and in material, spatial constructs takes an unparalleled hold on the imagination.  In a one-semester, fifteen-credit curriculum, the students retrace the urbanization of Venice and the Veneto, attend lectures and visit examplars of the development of Venetian art and architecture, conduct independent research and participate in a design studio. The Venice program’s focus on strategies for resilience in dynamic settings is grounded in an understanding of landscape processes, the multiple histories embodied in the cities, buildings and art, and the cultural structures that enable communal life. The complexities of building and rebuilding a city in a preposterous landscape emerge again as contemporary challenges operate at nested scales of daily life, material constructs and landscape systems. 

The School of Architecture has a longstanding connection to Venice and the Veneto, initiated by the late Professor Mario di Valmarana over 40 years ago. As a commitment to Mario’s legacy, the school has continued the program through the generosity of alumni who have funded numerous student scholarships and the Mario di Valmarana Professorship.  The semester-length program in Venice builds upon this deep tradition to offer the students of the School of Architecture the opportunity for immersion in the rich art, architecture, and landscape of the unfathomable cultural life of Venice.

Announcements IconAnnouncement

Fall 2021 travel to Venice is expected to take place mid-September to late October, with a March 1 application deadline (look for a blue "Apply Now" button and more date information at the top of the page to indicate when applications have opened). Cost information for 2021 will be posted shortly at the Budget Sheet link, also at the top of the page. Additional program details will be posted when available.


Location IconLocation

Venice must be understood in relation to its landscape, where its land-water conflation dictates its unique urban form and systems, where its watery existence may find application around the globe. In its relationship to the Adriatic Sea, Venice offers the chance to study the ever-increasing risks posed to coastal urban centers as evidence of climate change and impactful land development. The Venice program explores how well-considered design analyses and interventions, from urban and infrastructural strategies to detailed building and landscape proposals, could imagine more resilient forms of inhabitation. Since its origins, Venice has been a key nodal point in a wide Mediterranean network, a center for mercantile, artistic, and architectural exchange. Long heralded as a major center of the international art and contemporary architecture world being host to the art and architecture Biennale, Venice is a cultural laboratory where the program has found a home for inspired design experiments and inventive scholarly research.

Venice Venice Group

Courses IconCourses and eligibility

The program is open to fourth year undergraduates and final year graduate students of all of the disciplines of the School of Architecture. Following three weeks of structuring a research focus and initiating urban analysis in Charlottesville, the students embark on a six-week residence in Venice from mid-September to the end of October. Upon their return, students apply lessons from Venice in an immersive design studio or independent study.


Design Track

ALAR 8010/Arch 4010: Design Research Studio – 6 credits
ALAR 5201: Building and Landscape Systems of Venice – 3 credits
ARH 5201: Art and Architecture of Venice – 3 credits
ALAR 5401: Urban Analysis – 3 credits

Research Track for Urban Planning and History Students

ARH 5993 or Plan 5993: Independent Research – 6 credits
ALAR 5201: Building and Landscape Systems of Venice – 3 credits
ARH 5201: Art and Architecture of Venice – 3 credits
ALAR 5401: Urban Analysis – 3 credits

Faculty IconFaculty

Bill Sherman |
Mario di Valmarana and Lawrence Lewis Jr., Professor of Architecture

Julie Bargmann
Professor of Landscape Architecture

Monica Shenouda
Associate Program Director

With visiting faculty from Venice and the Veneto

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in shared accommodation in Venice. Detailed information will be provided to students prior to arrival. Students are responsible for their own meals.

Students stay in hotels in shared accommodation while on overnight excursions. 


Excursions IconExcursions

Day trips and a study tour will be arranged to sites and cities of interest in Italy, to complement the time spent in Venice.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule will be available under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for School of Architecture funding.

Architecure faculty/students

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date.

US passport holders will need a NOT visa to participate in this program. Please note that US passport holders may not be in the Schengen zone (of which Italy and most European countries is a part) for more than 90 days within a six-month period without a visa. See

International students should consult for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.