Master course Raffles Milano
Public space and new communities
Ten amazing months. Ten top-level agencies in the lecture theatre, one every month. Ten unique chances for learning by doing, elbow-to-elbow with the best. The Raffles Milano Masters: someone has come up with them at last.
Our cities reflect the communities that take possession of them, the theatres where we act out our social lives. In a world where 55% of the population lives in major conurbations, learning to work with the complexity, the flexibility and the contradictions of urban contexts is necessary, as well as interesting and fertile, for designing new futures.
Architect and critic
Luca Molinari is a critic, curator and associate professor in History of Contemporary Architecture at the Second University of Naples. He is a member of Italy’s High Council for Cultural and Landscape Heritage. He served from 2001 to 2004 as Academic Director of the Architecture and Town Planning sections of the Milan Triennale and as a member of the academic committee. He has been serving as main curator for SpazioFMG for the Architettura gallery since 2007. A consultant for the publisher Skira’s architecture and design series since 1995, in 2010 he curated the Italian Pavilion for the XII International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. He has lectured at the Cornell University of Architecture, Art and Planning in Rome, the Photography Foundation in Modena, the Guangzhou Academy of Arts and the University of Camerino-Ascoli. In addition to writing the column on architecture for the weekly magazine l’Espresso, he publishes regularly in numerous other magazines and newspapers.
This Masters course trains creatives to have an independent, secular view of the city, an ability to listen before they start dictating rules, an open attitude to innovation and a disposition to listen to the ancient heartbeat of the places where we live. Applying experiences that cut horizontally across conventional divides, it defines a methodology that features extensive mental and operational openness, enabling students to work both in major international offices and independently. At the same time, it offers innovative tools to people whose work in the public sector involves imagining alternative options for the city of the future.
Who should attend
Who should attend
Second level graduates (3+2 years) in architecture, design and urban design and professionals from both private offices and the public sector who want to extend their experience in the fields of urban design and public space design.
Ten project sessions, each with an Italian or other European architect or town planner with unique experience in devising, constructing and managing public space. Ten differently-scaled design workshops. Ten mini-competitions focusing on ten spaces in Milan in need of visions and solutions. Every competition ends with a final jury and a winner. Taken together, these projects shape a major, unprecedented narrative of the city of Milan.
- Brief definition.
- Listening, interpreting and representing the context and its communities.
- Analysing relevant legislation and economic tools.
- Familiarising with and analysing related case studies and projects.
- Defining a design methodology.
- Elaborating and managing the urban design project.
- Developing the project layout and the functional programme.
- Communication strategies.
- The presentation.
Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader architecture offices occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.
Francesco Librizzi studio
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Périphériques Marin+Trottin Architectes
Lecturers in method
Lecturers in method
There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.
Historian and criticgiovannipelloso.Linkedin
Architect and Urban designersrsarch.it
Architect and Writersmallab.it
In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.
Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.
Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.