Industrial Design for Architecture
First-level Specializing Master at Politecnico di Milano
IX Edition - in English
November 2020

The course will be delivered in English.
Starting date of teaching activity with credits: November 2020
End of teaching activity with credits: July 2021
Internship preparation and development period: from July / September 2021 to February 2022
End of activity activities including the internship: 28/02/2022

Didactic course

The program includes three formative areas dealing with different aspects of Industrial Design:

  • Design Culture: history and evolution of design, with special reference to aesthetic developments and to the ever closer relationship that has been developing over the years between product and build up space.
  • Design Technology: study of the different technology, materials and tools needed in conceiving and realizing products that combine in a built up environment.
  • Design Strategy: study of new construction processes, design innovation management and the introduction of design in the corporate strategies of companies in the sector.  
A fourth area will be added to these: Design Studio, which will include practical work in design on various design themes such as:
  • designing finished built-in products, in other words as integratable building components;
  • designing electronic consumer products and space saving products that are highly intergratable with building manufacturing;
  • designing serial construction products, e.g. for temporary structures and modular building solutions;
Such tasks may be individual or in teams and may envisage the participation of a leading companies in the sector of reference. The assessment achieved will constitute the basis for final marking.

Didactic modules

The course deals with the following teaching modules:

  • History of Design and Architecture: general overview on the historical evolution of industrial design, within which it is highlighted the relationship among man-object-space. The interpretation is, in fact, the investigation of the relationship between the design of built space and the design of the products contained, integrated or anyway related therein. To this regard will be the theme of language and craft production, proto industrial and industrial;
  • Design and the Contemporaneity: acquisition of the framework of knowledge that is necessary to confront with the language of Contemporaneity even during the designing stage. Design is the discipline of Contemporaneity: the critical understanding of the variables relating to the design of new industrial products – even those included in the universe of products for the architecture -, implies a commitment to evolve the cultural and interpretive skills, which make intelligible that specific meaning of the discipline;
  • Design and Innovation: acquisition of knowledge concerning the concept of innovation in the field of design through lectures, exercises and guided tours. The theme of innovation is explored and expanded from two different perspectives: the design and management, with specialized educational contributions;
  • Design Strategy: acquisition of the skill to implement the process of design integration with the organization and strategy of firms: the process of new products development and the role of design in that process; the innovation process of the contribution of design to the development of an innovative product;
  • Materials Technology: the main families of materials that are applied in industrial production will be analyzed as for: their properties, the potential gained during the transformation processes, the levels of compatibility with other materials, the possibilities of connection and assembly, the strength and durability of building elements. It will provided the information necessary to understand the relationships between the industrial products with the materials that constitute them. Also the tools for the selection of materials, such as the Cambridge Engineering Selector Design version Consideration, will be shown and provided;
  • Manufacturing Processes for Design for Architecture: gaining the ability to understand and manage the technical, technological and economic considerations related to production processes and logistics flows of industrial products;
  • Technology of the built environment: acquisition of knowledge on the repertoire of technical elements necessary to identify and design products compatible and integrated to buildings. Acquisition of the ability to design of building components for interiors (interior partitions, metal, plants, decorative elements) and exterior(external vertical closures and their finishes: curtain walls, skylights, natural and artificial stone materials) starting from their function in the building up to the constraint of implementation and cost;
  • Seminars: meeting with teachers and professionals coming from the business world. The seminars will be focused on the relationship between Design and Architecture and the evolving role of design in the innovation of buildings;
  • Design Studio: design activities like workshops will be divided into three design studios. The theme of the design studios will be defined with companies that produce industrial products for the built environment. Also the studios will tackle themes of increasing complexity so to gradually develop increasing design skill.


A training period will be attended at design or architecture professional practices or companies of the building sector.

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Industrial Design for Architecture


Tuition and Fees

The Total cost of the Master is  €12.000.

  • acquire design skills for industrial products
  • combine design and production of building components
Teaching Plan

The Specializing Master will begin in November 2020 and will end in July 2022.

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