The SOS Program is designed to leverage the collective energy and individual experiences of the SOS students and team within the professional context of SOS partners and staff.

The program is based upon a curriculum that combines Practice - Based Education with Research - Based Practice and Site - Based Experience.

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In order to provide a cohesive training experience, SOS Curriculum is organized in three parts intertwined with each other.

The First Part, running from October through December, is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to address the challenges of the future with an open-minded, holistic, research-driven, human-centered approach targeting sustainable environments. The foundation courses address thorough understanding of sustainability, knowledge and skills required to deliver climate aware Environmental Design and emerging issues related to the changing shape of professional practice.

The Second Part, running from January through February, is dedicated to workshops, case studies simulations and research. The Knowledge and skills acquired across the foundation courses are tested and implemented thanks to simulations on real case studies ranging from projects that MC A is currently developing, to research inquiries emerging from SOS knowledge partners, to one shot design exercises for the industry.

The Third, running from March through July, is dedicated to Project Tracks. In Project Tracks students have the possibility to make a much deeper exploration of a key area of research ranging from the design of the next generation of architectural and urban environments to urban regeneration, to the provision of measures and tools for granting to the most fragile and exposed communities safe and healthy living conditions.


Part 1 - 3 Months

Four Foundation Courses preparatory for all projects consisted in lectures and workshops

Part 2 - 2 Months

Case studies, Simulations, Project research

Part 3- 5 months

Four Project Tracks: full time project as professional practice application