COURSE START: September 10th or November 12th, 2024


• From 6.000€ to 9.000€ of the total tuition fee both for the Academic Master's Programme and the Double Award Master's Programme.


“We need a new spatial contract.”

This is the call of Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Venice Biennale 2021, as an invitation for architects to imagine new spaces in which we can live together.

“…between a move towards urban flight and global housing crises, the growth of more low-rise, dense developments may provide an answer. Turning away from single units, modern communal projects are exploring new models of shared living in nature.”

This year’s Domus Academy scholarship challenge is asking participants to propose an innovative model for Student Housing.

Student Housing could in fact serve as a reimagined ideal, an alternative to current housing tactics, offering strategies with a range of advantages and “soft” functions that go beyond just providing traditional solutions, providing new strategies for resilient communities and emerging urban models at large. Shared domestic spaces, the creation of stronger communities and investigating responsible use of resources… these are surly design strategies worth evaluating. And there are others. Namely, how we use our planets resources.

“Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!”

These words from French Architects Lacatan and Vassal provide us with further strategies for imagining new housing models which allows for our youth (you, our future) to lead us towards a truly livable future, one which promotes culture and the enviroment as centerpieces of Architectural Design practices.

Community, Reuse, Heritage, Innovation

What is the role of architecture in defining shared spaces for the near future?

For this competition, can we think of housing for students as the modulor with which to rethink the urbanity of the near future?

In these changing and uncertain times, innovative and responsible use of our resources and the relationship between private, public and semi-public spaces is of central importance for the well-being of the inhabitants.We invite you to think of Architecture as part of an expanding field, the inevitable future in which you will be working side by side with anthropologists, economists, artists and social activists.


The Student Housing competition asks the participant to transform an existing building into a student housing complex.

Each participant will propose the transformation of an existing structure in their hometown. It could be an empty office building, an abandoned car wash, a derelict factory, or a rundown shopping mall. Candidates are asked to create and consider a co-living/working project in relation to this ‘found’ context, urban or rural, small or large, trying to identify the relationships between place and occupants, considering all the peculiarities related to the current global housing crisis.

The Student Accommodation is here understood first of all as the lowest common denominator for collective, community life. Therefore, it requires a precise reflection on how each of its parts is related to the whole.

The candidate should consider the spatial relations of each of the project’s components as an element related to an enlarged social environment, an organisation and design scenario that relates different scales of the project to each other. The requirements for the number or residents living within the building is open and depends on the choices of each scholarship candidate, but ideally, ranges from 40 to 120 residents.

Within the facility, each student will have their living unit comprised of the basic requirements; a place to sleep, an area for reading, study and intimate entertainment, and a bathroom.

The student will share eating and cooking facilities, communal living zones, social and entertainment areas, and laundry areas with other residents in the programme. Each student will have their own space, and will share others.

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Required materials


  • 2 Reference Letters
  • IELTS 5.5 in all parts or recognized equivalent certificate to be submitted within 3 months before the course start date. (not mandatory)