60 participants


21 - 30 July 2023


Florence, Italy

Reuse the Ruin – Summer Architecture Workshop is an intensive summer course specifically oriented to provide a complete experience in architectural restoration, from the theory to the details.

It is a multidisciplinary experience meant to give you a complete framework of the issues inherent to the restoration project through various activities: lectures and reviews by international architects, such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, H Arquitectes, Amelia Tavella, Fala Atelier, Studio Wok, and Italian University Professors; an applied workshop about the reconstruction of the fallen Pieve di Santa Vittoria (Sarteano, Siena), with a site inspection and a final public exhibition of the projects.

This experience allows you to deal with the reuse of an abandoned ruin through the lens of the architectural project. After a site inspection, you will be asked to design a reuse proposal for the Tuscan ruin. New knowledge acquired during the lectures can be implemented daily in the workshop sessions — learning-by-doing — under the supervision of the academic and international firms’ teaching staff.

Average rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 45 feedbacks over two workshop editions.

Reuse projects

Teaching Staff

Eduardo Souto De Moura

Portuguese architect known for integrating the lines of modernism with the regional elements. In 2011 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, whose jury cited the “intelligence and seriousness” of his work and noted that his architecture “appears effortless, serene, and simple.”

H Arquitectes

H Arquitectes is an architecture studio based in Sabadell, Barcelona. Their work has received various recognitions and award. El Croquis has dedicated an entire issue to their works. They have been widely invited as lecturers in many events in Europe and America.

Fala Atelier

Fala is an architecture practice based in Porto, founded by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja in 2013. They have been guests and visiting professors in many universities and they exhibited their work at the Chicago and Venice Architecture Biennale.

Amelia Tavella

Amelia Tavella was born in Corsica and saw in the island’s beautiful landscapes a gateway to new horizons. In 2018, she was named “a rising star of French architecture” by the “Choiseul Ville de Demain” ranking amongst the top 100 young leaders shaping the city of the future” compiled by the Choiseul Institute, one of the most influential think tanks in France.

Studio Wok

Studio Wok’s research is led by the concept of habitat, understood as quality of living. A quality that derives from a constant, active and accurate research: architecture, design and landscape are the basic elements of a practice that seeks to create dedicated projects, on both residential and urban scales, with consistency and care.

Prof. Maurizio De Vita

Full Professor of Architectural Restoration at the University of Florence. From 2013 he is Director of the Specialisation School of Architectural an Landscape Heritage at the University of Florence. He has been Visiting Professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture in New York.

Local architects

Participants will be guided on a daily basis by the a Teaching Staff from architecture practices of Florence, as Davide Lucia (Filoferro Architetti) and Andrea Pazzaglia (Studiototale).

Local scholars

Participants will be guided on a daily basis by the a Teaching Staff of scholars from University of Florence and Pisa.

Final Review Critics

The public final review will be led by external critics. In this edition they will be Federica Sofia Zambeletti, from Koozarch, and Andreea Mihaela Chircă, from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest (UAUIM)


Site inspection

The experience includes a site inspection of the ruin in Sarteano, guided by the Major of the village and the local community

full day trip


The lectures provide a complete framework of knowledges about the architectural restoration, through the analysis of a few selected themes, explained by qualified professors and international firms of architecture

5h lectures


Participants will develop a reuse project under the supervision of the teaching staff and masters of contemporary architecture

50h workshop

Final exhibition

At the end of the workshop there will be a final review with external guests and an exhibition of the reuse projects, open to the public

final event

Site Inspection


Lectures and Reviews

Final Review and Exhibition

First edition

Summer Architecture Workshop 2021

The first edition about an abandoned medieval village took place in July 2021. The lectures have been held at Marino Marini Museum and the workshop at Officina Creativa.

Take a look at the 2021 edition

Second edition

Summer Architecture Workshop 2022

The second edition about the Castle of Montemassi took place in Florence in July 2022. The lectures have been held at Cinema La Compagnia and the workshop took place at Villa Vittoria.

Take a look at the 2022 edition