Entry Requirements,Syllabus & Qualification

We must find a way of seeing and knowing the role of architecture, which allows us, consciously and emotionally, to recognize that the material beauty of the buildings and physical material details we build, can convey the qualities of compassion and happiness.
— Christopher Alexander


There may be changes for the 2019-20 session.  2018-19 Syllabus

The 2018-19 Building Beauty syllabus contains the details on the current course. 


Entry Requirements

The course is open to individuals holding a Bachelor with a minimum of 2-2 (lower second class), or equivalent experience in architecture or indeed any other area of knowledge in Science, Humanities and the Arts.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the “Building Beauty: Construction & Building Process” ACBB Post-Graduate Diploma (1200 hours in total, equal to 120 UK credits, or 60 ECTS, or 30 USA credits). Legal accreditation is currently being sought from universities in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. Please contact us if you have questions about how Building Beauty credits might apply to other programs. hello@buidingbeauty.org

The student’s experience will be in three main axis of activities:


Hands-on construction is the backbone of the Building Beauty. Students engage in direct construction from the first to the last day of the program. In the first semester they study and map historical building techniques, ornament and materials, to then engage in a full-scale in-lab reconstruction of, for example a wall, a vault, an arch, a window frame, or a combination of those. In the second semester, students design and build a project.


Seminars follow a “cenacolo” (“dinner circle”) format: world leading scholars and professionals from a range of different areas of science and arts come and first work with the students in the building site; then they reflect on what building means from their own point of view, and finally sit and share dinner with students, staff and external visitors in one of the marvellous monastery’s indoor halls or outdoor terraces (depending on the weather). The aim is to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere that allows guest staff and students to exchange ideas and feelings in the most appropriate way, and to inform networking at a deeper level.


A series of workshops aimed at raising our awareness of our own individual and collective feelings. Feelings will be explored in relation to space, the body-mind, and the way they interact in the hands-on physical work of making artefacts. This line of activity is meant to provide the knowledge required to observe, understand and act within a complex system where elements have both individual and interrelated value, and where observation, understanding and action are related to our experience of such elements and their interrelation. Feelings are the gateway that connect our deep self to the external world: learning to name and recognize them, trust them, and live with them, is crucial to our ability to work with others and with the structure of the land.


Finally, the summer school will conclude the program. This is a traditional building experience that includes hands-on construction, conversational lessons, and guided tours.