City of rome

The theme Design Culture(s) has undoubtedly an international appeal because it is addressing the challenges of our time and the city of Rome is the ultimate place to embody such quality: it’s notoriously a rich city for history and tradition, but also an important global capital, which is projected towards the future. It’s a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, which treasures a multitude of concepts and visions. In such scenario, which is rich in history and culture, attendees are also invited to visit and learn about a city of great interest.


Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media 

Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It was founded in 1990 and has today over 280 prominent university members from 56 countries. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices with the aim to build and maintain a dynamic and flexible academic scene which would bring together top level educational institutions from all parts of the world. 


La Sapienza

Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture and School of Industrial Design

The conference will take place at Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture. Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII and it is one of the oldest universities in the world. At the moment, Sapienza is hosting about 115,000 students and 4.000 professors and researchers, and it is a top performer in international university rankings, thanks to the 63 Departments organized in 11 Faculties driving high levels of excellence in several fields.

The Degrees of Design are part of the Faculty of Architecture, which was founded in 1920 and it happens to be the first modern Faculty of Architecture in Italy. At the core of its mission is the commitment to innovation, technology, urban living, while serving a fast changing society.

Its programs and curricula are divided between scientific research, studies in the humanities and experimentation with old and new technology. All this is leading to the education of the modern designer, which can be considered the synthesis of a scientist and a humanist who is both an artist and a technologist at the same time.

After the Degrees in Design, the Faculty is also offering programs in architecture, city planning, landscape, interior architecture and design management. Its high-calibre graduates are equipped with the skills which are necessary to design and to manage sustainable products, systems, services and environments, leading to innovation, technology, visual communication and design.

The Design Degrees in Sapienza are the following:

– A Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design;
– An International Master of Science in Product Design (in English);
– A Master in Design and Visual and Multimedia Communication;
– An Interdisciplinary PhD Program in ‘Planning, Design, Technology of architecture’.