UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in Heritage Cities (974), established in 2012 at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy).


Architectural preservation and planning in heritage cities.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • carry out research to elaborate and develop innovative theories and practices in the area of architecture and planning for heritage cities jointly with a network of higher education and research institutions, as well as private and nonprofit actors involved in preservation. Specific reference will be made to UNESCO’s World Heritage, and results will be disseminated widely;
  • foster a multidisciplinary approach to heritage valorization, to explore the potential contributions of the social sciences and environmental disciplines to the architectural preservation debate;
  • develop innovative and trans-disciplinary postgraduate programmes in integrated architectural preservation, urban planning and policy in heritage cities, as well as provide training, scholarships for international postgraduate students, and internship opportunities; organize yearly summer schools for architectural preservation and planning in World Heritage cities; and,
  • disseminate widely information on innovative approaches to architectural preservation in heritage cities through seminars and open lectures, a dedicated working paper series and website, and other multimedia products.

Host Institution

Politecnico di Milano 


International Phd Summer School (9-21 September 2013)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network


Contact: Prof. Federico Bucci, UNESCO Chairholder

Politecnico di Milano

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32


20133 Italy

E-mail: unescochair.mantova(at)