IsufItaly, as a member of International Seminar on Urban Form, Italian Network and Kaebup (Knowledge Alliance for Evidence-Based Urban Practices) welcomes applications from Master and PhD architecture and planning students interested in Urban Morphology research to participate in an International Summer School on Urban Morphology to be held in Rome from 20 to 28 June 2022 .

ISSUM, organized with the contribution of Isuf Regional Network, aims to offer students the opportunity to learn  methods of UM through the teaching of international teachers and concretely verify the knowledge acquired through the interpretation of the built landscape.  The ISSUM goal is to provide also a centre of excellence in urban form knowledge through multiple exchange and involvement of students, academic, professionals, in learning, research and design.

Through lectures and studio work, discussions, and research activities (in English), participants will explore the urban morphology studies’ role in reading historical and consolidated urban fabrics and in producing an evidence-based intervention design.

The goal will be pursued through

Lectures, intended to cover the theoretical part of the school’s teaching. They will be held by:

  • Isufitaly teachers giving lectures to introduce the students to the local UM methods

(Italian-processual school).

  • Guest teachers giving lectures on their research methods in UM.
  • Guest professionals to give lectures on their design experience linked to the study of urban form.

Field surveys,  organized by host teachers, who will guide the students in the practical urban analysis. The team of teachers will also provide the basic cartography useful in reading the various case studies.

Studio activities, intended  as reading exercises and practical drawings concerning the  selected urban fabrics. They will also involve some hints on the  architectural design related to the fabric studied. The students’ work will be discussed with the contribution of the host teachers, including local academics and  professionals.


Lectures and studio work will take place at Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti, a Renaissance building in Piazza delle Cinque Scole in Rome. The site is located in the Ghetto area, in a specially  remarkable historical area where the Medieval and Renaissance fabric blends with the  ancient substratum. The area around the school will be the subject of the morphological readings.


A jury will select a group of 15 participants.

Minimum Requirements for application are:

  • 4th-year Architecture or Urban Planning student
  • Some experience in urban form studies

To apply, interested students are required to send:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth, place of residence and nationality, email address
  • a brief academic and professional CV and a motivation letter (maximum 4000 characters in all) containing all data considered useful for the evaluation (schools, universities and post-graduate courses attended, professional experiences,  publications, etc. )

Please send your application by  15th March 2022 to the link:

The result of the selection will be communicated via email by 10th April 2022. For further details or inquiries, please write to:


For the participation to the ISSUM, the payment of a fee of € 200 after the selection is required as a contribution to organizational expenses. The fee should be paid by 30th April 2022 and includes lecture and the use of  educational spaces.

To support the dissemination of UM studies, Isuf will provide a grant to an African Student.

A final dinner will be organized on the 28th in a nearby restaurant (included in the fee). The fee does not include accommodation costs and the optional tour which will be organized on Sunday 26th of June.