The Institute runs two architecture program tracks: the exclusive Roger Williams Advanced Architecture Program and the ISI Florence Advanced Architecture and Interior Design Program. Thanks to the high caliber of its faculty and the Institute’s partnership with the Università degli Studi di Firenze, the programs offer a unique opportunity to work on actual architectural projects in Florence and nearby towns in Tuscany in diverse and stimulating historic urban contexts.

The Roger Williams Advanced Architecture Program


This specialized program is open to architecture students at Roger Williams University (Bristol, Rhode Island) who have completed at least two years of study in the discipline. The studio and elective courses, all taught by practicing architects and academics, are designed to integrate in-class teaching with visits to construction sites and fieldtrips to other relevant destinations. Students sketch on-site and evaluate ideas for a team project—the culmination of the advanced design studio course. The program also encourages mastery and skillful integration of the complex set of variables—artistic, technical, and philosophical—that underlie the successful design of any constructed environment.

Participants are required to enroll in the following curriculum:

  • Advanced Design Studio (5 credits)
  • Architecture in Context: Florence (3 credits)
  • Italian Language: The Florence Experience (4 credits)
  • Free Elective (3 credits)

The program offers students spacious and bright design studios in the historic center of Florence, equipped with review and seminar rooms, design computing laboratory, architecture library, modelling studio, and exhibition gallery. Annually updated software packages in the design computing laboratory include the complete Autodesk Suite (AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, 3D Studio Max), Adobe Design Premium Creative Suite (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, Form Z), and large format color printers and plotters. The Architecture Design Studio is entirely networked for student laptop wireless access. All participants are provided with their own individual drafting tables and workspace; these facilities are available until midnight seven days a week.


Maryland-in-Florence Architecture

UMD ARCH Architecture RGBThis program provides students at the junior level of the undergraduate program and graduate students in the Maryland-in-Florence Architecture program an opportunity to live, study, and discover the unique architecture, urbanism, landscape, art, history and culture of Florence, Italy. The program is open only to degree-seeking students who are enrolled in one of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s pre-professional, professional, or post-professional programs in architecture. The studio courses and electives are taught by practitioners and academics who deliver an approved curriculum that is substantially equivalent to Maryland’s program in College Park, with the significant exception that the courses are taught and explored through an Italian context. Credits awarded in the program are recorded as University of Maryland courses and credit hours, so there is no need to apply for transfer of credits. Periodically faculty members from College Park visit the program in Florence to provide perspective and ensure continuity of instruction.

Participants are required to enroll in the following courses:

  • Design Studio (6 credits)
  • Survey and Drawing: Mapping Florence Architecture (3 credits)
  • Italian Language: The Florence Experience (4 credits)
  • Approved History/Theory Elective (3 credits)

Students in this program also interact with other University of Maryland students in the Maryland-in-Florence program as well as students from other institutions, thereby broadening their academic and extracurricular experiences. Education Abroad and the Architecture Program both offer numerous financial and scholarship opportunities to assist students who apply to this program.

For more information about this program visit the program’s web page.


The Marywood Architecture & Interior Design Program



The Institute also collaborates with Marywood University in offering an architecture and architectural interior design program. Marywood students must have completed at least two years of architectural study and/or interior architectural design to qualify for admission in the program.

All participants are required to enroll in the following curriculum:

      • ARCH 410 Design Studio  (Fall Semester Only)
      • ARCH 320 Design Studio or IARCH 320 Interior Design Studio (Spring Semester Only)
      • Italian Language: The Florence Experience (4 credits)
      • Optional Electives (3 credits)

Students are provided with personal drafting tables and workspace for the duration of the program. The studio and context courses are taught by practicing architects and academics, and are designed to integrate classroom study with visits to churches, museums, monuments, and field trips to a variety of relevant destinations. Students end the program with a team project drawing from their unique experiences both in the classroom and across the “citywide campus” of Florence.


Strategic Partnerships

ISI Florence’s partners include Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Marywood University School of Architecture, Università degli Studi di Firenze, and Facoltà di Architettura. The Institute has also collaborated on architectural projects and programs with:

  • Università La Sapienza di Roma, Facoltà di Architettura
  • The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Fondazione Bruno Zevi, Rome
  • University of Virginia, School of Architecture
  • University of Hartford, School of Architecture
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Comune di Castiglione della Pescaia (GR)
  • Comune di Cerreto Guidi (FI)