The UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities is long-term programme promoted by UNESCO in the Mantova Campus of Politecnico di Milano since 2012.  

The Mantova UNESCO Chair aims to develop innovative education, research and dissemination activities in the field of architectural design for heritage cities, by supporting the experimentation with new teaching and training practices, fostering international cooperation through the establishing of a cross-cultural network of partners, and facilitating the exchange and transfer of knowledge within different areas of the world. 

The programme builds on the multifarious values of architectural heritage and on the conception of its enhancement as a strategy to foster a sustainable evolution of urban contexts. Drawing on the complexity of the multi-scale problems related to architectural and environmental preservation and planning in contemporary heritage cities, the mission of the Chair addressed the shaping and promoting of ground-breaking and inter-disciplinary theories and practices for the development of the interplay between conservation and transformation instances, with the aim to educate the future generations of architects to an aware and efficient approach to the opportunities and the challenges in the field. 

Federico Bucci, Chairholder

Full Professor – ICAR/18 – History of Architecture
(Foggia,1959) is full professor of History of Architecture at Politcnico di Milano, where he is Delegate of the Rector for Archives and Libraries, Vice-rector of the Mantova Campus and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair.
He has been a visiting professor at Texas A&M University, the Moscow Institute of Architecture, Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, University of Southern California in Los Angeles and ETSAB in Barcelona.
He has worked at the archives of Albert Kahn Inc. (Detroit) and CCA (Montréal).
He has been a member of the American Society of Architectural Historians and has participated in numerous national and international conferences.
He has curated exhibitions on Italian architecture and published several volumes, including:
Albert Kahn: architect of Ford, New York 1993; Luigi Moretti. Works and Writings, Milan 2000;
Franco Albini, Milan 2010.
He has worked on the editorial boards of “Domus”, “Quaderni di architettura”, “Rassegna”,
“Casabella”, “L’architettura. Cronache e storia”.


Elisa Boeri
Luca Cardani
Claudia Tinazzi
Filippo Bricolo
Andrea De Toni
Elena Fioretto

Federico Bucci (Coordinatore Scientifico, Politecnico di Milano, Italia)
Guillermo Aranda-Mena (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
Quintus Miller (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Svizzera)
Jean-Philippe Garric (Université Paris-1, Francia)
Ángela Gancía de Paredes (ETSAM Madrid, Spagna)
Ana Tostões ( International, Lisbon, Portogallo)
Jian Long Zhang (CAUP, Tongji University, Cina)
Eduardo Souto de Moura (Politecnico di Milano, Italia)
Elisa Valero Ramos (Universidad de Granada, Spagna)
Yael Moria (Shenkar College, Israele)
George Zillante (University of Adelaide, Australia)