XXV Monte Carasso International Architectural Design Seminar

June 30 – July 13, 2018


Director: Luigi Snozzi
Instructors: Mario Ferrari / Michele Gaggetta / Giacomo Guidotti / Stefano Moor

Special guest: Mario Botta


The Seminar, which has been an integral part of the development and urban planning of Monte Carasso started by Luigi Snozzi in 1979, is held annually as a two-week design workshop.  Over the years, under the guidance of architect Snozzi, of instructors and external experts, the attendees debated topics related to the development of Monte Carasso.

In the last five seminars, participants focused their attention on a wider area, which Monte Carasso is a part of, and addressed an issue of topical significance: the aggregation of municipalities in the Bellinzona district – an aggregation that hopefully won’t be a mere political and administrative deed but will provide a unique opportunity for territorial reorganization.

After the first draft of the Masterplan in 2013 and the announcement of its key principles, in the years that followed the seminar investigated the strategic areas in the Masterplan, with the aim to verify and, if necessary, modify and improve the hypotheses formulated in it, more specifically: in 2014, an in-depth analysis of the Semine district, in 2015 and 2016, the redefinition of the north and south "city gates" and in 2017, the reorganization of the city center and the connection between the city and Lake Maggiore, created by the river park.

This year the Seminar will investigate the reconversion of partially abandoned industrial areas along the railway line that crosses the city.

The Seminar is conceived as a design atelier and will be attended by instructors and architects.  At the end of the Seminar the teaching staff, assisted by a special guest, will make a public assessment of the projects drawn up by participants.

During the seminar, there will be public conferences attended by Swiss and international architects. Participants in the previous seminars included architects Michele Arnaboldi, Raffaele Cavadini, Pierre-Alain Croset, Aurelio Galfetti, Mario Botta, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Livio Vacchini, Esteve Bonell, Gonçalo Byrne, Bernard Huet, Alvaro Siza, Roberto Masiero, Francesco Venezia, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Silvia Gmür, Henri Ciriani, Pierre Fauroux, Guillermo Vasquez Consuegra, Angelo Bucci, Vittorio Gregotti, Marco Ortalli, Manuel Aires Mateus, João Luis Carrilho da Graça, José María Sánchez García and Gloria Cabral (Gabinete de Arquitectura), historian Alexander Fonti and photographer Gabriele Basilico.

In addition, architects Aurelio Galfetti, Martino Pedrozzi, Francesco Fallavollita, Roberto Briccola, Jan Perneger, Olivier Bourez, Paul Humbert, Nicola Navone, Aaron J. Wegmann, Wilfried Schmidt, geographer Gian Paolo Torricelli and the architecture firms Bonetti and Bonetti, Baserga Mozzetti and Canevascini Corecco gave lectures aimed at making the participants in the Seminar more familiar with both the Ticino and the international architectural scenario.

The public conference will take place the 10th of July on Tuesday evening. The lecture will be conducted by Mario Botta in the evocative setting of the former Augustinian convent.


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The seminar has about thirty spaces available.  It is open to students who have finished their second year of architecture at a university or polytechnic institute and to architecture graduates.


To register

Fee: CHF 450.- (EUR 450.-)

Please apply by 28 June 2018, including a brief curriculum vitae, an A4 PDF portfolio, and proof of attendance at or graduation from an architecture faculty, by email:



Or by post:


Ente autonomo Carasc
Casella postale 9
6513 Monte Carasso ( TI – CH )


Room and board


Local emergency shelter Bellinzona, cooking facilities available
CHF 200.- for 14 nights

Appartement for 6 people in the center of Monte Carasso
CHF 300.-/ guest for 14 nights

Appartement for 2 people in the center of Monte Carasso
CHF 400.-/ guest for 14 nights

Other accommodation options: www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Quartiere di Monte Carasso

El Cunvént 3
Casella postale 9
6513 Monte Carasso
+41 91 821 15 55
+41 91 826 33 48


Orario apertura cancelleria:


09.30-11.30 / 13.30-16.00


09.30-11.30 / 13.00-16.00


arch. Luigi Snozzi
arch. Mario Botta
arch. Aurelio Galfetti

Direttore Seminario:
arch. Luigi Snozzi

Docenti Seminario:
arch. Stefano Moor
arch. Mario Ferrari
arch. Giacomo Guidotti


arch. Michele Gaggetta

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