WISH, acronym of workshop on international social housing, is a design course of the Accademia di architettura of Mendrisio, conceived with the specific intention to face and investigate, through architectural design, the collective and social housing topic. The course has a profound international vocation and tries to establish with interested countries and institutions, a fruitful academic collaboration. WISH, in fact, moves by the consciousness that the architectural project cannot represent just an intellectual exercise isolated from the concreteness of a real context: the projects are developed in areas truly studied by the local authorities as potential sites for new residential neighborhoods and critically face the rules and the laws in force, suggesting their positive reinterpretation. The investigation, focused on these cities sectors, leads WISH to collaborate with the local authorities, the city administrations and the universities of the country, in a mutual profitable exchange of thoughts and proposals. The workshop wants to be a research and critical analysis opportunity on the topic of dwell and on the social sense of collective living. A research that tries to combine the design desires with the principles of repetitiveness and cost-effectiveness, that are emblematic in large scale architectural projects, with the conviction that, through a coherent and sensitive drawing of a neighborhood or of part of it, it is possible to enrich and to increase the vital and changing weft of the cities.
Each year a students group from the Accademia di architettura of Mendrisio and from its partner University, participate in this course that takes place during the summer months. The course is divided into two parts: the first one, about two weeks long, takes place at the partner university and consists on research in order to have a better knowledge of the city where the projects will be, with the precise intention of knowing the most possible of the cultural, social and political reality in which the workshop takes place. The second one represents the elaboration and synthesis of the collected informations, condensed in an architectural project that the student develops during five weeks at the Accademia di architettura and that represents his particular, personal answer to the theme. During the course, specialists are called to offer contributions on specific arguments and to actively participate in the intermediate and final projects critics debate.

1 house = 1 house
1000 houses = 1 city


  • Promote cultural exchange between students from different backgrounds, confronting them with concrete issues and real needs of the society.
  • Provide students with a greater Social Housing knowledge to increase their professional opportunities.
  • Contribute to the improvement of Social Housing urban and architectural qualities through concrete projects design in collaboration with local authorities.
  • Contribute to academic, political and professional debate about Social Housing.
  • Promote know how exchange between institutions (governments, universities, international operators, private sector).
  • Establish and promote international contacts and partnerships between universities, professors and students.


Martino Pedrozzi
Zurich, 1971.
Lecturer at the Academy of architecture of Mendrisio, Switzerland. He graduated at the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne in 1996. Since 1997 he has an architectural practice in Lugano. After his studies he has been assistant of professors Alberto Campo Baeza, Valerio Olgiati and Kenneth Frampton.
In 1999 he worked two months in Rio de Janeiro with Oscar Niemeyer and met in Montevideo the engineer Eladio Dieste. In 1999 and in 2006 his work obtained a distinction at the third and the fourth editions of the International Award for New Alpine Architecture, organised by “Sexten Kultur”.
Since 2003 he leads the Workshop on International Social Housing (WISH): the Summer School programme of the Mendrisio Academy. He gave public lectures about his work at the Mendrisio Academy; at the “Universidad National de Tucumán”, Argentina; at the “Universidad Autonoma de Baja California” in Mexicali, Mexico; at the Nanjing University, China; and at Wits University of Johannesburg, South Africa.


Vincenzo Tuccillo
Architect, graduated at the Polytechnic University of Bari in 2012.
He has been teaching assistant of Francisco Mangado at the Polytechnic University of Milan and of Giacomo Guidotti, Martino Pedrozzi and Elisa Valero at the Academy of architecture of Mendrisio.
He collaborated with Stefano Moor in Lugano.
Since 2018 he started his own architectural practice in Como, with which in 2019 he obtained the first prize in the competition for the reuse of the Ex Consorzio Agrario in Bergamo.

since 2011

Assistance (past)

Otto Krausbeck
Andrea Nardi

until 2010
until 2021


7.5 ECTS (european exchange university credits)
320 hours of design studio
20 hours of conferences


Accademia d’architetura di Mendrisio
Largo Bernasconi 2
6850 Mendrisio

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