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Transformative Semester: My Academic Journey in Torino

Joanna – Technical University of Turin – Politecnico Di Torino – Italy

Semester 1, 2023

Bachelor of Design


Studying architecture in Torino last semester was an enriching and transformative experience that has left an indelible mark on my academic and personal journey. The semester was s a nice blend of cultural immersion and architectural exploration making it an unforgettable chapter in my education.

Study Life

The baroque streets of Torino were the perfect backdrop for this course. It was a privilege to learn under professors who were passionate about preserving and celebrating the architectural heritage of Italy. I had the opportunity to engage in hands-on projects that involved restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. I developed my technical skills and also grew an appreciation for the role of architecture in preserving cultural legacies.

  • Urban Geography was an eye-opening course that broadened my perspective on urban planning and design. Torino’s unique urban fabric, with its blend of historic and industrial elements, was the perfect setting to conceptually explore what defines a city. It was fascinating to witness the city’s ongoing transformation, blending the old with the new in a harmonious way.
  • Design for Living was a course that allowed me to explore innovative and sustainable architectural solutions to contemporary challenges related to the Italian prison system. Italy’s commitment to adaptive re-use and sustainable design inspired me to think critically about how architecture can address societal needs for under-represented social groups.
  • Interior Design: History and Theory explored the journey through the history of Italian & European Architecture, and had the most meaningful impact on developing my ethos as a designer. The rich historical context of Italy, and its influence over global architecture, made this course particularly engaging.

Living in Torino

Living in Torino provided countless opportunities for personal growth and cultural immersion. The city’s warm and welcoming atmosphere made it easy to connect with locals and fellow international students. Exploring Torino’s culinary delights, from traditional trattorias to sunset Aperol’s in the park, is something I will always cherish.

My semester in Torino has broadened my horizons and deepened my passion for architecture. I came home with a greater appreciation for the interplay between history, culture, and design in shaping the built environment. My experience will undoubtedly influence my future work as an architect.

In conclusion, my exchange in Italy left me with lasting memories and a sense of gratitude. It enriched my academic journey and also my understanding of the world and my place within it. Torino will forever hold a special place in my heart and is driving my passion to pursue my architecture career in Europe.


Find out how you can apply for exchange via the QUT Student Exchange website.

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