Engineering for building retrofitting
Master degree

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Programme overview


Engineering for Building Retrofitting addresses the topics of the protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of existing buildings in terms of structural safety, energy efficiency, quality and comfort, while considering social and economic issues.

This two-year program, taught entirely in English, tackles the specific issue of the rehabilitation of existing buildings with a multi-disciplinary integrated approach. 

Learning by doing

Teaching methodologies envisage the participation in seminars and workshops (both in classroom and in laboratories), the development of individual or collective projects, as well as assisted and individual study.

Learning outcomes will be evaluated by means of tests, oral or written examinations and development of projects.

Career perspectives

The Engineering for Building Retrofitting graduates will be engineers specialized in the assessment of structural, energy and technical performances of existing buildings and in the design of rehabilitation and conservation interventions.


Freshers 2021/22

Degree type
Master degree
Duration and credits
Construction engineering
Free access
Teaching language
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
Head of programme
Chiara Calderini
To learn more about the Course visit the dedicated section

What you will learn

  • Structural and seismic safety

    Assess the structural and seismic safety of existing buildings

  • Energy performances

    Assess the energy performances of existing buildings

  • Building quality and comfort

    Assess the state of mainteinance and comfort of existing buildings

  • Structural retrofitting interventions

    Diagnose and design retrofitting interventions

  • Increase energy efficiency

    Define strategies and design interventions to increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings

  • Enhance building quality and comfort

    Design manteinance interventions and improve the comfort in existing buildings


The program trains engineers to be able to assess and rehabilitate existing buildings, rather than design new ones. It is focused on the following main learning areas:

  • structures
  • energy and plants
  • quality and comfort

Furthermore, it includes some supplementary classes in the field of digital survey and representation, economic valuation, project financing, and project and building site management.

Head of programme

Chiara Calderini

Chiara Calderini
Head of Programme

Where to find us

Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering - DICCA

via Montallegro 1
16145 Genova


Villa Cambiaso - via Montallegro 1 -
Polo Opera Pia - via all' Opera Pia 15 A -



Learn more

Student Desk (Engineering School)
Villa Cambiaso
Via Montallegro 1
sito web

Student Desk (Dept. of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Eng.)
Viale Cambiaso 6/canc - piano terra

Didactic support contact
Simona Grillo