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Frequently Asked Questions

The courses are open to architecture and design professionals, including architects, urban designers landscape architects, historians, artists, environmental and health experts, interior and product designers, cognitive scientists and psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists, as well as educators, graduate and postdoctoral students in these disciplines from any part of the world. 

Who is eligible to apply to the Moving Boundaries courses?

Lectures, masterclasses, workshops, and roundtable discussions will all be conducted in English. Several supporting faculty speak Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and they may be able to help with translation occasionally (we cannot provide continuous translation).

In what language will the courses be conducted? 

Tuition will cover lectures, masterclasses, workshops, coordination of visits, roundtable discussions, the Certificate of Completion, and two complimentary meals, the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Lunch. Tuition will also cover digital course materials and recordings of selected lectures, as soon as they are edited after the end of the course. Note: not all lectures will be recorded.

What will tuition cover?

Credits for the program need to be approved by the university you are currently attending. Check with your academic advisor regarding the procedure for obtaining credits since some institutions require that credits be approved prior to enrolling in the program. Practicing architects may apply (on their own) for AIA learning credits, but the outcome depends on your local chapter and cannot be guaranteed by MB. A Syllabus with a summary of all activities and list of course hours will be provided.

Can I receive credits for attending?

The city of Venice is accessible from around the world, with direct flights available from Europe and with one or two stops, from major cities across the United States, Latin America, Australia, and other locations. Travel in December is considered "low-season" and is therefore less expensive than usual.  Lodging will also be more affordable in "low-season".  Please plan to arrive in Venice by December 10. If you think that  you will suffer from jet lag, please consider arriving on December 8 or 9. 


The course will finish in Perugia (region of Umbria, Italy), not in Venice, on Dec.23. There are several options for return flights. Participants and faculty may elect to return to Venice, or they may fly home from Florence, Rome or another nearby airport. It is recommended that you travel from Perugia only after 5pm on Dec.23, since the Farewell Lunch will end by this time. Transfers will be offered to help you to reach Perugia train station.

How do I get to Venice and depart from Umbria?

A laptop or a tablet computer is recommended for the design charrettes. Additionally, a sketchbook, notebook, pens and sketching and/or painting supplies.

What supplies will I need to bring?

Participants are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Italy, lodging and meals. Moving Boundaries will provide a list of suggestions. Tuition does not include travel expenses and arrangements. Participants may take advantage of the sign-up list in Google Drive, sharing lodging in order to minimize expenses. Sharing options shall be initiated and coordinated by participants using shared folders created by MB for the group. Two complimentary meals will be provided for all.

Please plan to arrive in Venice by December 10. Check out in Venice, in the morning of December 20. Plan to check in at your hotel or Airbnb near the Castello di Solfagnano (Umbria region) on December 20 and check out on December 23, as the Course will finish just after lunch. Some participants may decide to remain in Umbria (or in Rome, Florence, or other locations) past December 23. 

How will lodging and meals be arranged?

Meals and lodging options are reasonable in the Winter season. You can find the breakdown of average expenses in the course brochure, which will become available by end of summer 2023. Please note that tuition fees are excluded from the cost breakdown.

How much will it cost to attend?

Yes, 5 full-tuition and 18 partial-tuition scholarships have been provided.

Does the course have a scholarship program?

All participants will have access to a detailed course program, the brochure with abstracts of presentations, a collection of digital resources that include articles, book chapters and video lectures, and a course reader. After the course, participants will have access to selected recordings from the course. Additionally, participants will have access to a group communication platform (WhatsApp), where they will be able to interact with one another and uphold their network, during and after the on-site program.

What resources will be offered before and during the course?

You will have access to speakers during all course activities and social events, including occasional meals and coffee breaks, throughout the two weeks. Find the list of speakers and their bios on the brochure and the Faculty page (under construction). 

Who are the speakers and how much access will I have to them throughout the course?

Yes, there will be free time. Please consult the program. We do encourage you to explore the local culture, neighborhoods and cuisine. If you would like to visit additional cities, we encourage you to do so before or after the two-week course. 

Will there be free time and can I explore other locations during the course?

Can I bring family or friends with me?

Yes, family and friends are welcome to join social events during the course, but they may not attend lectures, tours, workshops or roundtable discussions. We cannot guarantee seats on tour buses for the field trip on December 16 for family/friends. Seating is very limited. Please check with us.

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