18-28 June 2020

ISAR announces an international summer school in the archaeological park of the Roman Forum, open to architecture students of all levels (including continuing education). The programme is offered in partnership with the Interrupted City project and Özyeğin University DRUM laboratory and will run in parallel with the first week of ISAR’s Archaeological Field School. Other academic partners include the California Polytechnic (SLO) Rome Program in Architecture and the University of Firenze.

The sequence of lessons, taught in English both in the classroom and on-site, are intended to provide students with hands-on skills in methods of architectural documentation, conservation and valorization of cultural heritage sites. The laboratory will focus on an ongoing excavation in the Horrea Agrippiana at the base of the Palatine Hill.

Students will work in a choice of research areas:

  • Documentation (using laser scanner and photogrammetry)  
  • Historical research (including hypothetical reconstructions)
  • Restoration (creation of a conservation plan)
  • Valorization (architectural designs for needed site structures)

Each of these pedagogic components will combine clear, illustrated instruction by experts in the field with readings, interactive discussions and practical applications.

Lodging and Facilities

Students will be housed in convenient shared apartments in the city of Rome, included in the full-fee. Most lessons will take place on site but classroom meetings will occasional be hosted by ISAR partner organizations. 


  • Thur 18 June, 2020 Arrival, check-in to lodging.
  • Fri 19 June. Opening conference and orientation
  • Sat, Sun 20-21 June. Visits to sites and museums including Ostia Antica.
  • Mon-Fri 22-26 June 7:30-16:00 June Site-work in Roman Forum (by special permission before public opening)
  • Sat 27 June. Closing conference and final dinner.
  • Sun 28 June. Check out.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to apply – no previous experience necessary!

Project Direction and Instruction

  • Prof. Tom Rankin (ISAR, Cal Poly):  Project Director
  • Prof. Alessandro Camiz (Özyeğin University): Project Co-Director 
  • Giorgio Verdiani (Univ. Firenze) Laser scanning
  • Prof. Dr. Orazio Carpenzano Scientific Coordinator
  • Dora Cirone (ISAR), archaeologist, guest lecturer
  • Özge Özkuvancı (Ph. D. candidate, Özyeğin University) tutor

Scientific Committee

Scientific coordinators:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alessandro Camiz Özyeğin University (Turkey)
  • Prof.. Tom Rankin California Polytechnic State University (USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Orazio Carpenzano, “Sapienza” Università di Roma [director of Department of Architecture DIAP)
  • Assist. Prof. Giorgio Verdiani, Università degli Studi di Firenze

Scientific Committee:

  • Matthew Bell, University of Maryland (USA) 
  • Roberta Belli, Politecnico di Bari
  • Carlo Bianchini, Sapienza University of Rome 
  • Marco Cadinu, Università degli Studi di Cagliari 
  • Pier Federico Caliari, Politecnico di Torino
  • Renato Capozzi, University of Naples “Federico II” 
  • Paolo Carafa, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Anna Irene del Monaco, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Rosa Anna Genovese, University of  Naples ‘Federico II’
  • Carmen Guerrero, University of Miami (USA)
  • Orhan Hacihasanoglu, Özyeğin University (Turkey)
  • Matteo Ieva, Politecnico di Bari
  • Antonio Pietro Latini, Jiangsu University (China)
  • Eva Lovra, University of Debrecen (Hungary)
  • Francesco Mancini, Curtin University (Australia)
  • Marco Maretto, University of Parma
  • Nicola Santopuoli, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Scott Schlimgen, Academic Initiatives Abroad
  • Michele Trimarchi, University of Bologna


Full-fee: € 450/person 

The full-fee Fee covers: 

  • Tuition
  • Housing in shared apartments with kitchen access, wi-fi.
  • Public transportation within the city of Rome. 
  • Entry fees for archaeological sites and museums
  • Printed materials,
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

A base-fee option is available for students who prefer to pay for their own expenses. 

Base-fee: €100/person

Includes program tuition but no lodging, meals or transportation. 

Selection Process

Deadline to Participants will be admitted on a rolling basis, chosen on qualifications and expressed interest.  ISAR will notify selected students within two weeks of receiving completed application.  In the event spaces are filled before the deadline students will be put on a waiting list. 

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. Email us for late requests.

Full payment will be required to confirm participation by April 15. 

Application form can be submitted online (see below)

For further information and to apply to participate email info@isarome.org or call Tom Rankin +39 348-3307181 or (508) 443-1961 (US skype n. to Italy)

Download a program PDF


Financial Aid. Help us make this experience possible to a wider range of students. A contribution of €450 will underwrite the cost of one student and can be submitted through our US 501c3 Fiscal Partner.