The Rome Center is embedded in the heart of the city, in one of the oldest palaces in the city: Palazzo Taverna.  The building was constructed in 1286, with ownership passing through three families.  The main entrance of the studio space opens into a courtyard housing a baroque fountain by Antonio Casoni, built in 1618, and surrounded by the various buildings forming the complex. The palazzo is home to private residential apartments, banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and art studios.


The Rome Center is conveniently located in one of the oldest palaces in the center of Rome, Palazzo Taverna (students’ entry on Via dei Gabrielli 90). Not far from Piazza Navona, Palazzo Taverna first belonged to the Orsini Family and in 1328, the site took the name of Mount Giordano, the name of Giordano Orsini, Roman Senator in 1341. The palace was referred to by Dante in his literary masterpiece “The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XVIII)”.
In 1688, after five hundred years of uninterrupted ownership, Flavio Orsini, burdened by debts, was obliged to sell the property to the Gabrielli Family, a very old and noble Roman family, that completed the unification of the complex building. The great complex of buildings was sold to the Earls Taverna of Milan in 1888 and they are the current owners. The main entrance on Via di Monte Giordano opens its gate into the magnificent courtyard which still has the “Acqua Paola Fountain” surrounded by the various buildings forming the complex.
The buildings today house many different activities from private residential apartments to banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and artistic studios. Palazzo Taverna has two wings: a Baroque one and an Empire one, which has frescoes painted by Coccetti around the end of the 18th century. The UA Rome Center is housed in the Empire wing of the Palazzo where the historic headquarters of the INARCH (Istituto Nazionale di Architettura) were located for about thirty years. In these rooms the most important architects of the 20th century met to discuss their ideas.

The Center includes design and humanities studios, classrooms/AV rooms, libraries, a fashion laboratory, faculty and staff offices as well as computer labs. The computer labs operate on a Windows network with PCs and a wireless system where personal laptops can be connected. The library rooms are also equipped with wireless network. An internet connection through an HDSL line offers access to the web. We highly recommend that you bring your own laptop for your independence. We also have laser printers, a plotter and scanners (A3 and A4).We usually hold a computer information session during orientation week to give students a general overview of the system.

The streets near the Rome Center are among the oldest and most characteristic, and you will find many small shops, restaurants and pizzerias. The city of Rome, with its rich cultural resources, offers an endless source of learning opportunities for students fromall over the world. Students are invited to view the city as a laboratory where they can examine historical Rome and review the evolution of an urban context over two thousand years of development. Architecture students get to work on a design project by addressing the question of urban complexities. Rome, with its unique urban stratification, is an ideal model to enhance awareness of the very different, and sometimes contradictory, transformations that the city has undergone. During their Roman sojourn, students enjoy new experiences and explore fresh ideas and perspectives that contribute to their academic and cultural growth. The Piazza Navona area is representative of the Renaissance and Baroque periods of Rome. Built upon the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, it is a part of the city that was populated by the local nobility, clergy, artisans and merchants. Today, it attracts foreigners, tourists and students because many of the architectural masterpieces of Rome lay within its narrow streets. You can relax by the fountains of Piazza Navona or visit the Pantheon,  the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps, shop at the traditional open market and old bakeries of Campo dei Fiori, or visit themany churches within the area. Further along is the Tiber River, and if you cross the ancient bridge, Ponte Sisto, you arrive in Trastevere, another particularly picturesque area of Rome.