Aefi - Associazione esposizioni e fiere italiane





Friday, 27 October sees the start of the 2017/2018 academic year for the 2nd-level “Touch Fair Architecture & Exhibit Space” master’s course, organised by the IUAV University of Venice and supported, from its inception, by the AEFI – Italian Exhibition and Trade Fair Association.

The presentation of the course will take place at 11 a.m. in the Council Hall of Palazzo Badoer in Venice.
Raffaella Laezza, head of science for the master’s course and lecturer in Architectural Design, will illustrate what’s new in this academic year together with some other lecturers. In addition to Rafaella Laezza, the following figures will be in attendance: Alberto Alfonso and Cosimo Monteleone, Computational Morphology; Marisa Corso, Planning Events; Emilio Genovesi and Tai Sammartini, Sustainable & Recycled Thinking.

Now in its seventh edition, the annual master’s course, aimed at young architects and designers, has the goal of exploring and transmitting the founding principles of the great Italian and international architectural tradition.

Divided into two semesters and eleven courses, the Master’s combines methodological rigour with the broad vision of innovative languages for the trade fairs of the future to form new professional figures, such as the Architectural Fair Project Manager and the Architectural Exhibit Designer, professionals specialising in the area of trade fairs and exhibition solutions, increasingly in demand also in international contexts since they guarantee awareness of trade fair organisation with an innovative perspective.
Thanks to the expertise of the teachers, students have the opportunity to combine architectural-artistic knowledge with the technique of modular construction application methodologies, without forgetting the organisational and social dimensions of the trade fair sector.
The winning combination of the Master’s is the formation of future professionals-researchers with a constant focus on the socio-economic fabric of Italy.

Many students on the last academic year, from all over Italy and Greece, pursued the course with a placement, in Italy or abroad, at the end of the first semester. In confirmation of the high level of preparation of the master’s students, various companies including Viabizzuno, Arup Italia, Prada and Fiera Milano have made them employment offers.

With its support for the Master Touch Fair Architecture & Exhibit Space, also for the next academic year, the AEFI confirms its active role in supporting and developing the trade fair sector, including through a focus on the formation of new professionals and the creation of solid, high-level expertise.

For all information on the course, consult the site:

AEFI - Associazione Esposizioni e Fiere Italiane, a private non-profit Association, was established in 1983 with the goal of generating synergies between the most important Italian exhibition districts. AEFI would like to be seen as a privileged partner for operators and institutions alike, and its role is to support members through the development of activities and programmes in the sphere of training, marketing, promotion and research, as well as to provide services for trade fairs through the activities of its Committees: Exhibition Hub Technical Committee, Legal-Administrative Committee, Internationalisation Committee and Trade Fairs Network Committee.
On the internationalization front, AEFI supports members thanks to agreements with strategic markets. To date, partnerships have been agreed with Iran, Taiwan, Lebanon and India, with AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, and with CENTREX, the International Exhibition Statistics Union. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with SACE and SIMEST.
AEFI has promoted the foundation of ISFCert, the Certification Institute for Exhibition Industry Statistics which, through rigorous methodologies, enables Italian organisers to present and recognise standardised data, in the name of transparency and reliability.
AEFI represents Italian trade fairs in UFI - Union of International Fairs. Chaired by Ettore Riello, AEFI includes 35 member exhibition districts, which organise over 1,000 events a year over an overall exhibition area of 4.2 million square metres. Nearly all international and national trade fairs which take place each year in Italy are held in AEFI-member exhibition districts.

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