Swiss Cooperation Programme in Architecture (SCPA)
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The principal objective of the Swiss Cooperation Programme in Architecture (SCPA) is to promote and establish the cooperation between the Swiss higher education architectural schools as regards research and teaching, the latter on an undergraduate as well as postgraduate level. Thus, it is in line with the main strategic objectives of the Swiss research and higher education policy, where the cooperation in the field of architecture is explicitly requested by the BFI message 2008-2011.

The programme comprises the University of Lugano (USI), the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and in Lausanne (EPF Lausanne), as well as the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). It is funded by the Swiss University Conference with 2 mio. CHF and by the Council of Federal Institutes of Technology with 2.5 mio. CHF over the period 2009-2012.

The programme focuses on four main areas inside architecture research and education:
•    urban studies, urban design, environment and landscape.
•    theory and history of architecture.
•    renovation and restoration, construction and building technologies.

Programme activities are developed through specific research projects which have been selected through an internal call for proposal and will last until 2012.