The headquarters of Accademia Italiana are in Florence at Piazza Pitti 15, in the prestigious Temple Leader building in the heart of the Florence historic district. The building is protected by the Commission for Fine Arts for its historic importance and for the frescoes of mythological and allegorical subjects that adorn the inner rooms (Venus on the Chariot, Liberated Jerusalem, Bacchus, the Three Graces, and others).
The school occupies three floors that are used for lecture classrooms, design classrooms, computer labs, materials archives, and library. There is a large assembly hall on the top floor, in a loggia with a panoramic view of Piazza Pitti. The building has two terraces, one on the fourth floor with a picturesque view of florentine rooftops.
The Workshop Space is located in the historical Palazzo Bargagli at Lungarno Delle Grazie 22. The building was completely restored a few years ago.
On the ground floor, there is a room for photo shoots used by the photography students, while on the top floor there are workshops for sewing, pattern making, and knitwear for fashion design, model building for the interior and product design students, and an art studio, design workshop, and darkroom for the art and photography courses.
The workshops have two terraces that offer a 360° view of Florence. Both buildings have full wifi coverage.
From July 2023 Accademia Italiana opened the doors of its new headquarters in Rome. The new Campus is located inside the former railway customs of Rome in Via Dello Scalo San Lorenzo 10, a building complex of 1925 by the architect Angiolo Mazzoni del Grande. The redevelopment of these spaces has been carried out thanks to the partnership between the Dutch chain The Social Hub and Accademia Italiana, with the aim of hosting the first campus dedicated to design in Italy.
The new headquarters offers 2,000 square meters of classrooms, workshops and spaces for study and experimentation; the interior project was realized thanks to the co-design of the spaces with the students of Design of Accademia Italiana, who have drawn with their own hands the spaces that they will live in first person. The building has been designed following green criteria that maximize the efficiency and limit the energy consumption of the campus and has obtained the BREEAM certification, (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method or "methodology of environmental assessment of buildings") which is among the most recognized and widespread in the world to measure the level of sustainability and performance of buildings.
The school is spread over two floors used as theoretical classrooms, workshops, computer classrooms and a biblio bistrot that combines the functions of dining space and library. The institute also has a lecture hall located on the first floor and an open space dedicated to hosting events, exhibitions and conferences on applied arts, in full synergy with the city and the territory. On the top floor there is the fabric store, the materioteca and the spaces dedicated to creative workshops.
In addition to the building that houses Accademia Italiana, the project of The Social Hub covers a large area completely regenerated to accommodate a public park of over a hectare in which there will be a hotel with residences for students, common areas open to the community, sports and coworking spaces, meeting and event rooms, restaurants, bars and much more.
The Accademia Italiana offers its students a free housing service that puts students in contact with the landlords of apartments located in the central areas of Florence and Rome.
The apartments, shared with other students from the school, are completely furnished and include wifi, a washing machine, and a television.
The average price of a single room is around 500-600 euros a month plus utilities, and a double room (shared with a roommate) is around 400-450 euros a month plus utilities. For a studio or two-room apartment, the price varies from 750 to 950 euros a month plus utilities.
The school’s staff visits the apartments before making the rooms available to students to ensure that they are in a suitable condition.
This informational service is offered free of charge by the school, which puts the students into direct contact with the apartments’ landlords or owners. All economic agreements, including methods of payment, are stipulated by the landlords.
If the school reserves housing on behalf of the student and the student decides to cancel the reservation, the landlord will keep the entire deposit sent by the student during the reservation phase.
Rooms are available from September to May (for students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree and professional programs) and from October to May (for students in the Master's programs). Students enrolled in programs that begin in January in Florence can reserve housing for only one semester (January to May).
Changing housing during the academic year is not allowed and will result in the loss of the deposit.
Students who wish to change accommodation at the end of the first year must find their own new accommodation.