Apply for the Architecture and Design Programme

Cultart Organisation in Italy: CNA

Training Period: from 21 to 25 of November 2022

Case Study Institution: Valari Design Studio 

Valari Design Studio social media: Instagram

Short bio and Training Concept of Valari Studio

Valari is a design studio founded by architects Nicolò Lewanski and Federica Russo with an interest in design and a focus on quality.

“What drives us is our passion for design, the idea of putting together modern lines and local craftmanship”

Design outside the big productive district is closely linked to the craft production of the territories based on knowledge and experience developed and shared by the communities over time. Today’s great processes of social transformation require a process of critical re-reading of modernity, of rediscovery of territories and their resources. Researchers, designers, and intellectuals working on the construction of alternatives to globalization are committed to a new approach to production and design that considers time a value. “The opposition of a “slow project” conveyed by identity cultures to the frenetic rhythms imposed by industry is part of a broader vision of sustainable development that can restore the future of a manufacturing fabric still deeply rooted in the territories of our country. The aim is to slow down, to slow down the pace of production, and to slow down the pace of processing in order to return to definitive, shared projects.

‘The reflective time of re-elaboration replaces the frenetic time of industry, the stable objects of identity are opposed to the transitory objects of the consumer society.’ (S. Follesa)

Starting from the knowledge and analysis of ancient local craftsmanship practice, participants will try to understand the reasons that have led to the slowdown and stagnation of this activity, in order to then rethink its applications and devise forms of regeneration and production even in sectors other than the traditional ones. 

Valari studio’s design stages

The training will be structured as follows:

  • Presentation of the main product design activities of the area, study of their historical origins, and analysis of their current situation, limits, and potential.
  • Introduction to design processes innovation with particular attention to innovation in territorial productions.
  • Meeting with entrepreneurial realities that implement innovation models in territorial production processes.
  • The in-depth study on the project development in connection with the territory.
  • The in-depth study on the communication of a territorial innovation project.


Federica Russo is a Valari Co-Founder. She is an Architect with 7 years of experience at international leading practices including Haworth Tompkins and Allies & Morrison in London, VYA in the Netherlands, and Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome, on a broad spectrum of housing, cultural and education projects up to construction. Federica studied Architecture in Rome and she is a licensed Architect both in the UK and in Italy. She writes for a number of architecture magazines such as Il Giornale dell’Architettura, PresS/T Letter, and Compasses, and was involved in a special edition for L’Arca, Livingroom and A10.

Nicolò Lewanski A Graduate of Columbia University, prior to co-founding Valari Nicolo worked as an architect in London for Sam Jacob Studio and in the Netherlands for Mecanoo Architekten among others. He taught at Kingston University, Leeds-Beckett, and Anglia Ruskin University and visited as a critic at the AA, the Royal College of Art, and Columbia University. Nicolo regularly participates in design competitions and has been on the winning team for the V&A Museum Cromwell Road Entrance, MOMA PS1 YAP 2015, and 2nd place at the 2017 Antepavilion by the Architecture Foundation

What is the purpose of the open calls?

The open calls aim to invite and choose 125 participants for the Cultural academy of cultural managment in 2022. They will be trained in the 5 creative programmes.

Cities and Programmes

Bulgaria Plovdiv
Austria Vienna
Greece Ioannina
Italy Lecce
North Macedonia Skopje


There are 5 programmes.

Festivals / Visual Arts / Performing Arts / Design and Architecture / Applied Arts

Here you can find more information about each five of them.

Each programme takes place in one of the 5 partner cities:

Festivals in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Visual arts in Austria, Vienna

Performing Arts in Ioannina, Greece

Design and Architecture in Lecce, Italy

Applied Arts in Skopje, Northern Macedonia

Each candidate has to choose one of the 5 programmes of cultural management depending on their interests and experience. Each programme takes place in one of the 5 cities.

5-day intensive training in 10 modules with key speakers of actual management fields; practical exercises while participating in the real working process of a cultural organization and work on business plans related to а Case study challenge.


The 10 specified modules of the Cultart programme are Cultural Innovations, Business & Entrepreneurship, Management & Administration, Project Development, Fundraising, Leadership, Conflict Management, Media & Communication.

What is essential to the Cultart programmes is the Cultart Case Study Challenges when the groups will have the chance to participate in the real working process of a cultural organization in each city programme. The Case Study Organizations will outline their main tools and models, their current work and projects, and will give a specific ‘challenge’ to the group. The Case Study Challenge is the final exercise where the group can present their new skills in offering cultural management solutions.

During the learning sessions, participants will create drafts of their business plans as part of the training programme. All business plans will be published in a Cultart Business Book at the end of the project.

Yes, each participant will receive an Erasmus+ Certificate of attendance.

Cultart Start-up Platform will launch as a final result of the project activities as a natural continuation and opportunity for the new cultural managers. It will upgrade all 5 programmes by giving them an open source of knowledge, network, discussion space, and product-to-business interaction. As an open-source online digital tool, the platform involves the young cultural managers in the real digital market world, cultural creative experts, investors, and public bodies.

Participants from 18 to 35 years from the 5 Cultart partners countries.

The participants are chosen by a jury. The jury for all programmes will be selected from the team of each of the partner organizations in Cultart. 

25 participants will be selected for each programme. A total of 125 participants for the 5 programmes.

Each programme starts at a different time of the year. 

Festivals in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 10 to 14 of October 2022

Visual arts in Austria, Vienna from 19 to 25 of January 2023

Performing Arts in Ioannina, Greece from 8 to 12 of May 2023

Design and Architecture in Lecce, Italy from 21 to 24 of November 2022

Applied Arts in Skopje, Northern Macedonia from 27 to 31 of March 2023

The Cultart Academy programmes are tax-free.

All transport and accommodation plus meals (food and beverage) allowances will be covered by the partner organizations.

*Considering the possibility of Cultart participants travelling from different parts of the world the covering of transport cost is limited to 275 euros. 

Cultart Application Deadline: 01.08.2022
The approved candidates will be announced at the beginning of September.

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