Established in 1926 as Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, since 2001 the University became Università Iuav di Venezia, adding the faculties of urban planning and design and arts to the historical faculty of architecture. Thanks to a new statute entered into force in 2018, Iuav has recovered its status of “special school” and has established a unique department, the Department of Architecture and Arts. Iuav University of Venice is a design-themed university focusing on the teaching, research and practice in the design of living spaces and environments (buildings, cities, landscapes and territory). In particular, Iuav recognizes and supports governance practices for the preservation and management of the urban environment and its communities at different scales. Iuav has acquired a large experience in national, European and international projects, as partner and lead partner, fostering the exchange of territorial knowledge among partners and local stakeholders. Research activities are supported by a dedicated administrative service and by 10 laboratories equipped with tools, technologies and competences.