The Studium Urbis opened in the fall of 2000 as a research center on the urban development of Rome and other cities in Italy. In 2003 it sponsored an international conference in Rome: Giambattista Nolli, Imago Urbis, and Rome. In December of each year an exhibition on a Roman subject is displayed in the studio’s premises. Visiting groups from U.S. universities frequently visit the studio to view these exhibitions, and/or to attend alecture on some aspect of the city.

The Studium Urbis is located in the heart of Rome on the Via di Montoro 24 (near Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona), and houses an exhibition gallery, workshop studio, and an extensive collection of reference resources on Rome, composed of historic maps, prints and books. These resources are available to scholars and qualified students working in, or visiting the city.


The web site of the Studium Urbis is a digital extension of the studio’s activities and includes information on Studium Urbis exhibitions, lectures, and research and writings on the history of urban planning in Rome and other cities in Italy, and links to other pertinent sites. The activities and exhibitions of the Studium Urbis have been digitized, arranged, and displayed so that anyone connected to the internet can view the material. Because the internet allows for two-way communication, the Studium Urbis invites its viewers to contribute their suggestions and comments in an effort to foster a public forum on the ideas presented. For more information, please contact us.


Upon request, copies of the exhibition catalogues are available for research and educational purposes. For further inquiry, please contact us.


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Allan Ceen studied at Columbia (B.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ph.D.), served 2 years in the US Army Engineers, moved to Italy in 1959, taught at the Overseas School of Rome, then for the Rome programs of Cornell, RPI, Pratt, and for the last 20 years for the Pennsylvania State University’s Rome program.  In 2000 he opened the Studium Urbis as a research center on Rome’s topography and urban development. His publications include The Quartiere de’Banchi, Rome 1748, various articles and contributions to catalogs, and 10 catalogs for annual exhibitions held at the Studium Urbis.  Currently publishing Roma Traversata: tracing historic pathways through the city.


Lino Barone (Landscape Architect)
Richard Betts (Architectural historian; University of Illinois)
George Dickie (Architect & Urban Designer; Penn State University)
Romolo Martemucci (Architect, Director of Pantheon Institute, Rome)
Piero Meogrossi (Archaeological Architect, Rome MiBAC)
Ann Pulver (Urban Preservation; Pantheon Institute, Rome)
Tom Rankin (Architect; Studio Rome)
James Tice (Architect, University of Oregon)