Keywords:architecture as reference, creative process
The topic of the use of architecture as reference within the creative architectural design process is not a matter given for granted, both in the architectural culture and in the teaching. The Italian architecture studio courses are based on theoretical lectures and laboratory activities. The student's design experience is built through the combined action of theory and practice. The theoretical lectures offer the opportunity to address design issues also through discussion of examples of architecture. What are the examples of architecture that we can consider useful for the design project? And how do students use them within the design project? This paper aims to answer the questions through a theoretical investigation and through the presentation of an architectural design studio at the University of Salerno (Italy). Through the combination of theoretical issues that underlie the topic and the teaching experience, we want to give a contribution on the relationship between the architecture case studies and their use within the design process.