The University Institute of Architecture of Reggio Calabria born on On December 6, 1967, the core founding of the University of Reggio Calabria. The acknowledgement comes with the Decree of the President of the Republic on June 17, 1968, which marks the birth of the Free University Institute of Architecture (IUSA ).Professor Salvatore Boscarino held on the first lesson on December 18, 1967, on the theme "Elements of architecture and monuments of relief".
The first academic year, 81 students enrolled at the University. The inaugural lectures are held in the Council Chamber of the Province of Reggio Calabria, after which the Institute is housed at the expense of the City, the temporary seat of Palazzo Delfino, then at the premises of the Municipal Library and finally, in October 1969 in the premises of Archbishopric
The Mediterranean University has awarded honorary degrees to some important personalities : John Astengo, Jaime Gil Aluja, Pasqual Maragal the Mira, Frederick Gorio, Peter Larizza, Mimmo Rotella, Francesco Rosi, Umberto Eco, Carlos José Prince and a Saviour Settis.