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Architecture Undergraduate International Studio

Architecture Undergraduate International Studio

The Architecture Undergraduate International Studio provides undergraduate architecture majors with a faculty-led, studio-centered, summer semester in Barcelona, an exciting design-oriented destination, where, to a large degree, the city is the classroom.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide a rich learning experience that fosters awareness and appreciation of cross-cultural approaches to architecture, urbanism, and design - both contemporary and historical.
  • To introduce students to the physical morphology of cities and buildings, together with the complex array of events and forces – geography, politics, ideology, identity, conflict – that shape architectural and urban form.
  • To immerse students in the lived experience of contemporary architecture, landscapes, and urbanism in Europe through residence in a city where these disciplines have been operating consistently at the highest level.
  • To benefit from the expertise of local architects, urban designers, artists, and scholars through lectures, site visits, and design reviews.


This program is designed for Georgia Tech undergraduate architecture majors. It is open to rising juniors, and, on a case-by-case basis, to rising seniors. The program is capped at fourteen students.

Program Details

Director: Mark Cottle, Associate Professor
Dates: Arrive Saturday, May 11, 2024; Depart Sunday, July28, 2024

  • Design Studio: ARCH 3017 [5 credit hours], ARCH 4016 [5 credit hours], or ARCH 4017 [6 credit hours]
  • Seminar: "Ways of Seeing", a drawing class [3 or 4 credit hours, depending upon your studio]
  • A choice of one of the following electives: "Barcelona Architecture" [3 credit hours, which carries Institute humanities credit] or "City Literacy" [3 credit hours, which carries Institute social sciences credit]

Program Cost: All students on this program pay in-state tuition for 12 credit hours. Students are also responsible for the standard Georgia Tech fees, such as the technology fee and the Institute fee. In addition, students pay a program fee of $6,500, which includes housing, travel on field trips, and medical insurance. The program fee does not cover meals, books and materials, or airfare to and from Barcelona.


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