The Undergraduate International Studio gives juniors and seniors in the School of Architecture the opportunity to experience a full fall semester in residence, studying in one of Europe's most exciting and livable cities.
Barcelona has been the host city for the program's first two years; this coming year it will move to Berlin, and we expect to alternate between these two cities going forward.
Both cities offer an enormous range and depth of historical, cultural, urban, and architectural resources and operate at the epicenter of contemporary art, design, and innovation. They are also fun places to live, easy to navigate, and relatively affordable.
In addition to time spent studying in and exploring the host city, we also travel to important destinations related to the coursework. In the fall of 2016, this included program trips to Berlin, Lisboa, Porto, Girona, and Olot -- and on-site visits to a number of exemplary projects by Alvaro Siza and RCR, among others.
All program travel, lodging, and site admission tickets are pre-arranged and paid by the program. Students are individually responsible only for plane travel to and from Europe and daily meals.
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 you 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 you 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.
Students take the following four courses, for a total of fifteen credit hours:
ARCH 3011/4011 - Architectural Design Studio III and V - Design in the Compact City [5 credits]
ARCH 4804 - Special Topics - Building Cultures [4 credits]
ARCH 4821 - Special Topics - History, Theory & Criticism - European Urban Morphology [3 credits]
ARCH 4803 - Special Topics - Design Innovation & Fabrication [3 credits]
For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Mark Cottle firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Gamble email@example.com, who will be running the semester in Berlin in the fall of 2017.