International Semesters

  • Work by Matthew White, Spring 2011, Helsinki.
    Work by Matthew White, Spring 2011, Helsinki.
  • Work by Max Bemberg, Fall 2010, Buenos Aires.
    Work by Max Bemberg, Fall 2010, Buenos Aires.
  • Work by Brendan Willis, Fall 2010, Seoul.
    Work by Brendan Willis, Fall 2010, Seoul.
  • Work by Chin Chin Yao, Summer 2009, Barcelona.
    Work by Chin Chin Yao, Summer 2009, Barcelona.

To enhance their understanding of the relationship between architecture, place, and culture, graduate architecture students are allowed to take up to two international studios. As part of our advanced curriculum, we offer semester-long studios and support courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina (fall semester); Berlin, Germany (spring semester), as well as a summer term curriculum in Barcelona, Spain.

The locations are chosen for many reasons. These countries have capitals that are among the most important in the world; their complex cultures reflect explicitly the combination of tradition with technological variation, social diversity, and various modes of craft. The density of these cities is unparalleled, providing urban experiences not available in the Midwest. In addition, these cities' distances from North America, their urban designs—bearing different characteristics from those found locally—and the degree of intensity with which their inhabitants use them, all enhance students' perceptions of the city (as a general construct) as a cultural artifact where architecture is a fundamental component
of its identity.

To be sensitive to both the local and global realities of every location is more pertinent today than ever. The relationships between landscape, light, material, and culture teach our students to be sensitive to nuance and allow them to work more responsibly as professionals and citizens. In all of our international programs, we hope to achieve a similar goal: to expand our students' education, to enrich their perception, and to instill a deep comprehension of architectural reality in the 21st century.

View student work: Barcelona

Summer 2012 studio
Summer 2011 studio
Summer 2009 studio