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Summer Travel Studio - Rome & Paris

August 5, 2014   |  

18 students participated in the College of Design travelled to Rome and Paris for the summer design seminar entitled “Rome and Paris: From Ancient to Modern”. Professor of Architecture Mark O’Bryan conducted students to areas that offered artifacts for study from the Bronze Age to the Twentieth Century, including divergent building and urban types, and masterpieces for the major historical periods.
Studies of the city consisted of investigation of elements, methods of organization, generative and critical strategies, the problem of scale, change, growth and culture, and social planning. Students were introduced to techniques for designing a building using history and formal themes generated form historical artifacts. 
Cultural highlights included: 
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Versailles
  • Foundation le Corbusier at Villa Roche 
  • A walking tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Hadrains Villa 
"Studying abroad was a great experience," said architecture student Katie Halsey. "It was incredible getting to see, learn, and study all of the great architecture in Paris and Rome." 
“Throughout the 5 weeks that I was overseas, my time was filled with long walks, daily sketches, thousands of photos, and unforgettable experiences,” said architecture student Daniel Polk. “What I gained from it was something that can't be bought. I would urge every college student to make the investment and travel as much as they can, because that month completely changed my perspective on architecture, culture, and my education.”