Summer International Programs
The Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle International Studies Program
Each summer, the School of Architecture and Planning conducts the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Foreign Studies Program in Europe. The program is open to students who have completed the third year studio sequence. Typically, the students spend three weeks in Italy; then, after one week for free travel, reconvene for two weeks or more in one or more other locations. In the past, these have been Spain, Germany, Austria, France, England, Greece, Turkey, and/or Scandinavia.
The program encompasses 11 weeks from May to August. The students earn 15 credits (6 of studio, 9 of program elective) toward their degrees. The program is limited to 15 students who are selected on the basis of their overall academic records or by placing in a special competition held in the ARPL 401 Design Studio each fall.
This 15 credit hour summer abroad program in Finland focuses on the role of architecture within the broader context of the Finnish national cultural identity. In the architecture of Finland, the constants of cultural identity; minimalism, pragmatism and an ecological conscience -- frame specific material and formal responses to the interrelationships between the Finnish landscape and its architecture. These responses are highly specific and are deeply-rooted in a wide variety of intuitive and unselfconscious artistic expressions.
The overall focus of the summer will be in combined fieldwork and design documentation through sketch, architectural photography, crafted drawings and scale models of both existing and hypothetical buildings. Our facilities are located in Alvar Aalto's Otaniemi campus of the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). The building contains full studio, computer spaces for more than 30 students, a digitally equipped lecture hall, seminar room and faculty office as well as fully supervised wood, metal and plaster / concrete shops and work areas. Easy access by bus direct from central Helsinki to the campus is available.
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