Travel OPPORTUNITIES in architecture

Short-term study abroad experiences to a diverse range of locations are offered by architecture faculty. These programs typically vary between one and five weeks abroad. Each program will have its own specific requirements for participation, but all require that students are accepted into their departmental course of study. Some past locations have included Czech Republic and Vietnam.

Study Chinese art, architecture, landscape and urban design. Our two week Field Studies and Research in Chinese Architecture and Culture typically is offered each year in May. You'll interact with leading professionals to gain an understanding of the historical, social, economic and political forces that have shaped trends and practices in those fields. Explore non-Western methods of creating art and built environments as well as the symbiotic relationship of these elements with the natural environment in China.

In collaboration with faculty and students from Germany and other U.S. architecture programs, the Berlin Summer Academy explores the possibility of designing an architectural environment for a low-carbon lifestyle. The construction needs after the reunification of Germany has made Berlin a field laboratory for energy-efficient design in many new residential, commercial and government buildings. This intense design program, which is held in collaboration with the Polytechnic Berlin, investigates technical requirements and architectural opportunities. In addition to studio work, you'll also participate in field trips to energy-efficient buildings and visit professional offices in Berlin. ISU faculty and leading Berlin professionals work with participants.

Studio Andino investigates the urban history and contemporary issues of neighborhoods and communities that constitute the Andean ecological and cultural region, with a historical overview of the region's indigenous and colonial evolution through a field trip to Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru. Cities in the Andes are distinguished from other Latin American cities in terms of biogeography and very large indigenous and mestizo populations. They tend to be heavily influenced by the alternative economies of the informal sector and of popular markets.