Summer Travel Abroad

Summer 2018 Travel Programs

May 21 – June 16, 2018

Arch 456 – Advanced history elective
Arch 468 – Arch elective

Travel from Vienna via Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest to Istanbul and on to Athens and finally Pompeii and Florence, finishing in Rome.

Prof. Colleen Humer with Martin Majkrak

HAMBURG - Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin
May 15, 2018 to June 15, 2018
2 course - four week - 6 elective credits:
ARCH 497-XX Post-Industrial Port Urbanism
ARCH 497-XX Metropolitan Water-Architecture 

We will be based in Hamburg and collaborate with the students and factually of the HafenCityUniversity (HCU). The trip will focus on water-architecture and urbanism in port cities. We will visit post-industrial port developments such as the docks and airbus industries as well as study phenomenons of architectural and urban transformations around inner-urban waterscapes. From Hamburg we will take trips to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and maybe Praha by plane, train and boat.

Prof. Kläeschen (

ARCH 468- The Art of Conceptual Sketching

The course is a freehand exercise and exploration teaching freehand sketching, perspective and the art of analytic drawing as a means to convey architectural spatial ideas. The most successful architecture drawings express the pure concept of a space and need to have a clear complexity of thought behind them. The belief is that architects should have competence in expressing thought through sketch; complex or simplistic free hand techniques need to have a confidence to get the idea across to the viewer. This course teaches several free hand drawing techniques including pencil, pen, pastel and watercolor mediums with group and individual instruction.

The four week course will be based in Berlin Germany, but will include drawing excursions around Germany and Denmark & the Netherlands .

ARCH 509: Advanced Technologies
Prof. Maria Clarke /

This research seminar examines material advances and technologies. The course will investigate the materials and cladding technologies, processes and applications and their role in building design and production. Students will be visiting and documenting a number of innovative building projects in order to evaluate their relative success or failure, and comment upon the viability of adopting their basic principles in their own work. The object of the course is not solely expository, but also critical. The aim is not only to showcase technical strategies and developments, but also to investigate them in terms of their appropriateness and cost (both real and cultural). We are interested in a discussion of the role of sustainable technologies and their impact on the customs


Swiss Assembly - Building as the Ultimate Model
ARCH 497

May 21 - June 30 (Session A) 

This summer program is designed for students to learn building assembly through the expression of materials and constructions. The students will travel for one week travel in Switzerland, visiting buildings and architecture offices to see how the design process operates from small to large offices. Students will take one material and construction interest to re-assemble in a large scale model for the final deliverable.

Prof. Lap Chi Kwong (

August 2018
ARCH 497-185
Prof. Susan Conger-Austin

JAPAN Architecture + Culture
May 26 – June 29 ( Session A)

Arch 497-01 – Reflective Recordings – this course explores the ways in which architects record experiences of the built environment associated with travel. Keeping a sketchbook, using photography, writing postcards and travel blogs all present the possibility of purposeful engagement. Students will produce a body of self-directed work that collects observations and interactions relevant to their experience.

Arch 509 – Topics in Advanced Technology – this research seminar examines advances in the technologies that affect the contemporary practice of Japanese architecture including current technologies, processes, and applications, and their role in building design and production. Students will research and visit 3 buildings by one architect documenting its envelope, architectural materials, environmental systems, structural design, energy and sustainability applications.

Observational Video from Japan 2017 

Professors Catherine Wetzel ( and Anna Ninoyu (

Applications for Summer 2018 programs are available via the IIT Study Abroad website.
We advise you to apply by February. If you miss the deadline, contact Colleen Humer, Assistant Studio Professor, at