Summer Travel Abroad

Summer 2017 Travel Programs


ARCH 456 - Topics in Modernism: Le Corbusier in Context and ARCH 497 - Topics in Architecture: Reflective Recordings, both 3 credit courses, will be offered jointly in Summer Session A. The courses will look in-depth at Le Corbusier’s Oeuvre Complet and his Sketchbooks. While Arch 456 will look at a sequence of Le Corbusier’s buildings, Arch 497 will focus on more contemporary buildings and the two itineraries will overlap to give the structure of travel.  Arch 497 will visit, in particular, a series of buildings by the architect Peter Zumthor. Thus over the four weeks of travel, starting in Stuttgart, we will move into Switzerland and visit Zurich, the area around Chur, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Vevey and Basel. In France we will travel to Ronchamp, Firminy, La Tourette, Marseille and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to see both the Cabanon and E1027, and then make a swing into western France to Pessac and passing through Nimes and Bayeux on the way to Paris where we will spend the last week. In Paris we will see several Le Corbusier sites and students will be able to craft their own itineraries based on the many works of art and architecture the city has to offer. For information contact Professor Catherine Wetzl at or Professor Colleen Humer at


ARCH 468 -Analytic Drawing and Rendering and ARCH 509/604 - Materials Technology The  program is 6 credits, 2 elective courses in 4 weeks ; Analytic drawing ARCH 468 and Materials Technologies ARCH 509/604. Check out the program website for further information about costs, payments schedules and the calendar. For questions, contact Studio Associate Professor John DeSalvo at

“I found myself a dweller in the dazzling halls of Aurora!”
JUNE 2016, Literary Landscapes (3cr ARCH Elective) + Matter Matters (3cr ARCH Elective), Profs. Leslie Johnson and Lukasz Kowalczyk
In the spirit of Thoreau’s exhalation, we will immerse ourselves in the placeness of Scandinavia – drawing connections between the compelling natural and cultural landscapes, and the physical and phenomenological character of the built environment. Master architects (Aalto, Lewerentz, Asplund, Fehn) have built breathtaking buildings here and left indelible marks on the values and aspirations of those who have followed (Holl, Pallasmaa, Snøhetta, BIG, JVA) – and we will aspire to see everything possible along our route. ARCH497-LITERARY LANDSCAPES will include a suite of readings (and viewings) that aims to put the extraordinary architecture of Scandinavia in a cultural context, with a particular focus on resonances between poetic structures and spatial experience. ARCH497-MATTER MATTERS is an intensive attempt to capture the physical and phenomenological nature of the architecture of the Nordic countries via sketchbook analysis of the materiality, assemblies, and character of poetic manifestations of addressing practical concerns. Over 5 weeks (~June 1 – July 1) we will travel an extensive loop starting in DENMARK (Copenhagen, Helsingør +), traveling up through NORWAY (Oslo, Fjordlands, Bergen, Trondheim, Lofoten , Tromsø +) well into the Arctic Circle, returning southward through FINLAND (Lapland, Rovaniemi, Turku, Helsinki, Jyväskylä +), and on to SWEDEN (Stockholm, Malmö, Klippan +), finishing our 4000mi+ journey back in Copenhagen. Further details can be found on our program website or by contacting Prof. Leslie Johnson (

ARCH 497-185
Every year, since 2010, the Universidad Mayor School of Architecture in Santiago, Chile has hosted an international workshop in which architecture schools from various areas of the world are invited to work together for ten days. Each guest school is represented by one professor along with five students, who together with the other professors and students conceptualize, discuss and develop projects based on a specific urban-architectonic theme. On the first day of the workshop students from each university present a project related to the workshop’s theme, but from the particular viewpoint of their own city or country. The idea is to reflect on their own conditions as to how the theme may have influenced the local architecture and urban developments. This initial presentation will serve as an introduction to the workshop theme, as well as a cultural introduction between the participants and their respective environments.Workshop participants will be divided into groups, each of which will be composed of approximately 10 students (with representation from every guest university) and will work under the guidance of 2 professors (1 guest professor and 1 professor from Universidad Mayor). At the end of the 10 days, each group will present their project to an external jury made up of professional architects, academics, government officials and/or architectural journalists.



Applications for Summer 2017 programs are available via the IIT Study Abroad website. We advise you to apply by February 17. If you miss the deadline, contact Colleen Humer, Assistant Studio Professor, at