• Tokyo, Naoshima & Kyoto, Japan
  • Seferihisar, Turkey
  • Rome, Italy
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Thailand
  • Guatemala
  • Finland
  • Morocco
  • Denmark

Upcoming Opportunities

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Public Space Studio in Barcelona, Spain— May 17 - June 11, 2022
Open to all CAP students | Application deadline January 4, 2022

Ken Schroeppel & Eugene Howard

Urban design and urban planning students will head to Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2022 for an interdisciplinary studio focused on learning the principles, tools, and methodologies for planning, analyzing, and designing great urban public spaces. The first phase of the studio focuses on public space fundamentals by exploring the history and evolution of Barcelona’s urban fabric and its numerous parks and plazas and the urban issues facing the city today; understanding the principles of public space planning and design; and learning how to design and execute public space assessments in a variety of urban contexts. The second phase focuses on creating a public space concept plan and design for a specific site in the city’s dynamic Poblenou neighborhood, including site assessments and analyses, a public engagement pop-up event, engaging with local design and planning practitioners, and an iterative process to produce a public space and urban design concept plan for a locally based client.

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Architecture and Landscape in Finland: Interdisciplinary Design Study — June 6 - 27, 2022
Open to all CAP students | Application deadline February 4, 2022

Ann Komara & Taisto Mäkelä

This program explores the traditions of architecture, landscape, and urbanism in relation to the culture in Finland through lectures and site visits. The tradition provided by the granite structures from the Middle Ages and the vernacular tradition of wooden buildings will be traced through the evolution of modern and contemporary work, and seen in the natural settings of the cities and villages. Of particular interest is the ongoing influence of Nature and the belief in its mythical powers. Topics covered include Karelianism, National Romanticism, Functionalism, Alvar Aalto, and recent developments in landscape and urban planning and design for sustainability in the 21st century.

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Architectural Design in the Urban Context of Rome, Italy— June 5 - July 2, 2022
Open to all CU Denver graduate students | Application deadline March 1, 2022

Matthew Shea 

The Rome study abroad program provides necessary travel/study benefits for an education in architecture. Lessons from the culture and the city frame a more specific understanding of historical buildings in contemporary context. Daily interaction, by means of exploring, sketching, measuring and observing, is intended to strengthen both the intellectual and intuitive abilities as design tools at the core of architectural academic program. Students will complete two elective classes. These classes will take advantage of Rome as a contemporary city where historical settings and modern times represent a whole. Particular focus will be on design analysis of that relationship, the relationship between the past and that which is emerging, and how it may manifest itself between architecture (a building) and the city (group form).

The Rome program offers something unique to students and is a program that is expected of any school of architecture. It offers content and travel experience, excitement, and intellectual challenges in addition to the obvious historical significance.

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Danish Solutions to Sustainability, Denmark — May 15 - May 28, 2022
Open to all CU Denver graduate students | Application deadline March 1, 2022

Mark Safty & Leila Tolderlund

This study abroad represents a rare and exciting opportunity for explorations of sustainable development in the energy, urban design, and governance sectors in one of the most progressive parts of the world. Copenhagen is a laboratory of visionary urbanism and Denmark's countryside, and smaller cities are stunning examples of sustainable rural life. Copenhagen's diverse approaches and innovations across the spectrum of design and planning for urban spaces include creating integrated bicycle networks, public transit, pedestrian connectivity, high quality public space, pedestrian connectivity, and design innovations. The City of Aarhus is home to some of the world's most innovative water policy and management systems. The country's clean energy, water and transportation policies and practices are admired, studied, and imitated across the globe.

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Sustainable Tourism Development in Bodrum, Turkey — May 24 - June 17, 2022
Open to all CU Denver graduate students | Application deadline March 1, 2022

Korkut Onaran & Carrie Makarewicz

The course focuses on planning in the face of tourism development pressures. Growth management, economic planning, urban design, and historic rehabilitation are major areas of emphasis. Economic diversification; identifying and enhancing place character and identity; defining and encouraging alternative tourism sectors are among the objectives that underline the studio’s approach. Food tourism, agricultural tourism, slow food, slow money and slow city are among the emphases. Understanding a new planning and design culture, its regulations and traditions, contacting various interest groups and grasping the local and national politics will be an important learning outcome. Crafting regional economic strategies, developing land use policies, writing guidelines for creating development codes (form-based codes in particular), preparing detailed urban design schemes for key areas are among the tasks that studio teaching will underline. In addition, sharing these with the local officials and incorporating their input to the proposals will be an important part of the studio work.

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