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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Area of Study: Architecture Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

UB Architecture in Madrid

Madrid, Spain     Madrid, Spain     Madrid
Spain has traditionally played a key role not only in the national and international architecture production but also in the development of architecture teaching and research. Spanish architects represent a very relevant sector of the world profession, with key figures in almost all spheres related to the discipline –teaching, research and practice–. The SPAIN Study Abroad will allow UB Architecture students to be involved with the context and production of Spanish architecture and its practicioners. UB students will benefit from having a direct experience on the Spanish day-to-day relationship between school and practice, which will enhance their curricular experience and prepare them further for their professional development.
In this program, undergraduate students receive 12 credit hours (6 studio + two 3 credit
seminars) and graduate students receive 13 credits (7 studio + two 3 credit seminars) through 9 weeks of residence in Madrid.

The Design Studio (six (6) credit hour undergraduate/seven (7) credit hour graduate) at the SPAIN Study Abroad program for the summer 2016 is entitled Old and New / Spanish Masters: A Cultural Campus in Madrid. Through a deep direct understanding of Spanish architecture –architecture in Madrid and beyond and local architecture offices in Madrid–, the program will focus on the design of a cultural facility located in Madrid. The assumed program for this mid-sized complex will deal with various aspects of the discipline like program, context, materiality and construction.

The first seminar is entitled Matter and Perception (three (3) credit hour). This class will be based on issues of material perception of spaces and its architectural representation, mostly focused on facades and threshold conditions. As part of a UB graduate seminar (ARC 597-404), the content of this seminar will be related and directly applicable to the Design Studio.

The second seminar, entitled Modern and Contemporary in Spain (three (3) credit hour), will provide the opportunity to examine the most relevant examples of modern and contemporary architecture in Madrid and Spain over the last 70 years, completed with weekly in situ site visits to specific buildings, projects and architecture offices. The content of this seminar will also be directly applicable to the Design Studio as it will be understood as a referential exploration of cases.

The 2016 Spain Study Abroad Program provides students with weekly presentations by architects practicing and researching in Spain. The Program also brings the opportunity to make short trips to most major cities in Spain, easily connected by high-speed train: Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Zaragoza, Santiago, etc. (Please note that these possible trips are not part of the program per se and as such, are not included in the Program Fee).

Classroom/studio space:
Students will need to bring laptops. Most studio materials can be purchased in Madrid, but students are encouraged to bring as many supplies as can be easily packed while traveling. Printing services are readily available. Two Din A4 plain kraft-cover Moleskine sketchbooks are also required.

All students will be staying in a campus dormitory located in the city. Individual rooms, breakfast, and weekly linens. The UPSAM Campus is located in the heart of Madrid, conveniently connected with all top attractions through a number of buses and metro lines (including airport and train stations). The dormitory is located in the same campus where the studio classroom is. This convenient arrangement will result in a more comfortable and efficient time for all students.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. Please note the budget sheet currently lists the Summer 2016 program expenses. Summer 2017 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Professor Miguel Guitart

This program is currently not accepting applications.