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  • Locations: Belfast, Ireland; Bothar Bui, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Killarney, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Area of Study: Architecture Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

UB Architecture in Ireland

ireland students on cliff

It is the intent of this study abroad program to investigate the myriad forces at work in contemporary architectural practice by studying both urban and coastal environments. Dublin, Ireland is an urban environment in which to undertake this study since it underwent tremendous cultural and economic change in the decade from 1995 to 2005. This change is best represented by the buildings constructed during this economic bubble. Daily visits to these buildings will be an integral part of the studio and seminar experience. In addition to the buildings of Dublin, there have been numerous significant structures built in the smaller cities along the Irish Coast. The Ireland Study Abroad Program will include a 30-day trip circumnavigating the Irish Coast studying the unique environmental conditions in each region. The remaining ten days of the program will be spent in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The intent of this studio is to explore the cultural and climatic variation between sites and the resultant affect on architectural design.

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Students will be working in studio space at University College, Dublin – School of Architecture. Students will need to bring laptops. Most studio materials can be purchased in Dublin, but students are encouraged to bring as many supplies as can be easily packed while traveling. Printing services are readily available. A sketchbook is required.

Design Studio, Kenneth S. MacKay (6 credits undergrad/7 credits grad)
The Design Studio will focus on the design of three small manuscript galleries to be located at diverse sites throughout Ireland. The assumed program for these galleries is to re-distribute the ancient illuminated manuscripts back to the location of origin. The intent of this studio is to explore the cultural and climatic variation between sites and the resultant effect on architectural design.

Light, Illumination and Construction, Kenneth S. MacKay (3 credits undergrad/grad)
The second seminar will be an elective entitled Light, Illumination and Construction. This class will be based on a graduate seminar (ARC 559-Light + Construction) which has been taught at UB for ten years. This course content will be presented in the context of the unique urban and environmental conditions of Dublin and the Irish Coast. The content of this seminar with be related to and directly applicable to the Design Studio.

Cities by the Sea (3 credits undergrad/grad)
The third study abroad seminar entitled Cities by the Sea will examine the relationship of construction and architecture and the various seafaring industries that emerged in the small coastal cities of Ireland within the larger context of global practice. To facilitate students understanding of the technical aspects of construction, there will be three projects, each of which will be a further development of the projects developed in the Illuminating Manuscripts: three galleries throughout Ireland Studio and Light, Illumination + Construction Seminar.

Total credits: 12 undergrad/13 grad

Students will be staying in hostel style accommodations in Dublin and while traveling. All accommodations are prearranged. The Kinlay House, Dublin is in the heart of the city on the edge of the vibrant Temple Bar district in walking distance to all the top attractions.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.

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:

Kenneth MacKay

The Study Abroad Program Advisor, Olga Crombie, can be reached by email or by phone (716) 645-6279. Walk-ins are welcome in 1Capen on M-F from 12:30-4:30pm and appointments can be scheduled M-F from 10am-noon.

This program is currently not accepting applications.