Programs

Study Abroad

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The USC School of Architecture offers multiple exciting study abroad opportunities created to coincide with the specific architecture curriculum. Offerings change periodically in order to better meet the needs of the students and meet the mission of the school’s Global Initiatives.

 

From semester-long, undergraduate study abroad programs to graduate level overseas workshops, for example through the USC American Academy in China, to occasional international and domestic travel opportunities as part of on-campus class research, the School has incorporated travel components in its curriculum to broaden student’s horizons while keeping them on their academic track.

 

Other opportunities available to School of Architecture students include Traveling Fellowships through the Architectural Guild, humanitarian and research traveling opportunities through architecture-affiliated student organizations, and international and domestic internships. 

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Mission Statement - Introduction - Eligibility and Admissions - Instructions for Applying - Current Programs 

 

Mission Statement

The USC School of Architecture’s Undergraduate Study Abroad Programs provide students with interests in global architectural and urban study opportunities to extend the boundaries of their academic engagement beyond the USC campus. Students develop an understanding of the relationship between the built environment and culture that serves to build a broader, more thoughtful, critical framework for their own work. They can compare the development of architecture and urbanism in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or other travel locations, with that of the United States.

 

Introduction

As part of our curricular goals for the undergraduate architecture program, the School of Architecture aims to provide the opportunity to study abroad for one semester to all students in good standing who wish to do so in their fourth year. We currently offer four different global programs, two based in Europe, one in Asia, and one in South America. A full semester of study is required in all programs, including courses in design, history, cultural studies, and technology.  The experience of these programs has had a powerful and memorable impact on students.  During almost every alumni gathering, be it Homecoming or an Architectural Guild event, former students reflect on their USC education and speak fondly of their semester abroad and how it affected their lives and professional work. The benefits of this experience last many students a lifetime.

 

One impact of this learning experience is the powerful difference it presents between a familiar context of the United States and the uniqueness that European, South American, and Asian cities offer. Experiencing these places allows one to think more creatively about urbanism and the rich possibilities the environment of a city offers its citizens for interaction and stimulation.  Resolving design problems within this foreign context also provides an intellectual and creative challenge that engages students directly in understanding the place at several different levels.  Each program includes four to five weeks of travel field studies along with seven to eight weeks intensively focusing on the design studio.  All programs emphasize collaboration with students and faculty of architecture in the locales of study.  

 

Students in the program are introduced to contrasting systems of spatial organization that challenge conventional assumptions.  They emerge with a more cosmopolitan understanding of the built environment and they leave with a sense of how history and culture have led to distinct physical patterns of settlement. Students understand more about designing both within the context of the United States and also globally by seeing and testing ideas first hand how things can be accomplished differently in different contexts.  

 

Classes are taught in a highly integrated manner, which gives students another way of thinking about how information from other disciplines can affect the process of design exploration and design decision-making.  Furthermore, lectures, site visits, and design exercises are contributed by a distinguished group of local architects and educators as well as faculty from the USC School of Architecture.

  

Eligibility and Admission

The goal of each overseas study program is to provide a place for approximately 20 outstanding fourth year* architecture students each semester to extend the boundaries of their architectural studies beyond the USC campus.  Students develop an understanding of the relationship between architecture and the culture that serves to build a broader, more thoughtful, critical framework for their own work. They can compare the development of architecture in Europe or Asia with that which has occurred in the United States.

 

Every upper division Bachelor of Architecture student with a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 is eligible to apply for one of the current foreign studies programs, although students who participate in their fourth year are expected to have a 3.0 average, both cumulatively and in their design studios. Students are asked to apply for all programs that they are interested in and rank their preference so that, if they do not get selected in their first choice program they are still be considered for their subsequent choices. The selection process involves a review by the Directors based on academic performance, interviews, and other distribution factors relating to each program and a final assignment by the Chair of Undergraduate Programs and the Chair of Global Studies. 

 

The schedule for application and selection is shown on the attached calendar of events.

*Please note: Students in the four year Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies (BS) are not eligible for any abroad programs offered in the Spring semester, due to conflicting final semester requirements.

 

 

Instructions for Applying to Study Abroad

DOWNLOAD PDF of Instructions Here

To submit Study Abroad Applications the School uses an online program, SlideRoom, to electronically gather portfolios.  This allows students to keep the cost of printing down as well as making it easier for faculty and coordinators to evaluate applications. Please read the instructions carefully to ensure you do not miss one of the mandatory parts of this application process.

 

To apply you will need to create a user account for SlideRoom.  After your account is created you will need to click on the link, sent via email to you by SlideRoom, in order to activate your account. 

 

After logging into your SlideRoom account please click "Start a New Submission".  After clicking "New Submission" a window will pop up with Available Programs.  Please make sure you choose "Study Abroad Application 2015-2016" and click "Apply Now".  Please read the “About the Program” before completing the submission. You must complete the 4 parts of the online process in order to have submitted a finished application.

 

The Four Parts of the Application Process

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I.  The Application Form: When you have created your account and begin the application process online, you will find the application form. It is integrated into the submission process and will not allow you to continue until it is completed.

 

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II. USC Academic Transcript: Applicants must submit a copy of your Completed Course Summary* from OASIS. Please create a PDF of this include it in your pdf.

(*To get this report, go into your MyUSC, or directly to your OASIS account, and find the link to run the report titled ‘Completed Courses Summary’, which will likely be in a box on the page labeled ‘Course Information’. Let Eric Moore know if you have any questions about this.)

 

III. Statement Of Intent: In 500 words or less, please describe why you are interested in studying abroad.  If selected, what do you hope to learn from the experience?  Please respond in a typed essay, saved as a PDFs, and incorporate it into the uploaded application file.

 

IV.  Portfolio/Images Upload: You must also submit examples of your creative work. This does not need to be a new portfolio, or a full portfolio, but can be a recent portfolio you have submitted elsewhere, or a few examples of recent work compiled into a simple pdf. Again, this should not be considered as a special assignment but more of a summary of your recent architectural experience to date. Create your portfolio and save it, and combine it into the application pdf as the final item in the pdf file you create. (Keep in mind your portfolio will not be printed out, but rather will be viewed on the reviewers computer screen, so make the file look decent but keep the pixel resolution down.)

 

All application files and elements must be combined into a single pdf that will be uploaded during the application process. The application process only allows for 1 (One) file to be uploaded. This file must consist the transcript and the statement of intent, as well as the images for your portfolio example images.

See File Size note below.

 

Additional Notes

File Size: The size limit is 10MB and limited to a PDF file type. 

Fee: You will also be asked to pay a small fee of $10 total to submit the application using SlideRoom. 

Page size: Please use either 8x11 (Letter) or 11x17 (Tabloid) paper size when creating your PDF.

Combining Files: Reminder: you must combine the Transcript and the Statement of Intent into one PDF along with the portfolio images into one document. Make sure to label your file with your name: Last Name (family name) first, then first name.  Ex: Moore_Eric_Abroad.pdf

To Apply: Please go to this link to begin the application process through SlideRoom:  https://uscarch.slideroom.com/

 

 

 

Current Semester-Long Undergraduate Study Abroad Programs:

Summer Program in South America/Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, and fifth largest in the world, with one of its fastest growing economies. Its growth is due to its extensive agricultural and manufacturing potential, skilled workforce and rapidly developing scientific and technological sector. Sao Paulo is the undisputed generator and crucible of that growth, and unquestionably equals or surpasses other world cities, such as New York, London or Shanghai, today, in terms of sheer dynamism, vibrancy and opportunity.

 

Fall Program in Barcelona, Spain           

The Barcelona (BCN) global program explores the architecture and culture of the city of Barcelona, its identity relative to other cities in Europe, and the lessons that may be applied to design in Los Angeles and other cities worldwide. The program investigates issues of design that have shaped the city, including urban and architectural history, topography, infrastructure and systems of urban organization.  A postulate of the program for both the design studio and field studies is that re-urbanization and hybridization of program is a model for sustainable urbanism and dynamic urban life to refresh underutilized urban zones.

 

Fall Program: Asian Architecture and Landscape Urbanism (AALU) / Eastern Asia

The AALU program will anchor in two countries, Japan and China, and will be based in two important cities in both of these countries.  Students will spend the first part of the program in Japan, and the second part in China. Participating students will engage in the translative working forces of urbanism, landscape, and architecture to mediate the spectrum between universal civilization and the indigenous particularities of place, society and culture.  To enrich the learning process, students of the AALU program will also interface with a number of local universities in the form of joint workshops, forums, and lectures.

 

Spring Program in Italy, MXP (Milan/Rome/Como)

Italy has epitomized the role of architecture and design throughout its history. The Anthony A. Marnell, II, Italian Architecture Studies Program (MXP) investigates the history, culture and form of Italian architecture and urbanism from the Romans to the present.  Field studies and the design studio both begin in Rome, with a study/analysis of the layers of ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Novecento and current architecture in the city, and a design workshop with faculty and students from the University of Roma Tre.  Other travel in Italy includes Florence, with its exceptional Renaissance architecture, and the Veneto region: Ferrara, Verona, Vicenza and Venice, to study urban form of Italy along with works of Andrea Palladio, Carlo Scarpa and others.  Field studies to Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria examine architecture and design in countries whose recent connections to northern Italy are increasingly important to Italy’s design direction for the future.

 

Study Abroad Information Files

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Study Abroad Handbook

 

Critical Dates For Study Abroad Applicants 2015-2016

 

Estimated Budgets for the Study Abroad Programs

 

Study Abroad Application Instructions

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Each year there are typically a number of diverse offerings for travel related programs or course work available to all Graduate Programs in the areas of Architecture, Landscape, Building Science and Historic Preservation. Currently the majority of these opportunities are related to specific funded studio opportunities, such as recent studios with sites in Beijing, Hainan Island, and Shanghai.

 

Fall or Spring fieldtrips have also been offered in London and Madrid. Recently, in response to some portion of our students coming here from abroad, the School has begun offering summer travel programs related to the American landscape, particularly the Southwest as well. Previous summers have also offered offerings in Copenhagen Denmark; Shanghai, China; and Paris, France. Our graduate students are also encouraged to partake in the events, courses, and programs offered through our USC-American Academy in China each summer as well.

 

Certain student initiated research oriented course work (through Architecture 590 offerings) also allows students to gain credit for work in the field. There are also credit opportunities available for approved internships, just off-campus or nationally. Graduate projects and written research have been coordinated through the program directors to allow personal travel components to accompany a graduate student’s education.

 

Summer 2015 Off Campus Opportunities

For Summer 2015 we are looking to offer three to four international and a number of domestic opportunities to current graduate students and upper level undergraduate students. Currently these offerings are not available for registration. Students will be notified when the offerings go live. If you are curious about any of these programs it is best to email the coordinating faculty member so they are aware of your interest.

 

For each offering the applicable faculty are listed, along with the current syllabi, budgets, and other information. Notifying a faculty member of your interest does not equal registration. You may express interest in as many offerings as you please, and commit by registering for your courses when the time comes. Space is limited for some of the offerings, so some faculty coordinators may ask for early commitments. Please make sure to clarify with him/her if you have any questions. For general information you may inquire with Eric Moore, Programs Coordinator for the School of Architecture at ericjmoo@usc.edu.

 

International Opportunities

Poland Workshop

 

ARCH 580, Field Studies, 4 units

Lauren Matchison lmatchis@usc.edu

Beijing, China

ARCH 580, Field Studies, 4 units

ARCH 402, 605, or 705 Design Studio, 6 units

Gary Paige paigegary@gmail.com

Paris, France

ARCH 580, Field Studies, 4 units

ARCH 402, 605, or 705 Design Studio, 6 units

Olivier Touraine touraine@usc.edu

Mexico/Brazil

ARCH 580, Field Studies, 4 units

ARCH 605, Design Studio, 6 units

James Steele jamesmcleodsteele@gmail.com

  

Domestic Opportunities
Southwest US

ARCH 580, Field Studies, 4 units

Gail Borden gborden@usc.edu

Heritage Conservation (LA)

ARCH 549, Fundamentals of HerCon, 3 units

Trudi Sandmeier sandmeie@usc.edu

LA Studio Offering

(works with some above travel programs)

Design Studio, 6 units

ARCH 402ABC, 505AB, 605AB, 705

Gail Borden gborden@usc.edu

 

Domestic Offerings  

 

 

ARCH 549 - Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation (3 units)

Heritage Conservation (LA)

Faculty:  Trudi Sandmeier - sandmeie@usc.edu

 

Schedule:        July 14 – August 1

 

Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit– On Campus (No Additional costs)

 

Description:

This intensive three-week class introduces the principles and practice of historic preservation/heritage conservation in the United States. Classes are taught by noted experts from Southern California. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the conservation movement, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area will introduce participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes and communities. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, the Broadway Historic District, The Getty Conservation Institute and more!

More Information Here: http://arch.usc.edu/programs/summer/hc

 

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ARCH 402/605/705 - LA Studio (6 units)

Image and Material Place: Dwelling

Faculty:  Gail Peter Borden - gborden@usc.edu

 

Schedule:        June 16 - August 4

 

Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit – On Campus (No Additional costs)

 

Description:

The locating of architecture within its surroundings is a spiritual process of designing a piece of architecture, the definition of place through the interaction of materials and their tectonic articulation. The translation of an idea into architecture is a complex process emerging out of site, mediated by program and budget, and executed to join the larger network of daily actions and events intrinsic to the city as a complete organism. Its expression ultimately comes through the presence, ability and tectonic of material. The focus of this studio is to develop a personal understanding of how a material and its associated systems of assembly are intertwined with the design process to generate the performance, form and experience of architecture. Through the process of understanding site, landscape, materiality and the body’s mechanisms for perception, one will define architecture.

 

The house is the most primitive and ubiquitous architecture. The project will be the programmatic definition of the domestic condition manifest in a real response. A small structure the thoughtful resolution in its totality will prove essential. The desire is not just to build a container for living, but a sequence that engages the landscape and intertwines the work with the land through perception. Material and process will become the mediating entity between program, site and experience.

 

 

Off-Campus/ International Offerings 

 

 

ARCH 580 - Field Studies  (4 units)

SW - Landscapes, Architecture and Land Art of the American Southwest

Faculty: Gail Peter Borden - gborden@usc.edu

 

Schedule:       Pre-Preparations:     TBA

                        Trip:                           May 18 - June 1

                        Post-Reflective:         TBA

 

Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and approx. $1400 in travel/food/lodging/admission

 

Description:

This course will require a multifaceted understanding of a designer’s relationship with material and land: site. Looking at Land Art as a base genre, the course will overlay spiritual and intellectual spaces upon regional desert landscapes. The course will require the discovery of an attitude towards site and place balanced by the ceremony of perception. Looking at natural process through key pieces of “LAND Art” and regional southwest architecture and landscape, students will start the course with background research followed by two weeks of travel. A road trip will allow access to diverse projects and places framed by their relationship of natural and man made systems. Site visits include: Taliesin West, Arcosanti, Montezuma Castle, Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon, Acoma Pueblo, Very Large Array, Star Axis, Chinati and Judd Foundations, offices and projects of: Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette, Will Bruder, Antoine Predock, Bart Prince… and much more….

 

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ARCH 580 - Field Studies (4 units)

Poland Workshop

Faculty:  Lauren Matchison - lmatchis@usc.edu

 

Schedule:        Course meetings – TBA

            Travel – Monday, May 18 — Friday, June 12

 

Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and Travel costs = TBA

 

Description:

The so-called Iron Bridge (‘Żelazny Most’, which recently changed its name to Obiekt Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów Wydobywczych (OUOW)), 150km northwest of Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia, Poland. It is owned and operated by KGHM (Kombinat Górniczo-Hutniczy Miedzi) Polish Copper SA, one of the world’s largest mineral resource extraction companies and the region´s largest job provider. The copper mines and pond are along the Oder River, the second largest river (854.3 km) in Poland, with a catchment area of 118,861 km2. The river is situated in the industrialized and highly populated center of Europe, with it source in the Sudety Mountains (Czech Republic), and emptying into the Baltic Sea. Over the centuries, the river, particularly in lower Silesia, has witnessed many changes, transforming from an agricultural territory to a landscape extensively exploited by industrial activity. Its economical potential was systematically exploited since the 18th century under the Prussian regime, when Frederick the Great greatly invested in the territory with major engineering waterworks, directly in the river itself and as well in the floodplain and even with complementary forestry projects in the mountains—all to create an extremely productive agricultural landscape and efficient transport corridor. Successive waves of engineering has resulted in extreme flooding, which only promises to increase with the predicted consequences of climate change.

 

The Iron Bridge itself is Europe’s largest flotation pond (tailing dam), an end process in its copper mining where the last small particles are separated from other invaluable materials by treatment with chemicals in water (copper particles are made to adhere to air bubbles and rise to the surface for removal while others remain in water). The process uses large quantities of water; 4-5 m3/t of enriched ore are sent to flotation and the tailings generated by this process are in the form of a liquid slime appearance, which is then transported from associated mines with pipelines cutting through Lower Silesian landscapes: 13.4 km from Lubin mine, 13.7km from Rudna mine and 11.2 km from Polkowice mine, to the flotation disposal site. The tailings pond handles 20-26 million tones of sludge every year. The original flotation pond (1394 ha) was constructed in 1974-76 and flooded three villages: Barszów, Kalinówka and Pielgrzymów. The dam surrounding the pond is 14.3 km long, with a height of 20-60m. 

 

It was planned to be decommissioned in 2016 based on previous estimated size of deposits. Recent findings in the area have resulted in the continuation of the project and

 

projected extraction has been extended for 20-30 years. There is planned expansion ‘South Division’ (to begin in 2016) of the flotation pond by 609 ha to the south. It will effect the villages of Tarnówek, Żelazny Most, Dąbrowa, Pieszkowice i Komorniki. The villages have been offered the possibility of new employment, improvement of local infrastructure, and health care systems and sponsorship of summer holiday camps for children as part of the deal. The new construction area ‘South Division’ will cover part of the northern extension of the slope Dalkowskie Hills, territories belonging to the National Forests (540 ha), KGHM Polish Copper SA (67 ha) and the municipality of Polkowice (1.3 ha).

 

DOWNLOAD COMPREHENSIVE SYLLABUS HERE

 

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GSAP CHINA

CHINA: IN FLUX

Faculty:  Gary Paige + Guest Faculty TBA - paigegary@gmail.com

 

Program Description:

China: In Flux is a design research program that explores and analyzes the rapid urban transformations occurring in Asia. The site of our research will be the regions in and around Shanghai and Beijing, which, at 23.5 and 20.5 million people respectively, are not only the most populous cities in China but in the world.

 

 

ARCH 580 - Field Studies (4 units)

Close Readings: Beijing, Beisuzha, Nanjing, Shanghai

 

Schedule:        TBA

 

LAST YEAR'S Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and

Flight                          $1,660

Housing                     $490-$700

Est. Food                    $350

Est. Personal             $350

 

Fieldwork Travel      $500

 

Total                           $2,350-$2,560

  

Description:

The focus of this travel/research workshop is to examine architectural typologies that are unique to the Chinese city. Several major cities and villages will be visited in order to analyze significant examples of courtyard and alley dwellings (hutong, siheyuan, and longtang). Additionally, we’ll visit the recently-opened Sifang Art Park in Nanjing as well as some of the leading architectural offices and art studios in each city including: Ai Weiwei/Fake Design, Yasong Ma/MAD Architects, Liu Yichun/Atelier Deshaus, Zhang Lei/AZL Architects, Robert Mangurian/Mary-Ann Ray/B.A.S.E, and others.

 

 

ARCH 402abc/605b/705: Design Research Studio (6 Units)

New Hybridities: Sampling Shanghai

 

Schedule:        TBA

 

LAST YEAR'S Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and

 

Flight                          $1,660

Housing                     $1,300 - $1,820

Est. Food                    $1,300

Est. Personal             $1,300

 

Total                           $5,560-$6,080

 

Description:

Given the burgeoning population growth that Shanghai, Beijing and other Asian cities are currently experiencing as a result of the rural migration to the city, the studio will focus on the idea of hybrids in order to develop innovative and sustainable models for dwelling in the twenty-first century city. Working in teams and/or individually, students will have the opportunity to work at a variety of scales based on their personal interests—from the design of furniture and a unit to prototypes for hybrid building typologies and landscapes.

 

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GSAP FRANCE

Paris, France Program

Faculty:  Olivier Touraine - touraine@usc.edu

 

Program Description:

The Paris summer program is composed of a 2 weeks, 4 units, travel trip in Paris and its areas (Arch 580), and then a 6 week studio, 6 units located in a fully equipped studio space in the East side of Paris. The program has been running for the last 2 years. The first 2 weeks travel will start TBA in Paris and will end TBA in Paris. There is no limitation of students for this class since we will be on the road (rather on the subway for the 2 weeks). The studio will start TBA in our space on the center east side of Paris. Il will run for 6 weeks until TBA. We usually have our final review the TBA and then travel in an other European city for “finale”. This year we will go to Venice since the architecture biennale will occur at that time.

 

ARCH 580 - Field Studies (4 units)

Paris, City of light. 2 weeks, 4 units.

 

Schedule:        TBA

 

LAST YEAR'S Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and

Flight                          $1,660

Housing                     $490-$700

Est. Food                    $350

Est. Personal             $350

 

Fieldwork Travel      $500

 

Total                           $2,350-$2,560

  

Description:

This course will require a multifaceted understanding of a designer’s relationship with history and space. Discovering the city and understanding it as well. All is off course a personal investigation and each interpretation will be personal as well.

Our investigation will therefore be at the border of architecture, urban planning and landscape design.

 

Work will be produced in Paris (drawing, research, analysis). But the editing will be due 2 weeks after end of class.

 

ARCH 402abc/605b/705: Design Research Studio (6 Units)

Paris, City of (de)light. 6weeks, 6 units.

 

Schedule:        TBA

 

Budget:           Regular Tuition Per Unit and

Flight                          $1,660

Housing                     $1,300 - $1,820

Est. Food                    $1,300

Est. Personal             $1,300

 

Total                           $5,560-$6,080

 

Description:

Paris has always been a landing pad for American architects and students in architecture, from the beaux-arts school to today’s conditions. Many American schools of architecture have been developing their programs in the city of light for over a century. In summer, they do like every “Parisien”: They leave the city.

 

Based on a network of contacts USC offers a 6 weeks full time studio. We will be using a studio space established and occupied by Rice University for many years, but not in summer. The studio space is ready and up and running with all commodities: from Wi-Fi to microwave, from large scale printer to coffee machine, from desks and seats to a small in house library, list of doctors etc...   

 

The studio itself will be focusing on the Seine river issues, or more precisely its relationship to the city. It is not a concern specific to Paris. London is largely working on their river bancs as Los Angeles is barely discovering that it has a river. We will approach the problem from the river. Any metropolis had its development happening because of their rivers. Where there is a city there is for sure a river. But strangely enough, the river that was the inner reason to create the city is most of the time unreachable: It is toxic, physically inaccessible, disconnected from the city by the freeway or the train. It becomes an obstacle to the city communication system. Worldwide we can see urban planner, landscape designers, architects trying to re-connect the city to its river. It is an universal problem, and the best way to approach such problem is to address site and conditions. So in Paris we will be extremely local and strangely enough therefore more Global.

 

Movement for site visit or specific lectures in Paris would be in public transportation - 17 students maximum. Accommodations would be host or apartments shared by pair or group of 3 to 4. Advance arrangement with each of the offices and foundations would be made to ensure access. Knowledge of French language is not necessary. Exterior critics will be English speaking.

 

There will be visits directly related to the studio Topic. They should not be considered as “travels” but rather as specific information about the studio assignment.

 

WEEK END ESCAPES: All these places are less than 2 hours away from Paris with TGV or airplane.

 

Lille, Brussel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, London etc...

 

Dead line is TBA, but deadline for portfolio will be 2 weeks later in L.A.

 

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GSAP BRAZIL

Mexico/Brazil

Faculty:  James Steele - jamesmcleodsteele@gmail.com

 

Program Description:

The Program runs from June 26 to August 1 and is based at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) with accommodation next door at the Transamerica Higienopolis, Rua Alagoas, 974, Sao Paulo, Brazil. After Orientation on Monday June 29, classes will start on Tuesday the 30th. The Graduate Studio portion of this Program will be affiliated with the Grupo Metrópole Fluvial, a project run by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and led by Prof. Alexandre Delijaicov. (see: www.metropolefluvial.fau.usp.br/) The Field Studies Courses, including field trips to architects offices such as Pritzker prize winner Paulo Mendes de Rocha will be based at FAAP. There are optional field trips to Brasilia and Minas Gerais, including Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janerio available at extra cost.

Estimated Costs, not including tuition:
     Airfare $1,375.00
     Accommodation: 36 nights: $4,500.00
     Food: $900.00
     Total: $6,775.00

 

 

Additional Information

If you have questions about how participating in one of these offerings fits in with your academic track, feel free to contact your Academic Advisor, or for program logistics and information please contact Programs Coordinator, Eric J. Moore at ericjmoo@usc.edu.
 

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In addition to our semester-long study abroad programs, short-term off-campus workshops, and courses offering travel components, more opportunities may be available through Traveling Fellowships, student organizations, internships, and other non-curriculum based opportunities.

 

 

Traveling Fellowships:

Through the USC Architectural Guild a number of Traveling Fellowships are available for students to apply and receive funding for travel-based research projects. Each fellowship has specific qualifications and application processes.

 

As far as what the proposals can be about, the sky is the limit! Two previous students joined forces to craft an investigative road trip across the United States.  Another fellow went off to France to study vertical gardens and to discover how the concept could perhaps grow in America.  Students have the opportunity to come up with their personal travel itinerary, a plan that they've only ever dreamed about.  By applying for a fellowship, they can be one step closer to realizing their dream and enriching their academic experience and life.  Being selected as a traveling fellow can be life-changing and fortunately, the opportunity is available right here at the school.

 

For more information on current Traveling Fellowship opportunities click HERE.

 

 

Student and On-Campus Organizations:

Students can find many opportunities to study and add supplemental educational experiences through the many Student and off-campus architecture affiliated organizations and clubs. Many student organizations participate in off-campus activities like the LA River Cleanup, local conventions and conferences, and lectures held throughout the southland.

 

Some organizations have offered travel opportunities beyond Southern California. The Global Architectural Brigade of USC recently visited a town in Panama where they helped with the research, design, and construction of a socially and ecologically sustainable housing prototype in slum area of Curundu.  Representing USC School of Architecture, a small group of students attended the ELEA (Encontro Latinoamericano de Estudiantes de Arquitectura) conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala to attend workshops, presentations, and lectures, about current architectural issues, with Lationamericano students from across the Americas.

 

Domestically, students affiliated with AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) and GASA (Graduate Architecture Students Association) have attended the ACSA Convention in Portland, Oregon, and the AIA convention in San Francisco, California. Through the USC Architectural Guild, students have had the opportunity to take public transportation to visit construction sites on hard-hat tours, and be among the first to tour completed Guild Member affiliated building projects such as the Los Angeles Creative Arts High School and a sneak peek at the then almost completed LA Live complex.

 

Internships Off-Campus and Abroad:

Internships at domestic and international architecture and building industry firms can add great value to a student’s education. These opportunities are at the students’ discretion to research and coordinate. Previous students have procured internships in Shanghai, China at M.A.D.A.spam, in London, England at ARUP,  and in Downtown Los Angeles at Gehry Partners, to name a few.

 

Visiting Scholars 

USC School of Architecture welcomes requests for Visiting Scholars from other academic institutions nationally and internationally.  Each request will be reviewed by the Dean’s Office as well as the Chair of Graduate Studies. For more information click HERE

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