Summer Travel Abroad

Summer 2017 Travel Programs


May 21 – June 17, 2017

The classes will begin on Monday May 22 and end on Saturday June 17. Students must be present for the entire duration of the course from the first to the last day. However, they may travel to the course from a city of their choice and once the course is over they are free to travel home or elsewhere as they choose.

The Le Corbusier sites form the backbone of the trip and we visit them in order of proximity to each other. We start in Stuttgart with the Weissenhofsiedlung, move through Switzerland and then go to France going from Firminy and L’Arbresle, to Marseille and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the south and then swinging back to the center with Pessac. The Medieval monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry will be the last stops before we spend our final week in Paris.

The course will visit most of Le Corbusier’s works in Germany/Switzerland & France, some inside and out, others from the exterior, in order to gain a critical personal understanding of the architecture. Additionally, we will visit works of architecture from the Roman period through to the current moment. Many of these works were influential on Le Corbusier and were influenced by him.

In addition to seeing and drawing the Le Corbusier sites, and visiting more than 100 additional buildings, we will also visit other sites of cultural interest. In particular we will see many museums. Given that Le Corbusier spent half his time making art, those artists who were his contemporaries are of particular interest. As well we will stay in two Le Corbusier buildings and whenever possible, immerse ourselves in the same context he did.

The 28 day Le Corbusier trip will consist of 2, 3 credit courses (6 total credits):

Arch 456-02 – Le Corbusier in Context - Each student will make a short presentation and a long presentation on 2 connected buildings; on their return they will write a paper on the experience of the architecture of the buildings they presented. Research will consist of both on and off site work.

Arch 468-02 – Drawing on Le Corbusier – Each student will keep a sketchbook of the trip including drawings made on site and observations on the trip in any form they choose, using various media, collage, etc. We will examine drawing from travel, colour, and collage both in relation to the work of Le Corbusier, and also in the work of his contemporaries. On return students will create 1 (or more) full-scale pieces in consultation with the instructor.

Final Product and Presentation - Each student will create a bound travel notebook consisting of their final edited essay and their selection of work from their sketchbook, photographs and any other materials they feel relevant. The notebook and the final art piece will be part of a presentation in the first week of Fall 2017 classes. For information contact Professor Catherine Wetzl at or Professor Colleen Humer at


GERMANY/ NETHERLANDS/DENMARK- 15 May - 12 June 2017- Summer Session A

The 2 course, 4 week, 6 credit elective curriculum will be based in Berlin Germany, a city rich in the architecture developmental history and innovation modern international design. Your instructors are John DeSalvo, Associate professor at IIT and Maria Clarke Adjunct Professor IIT & Full Professor Bremen Technical University, Germany. Program includes travel around Germany Netherlands and Denmark with daily visits and tours of leading architecture offices and modern architecture of Europe. Highlights are the architecture of Peter Zumthor, Bjarke Ingels Group/ BIG in Copenhagen, Tours in Germany include work of Helmut Jahn, Coop Himmelblau, Herzog deMeuron and Frei Otto. In Berlin revitalized Potsdamer Platz, Pariser Platz , Alexander Platz as well as tours of Dutch Embassy, OMA, GSW Builing bySauerbruch/Hutton are highlighted. Berlin, a city rich in neighborhoods, we will visit the pre-war Jewish quarter, new holocaust memorial and museum, the architecture of Albert Spear and new government office and residential development of the Tiergarten district. Prepare to draw, learn and have a wonderful time! Register with the College of Architecture at IIT, Chicago

ARCH497 Literary Landscapes (3cr ARCH Elective)
ARCH497 Matter Matters (3cr ARCH Elective)
Profs. Leslie Johnson ( and Lukasz Kowalczyk
Summer B session (June-July 2017)

We will immerse ourselves in the placeness of Norway – drawing connections between the compelling natural and cultural landscapes, and the physical and phenomenological character of the built environment. 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 Norway via sketchbook analysis of the materiality, assemblies, and character of poetic manifestations of addressing practical concerns.

Three weeks of travel in NORWAY (~June 1-22) beginning in Oslo and moving westward through the Fjordlands (Flåm, Geiranger, Bergen, Hardanger, Stavanger, Åsen), then northward to Trondheim, the Lofotens, and Tromsø high above the Arctic Circle. Followed by a week of independent travel (~June 23 – July 1). Then three weeks back in Chicago developing an artifact of reflection/documentation/expansion of travel experience (~July 1-25).

ARCH 497-185, 3 Credits
August 9-18th, 2017

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. In addition to the intensive studio workshop, lectures related to the specific theme are presented throughout.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. The workshop’s main objective is to create an experience of collaborative team work to generate relevant, and creative proposals about habitation and the city.

The theme of this year’s workshop is: Public Axes: Possibilities and Activation- Franklin Street

In the city of Santiago, certain streets such as Avenida Matta, Avenida Portugal and San Diego have an intensity of use, and variety of programs and typologies. They are slightly worn down in areas but simultaneously, interesting situations are generated. These urban streets are ripe for consideration on the use and activation of public space and its relationship to the private realm. By studying the history, development and character of Franklin street, located in the borough of Santiago, students will propose possible ideas, actions and relevant project strategies that relate to this centrally located urban site.


The classes will begin on Monday June 19 and end on Saturday July 15. Students must be present for the entire duration of the course from the first to the last day. However, they may travel to the course from a city of their choice and once the course is over they are free to travel home or elsewhere as they choose.

We are currently refining the itinerary based on a review of a large number of possible building visits. This will include suggestions by students. A final list will categorize sites by – must see, would like to see, & location dependent. Once we see the relationship between the must see sites, we can then plot the remaining sites based on where we will be. Then we will plot the route and decide on how many days to spend in each area.

We will see buildings ranging from traditional to contemporary and try to see the sites of major importance in every time period and style. In addition to architecture we will visit other important sites such as landscapes, baths, and parks.

In addition to visiting buildings and sites we will stay overnight in traditional lodgings such as temples and teahouses. We will walk and hike on trails and in parks. We will visit a traditional bath, and see festivals.

The 28 day Japan trip will consist of 2, 3 credit courses (6 total credits):

Arch 456-03 – Architecture in Japan – this course will investigate the connections between traditional and Modern architecture in Japan. Students will do a short presentation on one of the traditional buildings we visit and a long presentation on a modern building we visit. Following return to Chicago they will write an essay discussing the possible influences of the original on the later building.

Arch 497-01 – Reflective Recordings – this course explores the ways in which architects record experiences of the built environment associated with travel. Keeping a sketchbook, using photography, writing postcards & travel blogs all present the possibility of purposeful engagement. Students will produce a body of self-directed work that collects observations and interactions relevant to their experience.


Chinese students - In case the applicant is a Chinese national residing outside China, please refer to the Japanese Embassy or Consulates-General closest to the applicant’s place of residence.

Japan Embassy Chicago

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