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 summer study abroad program will include a 30-day trip circumventing the Irish Coast studying the unique environmental conditions in each region. The remaining 10 days of the semester 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 effect on architectural design.
Students stay 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 and in walking distance to all the top attractions.
Studio director and faculty lead: Kenneth Mackay, clinical associate professor of architecture