Students can now explore Madrid and the historic Catalonia region of Spain through summer study abroad. Led by Miguel Guitart, a visiting faculty member in architecture who also practices in Madrid, the program’s opening session last summer featured “seeing and drawing” tours of the city, an in situ seminar on Modern and Contemporary Spanish Architects and weekly guest lecturers. Students incorporated their experiences into their studio project, a
design concept for a “UB-SUNY Cultural Campus” in
Madrid. Outside the studio, students savored the cultural and
culinary scene of the Spanish capital and ventured beyond to
cities of Cadiz, Granada, Cordoba, Salamanca and Bilbao. A highlight of the 10-week program was the group’s visit to the El Escorial Monastery complex built by King Phillip II in the late 16th century. The World Heritage Site is widely regarded as the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance.