Study abroad program takes students throughout Spain and Portugal

A group photo of the students who participated on the trip in the past in Madrid

A group photo taken of past trip participants. Program director and UB professor of architecture Miguel Guitart can be seen in the middle row, center.

Published June 26, 2018

UB architecture professor Miguel Guitart recently kicked off an exciting study abroad program in Madrid with a lecture series that will put students face to face with top practitioners, scholars and design thinkers from across Spain. 

Students will also participate in a studio, seminars and an extensive travel program throughout Spain and Portugal. Stops include: Salamanca; Toledo; Barcelona; Merida; Lisbon; Granda; Cordoba; Sevilla; Cadiz; El Escorial; Bilbao; San Sebastian; and Leon. 

The Madrid study abroad program at UB was initiated in 2016 by Miguel Guitart, a clinical associate professor of architecture at UB and principal of Gimeno Guitart, an architectural firm with offices in Madrid and Buffalo. 

According to Guitart, Spain has traditionally played a key role not only in national and international architecture production but also in the development of architecture teaching and research. 

Guitart has designed the program to engage architecture students with the context and production of Spanish architecture and its practitioners. The time spent in the city of Madrid and the rest of the country provide the students with a unique cultural, professional, intellectual and, not to be forgotten, gastronomic experience.

In addition to a design studio, students participate in two three-credit seminars in which they explore Spanish master architects and visit landmarks, sites and architectural offices throughout Madrid and beyond. Students stay at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca campus de Madrid, located in the heart of Madrid.