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 Study Abroad Program will include a 30-day trip circumventing the Irish Coast studying the unique environmental conditions in each region. The intent of this studio is to explore the cultural and climatic variation between sites and the resultant affect on architectural design.