Texas Tech University

Architecture Design Studio in Canada

This studio straddles two important tenants of contemporary architectural practice: 1) urban populations will exponentially increase over the next fifty years, and 2) tools of representation have a direct influence on the conceptual development of architectural projects. This studio will immerse the students into four large urban cities in North America, spending 5 full weeks in French speaking Montreal, Quebec as the students rigorously study current design practices and the various modes of representation that define our time and place. 


Building on the current third-year curriculum, which investigates the urban artifice of the cities of Denver and Chicago, this studio will continue the outward gaze of architectural innovation by looking further east and north, visiting the two largest cities in Canada (Toronto and Montreal) and an optional trip to two of the largest cities along the eastern seaboard of the United States (Boston and New York). This travel will encompass and embed the history of the North American architecture of these cities, coupling canonical architectural sites with visits to several of the most innovative/idea driven architecture firms in North America (Diller Scofidio Renfro, Libeskind, SHoP, NASAA, LTL, among others), while also visiting several leading schools of architectural education (The Cooper Union, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, McGill and University of Toronto) as these fourth-year students begin to bridge their undergrad architectural education with notions of professional practice and the designing the future. Alberto Perez-Gomez and Louise Pelletier, "Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge" will be used to bridge ideas of representation throughout history, as these students investigate more ddeply the role of representation in future practice. 


Courses Offered

  • ARCH 4601 Architecture Design Studio VI
  • ARCH 4000

Program Fee

Program Dates

  • May 22, 2019 - July 11, 2019

Program Open To

  • All TTU Architecture students

Program Fee Includes

  • Lodging
  • Excursions including transportation, museum entrances, and some meals

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • TTU tuition and fees (9 credits)
  • Airfare to/from Canada
  • Insurance ($2.57/day)
  • Education Abroad fee ($200)
  • Most meals
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal spending money

For more information:

Contact: Professor Peter RaabProfessor Terah Maher

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