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Dates:
01/04/2015 - 04/26/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 10/31/2014
Credit:
15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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09/03/2015 - 12/19/2015
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Extended to: 04/15/2015
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15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Imagine working with leading architecture and design experts and innovators to complete a real-world design project. Study with the latest thinkers and practitioners to gain an understanding of architecture and design within an emerging global context. Pursue hands-on design work in a state-of-the-art studio using the latest technology to address an aspect of the current global environmental crisis. And observe 2,000 years of architectural history up close at historical and current architectural sites throughout Spain – all with CIEE.

Study abroad in Barcelona and you’ll:

  • Take part in the Future Cities Design Studio, which features an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Conceive and execute design projects in studio space located at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in the 22 area of Barcelona
  • Use the FabLab facilities at the IAAC, a cutting-edge education and research academic institution dedicated to the development of architecture that meets the challenges of the 21st century
  • Take field trips to San Sebastián and Bilbao, and see recently completed buildings by international architects, or explore sites like the Moorish palace of the Alhambra in Granada or the Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol, a contemporary addition to the city of Seville, to see the translation of designs from the page to real life
  • Explore sites like the Moorish palace of the Alhambra in Granada and the Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol, a contemporary addition to the city of Seville, to see the translation of designs from the page to real life
  • Visit leading architectural firms in Barcelona
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE Architecture and Design Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Architecture and Design Merit Scholarships

    For strong students of architecture, design, or engineering who want to attend an architecture and design program in Barcelona, Berlin, Prague, or New York City

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Hands-on design studio and workshops

At the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), you’ll create projects that push the limits of what’s possible with technology today. You’ll design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments, and reduce the environmental impact of the build environment through carbon-neutral design, bioclimatic design, and energy efficiency.

Lectures

Attend open lectures and design critique sessions conducted by IAAC professors, visiting lecturers, and other teaching staff. These lectures and sessions build on material covered during excursions and coursework. Local architects, historians, and researchers also occasionally speak to the class, bringing a real-world connection to subjects being discussed. Plus, you’ll be virtually connected to your peers and faculty at our other Global Architecture and Design programs in Berlin and Prague, so you can view all global lectures and workshops.

Collaborative Projects

Come together and create. Join local architecture students to explore creative uses of technology for experimental and practical purposes. Learn-by-doing research integrates methods used in design, programming, and the social sciences to produce projects prototypes and products that will define the outer limits of what is possible to do imaginatively with technology today. You’ll also share knowledge, develop projects, and debate common questions with students on our other Global Architecture and Design programs.

Excursions

See how designs translate from the page to real life during visits to local studios and architectural projects under construction. You’ll also travel to historical sites like the Moorish palace of the Alhambra in Granada or the Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol, a contemporary addition in Seville. Enjoy an overnight trip to a site of major historic and architectural significance in locations that may include Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Granada, or Bilbao/San Sebastian. And travel to one of the other CIEE Global Architecture and Design cities – Berlin or Prague – in the middle of the semester to meet and collaborate with peers studying there.

Partnerships

We believe in the power of collaboration. That’s why we developed this program in partnership with LEED-certified, award-winning architect and urban designer Maria Aiolova, our Academic Director for CIEE Architecture and Design programs. Maria is an award-winning educator, architect, and urban designer based in New York City. She is co-founder of Terreform ONE and chair of the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2015 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2015
09/03/2015
12/19/2015
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,237
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Fall 2016
04/01/2016
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Spring 2015 (16 wks)
Extended to: 10/31/2014
01/04/2015
04/26/2015
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,237
Housing ***
$4,200
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Students must be majoring in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability studies, Urban Design or minoring in these areas and have completed 2-3 semesters of design studio or a project-based course in their major.

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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 15 – 16 semester/22.5 – 24.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take the following three courses: Future Cities Design Studio, Future Cities Seminar, Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshops.

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About the City

About The City

Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and one of the biggest in Europe. And yet, it’s friendly, warm, and on the beach. Known for being edgy and modern, the spirit of Barcelona has shaped some of the most fascinating art and architecture in the world, including works by Gaudí, Miro, and Picasso. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history – Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th-century Eixample district with its original examples of modernista architecture – contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Magda Bernaus

Center Director

Magda Bernaus is the Center Director, and she has worked with CIEE since 2006. She She holds a degree in Tourism Management (Escola de Turisme - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and worked in the tourism industry for several years. She also holds an Art History degree from the Universitat de Barcelona, where she is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on medieval architectural spaces of commerce. She has extensive experience developing and teaching courses at the university level, both for local and international students. She has collaborated as a researcher and assistant curator with several cultural insititutions in Barcelona, including the Museu Nacional de Catalunya and Museu d’Història de la Ciutat. She is an active member of a state-funded research team based at the Universitat de Barcelona (Magna Ars) and she has published articles, contributed to books and participated in conferences in her areas of expertise.

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Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.

Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.

— Magdalena Bernaus, Resident Director

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Maite Bravo

Maite Bravo obtained the degree of architect with honors at the University of Chile; a Master of Advanced Architecture at IAAC; and also a Master in ‘Theory and Practice of Architectural Design’ at UPC. She is currently a PHD ‘European Doctor’ candidate at UPC (Architectural Design Department), studying under the co-direction of Prof. Hovestadt (ETH Zurich), focusing on new design methodologies and concepts emerging from Parametric Digital Design and its immersion into architectural praxis. Her teaching experience includes the University of Chile, BCIT, and IAAC since 2008. She was a lecturer at the First Parametric Design Seminar at HTWK Leipzig, the Festival of Architecture of Canada, and several Universities in Chile. She has over 10 years of experience practicing as an associate architect with GBL architects in Canada, later establishing her own firm. She is currently faculty at IAAC.

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Luis Fraguada

Luis Fraguada is Director of BAD (Barcelona)– Web: http://bad.ar.com BAD is an architectural practice situated in Beirut, Barcelona, and Chengdu focusing on embedding design intelligence in our projects. Ongoing work in Africa, the Middle East, and China. He is also the Global Co-Director of LaN | Live Architecture Network – Web: http://www.livearchitecture.net Description: LaN focuses on DIGITAL DESIGN + FABRICATION as a means to forwarding composite processes/collaborations driving architectural development. LaN recognizes the power of digital fabrication, not merely as a toolset of a high technical caliber, but as the driver of particular groupings of resources–an organization of human, economic, and material assets–varying widely based on project circumstances. LaN’s mode of operation is PARAMETRIC in nature, and seeks to with re-associate architecture with a flexible, non-authoritative, temporal, & data-rich practice of SPATIAL DESIGN. Previously he worked for Robert McNeel and Associates (European Headquarters) Role: Advanced Professional Instructor for Architectural Programming and Associative Design (Certified Rhino Trainer) and Vicente Guallart Architects Role: Technical Investigator, associative design development, generative script development, prototype fabrication. Earlier, he was at U. of CO - College of Architecture & Planning Role: Information Technology Director / Electronic Media coordinator. He is currently faculty at IAAC.

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Maria Kuptsova

Academic Coordinator

Maria Kuptsova is the program’s Academic Coordinator. Maria graduated as an architect from the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design, in St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a Master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - IAAC (2013). She has worked as a Project Architect in Cloud9, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Barcelona. Maria has been assisting several seminars at IAAC as Light Weight Structures, Experimental Structures, “Self-Sufficient” studio led by Enric Ruiz-Geli in IAAC. She was coordinating and tutoring workshops in Russia, Egypt, and the Global Summer School 2014 in St. Petersburg. Currently Maria is working in the Academic Department at IAAC.

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Mathilde Marengo, PhD

Mathilde Marengo, PhD Architect, graduated cum laude in march 2010 from the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa, presenting a project studying the potentials of mega structures, in particular Stadiums, in the urban scape, tutored by Prof. Mosè Ricci, arch. Marco Carenzo. During her academic career she collaborated in several research projects investigating territorial and contemporary urban transformations such as ‘LUNGOILMARE: continuità, modificazione e permanenze. Un’ipotesi di sviluppo per 25km di fronte mare del Ponente Ligure’, scientific coordinator Prof. Arch. Franz Prati; research group coordinators: Prof. Arch. Mosè Ricci, Arch. Gianluca Peluffo; and “The Eco_Univercity Genoa Project”, scientific coordinators Prof. Mosè Ricci with Prof. Joerg Schroeder, Università di Genova, Technische Universitaet Munchen. She was also a part of the Inter-University Research team for the PRIN 2010-2011 managed by Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell’Università, dell’Istruzione e della Ricerca) RECYCLE research project, focusing on urban recycling as the generator for new infrastructure and creativity in urban contexts. She won a research grant co-financed by Comapgnia di San Paolo for the “Atlante Med-Net”project, and in support for the development of her PhD research, developed both at the PhD School of Architecture and Design at the University of Genoa, XXVI cycle, and the Universitat Politecnica Catalunya. She obtained her International PhD title in April 2014, with "Multi City Coast. The evolving forms and structures of the Mediterranean multi-city. New models of urban thinking and perspective." Since 2012 she is enrolled in the certified chamber of architects in Genoa. Since 2013 she has been in charge of Communication & Publications at IAAC.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

IaaC - The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) is an international center for education, research and development, and fabrication centered around the concept of architecture as a discipline that addresses different scales of territorial analysis and urban development as well as diverse architectural projects, digital processes and information environments.

Located in Barcelona, one of the world’s international capitals of Urbanism, that was the first city to be awarded the European Capital for Innovation by the Innovation Convention in 2014, the Institute develops multidisciplinary programs that explore international urban and territorial phenomena, with a special emphasis on the opportunities that arise from the emergent territories, and on the cultural, economic and social values that architecture can contribute to society today.

IaaC sets out to take R+D to architecture and urbanism and create multidisciplinary knowledge networks. To this end the institute works in collaboration with a number of cities and regions, industrial groups, research centres, including the City Council of Barcelona, the Collserola Natural Park, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), as well as diverse companies among which CISCO, Endesa, Kuka Robotics and many others. Together with these the Institute develops various research programs bringing together experts in different disciplines such as architecture, engineering, biology, sociology, anthropology and other fields of investigation.

IaaC has made its name as a center of international reference, welcoming students and investigators from over 60 different countries among which Australia, the USA, India, Brazil, Russia, Ethiopia, all European countries and many others.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays, alone or with another CIEE student, or in a student residencia (residence hall) or apartment with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student apartment or residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.

Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

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Orientations

Orientations

An orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces students to the country, culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in Spain, and in particular, Barcelona. Themes such as the Spanish university system, banking, safety, how and where to shop, bilingualism in Catalonia, cultural adaptation, and many others are covered. A diagnostic language skills examination is also conducted to identify the linguistic level of all participants so that each student is placed in appropriate courses. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing and is maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students are required to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Students have wireless Internet access at their homestays, apartments or student residencias, and at CIEE and IaaC facilities. In addition, they can use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

Software and Technical Requirements Computer with Intel i5 or i7 processor or AMD Equivalent
8GB of Ram
200GB + HDD
Windows 7 or 8 64 bit OS (if you own a MacBook Pro, install Windows through BootCamp. Please do this prior to arriving in Spain as your university IT department can help you set this up).

Rhino 5 64 bit on Windows (*not* MAC/OSX, use bootcamp)
Grasshopper 3d 09.0075 or latest version
Mesh Tools Add-On
Mesh Edit Add-On
Weaverbird Add-On
Geco Add-On
>Ecotect 2011

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Culture

Culture

The program includes a series of excursions designed specifically for students of architecture and design. Architecture students will visit studios of important local practitioners and the sites of projects currently under construction. Students also have access to the CIEE cultural program offered to all CIEE program participants. This program includes such activities as cooking courses, visits to museums, and study tours of local monuments. CIEE includes two overnight trips to sites of major historic and architectural significance. These may include: Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, or Bilbao/San Sebastian.

Overnight Excursions:

Students do one of the following overnight trips:

Granada
This excursion is centered around the unique Moorish palace of the Alhambra and adjacent Generalife gardens. The city of Granada includes other places of interest that are visited as well, such as the characteristic Albaycín neighborhood or the cathedral with its Capilla Real where the Reyes Católicos are buried. Students also see a typical Flamenco show while they have dinner.

Sevilla and Córdoba
Students have a historical tour of the city which includes the Cathedral, the Alcazar and contemporary additions to the city, such as Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol. Students spend a day in Córdoba visiting its Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish quarter, as well as the ruins of the Muslim town of Medina Azahara with its museum, designed by Nieto&Sobejano (Aga Khan Award 2010). A flamenco show is included in this excursion as well.

Madrid
Activities include an introduction to Madrid guided tour (historical center). Other visits include the Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, CaixaForum cultural center and Matadero Madrid Cultural Centre.

Bilbao and San Sebastian
Students have a guided tour of the recent architectural renovation of Bilbao with a local architect. The tour ends at the Alhondiga, a Philippe Starck-designed cultural center. Students then visit San Sebastian exploring the city with professors and trying local tapas before returning to Bilbao for the night. Students have a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum before heading to the airport.

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Academics

Academics

The Global Architecture and Design curriculum in Barcelona consists of three main components: a Future Cities Design Studio; a Future Cities Seminar, and Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops. Students may opt to also take a CIEE elective course.

Courses are taught in English by CIEE-contracted IaaC faculty who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers. Field trips to historical sites, new buildings, and environmental initiatives enhance students’ understanding of “cities in transition.”

Academic Culture

Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and rethink the potential of today’s architects and designers. The aim is to develop a language of technological design that can create immediacy between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. Environmental problems are a crisis of human alienation from the natural world, and we will explore ways in which design can alleviate this unfortunate separation. What is required to comprehend globality today is a close study of specific places, cities and cultures. Even in an age of globality, architecture will remain rooted to place. What travels are images, ideas, expertise, and architects themselves. In order to create an educational experience that breeds cosmopolitanism, the curriculum works with elements of history and tradition just as it takes full advantage of new technologies and the opportunities of global exchange.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

ARCH 3001 SGAD
Future Cities Design Studio
The Studio course will explore the relationship between city and water, seeking innovative ways to improve this connection through speculative design and experimentation. Through intensive research and design, the Future Cities Studio will be based on advanced architecture design approaches. Students will explore various techniques to study urban phenomena linked to digital tools to find site specific context-related data. Students will use available apps or tools that can provide precise information, which can be mapped and represented through physical models. Later on, students will apply this data in the formulation of parametric derived forms, which can be responsive to local conditions.

ARCH 3002 SGAD
Future Cities Seminar
Understanding the contemporary urban phenomenon, its effects, and the problematics that arise from it, is fundamental for the formation of young architects today. In this sense, the concept of this seminar is to explore, from a critical point of view, the contemporary urban phenomenon, as well as the new paradigms and models of urban thinking and perspective that emerge with it. This exploration will be undertaken both generally speaking on a global scale and specifically in reference to the particular case of Barcelona. Hence, the students will be asked to critically apply the knowledge they gain through the development of the seminar, also--thanks to the interventions of international experts--to their case study of Barcelona, implementing a learning by doing approach.

ARCH 3003 SGAD
Science, Engineering and Technology Workshop
The workshop module seeks to address several objectives in parallel:
1. To give a perspective and spark discussions on the designer's roles in the current age of digital tools;
2. To transmit strategies for appropriate procedural modeling and parameter associativity;
3. To introduce new tools (both hardware and software) which aid in the collection and processing of data relevant for parametric design.

After acquainting ourselves with the tools at our disposal, we will work with Rhinoceros 3d to learn about procedural modeling and the different non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) and mesh topologies. How do we decide which topology to choose? Throughout this course, we will introduce parametric modeling with Grasshopper 3d to further inform the modeling processes. In order to build upon the first two sections of the course, we will add further information to our models through a series of analytic strategies that will derive parameters from contextual environmental information.

Course Prerequisite
Basic 2D Drafting and 3D modeling knowledge (see “Software and Technical Requirements” section above for additional requirements)

CIEE Elective Courses

AHIS 3005 BAAD / ARCH 3003 BAAD
Gaudí and His Contemporaries: Art, Architecture, and Design Around 1900
This course examines the work of the main artists, architects, and designers of the western world during the times of the Art Nouveau style. Special attention is paid to Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, whose creations turned Barcelona into “a living museum of Art Nouveau architecture.” Other contemporary architects and designers whose works are studied are Victor Horta, Henry van de Velde, Hector Guimard, Louis C. Tiffany, and more. Contact hours: 45.

AHIS 3001 BAAD / ARCH 3001 BAAD / VART 3001 BAAD
The City and the Visual Culture
Visual Culture studies have been defined by Gillian Rose as “how people encounter visual images and what happens in those encounters”. This course will explain contemporary cities in their cultural context, both through the analysis of the ways in which cities have been represented visually and through the study of the material culture (architecture, monuments). Within this framework, this course will draw on a wealth of possibilities provided by the city of Barcelona to analyze issues such as urban transformation, local identity, thematization or historical memory.

AHIS 3002 BABC (taught in English)
AHIS 3003 BABC (taught in Spanish)

Catalonia and Spain through the Arts
This course has been designed to gain knowledge about both the Catalan and the Spanish culture within an art history approach. We will look at some of the fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of privileged witnesses: Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró and more. Relevant study tours will be taken.

HIST 3002 BABC (taught in English)
HIST 3003 BABC (taught in Spanish)

Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, artistic heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona. Students will learn the history of the city from its foundation up to the present day, with a special emphasis on the contemporary period. Urban development of Barcelona will be analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts.

CIEE Language Courses

SPAN 1003 BABC
Beginning Spanish
This course, designed for students with little or no prior experience in Spanish, has a communicative approach, which means it emphasizes what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course students understand phrases and expressions of common use; communicate when carrying out everyday tasks; and know how to describe aspects of one’s own past and surroundings as well as issues related to one’s most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals; students should be able to use simple grammatical structures and pronounce, generally, in a clear, comprehensible way.

SPAN 2004 BABC
Intermediate Spanish
This course has a communicative approach, which means it focuses on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about themes of personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; as well as justify one’s own opinions or plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are acquired prepare students to deal with non-frequent themes and unpredictable situations.

SPAN 3006 BABC
Advanced Spanish
This class is designed to challenge students with a higher level of language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need in order to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers.

SPAN 4003 BABC
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (e.g. formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

SPAN 4004 BABC
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and use different registers (formal, informal, etc.) in both written and spoken Spanish.

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