We strive to prepare our students to meet future social, cultural, and technological challenges by becoming globally competent and culturally sensitive citizens with an expanded understanding of the multifaceted international interconnectedness of today’s world.

Travel abroad introduces our students to architectural discourse across an expanding spectrum of place and time—from Europe to Asia to South America, and in diverse cities—from Amsterdam to Istanbul. The emphasis on culture in architecture is a platform from which to collaborate, at unprecedented levels, in transcontinental and cross-disciplinary investigations. Among these opportunities, the Department of Architecture is working in close partnerships with universities, organizations, and practitioners in such countries as Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Ukraine. A limited mapping of recent years reveals over forty national and international destinations that architecture students and faculty have visited and researched together. This cultural curiosity illuminates the School’s tremendous appetite to understand the global position and contexts from which architects must operate.

Workshops, lectures, fieldwork, and visits to notable sites, both well known and off the beaten path, are all part of the experience. While the focus of these studies is on architecture, historic preservation, and urban design, there are opportunities for students to experience and enjoy the local culture of these wonderful places. SARUP faculty administer the programs and accompany students on their travels.

Current TRIPS


Paris/Italy/London
Summer 2017 Program Description

This intensive eight week course of study directed by Gil Snyder and Bob Greenstreet is designed not only to introduce students to important architectural and urban artifacts in Paris, Florence, and Venice, but also to examine the cultural context that shapes and informs them. Structured as a carefully calculated mix of old and new, students undertake field study of canonic buildings and urban spaces in western thought about architecture, while simultaneously exploring cultural themes around the conflicts of modernism and heritage. Excursions to Siena, Poissy, Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Chartres follow similar themes. A two-day excursion to Lyon and La Tourette in the south of France, as well as a three-day excursion to walled cities on the Atlantic coast of Normandy follow similar themes and are offered as part of this field study. The course includes an optional London excursion with a three-day examination of architecture and urbanism in this city that gave the world high-tech architecture and the Beatles.

Week 0: Milwaukee
5/22 Program Introduction
5/23 Traversing the Layers of French Architecture and Landscape

Week 1: Paris Flâneurs in the Fabric
5/31 Depart Chicago ORD for Paris CDG
6/1 Arrive Paris CDG
6/2 Orientation to Paris and France, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Place des Vosges, Marais
6/3 Introduction to the Urban Structure
6/4 Seine boat ride on the Bateaux Mouches

Week 2: Paris / St Malo
6/5 Fondation Cartier
6/6 Independent Study Day
6/7 Depart Paris for Normandy on bus, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Overnight in St Malo
6/8 Intro to History and Architecture of St Malo, Overnight in St Malo
6/9 Intro to History and Architecture of Mt St Michel, Depart Mont St Michel for Paris
6/10 Weekend Break for Independent Study
6/11 Parc Citroen, Social Housing

Week 3: Paris / Versailles
6/12 Independent Study Day
6/13 Parc de la Villette
6/14 Masterworks of The Louvre Collection, Ste. Chapelle
6/15 Metal Architecture
6/16 Quai Branly Museum
6/17 Versailles Chateau, Versailles Garden
6/18 Weekend Break for Independent Study

Week 4a: Chartres / La Tourette / Lyon
6/19 Depart Paris for Chartres in chartered bus, Intro to the Iconography of Chartres Cathedral, Depart Chartres for Paris
6/20 Depart Paris for Lyon for l’Arbresle and La Tourette, Orientation to la Tourette, Overnight at La Tourette
6/21 Depart Arbresles for Lyon, Lyon City, Depart Lyon for Paris
6/22 Independent Study Day

Week 4b: Florence
6/23 Depart Paris for Florence, Florence Orientation, Overnight at Florence Hotel
6/24 Pazzi Chapel, Selected Masterworks of the Uffizi Gallery, Overnight at Florence Hotel
6/25 Brunelleschi’s San Lorenzo, Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel, Overnight at Florence Hotel

Week 5: Florence / Siena / Venice
6/26 Depart Florence for Siena, Depart Siena for Florence, Overnight at Florence Hotel
6/27 Independent Study Day, Overnight at Florence Hotel
6/28 Depart Florence for Venice, The Venetian Empire and the Doge’s Palace, Overnight at Hotel Dolomiti
6/29 Venice Biennale Grounds, Overnight at Hotel Dolomiti
6/30 Ca d’Oro, Overnight at Hotel Dolomiti
7/1 Depart Venice for Paris at end of day
7/2 Weekend Break for Independent Study

Week 6: Paris/ independent study
7/3 London Optional or Independent Study Travel Day
7/4 London Optional or Independent Study Travel Day
7/5 London Optional or Independent Study Travel Day
7/6 Independent Study Travel Day
7/7 Independent Study Travel Day
7/8 Weekend Break for Independent Study
7/9 Weekend Break for Independent Study

Week 7: Paris
7/10 Pompidou Center
7/11 Le Corbusier in the City, Pavilion Suisse
7/12 Independent Study Day
7/13 Modern and Contemporary Churches
7/14 Champ de Mars and Bastille Day
7/15 Weekend Break for Independent Study
7/16 Weekend Break for Independent Study

Week 8: Paris / Poissy / Vaux
7/17 Depart Paris for Poissy, Villa Savoye, Depart Poissy for Paris
7/18 Independent Study Day
7/19 Modern Housing on the Periphery
7/20 Independent Study Day
7/21 Depart Paris for Vaux-le-Vicomte by chartered bus, The French Garden, The Chateau, Depart Vaux for Paris
7/22 Weekend Break for Independent Study
7/23 Weekend Break for Independent Study

Week 9: Paris
7/24 Independent Study Day
7/25 Student Dinner Presentations and Awards
7/26 UWM group checks out of Residence, Depart Paris CDG for Chicago
— end of program —

Trip Directors
Associate Dean Gil Snyder: Paris, France; Florence, Venice, Italy; London Study Abroad

Gil Snyder, AIA, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at UWM. He received his MArch from Columbia University in New York where he worked as a registered architect for many years with internationally recognized firms. Since coming to UWM, he has served as the program director for sixteen architecture study abroad programs to a total of over 37 students. Having studied for high school in France at Le Douny in Mégève, Professor Snyder brings his fluency in French and his intimate knowledge of French culture together with his intensive research of modern and pre-modern western architecture to bear in developing programs with an insider’s perspective. Professor Snyder’s academic research focusses in urban morphology, vertical surface development, and the art of detailing. He regularly instructs graduate and upper-level undergraduate design studios and seminars at UWM. He has taught in international education at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France and Oxford Brookes Unviersity, Oxford, England.

SARUP Dean Bob Greenstreet: Paris, France; London Study Abroad

Professor Robert Greenstreet, Ph.D., is an architect and Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UWM. Dr. Greenstreet specializes in the legal aspects of construction. He is the author/co-author of seven books, has contributed to twenty other texts and handbooks, and has published over one hundred and seventy working papers and articles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is listed in fifteen international Who’s Who publications. In addition to being a registered architect in the United Kingdom, he is a practicing arbitrator, mediator and expert witness recognized in both the United States and Europe. In 1998 he was selected as a recipient of the national ACSA Distinguished Professor Award , and was named, in 2009, as one of the “Most Admired Educators” by Design Intelligence Magazine. In 2013, he was awarded the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Messenger Prize for Journalistic Excellence, and was granted the Freedom of the City of London by the Chamberlain’s Court in the same year. He regularly instructs graduate and upper-level undergraduate seminars at UWM. He has taught in international education at Oxford Brookes Unviersity, Oxford, England, and is an active participant in SARUP Study Abroad programs.

Courses Offered

The 9 week program is set up in a five-segmented summer with a two-day pre-departure session in Milwaukee.
0.) MKE prep 1.) Paris 2.) Italy 3.) Independent Study 4.) London 5.) Paris.
Classes convene at a different building every morning for directed seminar study and on varying urban sites for studio in the afternoons. During the Independent Field Study break, students can choose to stay in Paris or travel abroad on their own.
The courses offered are: The City as Artifact 3cr, The Paris Studio 6cr, The Paris Directed Research Seminar 3cr.

  • Zero point of the Eiffel Tower, Paris (image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Zero point of the Eiffel Tower, Paris (image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Zero point of the Eiffel Tower, Paris
(image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Lunchtime at Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris (image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Lunchtime at Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
(image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Analytical studies at Villa LaRoche, Paris (image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
Analytical studies at Villa LaRoche, Paris
(image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
A close reading of the “Cloud” at La Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris (image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)
A close reading of the “Cloud” at La Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris
(image credit: Gil Snyder Photography)

PAST TRIPS


Cuba
For the past four years, the Urban Planning program has offered a January study abroad to Cuba. The program is led by Michael Martin, whose day job is with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Michael specializes in Latin American urbanism.

In 2016, a group of 12 UWM students and faculty were joined by 8 non-UWM students from the University of New Orleans, Iowa State, Tufts, GA State, and San Jose State. The diverse mix of the group contributed to an experience that left a lasting impression on everyone we met with in Havana.

The program is an intense study of the City of Havana and the forces that have shaped it for the last 500 years. The academic focus of the program includes: Historic Preservation of eighteenth and nineteenth century colonial buildings in Havana Vieja and Havana Centro; the development of urban agriculture and sustainable urban farming in Havana; and the eclectic architecture style of Havana.

In 2016, the visit to Instituto Superior Politécnico Jose Antonio Echeverria, ISPJAE/ CUJAE (the Urban Planning School of the University of Havana) was especially eventful. We were able to meet with faculty and give them a wonderful collection of rare maps from UWM’s own AGS collection! This gift was received with love and enthusiasm. In addition, we began the first stages of preparing a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to link ISPJAE/CUJAE and UWM’s programs in urban planning, architecture, and other disciplines for future collaborations.

Interest in going to Cuba in 2017

Cuba 2015

Paris and London
This intensive six-week course of study is designed to introduce students to important architectural and urban artifacts in Paris and the Ile de France, and also to examine the cultural context that shapes and informs them. Structured as a carefully calculated mix of old and new, students undertake field study of canonic buildings and urban spaces in western thought about architecture, while simultaneously exploring cultural themes around the conflicts of modernism and heritage. A three-day excursion to La Tourette and Ronchamp in the south of France, as well as a two-day excursion to walled cities on the Atlantic coast of Normandy follow similar themes and are offered as part of this field study. The course includes an optional London excursion led by Dean Greenstreet with a three-day examination of architecture and urbanism in this city that gave the world high-tech architecture and the Beatles.

Paris, France Study Abroad – Prof. Mark Keane
2016 marks my 27th foreign studies program dating back to 1977 in Versailles, France. A five-year teaching post at the Universite Pedagogique Trois/University of Illinois in Versailles prepared me to create programs of foreign studies at UWM every three years. The 10 week program is set up in a five-segmented summer with a one week pre-teaching session here in Milwaukee.

0.) MKE prep 1.) Paris 2.) Independent Study 3.) Paris 4.) Independent Study 5.) Paris

Classes convene at a different building every morning for French Arch History and on varying urban sites for studio in the afternoons. On Wednesdays the group travels around the Ile de France, Loire Valley, and the Normandy coast. During the first Independent Study break you can choose to stay in Paris or travel abroad on your own.

The courses offered are: French Architectural History 3cr, Design Studio 6cr, Independent Study 3cr.

An Architectural education is not complete without foreign travel.

To see the spires of Chartres cathedral from 18 miles away….
To see the sun set over Louis XIV’s grand canal….
To sit in Hemingway’s chair at Le Dome…
To watch the end of the Tour de France under Napoleon’s Arc de Triumphe….
To be driven up into the Ile of Mont St Michel by the tide….
To study the chateau Louis XIV built for his brother who tried to kill him….
To walk in the living room of the Villa Savoye…..
To ring Quasimodo’s bell…..
To watercolor in Monet’s Giverney garden…..
To climb Eiffel by foot….
To visit a cemetery for pets only….
To write about the Paris of Hugo and Dickens….
To buy a hot baguette at dawn….
To visit Jim Morrison’s grave….
To row a boat on Louis XIV’s canal….
To lay roses on the tombs of Abelard and Heloise….
To see Mona Lisa….
To be at the Bastille on Bastille Day….
To visit the chateau of Dumas’s Man in the Iron Mask….
To walk Charles de Gaulles victory march at the end of WWII
To read Napoleon’s code of law in his crypt at Invalides….
To walk in the ruins of Roman Paris….
To watch a film noir under the stars at La Villette….

Paris France

France-Louvre

France

France Paris Rome


Japan
This foreign study trip offers students a unique experience in the principles of historic preservation as practiced in a non euro-based environment. The loss of older and historic buildings in all countries has reduced our collective sense of identification with the past. The challenges faced in Japan (and Pacific-rim countries in general) offer us an entirely new and untapped source of information and collaboration. Lack of buildable land area, introduction of high-tech materials and construction methods, and diverging attitudes about the role of history and historic buildings, present us with preservation challenges of the highest order. Through the assistance of several Japanese universities, we will engage in a unique educational experience that will study architectural design and historic preservation both as public policy and as building construction.
Japan

Japan


Scandinavia
This 47-day program comprises an intensive survey of Scandinavian architecture. Countries include the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. While primary emphasis is placed on studying contemporary architectural works, brief surveys of historical and ancient buildings will be included for cultural context. In addition to visiting buildings, students will undertake a comparative graphic analysis of the different design tendencies in the region. Scandinavian romantic rationalism has strong tectonic implications for the way architects design today. This approach is in contrast with the idiosyncratic programatic provocations found primarily (although not exclusively) in the Netherlands.
Nordic Trek

Nordic Trek