Los Angeles, California, USA
During the spring 2014 semester the Studio Abroad program took a domestic approach. Students traveled to Los Angeles, CA where they studied with architect Michael Maltzan, founder and principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA), and Mia Lehrer, founder and president of Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A). ML+A is known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. MMA was founded in 1995, and is an architecture and urban design practice committed to the creation of progressive, transformative experiences that chart new trajectories for architecture, urbanism and the public realm. Through a deep belief in architecture's role in our cities and landscape, Maltzan and his firm are creating new cultural and social connections across a range of scales and programs. Visit the GSD Studio Abroad tumblr to see what the Los Angeles studio was all about. The studio took place from January 27-April 28, 2014.
Photo courtesy David J Pearson (MArch '15)
During the fall 2013 semester students traveled to Rotterdam, Netherlands where they studied once again with Professor Rem Koolhaas and completed research that was initiated during the fall 2012 semester in Rotterdam. Rem Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, theorist and urbanist, is Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the GSD and is founding partner of both OMA and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, currently based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The studio, Elements of Architecture, was co-led by Stephan Trüby, and the studio curriculum was accompanied by two seminars: Islands: The career of a metaphor, led by André Bideau, and Design and the Limits to Growth, led by Sebastien Marot. The fall 2013 studio abroad program took place from September 2–November 29, 2013.
Photo of Andre Bideau with students in a cube house, courtesy Stefan Di Leo (MAUD '14).
During the spring 2013 semester, students had the opportunity to travel to Basel, Switzerland, where they studied with GSD Design Critics Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Herzog and de Meuron are Dutch architects and are founders and senior partners of Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, and were appointed Arthur Rotch Design Critics in Architecture at the GSD.
Photo of Lars Muller and a student review courtesy Michael Ascanio Peguero (MArch I '14)
The fall 2012 semester took GSD students to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where they worked and studied with Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the GSD. Rem Koolhaas is founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, currently based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The studio in Rotterdam was accompanied by seminars taught by Sebastien Marot and Stephan Trüby. The 2012 fall studio in Rotterdam took place from September 2–November 20.
Photo courtesy Arthur Liu (MArch II '13)
The second studio abroad opportunity at the GSD took students to Tokyo, Japan during the spring 2012 semester. Students were able to work and study with Japanese arthict Toyo Ito, founder of Toyo Ito & Associates and known for creating conceptual architecture.
Seminars taught in conjunction with the studio were led by Yusuke Obuchi and Ken Tadashi Oshima. The spring 2012 studio in Tokyo took place from January 22, 2012–April 20, 2012.
The fall 2011 studio abroad opportunity marked the first of many to come. The program took place in Paris, France where students worked and studied with Anne Lacaton, of Lacaton & Vassal. Antoine Picon, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, and Sebastien Marot taught accompanying seminars.
The fall 2011 semester in Paris took place from August 27–December 7.
Photo of Prof. Antoine Picon with studio, courtesy James Leng (MArch I AP '13)