GSD Studio Abroad program - past studios
The fall 2015 GSD studio abroad program returned to Tokyo, Japan, where students learned under architect Toyo Ito, of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. The studio began on August 31, and focused on Omishima Island. As is the case with other Studio Abroad opportunities the studio was accompanied by two seminars, and an optional Independent Study. The fall seminars were led by Kayoko Ota, with his seminar titled The Japan Syndrome, and Mits Kanada, whose seminar was titled Structure and Material in Japan.
The spring 2015 semester brought GSD students to Berlin, Germany to participate in a studio led by Frank Barkow of Barkow Leibinger, and Arno Brandlhuber of brandlhuber+. The studio, entitled "Poor but Sexy": Berlin,The New Communal, was accompanied by two seminars: Plattenbau vs. the New Communal. Mass Housing, Alternative Dwelling Models, and a Theory of Shared Spaces in Germany, led by Niklas Maak, and The Urban Architecture of Berlin: From Schinkel to the Present led by Fritz Neumeyer. The spring 2015 studio in Berlin took place from January 31-April 29, 2015.
Photo of studio review in Berlin, Germany courtesy Liz Pipal (MArch I '16)
During the fall 2014 semester, students once again 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 Swiss 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.
The studio was accompanied by two seminars: Communicating Architecture, The Planner and Architect as Active Participant in Democratic Processes, led by Lars Müller, and Islands, led by André Bideau. The fall 2014 studio in Basel ran from September 22-December 18, 2014.
Photo courtesy Carly Gertler (MArch I AP '17)
Los Angeles, California, USA
The spring 2014 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). The studio was titled The Possibilities of the Wrong Scale, and sought to explore, through a collaborative effort of architecture and landscape architecture, the potential of producing a more comprehensive set of speculations and proposals that anticipate a future emerging urbanism for Los Angeles. The studio curriculum was accompanied by two seminars: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Hyperreality, led by Neil Leach, and Contested Terriroties: Geopolitics, Media and Design in Southern California, led by Alison Hirsch. 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 of spring 2015 studio on site in Los Angeles, courtesy David J Pearson (MArch '15)
During the fall 2013 semester students traveled to Rotterdam, Netherlands where they studied with Professor Rem Koolhaas and completed research that was initiated by the fall 2012 studio abroad cohort 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 Sébastien 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 Swiss 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.
The studio was accompanied by two seminars: Communicating Architecture, The Architect as Author and Editor, led by Lars Müller, and Islands: The Career of a Metaphor, led by André Bideau. The spring 2013 studio in Basel ran from February 2–May 2, 2013.
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 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 research was continued by the fall 2014 studio abroad cohort and exhibited at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
The studio was accompanied by two seminars: The Present Environmental Predicament: Design and the Limits to Growth, led by Sébastien Marot, and Elements, led by Stephan Trüby. The 2012 fall studio in Rotterdam took place from September 2–November 20.
Photo of fall 2012 studio in Rotterdam, 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 studied with Japanese architect Toyo Ito, founder of Toyo Ito & Associates and known for creating conceptual architecture. Toyo Ito led his studio, Thinking about Home-for-All in conjunction with two seminars: Evolutionary Productions, led by Yusuke Obuchi, and Metabolic Tokyo, led by 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 studied with Anne Lacaton, of Lacaton & Vassal. The studio, Storyboard as Architecture Project, was accompanied by two seminars: Paris: The Design of a Metropolis, led by Antoine Picon, and What Are We Up To? led by Sébastien Marot.
The fall 2011 semester in Paris took place from August 27–December 7, 2011.
Photo of Prof. Antoine Picon with studio, courtesy James Leng (MArch I AP '13)