CIEE Global Architecture Program
Prague, Czech Republic
About the Program
On this program, students study at the Architectural Institute of Prague, the first international school of its kind with students representing nearly 20 countries. The program incorporates advance design studios, workshops, lectures and collaborative projects to offer a course of study that encourages cross-cultural work and exposure to new ideas and innovations. Lectures in theory combine with practice-oriented seminars and excursions. CIEE and ARCHIP work together to put students in contact with practice and helps them understand architecture in its context.
This program is appropriate for Tulane university architecture students. Interested students should meet with faculty in the School of Architecture prior to submitting an application.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe and it is often called "The City of a Hundred Spires". Prague offers a wide selection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Socialist-Realist architecture. On any given evening, visitors may choose to see one of dozens of concerts, operas, or theater presentations. Museums boast world-class collections of art and host international exhibitions. The Czech countryside has hundreds of castles, chateaux, and historic ruins. Moreover, there are thousands of kilometers of marked trails for hiking through beautiful landscape to visit these historical landmarks. The dreamlike quiet of an older, slower-paced Europe lures visitors from all over the world, and studying abroad in Prague gives students the chance to develop a genuine feel for the city and its history at a leisurely pace.
To become lost in the winding streets of Prague is a wonderful experience. The city itself is a museum, filled with a rich collection of musical heritage, cultural activities, and history. There was no radical rebuilding of the city center during the industrial revolution, so the city has maintained its unique "old world "character. Whereas cities like Warsaw and Berlin offer little evidence of what they looked like in the 1750s, the urban design of Prague is not very different from what it was even in the 15th century. Prague did not suffer the damage of other European cities during World War II, leaving its medieval network of narrow cobblestone streets, gothic churches, and baroque palaces intact.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Applicants should be Architecture students in good standing who have completed multiple design studios prior to studying on this program.
ARCHIP is the first international school of architecture in Prague. All instructions are in English with an emphasis on international students and faculty. The size and focus of the school suitably complements existing institutions providing architectural education in the Czech Republic, which makes for a broader choice of options for students interested in studying architecture. The program of the school is based in studio instruction; other professional courses should relate to it and complement it. Lectures in theory combine with practice-oriented seminars, excursions and workshops – practical instruction is assigned a great weight in the study program. ARCHIP puts students in contact with the practice and helps them understand architecture in its context.
The instruction takes place in Prague and in other parts of the Czech Republic. The size of the school (60 students per year) allows faculty and students to openly communicate and creatively collaborate during instruction, tutoring and the final evaluation of student works. ARCHIP is a platform for architecture in general, with its own information, promotion, and publication activities. It has its own exhibition space and a professional reference library with a reading room with magazines. ARCHIP organizes lifelong learning courses and hosts lectures by leading local and international architects. Excursions to outstanding local and international architecture are organized throughout the year. The school keeps close contact with the professional and lay community, and with other local and international institutions in the field.
ARCHIP is located in the Kartografie Praha Building, a former printing workshop that has kept its industrial character after renovation. The Kartografie building is located in Prague 7, one of the smallest Prague districts, which stretches along the left bank of the Vltava River, representing a peaceful extension to Prague city center. ARCHIP is currently expanding into an additional floor in the building and this presents an opportunity for CIEE to secure a high-quality studio space in this historic building. In addition, students will have access to the rest of the ARCHIP facilities, its library, lecture rooms and labs. The Centre for Contemporary Art DOX is also located in the neighborhood.
The Global Architecture and Design curriculum in Prague consists of three main components: the Future Cities Design Studio; a seminar; and science, engineering, and technology workshops. Students may opt to take a CIEE elective course. Courses will be taught in English by CIEE-contracted faculty who will also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers. Field trips to visit historical sites, new buildings, and environmental initiatives enhance students’ understanding of “cities in transition.”
Utilizing an approach that is both interdependent and interdisciplinary, 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 the initiative explores 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. In order to create an educational experience that breeds cosmopolitanism, Global Architecture and Design in Prague works with elements of history and tradition just as it takes full advantage of new technologies and the opportunities of global exchange
Fields of Study
Architecture, Design, Urban Studies
In addition to the courses you will take through CIEE, you will get involved with the Czech community through volunteer opportunities, excursions and site visits. Each semester, CIEE organizes excursions to various museums, events, and cultural activities around Prague. Prague is world-renowned for its parks and outdoor spaces. The city center is surrounded by large green spaces perfect for strolling, playing sports, and relaxing with friends. CIEE also offers the opportunity to live with your Czech peers in dorms through their Flat Buddies program and they curate a number of interest groups to give you a chance to engage with Czech and international students based on your hobbies. CIEE will work to engage students as much as possible in local culture and daily life in order to maximize your integration in your host city.
Students on the CIEE Prague program have a number of housing options to choose from. The Office of Study Abroad recommends that students take advantage of the opportunity to live in homestays with a Czech family. This option assists students in immersing themselves in local culture, giving them an inside view into everyday Czech life.
Other housing options include living in the Charles University dorms, in CIEE-administered apartments or in a CIEE-administered residence hall. Check out the CIEE website for detailed information about each of these options.
CIEE Prague Global Architecture and Design Program Website
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