Investigate the cultural effects of architecture in the small resort town of Guardamar del Segura. The town's medieval and Spanish heritage makes it ripe with complexity and contradiction—an ideal setting for the study of urban architecture.

  • Broaden your architecture experience by stepping into a town where culture, food, ritual, and environment significantly impact urban design
  • Discover the impact that tourism and urbanism have on the city's architectural identity
  • Visit cities like Alicante and Granada, and tour the famous Alhambra Islamic palace

This course will explore the concept that universal principles of design are most effective, as a designer's poetic statement, when different histories and cultures are experienced firsthand. Take this opportunity to find common architectural ground in these simultaneously universal and personal designs.

"It won't be like any school you are used to. You learn to live and study in a fluid environment where your exploration in the streets is as valuable as your lessons in the classroom."

 —Kenneth Hasegawa, Participant

Dates: May 31 – July 30, 2016

Units: 6 units

Language of Instruction: English


  • ARCH 109: Case Studies in Architecture (4 units)
  • ARCH 198: Supervised Independent Study (2 units)


  • One year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of ARCH 11B (Formerly ENV DES 11B) with a grade of B or higher by start of program


  • Application opens February 1, 2016
  • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Deadline to apply is March 11, 2016

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