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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

SpainArch1Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Center, Spain. 2017, Architects: SelgasCano Architects, Photo: Iwan Baan

What You Need to Know
Eligibility and Requirements
Travel and Living

What You Need To Know

In Spain, the last ten years have seen the profession become a desolate and difficult ecosystem in which architects have been forced to adapt to in order to stay afloat, turning small commissions into manifestos, working in universities, publishing, or curatorial activities, or simply looking for greener pastures in other countries.

The crisis has not affected everyone equally, and if veteran professionals have had to face the frustration of their expectations – generated by the promotion of infrastructures during the eighties and nineties rather than by the real estate boom of the noughties –, the youngest have developed their careers in an always precarious context, though with an attitude and skills that have become more cosmopolitan and resourceful.
This program will focus on the capacity for “creative destruction” that Spain's recent crisis has had in certain aspects, highlighting the different work methods of the “generation of the crisis” that, as an army of survivors without a bubble of expectations, are versed in the art of looking in and out, and also experts in exploiting the versatility of their training. We will discover by first-hand the recent work by SelgasCano, Andres Jaque, Amid Cero9, Ecosistema Urbano, Langarita & Navarro, Ensamble
Studio, etc., as a sample of the new attitudes that are reshaping the new architectural production in the country.

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and Graduate architecture students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.

Travel and Living

Travel and Living 2019: Students will be housed with host families in Madrid and in shared hotel, hostel or dorm rooms arranged by Syracuse Abroad the rest of the trip. Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from Spain .

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

 Meals are not included except for a few group dinners.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Escaravox. Madrid, Spain. 2012, Architects: Office for Political Innovation (Andres Jaque) , Photo: Miguel de Guzman


Beyond Practice, A Radical Approach to Rebuilding Spain
ARC 500 (6 Credits) Undegraduates/Graduates

This full-time five-week course presents a challenging program of design studios, field study and lectures. It offers participants a range of diverse design approaches, agendas and techniques, and represents a uniquely intensive and intimate environment that aims to expand formal and intellectual resources.
The course will consist of lectures and seminars integrated with field trips which are an essential part of the taught course. Emphasis will be placed on student learning through these study visits to the selected buildings, some of them accompanied by the own architect.
In addition to these most recent examples, and in order to develop a critical understanding of the historical, social and political circumstances that have shaped art and architecture in Spain, there will be visits to many historical sites.
Students will be required to complete a specific piece of coursework based largely on the visits, seeking to direct attention to processes more than results in an attempt to discover design strategies generated by an optimistic view of the constructed environment. Concepts such as reassignment, adaptability or re-appropriation, among others, which appear in the selected projects, will offer a new vision of how the Spanish architects have reflected and reacted with new strategies, encouraging the students to explore the fertile path of those attitudes.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

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Marcos Parga is an international, award-winning architect and designer, founder and principal at Estudio MAPAA. Previously, he was an associate professor of design at the School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid, for nine years. He also has been a visiting critic and lecturer at various universities, works as a writer on architecture theory and criticism, and is the promoter and editor-in-chief of the academic and research journal 115Días.

Parga’s PhD dissertation, “The radical option: A travel through Superstudio (2015),” explores the importance of considering what occupied much of the activity of the Florentine collective and their radical colleagues as new forms of architecture that build a productive critical language that delve into the complex fabric of a society in permanent crisis, in an attempt to help renew and reinforce the relevance and social responsibility of a profession destined to expand beyond the built to nourish and interact with all areas of everyday environment.

Marcos Parga currently conducts a practice based research and an educational strategy that each strive to recover the radical procedures of 50 years ago (as per his thesis), bringing new meaning and inserting them into a conversation about emerging architectural concerns.


 Program begins in Madrid   May 21st 2019
 Program ends & departs from Madrid  June 22nd, 2019
 Application Deadline:  February 20

*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 Tuition              $7,782 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee   $3,500
 Total               $11,282

GRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition              $9,720 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee   $ 3,500 
 Total:                $13,220

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Books & Supplies: $150
Personal: $600
Meals: $600
Airfare to Spain: $1,200

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.