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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu


Description of the study abroad program:

Studio Paris is set in one of the largest capitals in the European continent. Paris, the capital of France, is a major European city and the most visited capital city in the world. Paris is considered a global center for fashion, art, gastronomy, and culture; providing those visitors and experience of a lifetime. The city of Paris is a palimpsest of history form the Roman grid to the early Gothic city development to great architecture works like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Paris' 19th century city layout is prominent with its large boulevards that flank the River Seine. Consisting of 20 arrondissements or subdivisions, the city operates in many layers and they start to

Studio Paris focuses on the design of urban nodes, corridors, places, buildings, infrastructure, and land use as a method to create a rich fabric where we all can learn from. Studio Paris will analyze the interface between culture and architecture at the scale of the city. The major assignment is the analysis of an urban condition and responding directly to that analysis in the design of a public space and a related building design for public use. Our design project is the Passage du Caire, an early 19th Century covered shopping arcade that promotes fashion in the city. We will also be looking at the many networks the city has to offer. From vehicular transportation, to pedestrian mobility, cultural centers, and the modernity of Paris technology.

In addition, we will make an in-depth, on-site analyses of rue l’Hirondelle (street of the swallows), a street that includes structures from the 16th century through the early 20th century. We will make sketch analyses of other sites in Paris.

A significant objective of the course is to have students engage the change of urban conditions over time by demonstrating an understanding of the cultural forces – social, political, economic, aesthetic, religious – that produce change in the urban environment.

We will employ in these analyses formal ordering principles, including the fundamentals of visual perception and the principles and systems of order that inform two and three dimensional design, architectural composition and urban design. We also will incorporate relevant precedents into our architecture and urban design projects, and we will respond to natural and built site characteristics in the development of the project’s program and the design of our project.

Instruction will be 5 days per week and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. A typical day consists of morning lectures and/or studio and time; site analyses and walking tours with instruction during the afternoon and early evening.

Faculty Leaders

David J. Isern Visiting Assistant Professor + Director of Communications & Outreach
Clifton Ellis, PhD Associate Dean of Research + Associate Professor

Program Itinerary

Program Itinerary The following itinerary is tentative and for planning purposes only. ISA will begin confirming the final program itinerary approximately four to six weeks prior to departure in close collaboration with Texas Tech University faculty and staff. Should unforeseen circumstances compromise the agreed upon program itinerary, the ISA overseas staff and ISA Austin will work closely with the Texas Tech University faculty and staff to identify appropriate alternatives.

Saturday, May 27: Official start of the program. Students arrive, independent travel to dorm. Program orientation at ISA office

Sunday, May 28: Free Day. Get accented with your surroundings.
Monday, May 29: Regular Course Schedule & Welcome Dinner
Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2: Regular Course Schedule
Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4: Assignments and/or critiques
Monday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 7: Regular Course Schedule/Opera Evening
Thursday, June 8: Day trip to Vaux-le-Vicomte, château and gardens
Friday, June 9: Guided visits of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay
Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11: Assignments and/or critiques
Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15: Regular Course Schedule/Ballet Evening

Friday, June 16: Day trip to Versailles, château and gardens
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18: Assignments and/or critiques
Monday, June 19: Regular Course Schedule
Tuesday, June 20: Mid-term Reviews
Wednesday, June 21 – Friday, June 23: Excursion to the Loire Valley
Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25: Assignments and/or critiques
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30: Regular Course Schedule
Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, July 2: Assignments and/or critiques
Monday, July 3– Thursday, July 6: Regular Course Schedule
Friday, July 7: Final Reviews and Farewell Dinner
Saturday, July 8: Free Day
Sunday, July 9: Check out of dormitory and Travel to London
Sunday, July 9 - July 14: London Excursion
July 14: Depart London

Studio Paris participants will also have daily city excursions around Paris. These excursions provide an in depth understanding of the city, its culture, and architecture. Usually they take place in the morning portions of regular schedule days, and are adjusted as the program progresses.

Studio Paris Program

The Program Fee includes:

Academic Support
Classroom space for the Texas Tech-taught course(s) over the 
duration of the program
Use of the ISA Paris office, including computer/internet access and working space for Texas Tech 
students and faculty upon request

Student Health
All students are covered by health insurance, which includes emergency evacuation to the United States, if necessary
Emergency support 24-7 for the duration of the program

Student Housing + Meals
In Paris student stay in private rooms with private bath at Canada House at the Cité Universitaire of Paris with kitchen facilities available on each floor
Student housing in shared rooms for two nights in a room at Château De Razay in the Loire Valley
Welcome group meal and farewell group meal in Paris (gratuity included)
Two Lunches and one dinner in the [1]Loire Valley (gratuity included)

Cultural Activities + Excursions
Cultural activities and excursions as listed, including entry fees and hotel accommodations for overnight excursions as indicated below:
Guided tour of Musée du Louvre
Guided tour of Musée d’Orsay
Evening of ballet at the Paris Opera (designed by Charles Garnier)
Evening of music at the Paris Philharmonie (designed by Jean Nouvel)
Day trip to Versailles
Guided tour at Versailles
Day trip to the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Two nights in the Loire Valley with class assignments and guided tours
Certified and Registered guides to all sites and museums

On-site Transportation
Public transportation pass for each Texas Tech student for the duration of the 
program in Paris
Private chartered buses will be utilized for the excursions to Chartres, the Loire Valley and Vaux- le-Vicomte
Train transportation will be utilized for the excursion to Versailles.
Tickets for each Texas Tech 
student will be purchased in advance by ISA

Studio Paris Program Fees

Studio Paris 9 Credit Hrs

London Excursion (optional)

Program Fee:


Program Fee:


Tuition & Fees (9 hours):

(2016 Spring in-state estimate)




Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

(Meals + Airfare)




Paris Studio + London Excursion = $14,006