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Texas Tech University
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Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

Italy | Study Abroad


Description of the Study Abroad Program

The Verona Lab ARCH 4601 and Course ARCH 4000 will focus on the condition of the city in the 21st century, especially those cities like Verona, that have a significant historic heritage, and now face the transition to new urban conditions. The program will operate as a form of design-based critical inquiry. It emphasizes a re-assessment as a multi-scale approach to the historic urban site (local, neighborhood, metropolitan, regional and global scales) relative to questions of program, infrastructure, contest and cultural changes in order to project proposals as an innovative reflection of our current information society.

Students will re-design portions of existing structures with insertions for public use. The design will also include the public space related to the context. The architectural scale will be integrated to the urban conditions and environment. Emphasis will be given to the analysis of architectural and urban layers as related to changes and transformations over time. The Verona Lab will initiate with a reflection on the urban site and how transformational processes determine the quality of site conditions; interpretations of the city of Verona's past will facilitate projections of its futures. Finally, the generation of formal and programmatic solutions based on strategic cultural and site readings will lead to the design of new urban and architectural presences at several levels.

Participating Faculty for the Program

The Verona Lab is led by Professor Maria Perbellini and Visiting Professor Dustin White. Both Prof. Perbellini and Prof. White have specific interests in digitalDESIGN and design processes, and are actively involved in the new Digital_Design_Fabrication program at the College of Architecture. The Verona program is additionally enriched by a series of visiting guests. They will also be part of the final review jury at the conclusion of the summer studio.

Projected Program Dates for Summer 2014

June 4th - arrival, July 11th - departure (6 weeks program)

The Total Program Fee Paid to the University is


(varies with currency exchange rate)includes.

It Includes :

- Accommodation with ½ board (breakfast, lunch) when in Verona; shared bedroom with bath,
- Studio space (desks, projector, printer, internet); student lounge; kitchen use; TV room; A/C;
- Excursion costs (accommodation, flight/bus/train/ boat) for Vals/Munich, Florence, Rome, Vicenza (Andrea Palladio Villa Rotonda, Brion By Carlo Scarpa), Venice;
- Verona tour ( Banca Popolare by Carlo Scarpa, Museum Castelvecchio by Carlo Scarpa, CP Group by PPA); project site;
- Museums, Cathedrals entrance, guided visits;
- Opera tickets, 2 group dinners, 1 lunch as indicated in the program;
- Final printing costs are included for the International Design Exhibition Marmomacc 2014.

The Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses for a Student in this Program is

Round trip flight fare: $ 1,200 (from Dallas/ Houston to Verona)
Meals during excursions, and when in Verona: $ 750
Student Insurance (fixed): $50 

Estimated out-of-pocket total: $2,000

The Estimated Total Cost of Participating in this Program for a Student is

9 Hours of Credit

Program Fee:


Tuition & Fees (9 hours):






Out-of-Pocket Expenses:




The 'Program Fee' and 'Out-of-Pocket Expenses' categories are estimates based on past program experiences, and projected costs. This category may vary slightly with the world economy and exchange rates. Out-of-Pocket Expenses may vary widely depending on individual student spending habits.

The 'Tuition & Fees' category is defined by the University. See the program cost comparison page for further details on calcualtion of tuition & fees for Study Abroad programs.

Studio Space

Instruction will be held at the studio space in the Residenza Kairos in Verona and during all field trips. Studio time is typically 9.00 am to 5.00 pm every week day. Some late afternoons and evenings are dedicated to cultural explorations but also to further the project for next day’s studio. Weekends are used for extra studio time if needed, and for class related field trips accordingly to faculty arrangements.

Studio Accommodation

The Residenza Kairos is a newly, beautifully renovated residential building in the historical center of Verona, just a short walk distance from the project site. This building offers shared rooms (2-3-4 beds) with baths, a common fully equipped European style modern kitchen, lounge, TV room and laundry, within the property of S. Maria in Organo’s Church. Weekly room cleaning, bed sheets, bath towels, A/C are included. The Residenza Kairos is booked exclusively for the use of our TTU CoA group. Breakfast and lunch are served at the near by Café Gnam Gnam. Shops are just minutes away by walking. You live in the city!

The Typical Transportation in the City

Verona is a pleasant walking city since the distances are very short, but offers also convenient public transportation. From the Residenza Kairos you have 5 minutes to the Roman historic city and in half a day you walk around the Roman/Medieval/Barock fortification wall and can still have a "people watching" coffee on the way or reflect below the balcony of Romeo and Juliet.

Software & Design

Students are required to use Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite for the project in Verona. For the purchase of software please use the following link:
ddf lab > Ddf_lab Other requirements: a sketchbook, a camera.



WIKI Verona_2012


Media:2011_schedule-summer studio days.pdf
WIKI VeronaIT2011
images & trips:



WIKI VeronaIT2010
images & trips:

picasawebimages:photo album

2010 Fall

- MARMOMACC student exhibit [EXHIBITION]
Students selected from the Pongratz summer studio were invited to exhibit their studies and design using stone at the biggest international stone fair competing with several other universities..... Marmomacc 2010

2008 Fall

- MARMOMACC student exhibit [EXHIBITION]
Students from the Pongratz summer studio, and among those some current ddf students were invited to exhibit their studies and design using stone at the biggest international stone fair competing with several other universities..... Marmomacc 2008

Student Work

Verona Projects 2008: verona projects

link to Christian_Pongratz