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Description of the study abroad program.

Paris Study Abroad will focus on the design of urban aggregates of buildings, infrastructure, and land use, and an exploration of 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. In addition, there will be on-site analyses of Rue Pelican, a street that includes structures from the 16th century through the early 20th century, other sites in Paris, as well as on-site analyses of sites in London, including Parliament Park, Covent Garden, and Regents Park.

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 2 Saturdays, comprised of morning studio and instruction time, and afternoon through early evening site analyses and instruction, with afternoon break. Instruction in London will be all-day analyses and instruction on Friday and Saturday with lunch and afternoon breaks. Sunday will include a site visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, and early afternoon analysis exercises. Late afternoon and evening of Sunday is free.

Participating faculty for the Paris Program:

Andrew Vernooy, AIA, Dean of the College of Architecture. Dean Vernooy earned his BS Engineering from Princeton University, his M-Arch at University of Texas, and his MS in Urban Studies from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Clifton Ellis, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of Instruction. Prof. Ellis earned a BA in history and French from Carson-Newman College, his MA in history from the University of Tennessee, and his MA and PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia.

Both Dean Vernooy and Prof. Ellis led the Paris Study Abroad last year.

Projected program dates for the Paris Program:

Mon., May 31: Check-in, American Residence Hall, Cite Universitaire de Paris.

Fri., July 9: Check-out, American Residence Hall.

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Between $5,600 and $5,800

This fee includes:

  • Single room at the United States Residence, Cite Universitaire de Paris
  • Classroom space at the Foyer Internationale, Universitaire de Paris
  • Metro passes for the duration of the program
  • Eurostar Chunnel Train, roundtrip to London
  • Three nights in London (Novotel or comparable, double occupancy)
  • In London: British Museum, National Museum, Sir John Soane Museum, Tate Museum, Parliament Park, Regents Park, St. James Park,
  • Covent Garden, All Souls Church Regent Street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, and the Courthauld Institute of Art.
  • Chartered bus excursion to Chartres with English guide
  • Day trip and pass to Versailles Palace and Gardens
  • Guided tours in English of the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay
  • On-site orientation by staff of International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • 24-hour access to on-call ISA emergency staff member, Paris and London
  • Access to ISA offices during business hours for faxing and advising
  • A welcome supper, Monday, May 31 and farewell supper, Thursday, July 8
  • Faculty accommodations and airfare

The total out of pocket expenses for the Paris Program:

Complete meals at Cite Universitaire are 5 euros each, About $8 per meal: $24 @ 42 days: $1,008 Estimated round trip flight Dallas or Houston to Paris: $900 Estimated miscellaneous per day $20 @ 42 days: $840 [[Estimated train fare from airport $12, taxi to $50 $62]] Total: $2,810

Most students last year took their meals outside the Universitaire, and the estimated cost of meals in that case might conservatively be calculated at: breakfast $8-10 lunch $10-15 dinner $15-18.

The total cost of participating in the Paris Program:

Estimated between $8,410 and $8,610, NOT including tuition.

Texas Tech tuition for 2009-10 is $162.50 per credit hour. ARCH 4601 is 6 credit hours and would cost $975, not including fees. ARCH 4000, the elective history credit, is 2 credit hours and would cost $325

Estimated total cost with 6 credit hours, not including fees: $9,385 to $9,585

Estimated total cost with 8 credit hours, not including fees: $9,710 to $9,910

Description of the primary instruction site:

Classroom instruction will be at the Foyer International des Etudiantes, University of Paris, 93 Boulevard St. Michel (http://www.fie.fr/english/history.html).

Critiques will be held at the Maison Etats-Unis, the American Residence Hall, (http://www.ciup.fr/etats_unis.htm), located on the grounds of the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris (http://www.ciup.fr/).

On-site instruction will be held at various locations in Paris and London.

Description of student accommodations:

Students will stay at the United States Residence Hall, which is one of 40 international student residences on the grounds of Cite Universitaire. The American residence was built in 1930 in the Art Deco style. The interiors, including the student rooms, are spacious with perfect proportions and excellent examples of early 20th century design. (http://www.ciup.fr/etats_unis.htm)

The residence has 267 individual student rooms, each measuring approximately 11 x 14 feet with 10 foot ceilings and large French windows. Each room is furnished with a single bed, desk, chair, armchair, wardrobe, and a sink with hot and cold water.

Common spaces are located on each floor and include showers rooms, toilet rooms, and fully equipped kitchens. The residence has two computer rooms, a library, a reading room, a large lounge, a photographic laboratory, television room and a game room.

Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Students will use most often the Metro system, which includes the RER (regional express network), but also the trolley and bus systems, all of which are accessible with the Metro pass that students receive with their program fee.

The Paris Metro is the second busiest in Europe, next to that of Moscow. The Paris Metro has 16 lines with a total of 133 miles of track. It has the most closely spaced subway stations of any in the world, totaling 245 stations within the 41 square miles that comprise the city of Paris.

Schedule of Paris Program (subject to change):

May 31: Check-in United States Residence at Cite Universitaire Orientation and welcome supper

June 1-3: Instruction and analysis of selected sites. Introduction to project site

June 4: Tour of Louvre an Musee d’Orsay

June 5-6: Free weekend

June 7-10: Studio instruction, site analysis, and instruction

June 12: Tour of Versailles, analysis exercises of Petit Trianon and Gardens

June 13: Sunday free

June 14-17: Studio instruction, site analysis, and instruction

June 18-21: Study Tour to London: Site analyses of Parliament Park, Covent Garden, Regents Park, All Souls Church Regents Street (1824), and the Sir John Soane Museum

June 22-24: Studio instruction, site analysis, and instruction

June 26-27: Free weekend

June 28 – July 2: Studio instruction, site analysis, and instruction

July 3-4: Free weekend

July 5-7: Studio project work and desk crits

July 8: Final crits and farewell supper

July 9: Check-out U.S. Residence at Cite Universitaire