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Seville, Spain


This study abroad program is the perfect combination of an in-depth studio in the host city of Seville combined with a two-week travel excursion. Not only will the student gain the experience and relevance of design in a cultural urban context, but the student will also have the advantage of exploring remarkable works of architecture (both historic and contemporary) in ten additional Spanish cities. Assistant Professor Javier Gomez Alvarez Tostado has administered this program for over seven years and has been traveling in Spain for over thirty years. With both cultural and academic studies tied to this country, his level of knowledge in the culture, art and architecture of Spain provides the student with a unique and invaluable experience. Joining him, Associate Professor MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald shares cultural ties, as well as academic knowledge through her graduate work focused in Spain, in addition to her focus in urban and community design. The final teaching addition will be Visiting Assistant Professor, Jeff Nesbit who will provide invaluable urban design expertise to the students.

For more of 2000 years, Seville has been an important European city, not just in the study of the Iberian Peninsula, but also as the Old Continent. The city still displays a large well-preserved Historical Centre with clear influences from the Arabic Culture. Other historical cultural influences stem from Roman and Medieval times. Seville was not only the capital for Andalusia, it was also the center of the trade monopoly to the Americas, and home for the King Philip V. A City full of Culture, the students will experience this through food, traditions, arts, architecture and music, particularly Flamenco, (which was originally of gypsy origin, but now is recognized as emblematic for Spanish culture). Presentations will be in media format.

After spending the first night in Seville at Hotel Fernando III on May 18, students will be settled with their host families on Thursday, May 19. Classes will begin on Friday, May 20 and will meet at the TTU Center in Seville each Monday through Friday for studio and the co-requisite course. In addition to meeting in the classroom, discussions will be held centering on periodic field trips and sketching in and around Seville as well as other travel destination cities. On June 28th students will depart on an extended tour to sites in several locations in Spain arriving in Barcelona on July 9th. The class will end on July 13th at which time students may depart from Barcelona on their own. See schedule of field trips below.


| Syllabus

| Schedule

| Rooftop Charette Competition

| Project Brief



| A1_Field Conditions, S. Allen

| A2_Agency of Mapping, J. Corner

| A3_Urban Elements, K. Lynch

| A4_Granada Sketches

| A5_Light/Shadow UPDATED

| A6_Travel Sketches

Multi-city Tour:

Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Barcelona

Field Trips: In addition

to the final multi-city tour at the end of the studio session, there will be field trips scheduled that will include the following:

• May 28 Cordoba and the Mosque (La Mezquita)
• June 9-11 Granada and the Alhambra

Additional field trips in Seville will take place throughout the six weeks in the city.

Studio Project:

Students will utilize the urban experience of Seville and other Spanish cities they will visit as urban laboratories to explore urban theories, culture and concepts that have shaped these cities. Students will be asked to apply the concepts learned in these specific contexts to the programming and design of a “Cultural Space” that responds both as building and public space.

Prior to arrival in Europe, students will have completed class presentations during the spring semester. Cultural and urban topics “acculturation” as partial fulfillment of Arch 4000 –that is a co –requisite for the summer studio. During the summer sessions, students will complete the requirements for Arch 4000 through writing and drawing (sketching) assignments that will support the design studio and teach students to explore the urban context through graphic analysis.

A relevant learning objective is to have students demonstrate their understanding of the cultural influences – social, political, economic, aesthetic, and religious – that produce physical change in the urban environment and to then display this understanding through the development of a responsive building design and public space.

We will utilize a series of mapping exercises that will reflect the students understanding of urban ordering systems in Seville and apply traditional formal analysis through a series of diagramming exercises to more fully understand relationships within this urban realm.

Precedent studies, site characteristics and natural site form will also be considered in the response for the studio design project.

Participating Faculty for the Seville Program:

MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald is an Associate Professor who joined the Seville Study Abroad program last summer. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MaryAlice directs the Houston Studio + Practicum Program and the Community Design and Development Program.

Javier Gómez Alvarez-Tostado is an Assistant Professor, who has led the Seville Study Abroad program in Spain for more than seven years. He is a PhD candidate with Tulane University in History/Historic Preservation. He has a Master of Architecture from UNAM with emphasis in Historic Preservation, has participated in graduate studies at the AA London Architectural Design, and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Anáhuac University in Mexico City, Mexico.

Glenn Hill is an Associate Professor, who has led study abroad programs in Nicaragua and Montreal in past summers. He has a Bachelor of Architecture with Design Option from Texas Tech University and a Master of Architecture with an Energy + Design Specialization from the University of Colorado.

Jeff Nesbit is a Visiting Assistant Professor who has experience working in both San Antonio and South Korea. He received his Master of Architecture from Texas Tech University and his Post-Professional Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Projected program dates for the Seville Program:

8 Weeks.

Wednesday, May 18: Seville Program begins

Wednesday, July 13: Program ends in Barcelona

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University: $5,860.00

This fee includes:

▪ Student Health Insurance for full term of program
▪ Overnight hotel stay upon arrival, May 18
▪ Single room at a host family from May 19 – June 28
▪ Meals and laundry service from May 19 – June 28 while in Seville
▪ Orientation by staff of the TTU Seville Center
▪ Classroom space at the TTU Seville Center
▪ Facility space at the TTU Seville Center
▪ Use of internet and computer lab at Seville Center
▪ 24-hour access to faculty and Seville Center staff and faculty for emergency situations
▪ Metro and bus passes for the duration of the program where applicable
▪ Charter bus for travel to: Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Cordoba and Granada
▪ Hotel room with shared occupancy for all overnight travel outside of Seville
▪ All entry fees for all sites visited with group
▪ Faculty accommodations and airfare

The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Seville Program:

The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Seville Program: $2,330.00

This number includes:

▪ Meals while on travel segment of study abroad (June 28 – July 13) estimated at $50/day ($650)
▪ Airline Roundtrip to Seville $1500
▪ Airline ticket from Barcelona to Seville. $180. Or train at $150.00

The total cost of participating in the Seville Program:

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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.

Description of the primary instruction site:

Classes will meet in Seville, Spain under the auspices of the College of Architecture Study Abroad Program located at the TTU Seville Center, 44 Recaredo, Seville, Spain. The center provides facility space for all TTU students participating in Seville Study Abroad Programs. Typically, you will meet students various TTU colleges and departments. The staff of the center supports all activities relating to host families, transportation, field trips and the travel segment. They also provide guidance for sites to visit, places to eat, tourism activities and daily needs of students. On-site instruction will be held at various locations in Seville and other cities visited.

Description of student accommodations:

Each student will be provided a room in the home of a host family. In most cases, these are women who provide housing, cooking, and laundry service. It is a great opportunity for students to learn the local culture and practice language skills. In many cases, more than one student in the program will be housed in the same home together, but with separate sleeping quarters.

Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Travel throughout Seville will take place by foot and bus. Much of the city is easily accessed by walking, but one can cover a lot more area by utilizing the bus system (which is efficient, clean and safe).

Schedule of Seville Program (subject to change)

Acculturation Schedule

Day (Date) Topic(s) : Presenter

01 (1.12) travel info : Nesbit/Gomez
02 (1.19) Ordering Principles : Vernooy/Ellis
03 (1.26) Urban Context : Vernooy/Ellis
04 (2.02) ICC Requirements : McDaniel
05 (2.09) Seville Living : Donna Wright
06 (2.16) Herrera, Franco, Picasso, Calatrava : Students
07 (2.23) Cultural Spain : Gomez
08 (3.02) Gaudi, Tapies, Chillida, Baeza, Miralles : Students
09 (3.09) Dali, Bunuel, Miro, Ortiz : Students
10 (3.16) Spring Break n/a
11 (3.23) Exploring Site Strategies/Mapping : Nesbit
12 (3.30) Moorish Spain- Inside/outside : Torres-MacDonald
13 (4.06) Seville, History, City Maps : Nesbit/Gomez
14 (4.13) Miralles (Drawing) : Nesbit
15 (4.20) Final Arrangments : Donna Wright
16 (4.27) Tunon y Mansilla/Abalos/Herreros : Nesbit/Gomez