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  • Locations: Alicante, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of California Berkeley 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Guest House Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architectural History, Architecture, Culture, Iberian Studies, Urban Studies
Program Type: field study, study abroad Minimum GPA: 2
Program Description:

Architectural Studio in Spain: When Old met New

Guardamar de Segura, Spain


Come to this small resort town on Spain's Mediterranean Costa Blanca and explore the role of culture, food, ritual and environment and their impact on architectural and urbanistic design. Once a quiet medieval fishing village, and still very much an authentic Spanish town, Guardamar de Segura appears to be a simple vacation town to most.  But to the student of architecture and urbanism, it is a rich laboratory ripe with complexity and contradiction.  This course will delve into the idea that universal principals of design are most evident and effective as poetic statements in the work of a designer only when different histories, cultures and points of view are experienced first-hand. Only then will the phenomena be revealed in local artifacts as well as in the contextual urban environment at large, thus offering the students of these issues opportunities to find common ground, interpret and utilize such findings in the development of a simultaneously universal and most personal point of view.  As an architectural studio course, you will not only be seeking a theoretical response to the issues being studied, but a substantial effort shall be directed at arriving at physical, architectural solutions that speak to both the micro and macro problems of the site. Further, you will examine the notion that architectural context is not just about being a "good neighbor" in terms of aesthetic style, but of responding to larger issues affecting our planet today. 


Dates: June 1, 2015 – July 31, 2015



Total Cost**  $5,282 - $5,606


Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for details. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

* Program fee includes room, some meals, excursions and other program-related costs. For estimates of these costs, and to discuss how they factor into financial aid, please call Summer Sessions and speak to one of our Study Abroad program advisors.

** Total cost does not include round trip airfare, textbooks, extra meals or personal expenses.