Norway-SwedenSummer Study Tour

The week-long study tour to Sweden and Norway forms an integral part of the studio curriculum by exposing you to high-quality historic and modern architecture and urbanism in Scandinavia. You will see city spaces and significant buildings in Stockholm and Oslo, as well as architectural patterns of inhabitation in the landscape of the archipelago and Norway’s role at the forefront of new Scandinavian architecture. A particular focus will be exceptional examples of adaptive re-use.

The sites visited, as sensory architectural experiences, provide an opportunity to develop your critical observation skills and diagrammatic and representational proficiency. Simultaneously, you will be equipped with a vocabulary of design concepts, strategies, and materials, which can be applied in your own creative work in studio and beyond. To add to your understanding of the cultural identity of Scandinavia, you will have the opportunity to explore nature, visit museum exhibitions, see the major sites, and taste local cuisine.

Tour Objectives

  • Study contemporary and historic Scandinavian architecture and landscape architecture
  • Understand how design shapes human experience through the manipulation of light, material, spatial proportion and sequence, and integration of landscape and architecture
  • Develop sketching and note-taking skills for recording impressions of sites in a journal

Possible Activities

  • Exploring the archipelago landscape of fjords and mountains
  • Visiting Olso's iconic opera house
  • Examining interpretation and adaptation of historical context in Sverre Fehn's Hedmark Museum and National Museum of Architecture in Norway