Students enhance their international experiences with the traditionalized Summer / Spring / Winter schools of our faculty, which are increasing in number each year.
ICSA (Inter-Cultural Study of Architecture) in Japan Summer School is an international exchange program coordinated by BAU Faculty of Architecture & Design and Mukogawa University (MWU) Department of Architecture in Japan, aiming to create an intercultural environment for architectural studio. Held in 2009 for the first time, the program was organized 10th time in the year 2019, and 96 BAU students in total have been in Japan with a scholarship in the scope of this program.
With its period of almost six weeks, ICSA program aims to provide students the experience of working in a studio environment with new setups and architectural concerns in a different country, out of their usual working environment. The studio work is conducted within the scope of the Department of Architecture, ending with a jury and exhibition activities. Beside architectural studio courses, our students take other theoretical and applied courses as well in subjects such as traditional Japanese art of flower arranging, traditional interlocking wooden joints, etc.
Another objective of this program is to plan trips and social events within the scheduled time in Japan in addition to the academic studies, in order to create environments for students to grasp this culture in a better way. Within the scope of the program, technical trips to the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Hiroshima and Tokyo are organized. In this way, both important examples of traditional Japanese architecture and contemporary buildings designed by world-famous Japanese architects can be experienced on site and within their context.
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Italy Summer School is held in cities of Italy that are prominent in terms of classical and contemporary architecture. The school has a period of two to three weeks, and comprises of indoor/outdoor courses, site visits, sketching sessions and studio work. Visual work of the students produced throughout the school are exhibited in Italy at the last day of the school, and afterwards in BAU Faculty of Architecture & Design.
Italy Summer School provides architecture and design students an opportunity to read the historic Italian cities where identity is the reflection of continuity, and to develop a methodology for critical thinking towards the understanding of contemporary architecture and urban planning.
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BAU Faculty of Architecture & Design always values the idea that extracurricular activities feed architectural education. Cultural trips and design workshops are seen as a tool for developing education and establishing new cultural bonds. Within this framework, Spain Summer Program initiated a design workshop cooperation with UPC ETSAB (Polytechnic University of Catalonia - Barcelona School of Architecture) in 2013 which has been continuing ever since.
Among the reasons of this initiation in 2012 were the "Catalan modernism" as they call it - the architecture movement of which Gaudi is one of the leading architects, the attention that Barcelona drew with its urban renewal, fired up with the olympics, and also the personal efforts of two academicians from BAU and UPC. Each year, the workshops are organized with a new topic and are reinforced with visits made to museums and architecture offices. Approximately 15-20 BAU students participate to each workshop. The program can be described further with the notions of observation, research, state of being in a living laboratory, experiments to reach from local to global, various sensitivity and creativity sharings within international student groups.
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Florence Summer School is held by Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Architecture and Design since 2004. This three week summer school including stays in Rome and Venice in addition to Florence aims at introducing thestudent with the Renaissance concept of space. Participating students get the chance to enhance their ability in watercolor and sketching techniques through the Water-Color Workshop they attend in Florence for three full days. The summer school also includes daily trips to surrounding sights such as Pisa, Siena, St Gimignano, Assisi and Milan. Students also develop conceptual projects on site that vary in scale and subject from year to year.
ICSA (Inter-Cultural Study of Architecture) is an international summer school course held two times in a year in Japan and Turkey with the participation of Japanese and Turkish students under the collaboration of Mukogawa Woman’s University and Bahçeşehir University. The main purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to experience unfamiliar design process and to observe the role of “cultural interaction” in the design studio education. This program also aims to create a greater awareness of significance of cultural background in design developing process.