International Summer Schools / Abroad

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

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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Related web sites 
http://www.mukogawa-u.ac.jp/~itcs/ICSAinJapan/ICSAinJapan.html
http://www.mukogawa-u.ac.jp/~arch/event/icsainJapan/ICSAinJapan2012

 

Italy Summer School

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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Spain/BCN Summer Program & ETSAB Workshop

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

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.

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BERLIN Summer School

In collaboration with RWTH Aachen University and sponsored by the DAAD –the German Academic Exchange Service, we have developed an exchange program that includes seminar courses, excursions and workshops in both Turkey and Germany. The main objectives of this program have been to understand the processes of urban restructuring and redevelopment in German cities after the World War II and to explore new approaches in architectural design that had emerged during these processes.

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ICSA-Inter Cultural Study of Architecture

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.

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BALTIC Summer School

Held in cooperation with RISEBA (Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration), the Baltic Summer School program is organized to share information and academic experience between the Faculties of Architecture and Design in Bahçeşehir University and in RISEBA. The program offers field trips in Riga and in the prominent cities of the Baltic region in order to enhance students’ awareness of the urban life and culture. In the following semester, students arrange an exhibition compiled of their works, photographs, sketches and impressions during the summer school program.

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KAVALA Summer School

Held in collaboration with Kavala Mehmet Ali Paşa Foundation, Kavala Technical Trip’s main aim is to analyze the historical Mehmet Ali Paşa Soup-kitchen, which today serves as “İmaret Hotel”. Meanwhile, the Kavala Castle that was restored in Suleiman the Magnificent period, the Aqueduct, and historical urban texture surrounding the castle is examined and documented through sketches and photographs.

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MACEDONIA Summer School 

The international summer school, “architecture is (all) about people” is held in Macedonia with students from the host school, the Faculty of Architecture at St.Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and visiting students from the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Bahçeşehir University of Istanbul. During the summer school, lecturers from different universities are invited for critics and lectures. Students form different study groups under the guidance of mentors from the St.Cyril Methodius University and Bahçeşehir University. In the summer school there is also a workshop in a northeastern town, Kriva Palanka, where each group explores the everyday life in town through different media and chooses a site to perform an intervention.

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