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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Autumn Quarter 2017
September 27 – December 6, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $8,000
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites Eligible undergraduate students will have completed ARCH 302 (3rd year design studio) and graduate students will have completed ARCH 502 (2nd year design studio), or their equivalents. Students must be majoring in Architecture.
 Program      Directors Robert B. Pena, Kathryn Merlino, Penelope West
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General The 2017 Architecture in Rome Program will offer an in-depth investigation of the city through the succession of layers that have shaped its urban form. The theme of this year’s program is Elemental: Land, Air, Water. The curriculum will explore the social and cultural fabric of the city and the infrastructure that supports it, from the ancient walls and aqueducts to the Renaissance and Baroque infrastructure to the civic architecture of the modern period.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

The 2017 Architecture in Rome Program will offer an in-depth investigation of the city through the succession of layers that have shaped its urban form. Beginning with the earliest settlements, Rome has always advanced ideas that have influenced both architecture and urbanism in other cities and cultures. The city itself will be used as our lecture hall, drawing subject and design studio. We will study ideas about Rome through direct observation and synthesize this understanding through urban fieldwork investigations, a design studio project, a history/theory seminar, and a drawing class.

The theme of this year’s program is Elemental: Land, Air, Water. The curriculum will explore the social and cultural fabric of the city and the infrastructure that supports it, from the ancient walls and aqueducts to the Renaissance and Baroque infrastructure to the civic architecture of the modern period. We will examine the city through the lens of Urban Ecology, the idea of addressing all resource concerns in one location. We will explore how Rome has addressed its elemental needs over time, how this has shaped its urban form, and how these needs will be addressed in the future.

The program will be comprised of four courses: Representation (3 cr.), History/Theory (3 cr.), and Urban Fieldwork (3 cr.) and Architectural Design Studio (6 cr.). The History/Theory and Urban Fieldwork courses will be the focus of the first half of the studio, and will involve the description and analysis of our chosen area of the city. The History/Theory and Drawing classes will bridge between this analysis and the project selected for the Design Studio. We will start the program in Northern Italy: Venice, Vicenza, Verona and Sienna. We will have a second major fieldtrip after the completion of the Urban Fieldwork research to Southern Italy, visiting Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.



Rome, Italy


Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Siena, Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi, and Rome.


Student housing will be arranged by the UW Rome Center and paid for through student program fees.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is open to UW undergraduate and graduate students majoring in architecture. Eligible undergraduate students will have completed ARCH 302 (3rd year design studio) and graduate students will have completed ARCH 502 (2nd year design studio), or their equivalents, prior to enrolling in the Architecture in Rome Program. There are no special physical requirements; however, students will walk extensively.


15 Credits


ARCH 400/503 Architectural Design Studio (6 credits)

The design studio will draw upon the knowledge gained in the urban fieldwork, history/theory and representation courses to develop a project that will engage Rome’s commercial past while offering ideas for its future as a place of both commerce and global exchange. It will seek in the architecture of the past patterns of climate responsive design to inform the creation of high performance architecture to serve contemporary expectations and commercial needs. There will be regular pinups of design work and sketchbooks, and a final review and exhibit at the end of the quarter.

Learning Goals: 

This studio will develop and expand student's design skills and their ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, understand and interpret the historical, social and cultural context to reach well-reasoned design responses. Student work will be critically discussed and reviewed throughout the term, and exhibited and critiqued by local design professionals at the end of the term.

ARCH 496 Architectural Studies Abroad – Urban Fieldwork (3 credits)

The Urban Fieldwork course will involve team investigations of the urban resource networks and an analysis of the climate and site resources, providing the background for the primary studio problem. These groups will be required to produce maps, drawings and other analytical representations of different areas of the city to develop an understanding of Rome’s rich urban history.

Learning Goals: 

Students will expand their ability to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on research and analysis of the urban fabric and the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts. An illustrated, annotated urban analysis of Rome will be completed by student teams and evaluated by the instructors.

ARCH 495 Architectural Studies Abroad – History/Theory (3 credits)

The History/Theory course will consist of lectures, walking tours and visits to significant sites in Rome, as well as two major fieldtrips. Students will be required to record these experiences in their sketchbook/journal as well as do an individual research project of a building or site in Rome using a combination of library work and on-site observation.

Learning Goals: 

Students will understand the social, cultural, and architectural history of Rome and its influence on western urban planning and architectural design. A synthesis of the historical context for their design project will support their final design presentation.

ARCH 491 Architectural Studies Abroad – Representation (3 credits)

The representation course will consist in drawing, sketching, and watercolor painting in the field. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook/journal, execute drawings for the History/Theory and Urban Fieldwork courses, and develop hand-rendered representations of their final design proposals.


Learning Goals: 

Students will develop their graphic communication skills and ability to use free-hand media (pencil, ink and watercolor) through observation and drawing in the field. Work will be shared and discussed in regular pin-up sessions and evaluated in a final review.

Program Directors & Staff

Robert B. Pena, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Program Director

Kathryn Merlino, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture

Penelope West, Lecturer, Department of Architecture

Program Expenses

Cost: $8,000

Estimated Program Fee of $8,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $37/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,000 - $1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $8,000 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.



To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.