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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Mexico City, Mexico
Winter Quarter
January 3 – March 12, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $6,000
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors David Miller; Cory Mattheis
 Program Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline April 29, 2016
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This program will focus on the geography, history, urban design, housing, and architecture of Mexico.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Luis Barragan's Casa Gilardi

Program Description

The program’s focus will address urban and architectural issues in Mexico City. Students will live and work in downtown Mexico City. Studio workspace will be within Luis Barragan’s studio located within the Museo Casa Barragan. The program of study will address the geography, history, urban design, housing, and architecture of Mexico. The program will be comprised of a six-credit Architectural Design Studio, complimented by a five credit course entitled Representation, History, and Professional Practice in Mexico City; and a four credit course entitled Architectural Studies Abroad: Urban Fieldwork.

Monte Alban


Mexico City, Mexico


Merida, Xochicalco, Teotihuacan, Acolman, Mexico.


Students will be staying at Hostal La Buena Vida. This housing vendor was selected based on previous experience with them on a past program.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is for University of Washington students at the graduate and undergraduate level majoring in Architecture.

The ideal student is interested in issues around rapid growth and the dynamics of urbanization in large cities, urban design, building design and Mexican history. International travel experience is preferred but not mandatory.

Language proficiency in Spanish is not mandatory.

Architectural studio prerequisites: Graduate level Arch 500, 501 &502. Undergraduate level Arch 400.

Selection will be based on personal recommendations from professors and design studio portfolios.

Students should expect to do a fair amount of walking within Mexico City itself and at other field trip sites.


12 Credits


MARCH 401/504 (6 credits): Architecture Mexico – studio

Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises, serves as the dynamic setting for this studio. Amidst the permanence of stone buildings and the ephemerality of tianguis (tarped markets); in a climate which substitutes masonry screens in lieu of windows; where insulation applies more to electrical wiring than thermal protection; and while working within the confines of Luis Barragan’s home and studio, students are presented with the opportunity to focus on the fundamental aspects of the practice of Architecture: the nature and relationships of material, structure and space; the methods of construction; the relationship between architecture and the City, and the contribution of all of these towards the development, realization, and conviction of a personal design process. This studio will require a high degree of both collaborative as well as individual work. Students will work closely as a studio during the first two weeks of the program to assess, analyze, and understand the complex conditions of Colonia Tacubaya, and to determine the location and relationship of interventions that are to be performed by the studio. The remainder of the quarter will allow students to develop their individual projects to a high degree of resolution. Students will develop their own programs, and will be simultaneously asked to generate numerous conceptual studies through a series of rapid sketch and model exercises. Students will need to make decisions and push forward quickly. Throughout the quarter, students will be continually be asked to consider the relationships of their individual design projects to the intentions and work of the studio as a whole.

ARCH 491 (3 credits): Recording the City

This course will serve as a vehicle for exploring the vast complexities of Mexico City, while focusing on a singular filter through which you begin to understand the city. During the first week of the program each student will select a typological “element of the city” that will become the primary subject of documentation for the duration of the quarter. A proposal of your topic will be due at the start of the second week, and will comprise of a single A3 sheet with imagery and text outlining your initial ideas, accompanied by up to ten images, presented to the class in a digital visual presentation. The act of recording will be the focus of the next four weeks. During this time you will be required to develop a system of recording through which you will be able to process information gathered from the city. Methods of recording can take many forms including, but certainly not limited to: photography, drawing and sketching, audio and video recording. Hybrid methods of recording are encouraged.

ARCH 495 (3 credits): History

This course directly supports the Design Studio. It will present opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of the architectural and cultural history of Mexico and Mexico City, primarily through scheduled site and field visits.


Students will identify a building, landscape, or historical site that they are interested in. They will then research the history and relevance of their selection over the course of the quarter. Physical documentation is permitted also, assuming the building/site is publicly accessible. Towards the end of the quarter, students will present their topic to a group that will include the instructors and students, as well as Mexico City based architects, using the Pecha Kucha presentation format. (Reference the Recording the City syllabus for details). The challenge to the students will be to reveal to the Mexican reviewers something that they don’t already know about your topic.

Luis Barragan and Matthias Goeritz Satellite Towers

Program Directors & Staff

David Miller, Department of Architecture, Program Director

Cory Mattheis, Department of Architecture, Co-instructor

Program Expenses

Cost: $6,000

Estimated Program Fee of $6,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($325), airfare, food (about $25/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$800 - $1,000* 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 $325 January 20, 2017
Program Fee Balance $6,000 January 20, 2017

Museum of Anthropology


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, one to 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 $325 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.