For me, the most rewarding part of this experience is the opportunity to observe students experiencing architecture firsthand. When I was an architecture student, I had the opportunity myself to study abroad and experience some of these very same buildings. I know how important that primary experience was for me. It changed my views on the world, and has impacted my life ever since. My own travel experiences have forever changed the way I view and understand architecture.
To be able now, as an architect and professor, to pass this experience on to my students is a very positive and rewarding activity. I can only hope that in some small way, I have been able to impact and shape the worldview of my students through this course. I can’t help but be overjoyed at the sight of students in awe at the many amazing places that we visited. It reminds me of how I felt, and still feel, when experiencing great architecture firsthand.
Our students on this trip ranged in ages spanning several generations, from the traditional aged student through more savvy veteran travelers. For some students this was their first time leaving the country. For others it was an opportunity to revisit and reconnect to places that had become memories. I think that all involved in this trip, regardless of their prior travel experience, left with a new and lasting understanding of architecture.
The images here are simply a record of students in action. They are not always great photography, and I have obviously had some issues in editing this post. Some shots are mine, and others are not. What they are collectively, however, is a testament to experiencing place, culture, and architecture through travel.
|Ralph, admiring the Medici ceiling|
|Jane, teaching at the Palazzo Medici|
|the COD group at Santa Croce|
|The best part of Italy... the food of course!|
|Who shrunk Dora?|
|Taking pictures of people taking pictures...|
|Lunch, in front of a Renaissance masterpiece|
|Tyler, hanging out|
|Jane, stopping to admire the view on the way up the Duomo|
|Which way to Florence?|
|The COD group at the Spanish Steps|
|Andy takes in the view from the Duomo|
|The COD group at the Colosseum|
|Ralph at the Colosseum|
|Andy at the Colosseum|
|Matt, lurking with his camera|
|Matt and Cam|
|Sketching at the Pantheon|
|Anything it takes to get the shot|
|Yes, Marge made it up those steps!|
|Jane, teaching at the Campidoglio|
|Maybe we did look like toursits?|
|We should have been kissing the ground after that landing|
|My classroom in Rome|
|also lurking with my camera|
|What do you do while waiting for lunch? We sketch.|
|Singing in the rain (I might regret this one)|
|Brilliant! Why didn't I think of this?|