Architecture & Design Architecture & Design

Note: This program now combines what was previously three programs: Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design.

In Scandinavia the built environment is for people. Engage in explorations of Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies, combining strong traditions with the contemporary energy of the new wave of architects and designers. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


PROGRAM STUDENT PROFILE

Two tracks of each core course theme ensure that there is a right level that is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or if you come from a liberal arts background and seek to build your foundations in architecture and design. Be aware that you will need to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and to invest time outside of studio hours developing projects.

CORE COURSE OVERVIEWS

>> Architecture Design Studio
You will be instructed in a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio. Your assignments will focus on design from the context of Danish and Scandinavian building culture, and you will develop your design process and presentation skills from concept to final crits.

>> Architecture Foundations Studio
This core course offers you an opportunity to develop design skills, giving you a foundation in spatial design - perfect if you might pursue a graduate degree in architecture.

>> Interior Architecture Studio
You will develop your design skills through the analysis of existing interiors and their materials, use of daylight, colors, and functional solutions, and through solving real-life spatial interior architectural problems within the Danish context. Adaptive reuse and transformation features are among the prioritized challenges in which you will engage.

  • Credits: 6
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior or seior level. Completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level.
  • Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Germany-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden
  • Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
  • Availability: Spring Only


>> Interior Architecture Foundations Studio
This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of, and professional skills within, the interior architecture and design fields prior to pursuing a graduate degree.

  • Credits: 6
  • Prerequisites: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level.
  • Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Germany-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden
  • Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
  • Availability: Spring Only

>>Urban Design Studio
You will be instructed in a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio, focusing on human scale, temporary use, design for the livable city, and landscape architecture in the urban context. Project- based assignments will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.

  • Credits: 6
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior or seior level. Completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level.
  • Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Germany-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden
  • Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen


>> Urban Design Foundations Studio
This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field of urban design, and develop your creative design skills in a studio setting. Design projects will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.

  • Credits: 6
  • Prerequisites: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level.
  • Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Germany-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden
  • Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen

BUILD YOUR OWN CURRICULUM

DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to architecture and design.

DIS Student Bloggers

Click here to read, Architecture Design Studio core course student, Annette's blog!

Click here to read, Architecture Foundations Studio core course student, Maggie's blog!

 

 

Architecture studios couple Danish faculty with students from across the U.S., shaping a unique creative space full of fresh perspective. DIS faculty have extensive experience as architects, designers, or urban strategists in one of the world’s most progressive design cultures.They lead profoundly insightful field studies and study tours to actual architecture sites and urban spaces.

In the two years since graduating college, I have worked as an architect in Copenhagen, and will attend Harvard Graduate School of Design this fall - both inspired in large part to to the opportunities I found at DIS!

BRIAN VARGO CAL POLY, SAN LUIS OBISPO
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Program Features & Student Work

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Why Study Architecture in Denmark?

• Copenhagen has, yet again, become a hothouse of architectural ideas. The rich tradition of early modernism and post WWII welfare architecture has been supplemented with the contemporary playfulness of the ‘New Nordic’ wave of young architects

• Studio and elective courses taught by practicing architects and designers who are trained and work in the Danish tradition

• A world-renowned Danish design tradition that will impact your understanding of both local and global design issues

• As part of the studio, you will study and experience Scandinavian and European architecture on site, experiencing the REAL thing and not just an image of it

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