Architecture Architecture

Gain knowledge of the Scandinavian approach to architecture in the 21st century, combining a strong tradition with the contemporary energy of the new wave architects.



The two tracks of this program ensure it is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or if you come from a liberal arts background. You wish to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and invest time outside of studio hours developing projects individually and in teams.


>> 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 think you would like to pursue a graduate degree in architecture.


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!


Program Features & Student Work

Click here to view a booklet made of student work and program features!

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

Denmark: DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Vestergade 5-7, 1456 Copenhagen. Phone: (+45) 3311 0144, Fax: (+45) 3393 2624
USA: DIS - North American Office, University of Minnesota. 2233 University Avenue W, Suite 201, St. Paul, MN 55114. Phone: (800) 247-3477, Non-US: (612) 627-0140 Fax: (612) 627-0141
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