Lexia Study Abroad: Berlin - Architecture and Pre-Architecture Programs

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Inspired by Berlin’s fascinating architectural transformation and the prolific–often controversial–construction after the fall of the Wall, Lexia created the Architecture Program in 2006. Berlin is a laboratory for design experimentation. Lexia ac... read more

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Berlin was amazing! I loved my classes I learned so much about the culture, history, and architecture of Berlin and Europe. I enjoyed being about to travel so easily all over Europe. Being taken by the program to places like Austria, Hungary, and Turkey was wonderful. I went from knowing only a bit about architecture to feeling ... - Tufts University View Entire Review
a number of friends for life, both german and american, a better understanding of architecture, european history, art, and art theory, and intimate connection with a foreign city and a foreign life, i'm a much better and more well-cultured person because of it, hands down. i wouldn't have exchanged the experience for anything e... - Knox College View Entire Review
Being abroad was the first time I was truly away from home. I was able to experience independence and culture at one time. I not only learned about differences between European and American cultures, but also how I could grow as a person. This experience was an education, but it was more so an education as to who I was more than... - Norwich University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing Time!
Without question the most important semester of my college career. I can't imagine going to school without studying abroad. Can you imagine studying architecture without leaving vermont? enough said. - Norwich University View Entire Review

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Inspired by Berlin’s fascinating architectural transformation and the prolific–often controversial–construction after the fall of the Wall, Lexia created the Architecture Program in 2006. Berlin is a laboratory for design experimentation. Lexia acquaints students with the process of rebuilding in one of Europe’s key cities and instills a critical attitude towards the physical and cultural context of architecture. Students contrast the recent ultra-modern commercial and bureaucratic architecture with the corroded walls and incomplete spaces that still characterize much of the urban landscape.

Today’s technologies allow architects to design for building sites they may never visit. What does it mean for an architect to propose a building or to rethink an urban situation in a foreign culture? How do architects develop an appropriate understanding of a place, its history and architecture, in the design process? In Berlin’s turbulent context, students combine site analysis with their talent and intuition to design locally relevant solutions.

A study abroad program in architecture demands concentration and dedication, as students need to negotiate between the experience of living in a foreign environment (as avid consumers of knowledge) and the time they spend in studio (as diligent producers of architectural design). Students must show an open attitude towards learning in a new environment and a special commitment to producing rigorous academic work.

Lexia’s Architecture Program is an intensive and unique mixture of studio work, lectures, site-visits, workshops, language training, and excursions. In addition to seminars and studio work, students explore the city and surroundings, visiting historical building sites and museums, and sampling Berlin’s rich public culture.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • German
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Germanic Languages, Literature
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Architect
  • Architecture
Year Founded:
2006
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