For the next ten weeks, a group of Dunwoody Architecture students will be experiencing architecture in a whole new environment.
The students are part of the program’s first-ever study abroad program and are traveling to Barcelona, Spain to immerse themselves in design and urbanism.
An immersive learning experience
Led by Molly Reichert, Senior Instructor, the students will be staying with host families and continuing their studies at a maker’s space called Atta33.
To prepare for the trip, the students have been studying the history of Barcelona as it relates to design and recently held an event on campus to celebrate their work.
In addition to designing and producing a book that encompasses their research and findings, the students also completed a set of Dérives: an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relations and “let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.”
The students will be using their Dérives as a way to explore Barcelona during their study abroad trip.
“I want to be present in the moment and live life like I live it here,” said Celina Nelson, a fifth-year Bachelor of Architecture student who will be part of the program’s first graduating class this May. “I don’t want to be a tourist.”
In addition to taking classes at the maker’s space, the students will also be blogging about their experiences as part of the study abroad experience.