Rome, with its complex layers, presents the challenge of visualizing architecture in a city where the intensity of history pervades. Complete immersion in this distinctive milieu presents students with new problems of challenging complexity; through analysis and understanding of historic examples, experience and insight is gained for future design challenges.
Design studios — augmented by field trips — focus on design projects in historically charged sites and conditions, while history courses and theory seminars encourage students to engage in analytical thinking, direct study, and cultural interpretation. Italian and European architects and educators join Cornell faculty in teaching the studios, and assist in formulating and contributing to a rich variety of programming.
All students enroll in design studio and courses in art history, architectural history and theory, photography, Italian culture and language, studio art, or urban studies.