A Message from Dean Michael Lykoudis
Rome has been a central focus of architectural study for virtually the entire history of Western architecture. During antiquity, architects and patrons throughout the Roman world looked to the capital city as the epicenter of architectural culture. With the reawakening of classical studies in the Renaissance, artists and architects made pilgrimages to Rome to study the ancient monuments, measure them, and publish their findings. Soon Rome became the high point of the “Grand Tour” made by educated men and women from across Europe and, in time, from the New World. The School of Architecture’s Rome Studies Program continues this tradition, believing that Rome uniquely offers essential lessons and inspiration for architects and practitioners of related arts and disciplines.
The year in Rome gives our students a wealth of opportunities to visit sites studied in architectural courses and an incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture. The year brings experiences unlike any other as the students continue a Notre Dame Architecture tradition that dates back more than four decades.
Longtime School of Architecture Professor and Chairman Frank Montana established the Rome Program in 1968. It remains the centerpiece of the architectural program at Notre Dame. The importance of Rome has only increased with the transition two decades ago to the current School of Architecture curriculum rooted in the classical tradition. Today, the opportunity our students have to spend an entire academic year in Rome is unique among American schools of architecture. The Rome experience is legendary among Notre Dame students as a life-changing chapter in their college careers.
Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean