Third Year

Undergraduate students in the School of Architecture spend their entire third year in Rome. Students explore traditional European urbanism and how classical architecture helps facilitate a humane setting for a community. They live within the cultural framework of an urban center that exemplifies one way of how people live together in search of the good life. They also discover how the city can be a place where culture begins when they open their eyes in the morning rather than just when they go to the opera. The layering of millennia into one city provides the best evidence possible of the relationship of things enduring with things circumstantial. The students explore the interconnected network of streets, squares and blocks, and study how this network allows the citizens of Rome to use the fabric of the city in their everyday lives.