Bath Program

Author: School of Architecture

This four-week studio under the direction of Professor Richard Economakis and Professor Samantha Salden was intended to familiarize Notre Dame Architecture students with the city of Bath, England's impressive 18th-century fabric and the urban developments that it subsequently inspired, and extract models from these for contemporary adaptation. Bath’s historic neighborhoods are renowned for the quality and consistency of their architectural detail, urban scale and their integration of public and private functions. Recent proposals around Bath have faced public opposition because they have been viewed as incapable of harmonizing with the city’s well-preserved fabric of classical and traditional buildings. Notre Dame students worked to establish a master plan for a central area along the River Avon and proposals for urban and building types that will make the city of Bath a model for future growth, and worthy of its World Heritage status. While studying Bath, students also toured London, Richmond and Oxford, and visited the historic sites of Prior Park and Chiswick House. The Bath Summer Studio concluded with a public exhibition of the work at the Bath Society Hall.

A video of the program may be found on Notre Dame's YouTube Channel, NDdotEDU.