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Latin America

Guatemala Design/Build

The Guatemala Design/Build Program offers students a unique service learning opportunity to study in one of the world’s most interesting countries, Guatemala. Rich in Mayan history and culture, Guatemala is an ecologically important with great swaths of forested land still intact and populations of endangered species threatened. This program offers students the opportunity to explore, observe and study in this unique country and gain insight into a unique culture and appreciate its vernacular environmental design. It also provides the opportunity to work with a unique client and design and build an invaluable open space that will nurture and stimulate the children, their families and the community of garbage pickers.

Nexopolis: US, Canada, Mexico

The College of Built Environments at the University of Washington was the recipient of a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) grant that funded a 4-year project that supports exchanges of graduate students and faculty among consortium partners in the US, Mexico and Canada. The three federal governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico conjointly fund Nexopolis. The program allows students from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to become knowledgeable in the area of comparative urban studies with regard to central city revitalization and related issues while working toward completing their degree.