Study Abroad

Landscape architecture increasingly requires cross-cultural knowledge and international perspectives. In an effort to foster cultural exchange and transnational flow of people and ideas, the Landscape Architecture Department offers a variety of study abroad opportunities as part of its curriculum for BLA and MLA students. Recent programs have brought students to locations across five continents for exploration, design-build studios, and more.

Upcoming Programs

Spring 2021

Italy | Design+Build Perugia | Spring 2021

This study abroad will focus on the design and building of a sensory garden for Casale Forabosco, a community-based agricultural facility for people with autism. Students will live and work on the campus of the University of Perugia and collaborate with Italian students and under the direction of Professor David Grohmann.

In addition to the project focus, students will explore and sketch the urban environs of the ancient city of Perugia, learn its fascinating history and participate in weekend eld trips to other cities in central Italy, potentially including Siena, Florence, Rome and Assisi.

Upcoming Information Sessions:
October 19. 11:00am PDT

Watch recorded webinar

Contact Daniel Winterbottom (nina@uw.edu) for Zoom ID and other questions.

Applications due November 15, 2020. 

Visit the UW Study Abroad application portal HERE.

Recurring Opportunities

Chiba University, Japan

The College of Built Environments has an ongoing exchange relationship with Faculty of Horticulture at Chiba University in Japan. Students also have the opportunity to participate in other foreign study programs through the University such as the Valle Scholarship and Exchange.

ScanDesign Programs

Supported by the ScanDesign Foundation, the College of Built Environments offers a series of programs that directly involve architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design students in the work of Gehl Architects, an internationally renowned leader in environmentally sensitive design, and use both Copenhagen and Seattle as sites for learning. These programs give students the opportunity to see and study examples of Denmark’s innovative approach to sustainability firsthand and then give them an opportunity to apply what they have learned in Seattle.

To find out more, visit: http://scandesign.be.uw.edu/

Valle Scholarship and Exchange

Unparalleled in the United States, the Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program has a dual mission: (1) To promote and fund the exchange of graduate students between the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and programs in the Nordic countries. (2) To support outstanding graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Built Environments.

To find out more, visit http://www.engr.washington.edu/valle/

Recent Programs

Winter 2020

New Zealand | Post-Earthquake Resilience Design for Christchurch | Winter 2020

A Winter 2020 design studio will be offered in Christchurch, New Zealand, with accompanying urban design study tours to Wellington and Auckland led by Professor Nancy Rottle and Architect Paul Olson. The curriculum also incorporates place-based media studies and independent study investigations.  Please attend the information session on Wednesday, May 15, for a glimpse of this past winter’s NZ experience and to hear about plans for winter 2020!

Autumn 2019

InterAction Nepal | Design, Development, Global Health | Autumn 2019

InterAction Nepal is an immersive, interdisciplinary study abroad program offered with the support of the UW Department of Landscape Architecture, the JSIS South Asia Center Nepal Studies Initiative, the Department of Global Health and Traction | Nepal. The program will challenge you to delve into contemporary issues surrounding urban development in the Kathmandu Valley and respond to them at a local scale through community-based human centered design, project implementation and assessment. You will work with local students and residents of an underserved community to design and build a small-scale intervention in community infrastructure and evaluate project impacts on human and environmental health. You will also have the opportunity to pursue your own research interests through independent study. Program activities include lectures and discussions, organizational site visits, field trips within and outside the Kathmandu Valley, community meetings/workshops and hands-on design/fabrication/construction.

For details, visit the program’s study abroad page.

Early Autumn 2019

Iquitos, Peru | Development and Human and Ecological Health in the Amazon Rainforest | Early Autumn 2019

Students will spend 2 weeks in the Amazon Rainforest and 2 weeks in the City of Iquitos, Peru to learn from landscape architects, ecologists and health professionals about the impact urbanization has on health and ecosystems in this region using interdisciplinary approaches. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with the InterACTION Labs program, a partnership between UW and Peruvian researchers and designers and an informal floating slum community in Iquitos.

For details, visit the program’s study abroad page.

Osaka & Tokyo, Japan | Asian Urbanism Exploration Seminar |Early Autumn 2019

Dense, populous, dynamic, and vibrant are words often used to characterize the urban landscapes of Asian cities. The fluid matrix of social life, urban spaces, and transportation networks along with proximity of activities and services clearly distinguishes the major Asian cities from their North American counterparts. This traveling seminar will engage in a close-up examination of the urban landscapes of Osaka and Tokyo, two largest and most iconic cities in Japan. Through site visits and on-site exercises, students will explore both the everyday landscapes of Tokyo and Osaka and their iconic structures and spaces. This seminar will enable students to better understand how cities of East Asia support the everyday life of millions of residents and visitors; how they embody and reflect their distinct urban cultures and subcultures; and how they function as complex spatial systems.

For details, visit the program’s study abroad page.

Summer 2019

Sweden |Design/Build Dals Langed Sweden – Public Sculpture/Community Identity | Summer 2019

In this design-build program, we will collaborate to create a landmark sculptural observation tower as a feature that provides an identity and wayfinding mechanism for the community of Dals Langed. The Dals Langed environment is one of renowned natural beauty and is rural in character, with extensive lakes, canals and woodlands. It is heavily populated by refugees from Syria. The students will learn about issues of immigration, displacement and assimilation and the perspectives of the refugees and host Swedish populations. In addition, we will visit Stockholm, the largest city in Sweden with wonderful historic buildings, contemporary squares and plazas and world class museums, and Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden to tour the historic fabric, visit the re-known craft museums and sections of the city under-going urban revitalization.

For details, visit the program’s study abroad page.

 

Recent study abroad

Tiaki Over Time: New Zealand Study Abroad 2020

2018 Building New Global Connections | Croatia Design/Build

This story originally appeared on College of Built Environments website on October 23, 2019. You can see the original story here. The UW Landscape Architecture Croatia Design/Build program gives students the unique opportunity to make a lasting, physical impact in their host community. Professor Daniel Winterbottom, an expert in the creation of healing and therapeutic…

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2018 Design+Build in Dals Langed, Sweden

In collaboration with students from HDK-Steneby, a design and crafts school located in Dals Långed, 15 students from University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, led by Professor Daniel Winterbottom, worked with the local immigrant and refugee community to create a community garden intended to improve well-being, alleviate the stresses of the integration process and…

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Students draw from Canadian context

Students and faculty standing in a circle in Quebec

For one week in mid-June, students explored the similarities and differences between US and Canadian urban environments as they visited three Canadian cities: Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa. The field study was led by Fritz Wagner, Professor Emeritus in the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design & Planning and Dr. Regent Cabana, an Affiliate Professor…

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Ōtākaro/Avon Cultural Trail

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studio
Study Abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand
Winter 2019
Instructor: Nancy Rottle

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What Seattle Can Learn from Denmark about Community-Owned Housing (The Urbanist)

MLA student Roxanne Glick went to Copenhagen, Denmark to study their community-owned housing model. She brought what she learned from her time living in Denmark and studying their housing system back to Seattle. Roxanne shared some of her discoveries with The Urbanist. Below is an excerpt from her article. Inspired by the community ownership movement,…

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2014 Croatia

Pink flowers in green grass

Design-Build Study Abroad
Autumn 2014
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2013 Croatia

Fig tree

Design-Build Study Abroad
Early Autumn 2013
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2013 New Orleans

Cement bench overlooking grasses and building

Design-Build Study Abroad
Summer 2013
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2012 Croatia

Mirrors on a mound

Design-Build Study Abroad
Autumn 2012
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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Design Activism Studio: Winter 2011

Students playing on a mock up of a teeter totter with boards behind them

Design Activism Study Abroad Studio
Winter 2011
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2010 Croatia: Creating Places of Nurture for Disabled Children

Circular wood and stone bench within a circle path

Design-Build Study Abroad
Autumn 2010
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2009 Bosnia

Children playing on wood play structure with car tires in the ground

Design-Build Study Abroad
Summer 2009
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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BE Lab 2009: Taoping, China

Students drawing sitting on a pile of rocks and rubble with mountains in the background

Design Activism Study Abroad
2009
Instructor: Jeff Hou

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2009 Guatemala Phase 3

Wooden Structure with bench in an arch

Design-Build Study Abroad
Winter 2009
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2007 DIYism Workshop: Taipei

Students sitting in a circle around red chairs with paper on them

Design Activism Study Abroad
2007
Instructor: Jeff Hou

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2007 Guatemala Phase 2

Kids playing on a playground

Design-Build Study Abroad
Winter 2007
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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2005 Field Studio Meinung, Taiwan

Students on bikes in Taiwan

Design Activism Study Abroad
Summer 2005
Instructor: Jeff Hou

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2004 Field Studio: Quanzhou, China

Aerial view of Quanzhou, China housing

Design Activism Field Study
Summer 2004
Instructor: Jeff Hou

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2004 Hamamatsu, Japan

Construction of wooden bench pieces

Design-Build Study Abroad
Spring 2009
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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1998 Santa Ursula, Mexico

Students drawing sitting on a pile of rocks and rubble with mountains in the background

Design-Build Study Abroad
Autumn 1998
Instructor: Daniel Winterbottom

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For more examples of study abroad, check out the study abroad archive.