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Directed Studies Abroad (DSA)

(DSA Lisbon) was a fascinating opportunity to study in Europe, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn the European school of thought.

Ali Navidbakhsh, Master of Architecture Candidate 20

Directed Studies Abroad (DSA)

The DSA option is one of the highlights of our Master of Architecture program.

In the winter semester, students have the opportunity to spend part of the semester studying abroad under the supervision of academic and practicing architects. During this time students who opt to participate have the ability to take all required courses, while residing abroad.

The courses are delivered by renowned architects and scholars who teach and practice in the chosen city. This travel is positioned between the “Gateway / Comprehensive” studio and the yearlong thesis, and offers students an extraordinary and diverse academic experience being immersed in a different cultural context and experiencing diverse approaches to contemporary architecture. The faculty who teach the DSA studio remain engaged with the School, thus enhancing our international affiliations, support and collaborative potential.

DSA destinations:

  • DSA Lisbon, Portugal Winter 2015 – Coordinated by Dr. Diogo Seixas-Lopes and Arch Patricia Barbas
  • DSA Helsinki Finland Winter 2014, 2013 Coordinated by Tuomas Toivonen
  • DSA Paris, France 2012 France Coordinated by Arch Alessandra Cianchetta
  • DSA Bologna, Italy 2012, 2011, 2010 – Coordinated by Dr. Arch. Claudio Sgarbi
  • DSA Berlin, Germany 2009, 2010, 2011 Coordinated by Dr. Arch. Annette Homann
  • DSA Bern, Switzerland 2006, 2007, 2008 Coordinated by Dr. Matthew Mindrup
  • DSA Barcelona, Spain 2002, 2005- Coordinated by Rafael Gómez-Moriana

Directed Studies Abroad in Lisbon (DSA Lisbon) - Winter 2016

Directed Studies Abroad in Lisbon (DSA Lisbon) - Winter 2016The DSA Lisbon is a centerpiece of our Master of Architecture program, affording students the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners while immersing themselves in the unique Portuguese culture.

After completing his residence at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, in the role of Azrieli Visiting Critic (Winter 2014) Architect Diogo Seixas Lopes has been asked to host and lead the Directed Studies Abroad Program in Lisbon, Portugal in collaboration with his firm’s partner Patrícia Barbas. The first Lisbon DSA was held in Winter 2015.

Barbas Lopes Arquitectos was established in 2006. The portfolio of the office includes public and private buildings, single-family housing, interior renovation and exhibition designs. The practice is also engaged in collaborations with Peter Märkli and Gonçalo Byrne. Barbas Lopes Arquitectos recently concluded the Reconversion of the Thalia Theater in Lisbon. Nominated for the Icon Awards 2012, Design Awards 2013 and Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. Their work has been published by international media such as Bauwelt, Baumeister, Blueprint, Casabella, Domus, Icon, Wallpaper.

The Department of Architecture at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa serves as a base for the proposed DSA offering studio space to our students. Graduate students have an opportunity to visit the firm while in Lisbon and work on a new studio project under their guidance.

Architect Joaquim Moreno will be teaching the Graduate Seminar. Students are also able to complete the Professional Practice course online.

Winter 2015 studio Project, In Search of the Miraculous, entailed designing and building where the land ends and the sea begins, students designed a multifunctional building, from preliminary concept to construction details. Students produced drawings,

M.Ali Navidbakhsh, September 11, 2015

M.Ali Navidbakhsh, September 11, 2015During the winter of 2015 I took part in the Direct Study Abroad (DSA) in Lisbon, Portugal. I had the privilege of attending Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa under the leadership and guidance of Award Winning Architects Diogo Seixas Lopes and Patricia Barbas, and their Assistant Ricardo Pedroso de Lima. It was a fascinating opportunity to study in Europe, and a once in a lifetime chance to learn the European school of thought. In addition, this journey provided the perfect opportunity to explore the Architecture of Portugal with its Romanesque, Renaissance and its exuberant Portuguese version of late Gothic Architecture. Lisbon was an excellent choice and I am proud to have been able to represent the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism abroad. This academic and rigorous opportunity, with its unique and culturally rich program, offered a vivacious experience. I look forward to share my experiences with those who plan to take part in next year’s DSA. I also wish to sincerely thank Professor Federica Goffi, Dr. Inderbir Riar, Professor Sheryl Boyle and everyone else at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism who made 2015 DSA Possible.