Sign up for Paris and Istanbul, Summer 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This intensive four week course of study is designed not only to introduce students to important architectural and urban artifacts in Paris and the Ile de France, but also to examine the cultural context that shapes and informs them. Structured as a carefully calculated mix of old and new, students undertake field study of canonic buildings and urban spaces in western thought about architecture, while simultaneously exploring cultural themes around the conflicts of modernism and heritage. A three-day excursion to La Tourette and Ronchamp following similar themes is offered as part of this field study. The course concludes in Istanbul with an eight-day examination of architecture and urbanism in this city at the intersection of Europe and Asia.

Summer 2013 Itinerary Outline

June 5 - depart Chicago O’Hare for Paris Charles De Gaulle
June 6 Paris - orientation to urban morphology
June 7 Paris - Le Marais and Notre Dame
June 8 Versailles - chateau and garden
June 9 Paris - bateaux mouches ride on Seine
June 10 Paris - Louvre and Ste Chapelle
June 11 Paris - independent study day
June 12 Paris - independent study day
June 13 Paris - Parc de la Villette
June 14 Paris - Arab Institute, Bibliothèque de France, Parc de Bercy
June 15 Paris - Parc Citroen, Centre Pompidou
June 16 Paris - independent study day
June 17 Paris - independent study day
June 18 L’Arbresle - overnight at La Tourette Monastery by Le Corbusier
June 19 Lyon - La Confluence, Fourvière, Cité Internationale
June 20 Ronchamp - Le Corbusier’s Chapel
June 21 Paris - independent study day
June 22 Paris - independent study day
June 23 Paris - independent study day
June 24 Paris - Bibliothèque Ste Geneviève and metal architecture
June 25 Poissy - Villa Savoye
June 26 Paris - Maison La Roche-Jeanneret, Jardin de Luxembourg
June 27 Melun - Chateau and garden of Vaux-le-Vicômte
June 28 Paris - Farewell dinner at Le Procope
June 29 Paris - independent study day
June 30 Paris - independent study day
July 1 Istanbul - travel Paris to Istanbul
July 2 Istanbul - Bosphorus walk
July 3 Istanbul - modern Istanbul
July 4 Istanbul - Byzantium and the Golden Horn
July 5 Istanbul - modern Istanbul
July 6 Istanbul - Topkapi palace
July 7 Istanbul - independent study day
July 8 Istanbul - travel Istanbul to Chicago

Program Director Gil Snyder

Gil Snyder, AIA, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at UWM. He received his MArch from Columbia University in New York where he worked as a registered architect for many years with internationally recognized firms. Since coming to UWM, he has served as the program director for twelve architecture study abroad programs to a total of over 300 students. Having studied in France in his youth, and being a fluent French speaker, Professor Snyder brings his intimate knowledge of French culture together with his intensive research of modern and pre-modern western architecture to bear in developing programs with an insider’s perspective. Professor Snyder’s academic research focusses in urban morphology, vertical surface development, and the art of detailing. He regularly instructs graduate and upper-level undergraduate design studios and seminars at UWM.

How to Apply

Sign up at and complete all requirements.

For financial aid info, contact Gayla Jenkins or Lynn Becker in the UWM Financial Aid office.
Undergrads may be able to apply for some scholarship aid with the Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant at

For more information

Contact Professor Gil Snyder at for more information.
Informational Meeting coming November 30, 2012.