Program Overview

Experience layers of history and a vibrant design culture through the art, architecture and urban design of Rome. Walk through the ancient forums, sketch masterpieces from the Renaissance, and learn from experts about the rivalries between the patrons, artists and architects who shaped the city. See how historic buildings, streets and plazas continue to sustain lively interaction in one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Architecture students will focus on how daylighting and shading contribute to beautiful and comfortable environments. Using drawing and watercolor, they will study how spatial form, details, materials and colors affect light and heat in historic monuments. Then, in studio, they will design a lightweight performance structure that shelters from heat and controls natural light.

Additional requirements

Graduate Students:

  • 3.0 GPA or above

Academic Details

Courses will satisfy requirements in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design.  ARH 4/507: City of Rome satisfies Architectural History.  For Interior Architecture majors this course satisfies Western Architecture History or Subject Area Elective.

Faculty and Staff

Hans Joachim (Hajo) Neis, Ph.D. will lead the 2019 Rome program. Neis is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, and Director of Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL) as well as former Director of Portland Architecture Programs, University of Oregon. Professor Neis teaches architecture design and urban theory. He has previously taught at the University of California, FH Frankfurt, Prince of Wales UDTF, Dresden Technical University, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Meiji University Tokyo. His main interest in research and design includes the question of quality and value in architecture and urban structure and the question of process and sequence including regenerative design that create quality in the urban fabric. As a practicing and licensed architect and planner for over 30 years, he has designed more than 100 buildings and built more than 50 buildings. He heads his own architecture office (HNA), and also works together with Chris Alexander (CES) with projects in the US, Japan, and Germany. Dr. Neis has published in English, German, Japanese, Spanish and Greek Journals, and he is also a co-author of several books including: 'A New Theory of Urban Design,' 1987, ‘Schule des Sehens,’ 2000, and 'Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth,’ 2012.
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Housing Description

Students will live in shared apartments with other program participants within easy walking distance of the studio and class building. Most apartments have two to three double or triple bedrooms, a small common living and dining space, a kitchen and one or two bathrooms. The apartments are chosen for proximity to the studio and location rather than spaciousness. They are close to markets, neighborhood stores, pizzerias and restaurants. 

Dates and Deadlines

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Travel Advisories

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.