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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Travel to The Netherlands to explore Dutch architecture and consider the cultural, technical, and urban forces that factor into its contemporary condition. This course emphasizes the critical importance of experience in the comprehension of architecture. It will offer opportunities to translate field observations into compelling graphic representations using a variety of media.

Writing in 2000, Bart Loosma argued that there are two discernible periods of modernity in Dutch architecture. The first occurred during the early 20th century and encompassed a variety of forms including the abstraction of De Stijl, thee.g., Afluitdijk, Delta Works). 

The second period began in the 1990s and is defined by a confluence of forces including European unification, globalization, rapidly congesting urban environments, and the introduction of computation to architecture. Dutch architects embraced the computer as a design tool capable of addressing these complex changes in unique ways. Digital design incorporates two critical aspects that continue to resonate thirty years later. The first aspect concerns the computer's capacity to rationalize complex geometries and build unique shapes and tectonics. The second, best epitomized by the research of MVRDV, explores the potential of the computer to open up vast new territories of data and use it to challenge fundamental assumptions about how we make architecture, cities, and urban environments.

We will explore a variety of building types and consider their connection to the city. We will also discuss the infrastructure necessary for living below sea level and how the how manufacturing these landscapes changes our relationship to nature. Students will graphically document their observations and insights into a research sketchbook which will demonstrate their understanding of the program's critical areas of investigation.

 "We no longer think of the 'artificial' and the 'natural' in antithetical terms. We regard the omnipresent artificial world, the global synthetic system, as one immense complex organism." – Kas Oosterhuis
Wednesday, January 22nd
12:00 - 12:50
Shattuck Hall 235
Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Rachel Landers at any time!
Get Started Watch Ed Abroad 101
Faculty Leader Aaron Whelton
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Portland State University
Travel Dates June 22 - July 6, 2020
Areas of Study
  • Architecture
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD
Course & Credit ARCH 399 or ARCH 410 or ARCH 510: Dutch Architecture of the Second Modernity

6 credits

This course counts towards the Architecture undergraduate or graduate elective requirement.
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Dutch
Housing Shared hostel in the heart of the city, 2-4 students per room with an en suite bathroom
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
*Preference is given to ARCH majors or masters students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
  • No previous language study required
  • Completion of ARCH 382
  • Program involves walking over uneven surfaces throughout the city
  • As this program occurs during the summer, sun exposure may be significant, so extra caution should be taken to ensure adequate protection.
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process 
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • 2 short essays
    • Goals that you have for the program (academic, personal, professional)
    • Challenges you expect to encounter on this program
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • This can be academic or professional in nature (should not be from a family member or friend)
  • 1-hour Group Interview
$4,295 $1,530 $5,825
  • 6 undergraduate credits (ARCH 399/410) or 6 graduate credits (ARCH 510)
  • Shared accommodations
  • Guest Speakers
  • Welcome & Farwell Dinner
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Site visits
  • Cultural Tours
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health & Travel Insurance

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.