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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dessau, Germany; Potsdam, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
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Architecture & Interiors Intensive: Berlin

Berlin Architecture

Program Overview

The twentieth century transformed nearly all cities around the globe, but perhaps none more so than Berlin, Germany. The destruction in World War II left few historic buildings intact and its division until 1989 left the city divided.  Competing ideologies transformed East and West Berlin in different ways. Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to that. However, since the German reunification, open spaces along the old West/East border were filled and the Berlin’s urban fabric began growing back together. Today, the city is filled with historic but also with new architecture that would not have found a space in other cities in Europe. Over the past thirty years, Berlin has established itself as one of the world’s great cities for innovations in architecture, art and urbanism. This intensive course will expose the students to much of what this dynamic city has to offer.
The program will also take the students to Potsdam and Dessau. The historic city of Potsdam is bordering Berlin. With the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, and other architectural landmarks, it is the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. Less than an hour by train to the south of Berlin, the city of Dessau and its environs encompass two UNESCO World Heritage sites-- the Gartenreich Dessau-­Wörlitz and the Bauhaus ensemble.  These encom­pass archi­tectural subjects and ­expansive landscapes, both urban and ­rural, which invite much attention beyond the ­region itself and have had a lasting impact on the international stage. 
Educational Outcomes:
This intensive course to Berlin, Potsdam and Dessau will allow students to learn about and explore historic and contemporary architecture, urbanism and design in Germany in relationship to its social, political and ethical context. A number of preparatory meetings prior to departure will introduce students to Berlin’s and German history, art, design and architecture.
Course Deliverables:
Each student will be assigned to research one of the buildings and sites we will be visiting and present an introduction to the class while there. After our return, students will write a research paper about their buildings/sites. Opportunity for sketching will be given to students throughout the tour. Sketchbook/journal with sketch-notes must be submitted. All deliverables are due at the end of the summer quarter 2018.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347: Germany Intensive for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their summer credit load as the credits are not optional.

Pre-requisites: Arch 141-143, OR ARTH 101-103 or INT 200

Instructors: Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis, Associate Professor of Archicture; Dr. Mark Brack, Associate Professor in Architecture

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance mandatory during summer term in Philadelphia. Schedule TBD.

Program CalendarGermany Architecture

Pre-Travel Lectures: Spring Term

Arrival Date: Monday June 15, 2018
Departure Date: Sunday June 24, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel is not responsible outside of program dates.

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Friday, June 15, 2018
                                                                    Bus tour of Berlin
                                                                    Group Dinner 1
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Berlin Mitte Walking Tour:                        Nordic Embassies (various architects)
                                                                    Reichstag (P. Wallot, N. Foster)
                                                                    Monument to Soviet Soldiers
                                                                    Brandenburg Gate (C. G. Langhans)
                                                                    Deutsche Bank (F. Gehry)
                                                                    Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe (P. Eisenman)
                                                                    Unter den Linden
                                                                    Neue Wache (K. F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Book Burning Memorial (M. Ullman)
                                                                    Friedrichswerdersche Kirche & Bauakademie (K. F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Gendarmenmarkt (K. F. Schinkel’s Schauspielhaus)
                                                                    Friedrichstasse Passagen:
                                                                    Galerie Lafayette (J. Nouvel)
                                                                    Quartier 206 (Pei, Cobb, Freed)
                                                                    Quartier 205 (O. M. Ungers)
                                                                    Mossehaus (E. Mendelsohn)
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Berlin                                                          Modernist Housing Estate (Bruno Taut)
                                                                    Stalinallee [now Karl-Marx Allee]
                                                                    Berolinahaus & Alexanderhaus (P. Behrens)
                                                                    Neue Synagoge (E. Knoblauch, reconstructed 1988)
                                                                    Hackesche Höfe and Heckmann-Höfe                                                                   
Monday, June 18, 2018
Dessau                                                       Train ride to Dessau       Germany Architecture                                                                                     
                                                                    Bauhaus and Masters’ houses (Gropius & Meyer)
                                                                    Spend night at the Bauhaus
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Wörlitz Garden Kingdom                          Bus ride to Wörlitz
                                                                    Visit to the English Grounds of Wörlitz (Eyersbeck/von Erdmannsdorff)
                                                                    Group Lunch 2 or early dinner in Wörlitz                                                                   
                                                                    Return by bus to Dessau
                                                                    Spend night at the Bauhaus
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Dessau & Berlin                                        Bundesumweltamt (SauerbruchHutton)
                                                                    Return to Berlin by train and check into hostel
                                                                          Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (E. Eiermann)
                                                                          Ludwig Erhard Haus [aka Berlin Stock Exchange] (N. Grimshaw)
                                                                          Universum Cinema & WOGA complex (E. Mendelsohn)
                                                                    Group Dinner 3 at KaDaWe or Savignyplatz
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Berlin Museums-Insel                               Pergamon Museum (A. Messels and L. Hoffmann)
                                                                    Neues Museum (F. Stüler, D. Chipperfield)
                                                                    Alte Nationalgalerie (F. Stüler, J. Strack)
                                                                    Altes Museum (K.F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Berliner Dom (R. Raschdorff)
                                                                    Schlossbrücke (K. F. Schinkel)
Friday, June 22, 2018
Kreuzberg & Potsdamer Platz                 Jewish Museum (D. Libeskind)
                                                                    Potsdammer Platz (buildings by H. Jahn. R. Rogers, R. Piano)
                                                                    Neue Nationalgalerie (Mies van der Rohe)
                                                                    Bauhaus-Archiv (A. Cvijanovic)
                                                                    Philharmonie (Scharoun) (potential concert visit)
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Potsdam                                                    Travel to Potsdam by chartered bus
                                                                    Einstein Observation Tower (E. Mendelsohn)
                                                                    Schloss Sanssouci (von Knobelsdorf)
                                                                    Hollandische Viertel
                                                                    Nicolaikirche (K. F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Charlottenhof (K. F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Gardener’s House/Roman Baths (K. F. Schinkel)
                                                                    Return to Berlin by chartered bus
                                                                    Farewell Group Dinner 4
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Berlin                                                         Program conclusion
                                                                   Check out of hostel & go to airport
                                                                   --or perhaps travel to somewhere else!

Program Fee - $1,770

Due March 1, 2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application feeBerlin Architecture
Due May 1, 2018 - $1,270 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodation
  • 4 group meals
  • Entrance fees for program activities
  • Local transportation (bus, train)
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $1600
  • Most meals           $450
  • Passport               $135
  • Books/materials   $40
  • Spending Money  $300
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • International Student ID card  $25

More Information

  • Visa is not required for US citizens. Other nationalities must verify requirement on the Germany Embassy website.
  • The faculty leader will provide a suggested flight itinerary. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.