In addition to the curricular and extra-curricular opportunities available on the Southfield, Michigan campus, Lawrence Tech and CoAD offer students opportunities to participate in semester-long study abroad programs, each of which has a dedicated professional focus. These experiences are not defined by geography, but by the nature of the relationship cultivated between the various locations and the research and creative agendas held by students and faculty.
Recent study abroad experiences include Tirana, Albania (digital vernacular with makeLab); Shanghai, China (large-scale architectural practice and parametric design); Paris, France (public architecture); La Paz, Bolivia (socially-responsive art and design with the International Design Clinic); Lisbon, Portugal (public art with Larry&Friends); and Berlin, Germany (street art). These experiences offer a uniquely immersive experience, in which students realize creative work with other universities, community groups, and artists in the host county.
The College of Architecture and Design offers many travel abroad opportunities tailored specifically for our students. Studying abroad allows for students to enhance their learning via real life, hands-on experience in a culture that they may not be familiar with. The experience is both enriching and inspiring, giving students a global perspective that will impact their practice for years to come. The photos above show some experiences from three separate travel abroad programs: Bolivia, France, and Portugal.