The School of Architecture marks 50 years of the Rome Studies Program at the Rome Global Gateway

Author: Colleen Wilcox

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The School of Architecture is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rome Studies Program at the Rome Global Gateway on April 10-13, 2019. 

For the last 50 years, every third-year student in the School of Architecture has lived these experiences as part of the Rome Studies Program.

“You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going,” said Michael Lykoudis, the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture. “Rome is important because … you find that you’re walking around the buildings and streets that are designed by extraordinary people for over 20 centuries. That’s a remarkable thing. “When you think that one grows up in suburban USA or some other place in the world that hasn’t seen this, this is a remarkable experience.”

The Rome Studies Program is the only foreign studies program among American university architecture schools required for all students. They take courses on architectural theory, architectural history, drawing and watercolor, along with a design studio — not necessarily topics that are outside the norm for third-year “arkies” as they’re called, but the curriculum gains new meaning in the context of the Eternal City.

Learn more about the program's significant history here