Study Abroad in Northern Italy and France

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Inspired by the Grand Tour tradition, made throughout history by many renowned architects, my wife Claudia and I embarked last summer on an architectural journey along with 22 students.

We sketched intensely in order to absorb as many of the myriad examples we encountered along our trip.

Having been engaged with different freehand drawing media in endorsement of figurative and abstract representation, I have focused on analytical, conceptual drawings as a means to best explain the spatial essence of architecture.

We shared with our students that our trip acknowledged the long-standing tradition of architects that throughout the centuries have transcended the power of literal representation and the nostalgic allure of freehand drawing, to engage instead in the analytical promise inherent to architectural space.

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