Overview

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism has a rich reputation for design excellence, unrestrained experimentation, and strong studio culture. The Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) program has been an essential component of a student’s education at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism for decades and is among the strongest memories alumni have of their time at the School.

With your support, we want to eliminate barriers for students in financial need who otherwise might not have the opportunity to take part in this incredible program.

The Background

During the winter term, faculty members and students travel to places around the world. The 2-6 week itineraries span multiple cities, where students observe and engage in urban situations outside of Canada, engage with local communities, and visit the offices of internationally renowned architects, and document specific sites that serve as the context for their design project during the semester. Recent DSA trips have included Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Italy, Spain, and Paris), India, Istanbul, Mexico, China and Japan.

While travel was not feasible during the last academic year, plans are already underway to resume travel within the Canadian North with the March program during the Winter term of 2022.

Internationally, we hope to resume undergraduate and graduate student DSA travel as soon as the global pandemic restrictions permit.

The Rollout

The Directed Studies Abroad Award was originally endowed in 2006 by the class of 1986 in honor of their 20th reunion.

Gifts toward the Directed Studies Abroad fund will help build the endowment and allow more students to participate in this unique experiential learning opportunity.  Endowments exist for the life of the university, which means your support will help future generations of students.

The Impact

By offering unique opportunities to supplement their studio experience with travel to diverse destinations around the world, students will have the opportunity to be exposed to different geopolitical contexts, tackle real-world issues, and develop cultural awareness.

Together, we will nurture innovative thinkers, passionate problem-solvers, and truly global citizens.

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