This program has been based in Mexico since 1994, with only two years of absence. The purpose of the program is for students to conduct on-site research into the character, structure and quality of Mexican urban space and architecture through on-site research and applied studio design work. During three and a half weeks of faculty-led travel, students enjoy extensive instructional contact with the group leaders where skills-based lessons on conducting on-site drawing and documentation are presented. The design studio is based in Mexico City for 6-7 weeks. There, faculty meet with students for 4-6 hours daily in the studio space at the Casa Barragan. Drawings produced during travel and studio is evaluated in accordance with standards of evaluation for comparable studio courses in the department
Leadership for the program comes from the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Professor Russell Rudzinski, director of the Latin American Urban Studio, has accumulated over 96 weeks of teaching experience in Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala.
Target student audience
: Students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture Department of Architecture are required to participate in one of two study abroad options during their fourth year. The Latin America Studio program is one of those options.
: Nine (9) credit hours
Credit Issued By
: University of Arkansas
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
ARCH 4126 Architectural Design-Latin America
ARCH 4553 Mexican Architecture and Urbanism Survey
Field trips vary by year. This year arrangements are being made to travel to Merida, Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and other small stops in between; however this list may be subject to change.
An optional 4-day excursion to Havana, Cuba is being planned for the Summer 2016 session.
All of those locations are currently outside
of the U.S. State Department travel warning
While traveling outside of Mexico City, the group will stay in hotels in close proximity to the sites being investigated. Accommodations will be shared by students traveling in our group and each room has a private bath.
While in Mexico City, students will be housed with host families concentrated in and around the Condesa neighborhood--one of the most beautiful and desirable neighborhoods in the city today. Host family accommodations are located a short (25min) walk to the studio space (includes room, two meals a day, and laundry).
- Have completed the third year in the ARCH program
- Be sufficiently prepared academically for the course work abroad
- Meet academic standards as determined by the ARCH program
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*Non-UofA students: Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many case, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. U of A students should check out funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad:
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leader:
School of Architecture