London & Paris Architecture and Urbanism Program

In this eight-week summer program beginning in London and moving on to Paris, students will study the historical development of architectural styles and aesthetics. Courses will draw on the art and architecture of the cities themselves and on their extraordinary museums. Through classroom lectures and local excursions in both cities, students will be asked to consider and account for points of similarity and difference in architectural detail and aesthetics. Students will spend four weeks in London, completing one course before moving on to the remaining four weeks in Paris to complete the second course. This program is ideal for students interested in art history, architecture and urban studies.

Orientation Schedule

Semester Calendar

After beginning the program in London, students move on to Paris to take the following course:

AH 383: Paris Architecture and Urbanism (4 credits)

This course traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism from the Roman period to the present, with a strong emphasis on the 19th and 20th century development of the city. It is designed to offer the student a sense of the dynamic exchange between architectural form, urban development, architectural theory and the larger cultural and political history of Paris. The course prioritizes first-hand exploration of the city, which requires that students complete readings and arrive prepared to relate readings to the cityscapes we visit. The course will be divided between in-class seminars (1/3) and visits (2/3).  Syllabus

Paris Libraries & Documentation Centers

Academic Policies: Teaching format & Grading & Attendance

Course-Related Activities

Guided activities in Paris, Summer 2014

Suggested additional activities, Summer 2014


Students stay in the newly renovated, comfortable environment of the St. John’s Paris campus, located in the popular Saint-Germain district of Paris. The campus is situated within a six-story structure containing approximately 20,000 square feet of space offering a mixture of residences, classrooms, office and support space. Best of all, you have immediate access to the incomparable artistic, cultural and educational resources available only in Paris.

  • Rooms include  two single beds, wardrobes & desks per room, linens, air conditioning, wireless internet, and digital phones
  • Students share four showers, sinks, and toilets per floor
  • Meal plans are available
  • Housing staff is bilingual and security and maintenance are available 24 hours a day