The Roger Williams Advanced Architecture Program


This specialized program is open to architecture students who have completed at least two years of study in the discipline. The studio and elective courses, all taught by practicing architects and academics, are designed to integrate in-class teaching with visits to construction sites and field trips to other relevant destinations. Students sketch on-site and evaluate ideas for a team project—the culmination of the advanced design studio course. The program also encourages mastery and skillful integration of the complex set of variables—artistic, technical, and philosophical—that underlie the successful design of any constructed environment.

Participants are required to enroll in the following curriculum:

  • Advanced Design Studio (5 credits)
  • Architecture in Context: Florence (3 credits)
  • Italian Language: The Florence Experience (4 credits)
  • Free Elective (3 credits)

The program offers students spacious and bright design studios in the historic center of Florence, equipped with review and seminar rooms, design computing laboratory, architecture library, modeling studio, and exhibition gallery. Annually updated software packages in the design computing laboratory include the complete Autodesk Suite (AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, 3D Studio Max), Adobe Design Premium Creative Suite (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, Form Z), and large format color printers and plotters. The Architecture Design Studio is entirely networked for student laptop wireless access. All participants are provided with their own individual drafting tables and workspace; these facilities are available until midnight seven days a week.