Since architecture is by definition three-dimensional and site specific, experiencing it first hand is a must. This course introduces students to the history of Britain's abundant architectural traditions, while at the same time addressing issues such as the preservation and presentation of an architectural heritage, infrastructure, transportation, adaptive re-use, ecological concerns and other topics related to urban planning and architectural practice.
For a sneak peek at the program, check out Professor Broderick’s stupendous architectural tour of our beloved Washington Square here in New York.
Professor Broderick also appeared in a public television special on architect Stanford White. See the promo below for another taste of her urban architecture knowledge and a majestic view of the Washington Square Arch.
Professor Broderick’s vast knowledge of British history, art, and physical design in addition to her genuine desire for students to have the best time possible in London made me want to explore new topics and perhaps even continue in this vein of academic study.
December 1 - Application Launch
February 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation
Mosette Broderick has been the Director for the CAS Urban Design in London program since its inception in 1995 and is highly knowledgeable of the society and culture of London. She also serves as the Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies and the MA program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture in the Department of Art History at NYU. She teaches courses on urban subjects, American and English architecture, and the art in, and history of New York City Museums. She won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010. Additionally, she has published TRIUMVERATE: McKim, Mead & White, Knopf, 2010.
|2017 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 4 points||$3,680|
Optional Independent Study - 2 points
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 points||$668|
|Program & Activities Fee||$500|
International Health Insurance
Required for 4 week program
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available by clicking below.
Urban Design in London is a summer study program intended for undergraduate students interested in a career in architecture, architectural history, art history, urban planning, or architectural preservation. This is an intensive course: students fully engage in class every day all day for four weeks. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. The course includes visits to numerous architecturally significant sites and buildings.
British architecture of all periods is studied directly with numerous field trips. The sites range from Roman remains to the present day. The development of the city of London is followed. Attention is given to building types and function including government buildings, law courts, religious structures, club houses, row houses, country houses, and multiple dwelling units. Study is made of public housing. Infrastructure plays a major role in the class discussion with study of the underground systems, the new stations, the light rail, the tunnels, and even a 19th-century sewage pumping station. Sample syllabus.
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing in a newly renovated residence is just off Russell Square, within walking distance of the shops, supermarket and cinema of The Brunswick Center, the public parks and gardens of Mecklenburgh Square, and to all forms of transportation. The residence is a few minute walk from the academic center in Bedford Square. The apartments are shared suites with bedrooms arranged around a community area/kitchen. A suite may have up to four bedrooms, each bedroom, usually housing two students, with a bed, desk, and armoire for each student. Two or three bedrooms share a bathroom. The residence features lounges, laundy facilities, and wireless internet. There is no meal plan; you may prepare meals in your apartment (kitchens include cooking utensils) or eat at restaurants in the neighborhood. A residence manager is on-site as well as residential life staff and 24-hour security staff.
Field trips include visits to a wide array of building types - from Oxford University to country houses to Westminster Abbey, to name a few - that serve residential, governmental, clubs and religious purposes. Below is a sample excursion itinerary to give students an idea of what the Summer 2017 itinerary might be:
- Day 1: Boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich. Then a walk under the river and a return trip via the new light rail.
- Day 2: Stonehenge, Bath and Stourhead (BUS).
- Day 3: Museum of London. Walk through the City of London to St Paul's, the Barbican, Lloyd's Mansion House Square, The Bank of England.
- Day 4: Ham House, Syon, Chiswick (BUS).
- Day 5: Westminster Abbey, Parliament, The Whitehall, St Martin's in the Fields, Pall Mall.
- Day 6: Victoria and Albert Museum Decorative Arts Collection and Leighton House.
- Day 7: New Museums and Museum Additions. The Tate Modern, National Gallery, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery.
- Day 8: Brighton.
- Day 9: Thamesmead, Crossness Pumping Station and beam engines, Penshurst Place.
- Day 10: Railroad Stations and Kew - Great iron buildings.
- Day 11: The Soane Museum, Sommerset House, The Law Courts, The Embankment and St. Clement Dane.
- Day 12: Oxford and Blenheim.
- Day 13: New aspects of the City. Canary Wharf, the new tube stations, Thames Barrier.
- Day 14: Multiple dwelling units. Streatham Street worker's housing, Pimlico, Greater London County Council housing units.
- Day 15: To be announced.