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Architecture in Europe

Architecture in Europe
Participants will visit culturally significant works of architecture and urbanism in the European countries of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark
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Architectural Engineering
Graduate Courses
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Faculty Led
  • Learn about historical and contemporary trends in European urban design.
  • Experiencing historically significant works of architecture and important historical and contemporary works of architecture in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
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Program Overview

The summer 2021 Architecture in Europe program is This study abroad program is designed to provide architecture students an opportunity to absorb Nordic design culture and material sensibilities in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. 

In addition to experiencing historically significant and important contemporary works of architecture, the summer 2021 Architecture in Europe program is designed to provide architecture students an opportunity to absorb Nordic/Scandinavian design culture and material sensibilities in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of architecture and urbanism in shaping everyday experience. Through direct observation and study, including live sketching, diagramming, and writing, students will learn to heighten their observational skills and analyze the impacts of their surroundings. The built environment is shaped by cultural forces, and in turn significantly shapes culture. Special attention will be paid to sustainability, materiality, and phenomenology.



Depart U.S. for Helsinki: June 1, 2021
Depart Copenhagen for U.S.: June 23, 2021


Helsinki, Finland (10 days):  The program begins in Helsinki, the capital of Finland - a country admired for its dedication to design and craftsmanship. In addition to excellent examples of modern and contemporary architecture in this unique city, several excursions to nearby regions will originate here. Students will visit masterpieces by the renowned Finish architect Alvar Aalto, including his design for the university that now bears his name, Aalto University (as well as Alvar Aalto’s House and Studio, Finlandia Hall, and the House of Culture). In addition to Aalto’s impressive opus, our time spent in Helsinki and surrounding regions will include a glimpse into Finland’s fertile tradition (Seurasaari Open-Air Museum), works by other modern masters (Eliel Saarinen’s Villa at Hvitträsk and Helsinki’s Central Station; Heikki and Kaija Siren’s Otaniemi Chapel; Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen’s Temppeliaukio Church), works from contemporary Finish architects (JKMM’s Viikki Church and Turku Central Library; K2S Architecture’s Kamppi Chapel of Silence; Matti Sanaksenaho’s St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel), as well as the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, a highly acclaimed work of architecture by American architect Steven Holl.

Lahti, Finland (Day Trip from Helsinki): Lahti is a small city in the Finnish Lakeland region, an area characterized by its many lakes. The city contains excellent examples of contemporary wood architecture and design, including Sibelius Hall by Lintula and Tikka, a wood structure wrapped in glass, the nearby Piano Pavilion by Gert Wingårdh, a wooden pavilion perched on the water’s edge, and the Pro Puu Gallery and Shop, an association dedicated to wood craft.

Stockholm, Sweden (4 days):  After experiencing Finnish culture, the program will travel west to Stockholm via an overnight ferry into the heart of Scandinavia. Stockholm is considered the cultural center of Sweden and is home to some of the most important works of Modern Scandinavian architecture, including the works of Gunnar Asplund (Stockholm Public Library and Woodland Cemetery) and Sigurd Lewerentz (Woodland Cemetery and St. Mark’s Church). Students will also visit Stockholm City Hall by Ragnar Ostberg - an excellent example of National Romanticism, the Moderna Museum and Architecture Museum, the Millesgården, and the contemporary Vasa Museum by Dahlbäck and Månsson, a museum honoring the historic maritime legacy of Sweden.

Copenhagen, Denmark (8 days): Leaping across the Øresund, the program will spend its final week in the economic and cultural center of Copenhagen. Students will have an opportunity to experience several modern masterpieces as well as the flourishing Danish contemporary architecture movement (including Arne Jacobsen’s Denmark National Bank; Jørn Utzon’s Bagsværd Church; Peder  Vilhelm Jensen-Klint’s Grundtvig Church; Wohlert and Bo’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Bjarke Ingels Group’s Danish National Maritime Museum, 8 Houses, and the Mountain Dwellings; Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Royal Danish Library; White Arkitekter’s  Kastrup Sea Bath; Lundgaard and Tranberg’s Royal Theater Playhouse; and Henning Larsen’s Copenhagen Opera House).

Academic Information: 

Program Courses:

ARCH 690 Architecture Study Abroad (6 credit hours) Required. 

ARCH 692 Documentation (3 credit hours) Required for M. Arch I Students, Optional for M. Arch II and III students.



Participants will stay in hotels and hostels in program cities. 



The program is open to all Architecture and Interior Architecture Students with Study Abroad requirements. Prior to the study abroad program, the KU Masters of Architecture Students (3 year or 5 year program) should have completed ARCH 209 or ARCH 502 and Interior Architecture Students should have completed Arch 109.  

The following additional students are eligible on a space-available basis:

  • KU Architectural Studies Students who have completed third year
  • KU Architectural Engineering students who have completed ARCH 200
  • KU Design students who have completed third year and have drawing experience

Priority will be given to KU Architecture and KU Interior Architecture Students.

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Chad Kraus, Associate Professor
University of Kansas
Architecture Department
211 Marvin

Program Faculty: 

Chad Kraus is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas and a licensed architect. He teaches architectural theory, architectural design studio, and the designbuild Dirt Works Studio. Prior to teaching, Chad worked for Pritzker-prize laureate Shigeru Ban and studied history and theory under architectural theorist Alberto Perez-Gomez.

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