Every year, RISD faculty from different departments choose to incorporate an off-campus global travel component within their regular studio, seminar, or course during Fall and Spring semester.
The global field trip occurs during Fall or Spring break, and all students registered for the class are usually required to participate in the travel.
These fall and spring courses and studios have an earlier registration timeline to allow students who are not selected to pursue regular on-campus courses. Additional costs covering all travel expenses will be required at the moment of registration for the studio, seminar, or course.
Global Field Trips - Spring 2019
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-05)
Mar. 22-30: South Korea
Faculty: Peter Tagiuri (RISD Architecture)
Our Studio we will begin by studying the Hanok, the traditional Korean Home, considered in relation to its surroundings, land and seasons. We will see how House and Garden are an extension of habit, habitus, habitat, a sheltering within the genus loci. READ MORE
Global Field Trips - Fall 2018
6 credits (ID-24ST-03)
Aug. 25-31: Germany
As students you are familiar with the design process, solving problems and evolving an idea from initial concept to finalized design. In the reality of manufacturing, the design phase is only the first step of many.. READ MORE
Global Field Trips - Spring 2018
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-03)
Mar. 24 - April 2: Tanzania (Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar)
Faculty: Emanuel Admassu (RISD Architecture)
At a moment when our cultural discourse is expounded through polarized media and heightened tribalism, we will be sampling from a series of architectural projects that were generated during the rise of ‘multiculturalism’. This studio examines the notion of architecture as the difference between ‘content’ and ‘container’. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-02/INTAR-23ST-07/TEXT-3361-01)
Jun. 3 - 17: Boisbuchet, France
This Advanced Studio will be interdisciplinary - including the Departments of Interior Architecture (INTAR), Textiles, and Architecture. Students will focus on the articulation of interior acoustical surfaces - the design and prototyping of ceilings and other partitions. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-08/INTAR-23ST-06/CER 4106)
Mar. 23 - 31: Morocco (Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech)
This studio is part of a two-year collaboration between RISD and the Ministry for Handicrafts, Solidarity and Social Economy of Morocco. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-04)
Mar. 23 - 30: Copenhagen and Malmo
This advanced option studio will address urban vulnerabilities and design strategies for climate adaptation for Providence and Malmö - two cities comparable in scale, location and climate vulnerability. READ MORE
Global Field Trips - Fall 2017
6 credits (ARCH-21ST-05)
Nov. 22-26: Monterrey, Mexico
Faculty: Hansy Better Barraza (RISD Architecture), in collaboration with Roberto Pasini, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico
As RISD/UDEM Joint Architecture Studio, this course will explore the way in which the abstract idea of a "wall" separating Mexico and the United States can expand into a tri-dimensional space allowing for the performing of social and intersubjective activities. READ MORE
All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the Global Field Trip travel. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where Global Field Trips do not reach student capacity, the travel component may be cancelled after the last day oftravel registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Global Field Trips until the travel is confirmed, which happens within the week after the final Global Field Trip payment period.