Sign up for Winterim 2014 in Paris with optional London tour

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This intensive sixteen-day course of study is designed not only to introduce students to important architectural and urban artifacts in Paris and the Ile de France, but also to examine the cultural context that shapes and informs them. Structured as a carefully calculated mix of old and new, students undertake field study of canonic buildings and urban spaces in western thought about architecture, while simultaneously exploring cultural themes around the conflicts of modernism and heritage. A four-day optional excursion to London following similar themes is offered to effect a comparative field study.

UWinteriM 2014 Itinerary Outline
January 2 - depart Chicago O’Hare for Paris Charles De Gaulle
January 3 Paris - orientation to urban morphology
January 4 Paris - Le Marais and Notre Dame
January 5 Paris - Louvre Museum; Sainte-Chapelle
January 6 Versailles - chateau and garden
January 7 Paris - Parc Citroën
January 8 Paris - Cartier Foundation; the Catacombes
January 9 Paris - Parc de la Villette; Père Lachaise cemetery
January 10 Paris [or London option] - travel London to Paris; Royal London; Olympic Villages
January 11 Paris [or London option] - Legal London and the CIty; London’s South Bank
January 12 Paris [or London option] - London Markets and Museums
January 13 Paris [or London option] - independent study day; travel London to Paris
January 14 Paris - Montmartre Quarter; Pompidou Center; Bateaux Mouches ride on Seine
January 15 Poissy - Villa Savoye; Arc de Triomphe
January 16 Paris - independent study day; Farewell Dinner at Le Procope
January 17 Paris - depart Paris Charles de Gaulle for Chicago O’Hare

Program Director Gil Snyder
Gil Snyder, AIA, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at UWM. He received his MArch from Columbia University in New York where he worked as a registered architect for many years with internationally recognized firms. Since coming to UWM, he has served as the program director for twelve architecture study abroad programs to a total of over 300 students. Having studied in France in his youth, and being a fluent French speaker, Professor Snyder brings his intimate knowledge of French culture together with his intensive research of modern and pre-modern western architecture to bear in developing programs with an insider’s perspective. Professor Snyder’s academic research focusses in urban morphology, vertical surface development, and the art of detailing. He regularly instructs graduate and upper-level undergraduate design studios and seminars at UWM.

Program Expert Lecturer Bob Greenstreet
Professor Bob Greenstreet, Ph.D., is an architect and Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Dr. Greenstreet specializes in the legal aspects of construction. He is the author/co-author of seven books, has contributed to twenty other texts and handbooks, and has published over one hundred and fifty working papers and articles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is listed in fifteen international Who’s Who publications. In addition to being a registered architect in the United Kingdom, he is a practicing arbitrator, mediator and expert witness recognized in both the United States and Europe. Dean Greenstreet has extensive experience leading field study programs in France and England with students, professionals, and interested community members.

Courses Offered
Arch 497 Study Abroad: Space and Culture in Paris (3 cr for undergrads)
Arch 797 Study Abroad: Space and Culture in Paris (3 cr for grads)

How to Apply
Sign up by October 15, 2013 at and complete all requirements. For financial aid information, contact Gayla Jenkins or Lynn Becker in the UWM Financial Aid office. Undergrads may be eligible to apply for some scholarship aid with the Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant at

For more information
Contact Professor Gil Snyder at for more information. The First Informational Group Meeting takes place from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM on Friday, September 6, 2013 in AUP110.