International architectural study tour
Since 2010, groups of 20+ students from the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program have taken advantage of a 10 unit travel and sketching based course, led by Dr Steven Fleming, who teaches 1st and 2nd year architectural history.
In 2012, students have the opportunity to travel from Paris to Barcelona, for a thorough survey of a millennium of architectural history, from Gothic to 21st century post-modernism.
The tour will begin in Paris, with the great Gothic cathedrals of St Denis, NotreDame in Paris and Notre-Dame in nearby Chartres. Then, over a full week in Paris, follow the development of architecture through the French Renaissance, Enlightenment, Empire, 19th century avant-garde and 20th century modernism.
During a week in regional France, discover the rich heritage of the Romans in the Midi, the great Cluny Abbey and Tournus Cathedral in Burgundy, the architectural ensemble of Versailles, and modern and contemporary architecture in Lyon and Marseille.
No architectural study tour to France would be complete without getting to know and understand the great Le Corbusier, the pioneer of so much modern architecture. Visit and study his Villa Savoye, the Chapelle du Ronchamp and Unité d’Habitation and stay in his Convent of La Tourette.
Finish in the architecturally extraordinary city of Barcelona, featuring a Gothic heart juxtaposed with the flamboyant works of Gaudí and his contemporaries, and a wealth of 20th century masterpieces.
For more information about the tour, download this pdf or visit http://www.renaissancetours.com.au/st-denis-to-gaudi.
In 2010 and 2011, Steven lead a tour of Greece and Italy, taking in the key sites in the evolution of the Classical tradition, from ancient Mycenaean times, the Greek then Roman Classical eras, followed by key sites of the Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Check out our gallery of the tour below.