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  • Locations: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Winter Short-Term
  • Restrictions: Illinois applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:


LOCATION: SAnto Domingo, Dominican Republic, Fall 2022
The Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA) is one of the leading architecture schools in the world. Part of this merited reputation is due to its ability to undertake internationally situated architectural and urban design studios. The Dominican Republic is a vibrant island nation with a rich sociocultural history that includes pre-Hispanic First Nations, Spanish colonial acculturation, and more recently, one of the Caribbean’s most robust democracies. Over the last 100 years, the migration of Dominicans to the United States has produced a strong transnational link and contributed to the rich tapestry of urban life in several major American cities.  All told, the Dominican Republic is an extraordinary opportunity to explore, through architectural and urban design, the process of placemaking.

The studio will focus on a site near the heart of the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city, Santiago de Caballeros (SC). In the studio, students will consider site-specific conditions, history, and real estate development, i.e., client expectations and market-based programming, urban design siting, massing and integration, and Architectural typologies, along with social, economic, and environmental sustainability strategies.  Caribbean Cinemas, has generously offered to fund the studio and publish a booklet with the student’s studio work.
COURSE:  Students must enroll in ARCH 574

Saturday, 9/10/2022: Fly to Santo Domingo (SDQ), Dominican Republic
Check-in at Hotel
Welcome Dinner sponsored by CC

Sunday, 9/11
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
9:00 AM-2:00 PM Tour of Historic Downtown

2:00-3:30 PM Lunch sponsored by CC
3:45 PMPM-5:30 PM Meet and Greet local students and faculty
5:30 PMPM-6:30 PM Prof. Bross to deliver a lecture on Placemaking

Students free to make their own dinner plans

Monday, 9/12
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
9:15 AM-11:15 AM Travel to Santiago de Caballeros,
11:30 AM 1:30 PM Visit and document site.

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Meet and greet local authorities
2:30 PM- 4:00 PM Lunch sponsored by CC
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM Return by early evening to SD

Students free to make their own dinner plans 
Tuesday, 9/13

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
9:15-9:45 Transport to Studio Work Session
9:45 AM-2:00 PM Studio Work Session

2:00 PM-3:30 PM Lunch sponsored by CC
3:45 PM-6:30 PM Studio Work Session with Guest Critics

Students are free to make their own dinner plans

Wednesday, 9/14

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM-9:45 AM Transport Studio Work Session
9:45 AM-2:00 PM Studio Work Session

2:00-3:30 PM Lunch sponsored by CC
3:45 PMPM-6:30 PM Presentation to Caribbean Cinemas Staff

Students are free to make their own dinner plans

Thursday, 9/15

Travel back to Champaign CHAPERONES: Assistant Professor, Benjamin A. Bross; Visiting Prof. Marcos Barinas (in DR).


Flight to and from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hotel Accommodations (2 people per room)
Breakfast and Lunch
Travel in Dominican Republic
Insurance Fee (CFAA)
Entrance to Museums
Guest Critics
Booklet production
COSTS NOT COVERED: Dinners, Academic Supplies, Snacks, Visas (where applicable), Tourism Shopping
See Budget below 
ARCH 574 Latin America Studio-Dominican Republic Budget for Students.xlsx

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Short-Term 2023-2024 09/15/2023
09/16/2023 TBA TBA
Winter Short-Term 2024-2025 09/15/2024 09/16/2024 TBA TBA

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