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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dessau, Germany; Hamburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Summer Academy Berlin


In collaboration with faculty and students from Berlin, City College New York and the German University of Technology in Muscat, Oman this summer program continues the exploration of possibilities to design an urban architectural environment for a low-carbon lifestyle. This intense design program will allow you to investigate technical requirements and architectural opportunities. In addition to ISU faculty, leading Berlin professionals will work with you on ideas and potentials. Design Students of all levels are welcome to apply. If you have completed Arch 401 and are accepted to participate in Summer Academy Berlin, you can take the program for four credits in the summer and add a two-credit independent study in the fall after you return. These six combined credits will substitute for a studio requirement in your fifth year of the architecture program, meaning you could graduate early!

In 2022, the Berlin Summer Academy will continue the successful collaboration with the AEDES Architecture Network Campus and their continuing topics Urban Housing and Urban Surface in collaboration with local professionals and manufacturers. Problems such as overheating, condensation and heat loss are indicators of a new set of challenges related to a more sustainable, less energy intensive architecture. Since early modernism, rapidly advancing technological innovations, which improve performance and aesthetic appearance, has advanced glass technologies dramatically. However, what has fallen short in this advancement is to calibrate these responses jointly, especially connecting appearance research with material-based performance criteria.
Therefore 101 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, the 2020 Berlin Summer Academy will investigate the use of new materials and performance based design tools for the transformation of underused urban infrastructure spaces towards a Berlin Highline…

The summer program will also include various field trips to sites of innovative buildings over the course of the past 100 years in and around Berlin, The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, a glass manufacturing plant and of course the Bauhaus in Dessau. Students will collaborate across institutions and engage with local architects and engineers in the development of innovative 21st century solutions.

This summer academy aims to detect those architectural elements in building typology, which have proven to withstand the continuous challenges of dynamic societies. While architecture magazines elaborate on zero carbon building standards, the public attention starts to address the challenges of global warming and an increasing world population. Attempting to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, architecture as a profession is more than ever challenged to create spaces, which cater to those constantly changing conditions. Demographic changes provide further challenges demanding reuse and reprogramming of building structures.  The summer academy will look into developing design strategies which will meet short terms need as well as long term goals. The result will be on exhibit to the public opening with a reception.

Associate Professor of Architecture Ulrike Passe will serve as the program leader and accompany the students to Germany for the five-week experience. Prior to international travel students are required to participate in an orientation program. 

Students interested in this program should enroll in Arch 576 section DE (4 credits) in summer 2022.


2022 Itinerary
Tentative program dates are June 6 through July 6

Students are responsible for securing their own housing.
Here is the full list of accommodations close to the ANCB studio site:


Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Accepted into departmental program of study
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in OnCall, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.62 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in this program. Students sign a financial agreement prior to studying abroad, and there are certain financial penalties for withdrawing from the program after the financial agreement has been signed.

Participants can apply their financial aid packages to study on this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.

Budget information for the 2022 program is available here.

The program fee will be charged to the U-bill at the end of May, and it will be due in full on June 20.  ISU tuition and fees may be applied at different times and have different due dates.

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2022 program is March 15, 2022. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than April 25, 2022. Those students who commit their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the entire program fee even if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on May 20, 2022. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. 


Withdrawal Penalty

After committing to participate in ISUAbroad and before April 25, 2022:


On or after April 26, 2022 and before May 30, 2022:  

50% of program fee

On or after May 30, 2022:

Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Summer Academy Berlin should be directed to Ulrike Passe.

This program is currently not accepting applications.