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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 01-Oct-2020 02-Oct-2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Cardinal-Pett, Clare Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University
Program Description:
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Studio Andino
Studio Andino invites students in all College of Design majors. Our projects require multidisciplinary collaboration and offer opportunities for students in all majors to make special, discipline-specific contributions. We need architects, landscape architects, planners, interior designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, artists, writers, and students in the social sciences.
This studio investigates contemporary urban issues in the context of the Andes, with a special focus on neighborhoods and communities that are products of informal processes or deserve attention as liminal conditions in the city. Cities in the Andes are distinguished from other Latin American cities in terms of biogeography and, in most cases, very large indigenous and mestizo populations. They tend to be heavily influenced by the alternative economies of the informal sector and popular markets. We will study the urban history and contemporary issues of cities that constitute the Andean ecological and cultural region.
The field trip to Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu will further enrich our understanding of Andean urban history.  Students must participate in the field trip unless given special permission otherwise.
Everyone in the studio will spend the semester analyzing the city of Lima as a whole, learning about its history and contemporary problems, and developing proposals at various scales--urban, neighborhood, or building. Each student (or team of students) may choose one of two project sites as a semester-long focus:
A. An informal neighborhood on the southeast city periphery called Manchay. As funding permits, we will also develop a small design-build project for the Manchay community in collaboration with a team of Peruvian students and a local NGO Ruwasunchis. All students are welcome to participate in this community engagement project in Ames and in Lima during the field trip.
B. A traditional fishing community and wharf in Chorillos, an area in the heart of Lima's urbanized Pacific coast. We will build on work accomplished in 2015 with the guidance of Max Viatori, Professor in Charge of the ISU Anthropology Department. As funding permits, we will develop one or more design-build projects outlined in the master plan. 
Our partners in Lima are Cristina Dreifuss, PHD, an architecture professor and director of INTUY LAB and a community of design students who are regular collaborators with Studio Andino. Our work with the fishing community will be informed by Hector Bombiella a PHD candidate in Anthropology at ISU and Max Viatori, a faculty member in Anthropology and a past collaborator with the studio. Max and Hector have special knowledge of this community, having spent a number of years conducting research with them at this site in Lima. Students in the 2016 studio worked with fishers to build a prototype for a fish market display table and served as the first ambassadors in this continuing relationship.
Outline of semester activities:
Part 1: Historical studies, urban analysis, and precedent studies.
Research and urban analysis for Manchay and the Chorrillos Wharf--individual and group work.
Design-build project development and construction--a multidisciplinary group project.
Spring Break Field Trip Outline:
7 days in Lima - research, construction, and tours.
5 days in Cuzco, the Urubamba Valley, and Machu Picchu--tours and free time.
2 days in Lima - research and free time.
Study Abroad field trip estimate: $3100
(all transportation, lodging, entrance fees, and some meals)
Part 2: Students will choose one of the following project topics to pursue more theoretically after our trip to Peru:
A. Urban and/or architectural proposal development for Manchay--individual and/or group work.
B. Urban and/or architectural proposal development for the wharf at Chorrillos--individual and/or group work.
For more information and photographs visit Studio Andino on Facebook: or our crowdfunding campaign site: or contact Clare Cardinal-Pett at

2017 Program Dates 

Dsn S 546 section PE will meet regularly on campus between January 9, 2017 and May 5, 2017. Students will participate in a study abroad experience to Peru from March 8-21.

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

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 CISI, 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 $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a fee to participate in Studio Andino. Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in Peru and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Budget information about this program is available here.

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2017 program is November 11, 2016. Students will be notified by e-mail if they have been accepted. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later November 28, 2016. Those students who confirm their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the penalties outlined below only if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on January 20, 2017.  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.
Date Withdrawal Penalty
After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before December 9, 2016: $200.00
On or after December 9, 2015 and before December 16, 2016:   50% of program fee
On or after December 16, 2016: Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Studio Andino should be directed to Clare Cardinal-Pett.