Summer Workshops

As part of GSAPP’s global mission, Summer Workshops foster open dialogue and cultural exchange and encourage collaborative research addressing urgent topics of our time. Every year, six to eight faculty-led research workshops assemble students from across the School’s programs for an intensive study opportunity that revolves around a particular question in a global location. Summer Workshops present students a unique chance for cross-disciplinary collaboration, firsthand experience, and global engagement with real situations. As a sign of the Summer Workshops’ success, many students carry their research into studio and future projects, as well as research opportunities with faculty.

The online application for 2018 Summer Workshops is now open.
All Class of 2019 students (M.ARCH, MS.CCCP, MS.HP, MS.UP) are eligible.

The deadline for online submissions is 11:59pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018. All submissions will be reviewed and responses are sent by Monday, April 2, 2018.

The 2018 Summer Workshops are:

  • Tei Carpenter and Jesse LeCavalier, Infrastructural Imaginaries in Scandinavia, Denmark and Sweden
  • Adam Frampton, Aging Tokyo, Japan
  • Monty Freeman and Beatriz del Cueto, Cuban Modern Architecture and Contemporary Preservation Challenges, Cuba
  • Ziad Jamaleddine, Disconnected Spaces: Saida's Historic Seafront, Lebanon
  • Christoph Kumpusch, Dry - Wet, United Arab Emirates and the Maldives
  • Kate Orff, Thaddeus Pawlowski and Carmelo Ignaccolo, Resilient Mozambique, Mozambique
  • Kaz Sakamoto and Ann Harakawa, Transit-Oriented Development Futures, Hawaii

June 14 - 23, 2018
Led by Monty Freeman and Beatriz del Cueto

The purpose this workshop is to offer an intensive course on Cuban modern architecture and on-the-ground exposure to the challenges and opportunities of historic preservation in present-day Havana. This workshop is designed as a pair of lecture classes in New York followed by a one-week trip to Cuba. Upon completing an intensive course on Cuban modern architecture and on-the-ground exposure to the challenges and opportunities of preservation in present-day Havana, students will submit an essay - written, photographic, or cinematic - exploring an area of particular interest developed during the trip, or a critical interpretation of some aspect of Cuban architecture, urbanism or preservation policy.

For more information contact Belmont Freeman,


July 25 - August 10, 2018
Led by Tei Carpenter and Jesse LeCavalier

This workshop explores innovative infrastructures in Scandinavia that are at the forefront of global waste and energy practices and imagines possibilities for progressive design interventions. The workshop is field-based with emphasis on maximizing empirical encounters with various sites in Copenhagen, Malmo, Gothenburg, and Stockholm. It is designed to examine the cultural, social, and aesthetic aspects of the infrastructural imagination at different levels: the sites of the itinerary operate across a range of scales, from object to district to region. The material gathered during the workshop will be collected in a Field Report with original drawings and comparative systems analysis that explores innovative infrastructures.

For more information contact Tei Carpenter,


July 16 - July 27, 2018
Led by Kaz Sakamoto and Ann Harakawa

By bridging the gap between skills in design thinking and computational science, this workshop provides students with crucial insight into the role of Transit-Oriented Development’s impact in different cities at a multitude of scales. The goal will be for students to generalize and abstract local plans for TOD and see novel approaches to apply computational frameworks and design thinking for successful outcomes in planning, establishing recommendations, future thinking and potential for TOD. Lectures/talks/sessions will be led by specialists with diverse backgrounds representing real estate, transportation, economic development, community-building, and design/architecture. The final deliverable of the workshop will be a graphic report synthesizing their exploration of methods, supporting documentation and recommendations for the future.

For more information contact Kaz Sakamoto,


Dates TBD
Led by Adam Frampton with Yuko Sono

In collaboration with faculty and students from Waseda University, this workshop will investigate the future of Tokyo based on shifting demographics and longer human lifespans. The workshop will observe how aging currently impacts the city and its periphery, identify broader trends and opportunities, and examine specific sites and case studies that reveal critical challenges facing the future of Tokyo. The workshop will focus primarily on new forms of housing instigated by aging, but also touch upon broader issues beyond a typological study of housing. The outcome of the summer workshop will be captured in a booklet.

For more information contact Adam Frampton,


July 21 - August 11, 2018
Led by Ziad Jamaleddine

In partnership with the Saida Observatory for Social Impact, the workshop will propose a design intervention in the form of shading canopy along the City of Saida’s historical seafront connecting together the dispersed activities along the water while bridging the old city to the sea across the costal boulevard. Students and faculty will be tasked with an exercise that is structured around an analytical urban research period, followed by a collective design period projecting an architectural design solution(s) that responds to the design brief given the site challenges. A future workshop will see the development and physical implementation of the proposed design ideas.

For more information contact Ziad Jamaleddine,


August 18 - August 28, 2018
Led by Kate Orff, Thaddeus Pawlowski and Carmelo Ignaccolo

The workshop aims to actively contribute with a multi-scalar design strategy on the improvement of climate resilience and productivity of ecological infrastructure. Students will be involved in an on-site analysis of complex territorial dynamics that are currently threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Rovuma River delta, specifically in the surroundings of Palma. The workshop will offer a multidisciplinary approach through mapping sessions, data gathering and on-site analysis to contribute towards an actual implementation of design actions. The final output of this workshop will be framed within the activities of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes of Columbia GSAPP in a format of publication and it will be delivered to the local authorities in Palma as series of strategic-design toolkits.

For more information contact Kate Orff,; Thaddeus Pawlowski,; Carmelo Ignaccolo,

DRY - WET in the UAE and the Maldives

July 26 - August 12, 2018
Led by Christoph Kumpusch

This workshop concentrates on inhabiting two situational extremes: the desert and the ocean. Examining the United Arab Emirates and the island Republic of Maldives, students will immerse themselves in relationships to water at its limits and apogees. This fundamental (and universal) relationship between communities and their physical land introduces a multiplicity of geographies rooted not only in place, but also in situation; the hyper specificity of place, is contrasted to the rapid onset of globalization; identities that have been made, perceived, created, and recreated. Students will define, research, and extract geographies: social, political, ecological, and educational climates, mapping patterns and rhythms of identity. At the end of the workshop, participants will develop a typology for the built environment as it relates to water and compile documentation and research into a collective narrative documentary comprised of three minute chapters that examine the shifting definitions of ground and explore ideas of place, and placeless, ground and groundless. In fall of 2018, in collaboration with the MAK Center in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information contact Christoph Kumpusch,