Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Students will be selected to travel to Oman this fall and participate in a two-week international project.

For the first time, CALA is offering an interdisciplinary and international honors studio integrated into the curricula of our three programs – architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. Selected students will participate in an urban design studio and practicum in Oman this fall. Participants will aid in the revitalization efforts of the urban waterfront of Muscat, while increasing cross-cultural and cross disciplinary awareness.

While abroad, CALA students will collaborate with the architectural engineering faculty and students from the Sultan Qaboos University. Together, the group will examine the numerous large urban revitalization projects that Muscat is currently undertaking. Afterwards, they will generate a conceptual master plan that lends cohesiveness to all of the renewal projects.

“It is anticipated that this experience will catalyze a better understanding of the potential influences and confines inherent in our design and planning professions regarding their ability to effect meaningful change in urban fabric,” says Mark Frederickson, Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and leader of the trip. He hopes that as students from both universities work together, they’ll begin to see cultural, professional, and environmental commonalities.

The honors studio has been made possible in large part to CALA’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year and Head of Muscat Municipality, H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Hamdoon Al Harthi. After visiting Tucson in 2011 to receive his award, H.E. Al Harthi suggested that the College team up with Muscat on a project, leading to the upcoming studio.

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