By Sean Schmidt | Nov 23, 2015

UW Landscape Architecture is offering a very unique opportunity to study abroad in the summer of 2016, LARCH 495B Design/Build in China, June 20th - July 20th, 2016, (6 credits).

Information sessions:

Gould Hall Room 312, 12pm
Friday, January 15, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, February 9, 2016

APPLICATION DUE: February 29, 2016

For more information: UW Study Abroad - Landscape Architecture China: Design/Build Guiyang, China

UW Students will collaborate with students and faculty from the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Guizhou Normal University Guiyang, Guizhou Province, to design and build a gathering space for families.  The project will complement the unique forms and features of the unusual sculpture park, Yelang Valley, created by the artist, Song Peilun, who over 17 years built this memorial to a disappeared tribe who lived in Guizhou a thousand years ago.  Yelang Valley is in a forested area.  We will be working with local Chinese builders who specialize in traditional building techniques.  The location of the program is an area unique with many ethnic traditional villages in close proximity to the program site and unique geological and ecological features, such as karst canyons and waterfalls.

The program is open to all students from all disciplines and previous construction experience is not required. The focus is on environmental therapeutic design and construction. Other themes will be craft and material fabrication, historic/cultural design, ecology and art. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from with the U of WA and other universities and colleges. Non-matriculated students should apply. The accommodations will be small-scale dormitory with shared rooms.

For information contact Prof. Daniel Winterbottom:, phone 206-612-1146

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