Summer School 2023: Learning from Tradition
Sunday 2 July - Saturday, 5 August 2023
(2 – 9 July in Engelsberg, Sweden and 9 July – 5 August in Cambridge, UK)
- Students stay at the UNESCO World Heritage site Engelsberg Iron Works set in the idyllic landscape of southern Sweden, outside of historic Stockholm
- Cambridge scholars and other leading architectural historians lecture on the history and theory of classical architecture from antiquity to the present day with a focus on British classicism of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries
- Students reside at Downing College during the second part of the programme. Downing is the University of Cambridge’s ‘Enlightenment College’ with nineteenth-century buildings designed by William Wilkins and twentieth-century additions by Quinlan and Francis Terry
- Students gain privileged access to world-class museums and libraries including Wren’s Trinity College Library and the library at St Paul’s Cathedral
- Students learn to read and interpret historic parts of classical buildings and work with architectural drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and physical building materials
- Distinguished practising British architects lead Masterclasses in historic and contemporary drawing techniques and approaches to design and conservation
Programme Dates: Sunday, 2 July through Saturday, 5 August 2023
Programme Cost: £5, 370*
Accommodation: Engelsberg Iron Works, Sweden and Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK
Student Places: 15
Financial Awards: Entry to the programme will be competitive, and generous scholarships (excluding transportation to Sweden and from Cambridge) will be awarded to successful applicants, thanks to the generosity of the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit. (No separate application is required to apply for funding.)
Programme Cost Inclusions:
- Single occupancy accommodation at Engelsberg Iron Works when in Sweden and student accommodation at Downing College when in Cambridge
- Breakfast (daily); several lunches; 5 wine receptions; 25 dinners (Dinners provided daily in Sweden and Monday – Thursday in hall at Downing in Cambridge)
- Daily lectures and studio sessions
- Entry into all sites included on the programme
- Transportation by private coach on study day trips
- Most communal drawing materials for the studio portion of the course*
- A one-way economy class flight between Engelsberg (Arlanda Int’l Airport ARN) and London, UK
*Please note that students are expected to bring some of their own studio materials such as watercolours and drafting tools, etc. Further details will be provided for successful applicants.
We welcome applications from university-level students and early career professionals (graduating within the past 5 years) of any nationality or background. While we expect most applications to be from students of architecture and architectural history, other applicants able to show serious engagement with classical architecture will be considered. Be sure to communicate how this programme will help your professional trajectory in your personal statement. Qualified architects in the early stages of practice are welcome to apply but will be expected to make a convincing case for their professional need to join this programme. In these instances, an interview with members of the selection panel may be required.
The priority application deadline to be considered for funding is 31 January.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 30 March.
Required application documents:
- Personal Statement (between 500-750 words) stating why the Summer School in classical architecture will aid your studies or career trajectory
- Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
- University Transcripts (unofficial) from your most recent degree
- One (1) letter of recommendation (ideally from an academic referee)
- Portfolio (5 pages saved as a .pdf) for students enroled in a studio architecture programme or a Writing Sample (max 5000 words) if applying from a history course of study
Applications open 1 December 2022 for the 2023 programme. To submit an application, use this online form.
Details of applications and required documents are listed on the application form. Please note that all documents can be uploaded in .docx or .pdf format. Letters of recommendation should be sent by the referee (not the applicant) as a .docx or .pdf file on letterhead to CSCA (email@example.com) to the attention of the Director, Dr Frank Salmon, by the application deadline. Please not the applicant is responsible for ensuring their referee submits their letter of recommendation on time.
Admissions decisions for applications submitted by 31 January will be communicated in early to mid March and, for those submitted an application in February or March, decisions will be communicated by early April.