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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer Faculty-Led
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/27/2020 04/05/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Credits: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Enrollment Restrictions: All GAUD Students from all programs, Students at Pratt pursuing a Masters Degree in Industrial Design or Interior Design, Students from any equivalency Master of Architecture program, Students from other Pratt School of Architecture programs with a Bachelor of Architecture
Program Director: David Erdman, Natalia Echeverri
Program Description:

GAUD in Havana and NYC
David Erdman
Natalia Echeverri
 Applications Open: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Application Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Decision Date: 15th April, 2019
Program Dates: Friday, June 28th – Friday, July 26th, 2019

  • 3 weeks in Havana + 1 week in NYC
  • 3 credit course (counts for ARCH and HT elective) *
  • Workshop with local students and professors
  • In collaboration with CUJAE and in support of FAC
  • Weekend excursion to Trinidad, Cuba

In this immersive four-week program based in Havana, Cuba, students will explore the architectural and urban phenomena of an emerging economy with a visible and vibrant past to develop strategies of spatial alteration and interiority as a means of urban development. The three-credit design-based seminar exposes students to the ideas and histories behind the city’s structure, urbanity and geography through local excursions and lectures by Cuban architects, historians, and professionals involved in government institutions. In addition to work in the capital city, students will visit areas around Havana and Trinidad where they can gain an understanding of similar projects in Cuba at large.

Focusing on a post-industrial site along the former Havana port, students will speculate on altering, densifying and interiorizing the existing post-industrial structures. Critical photography will be employed throughout the course as an instrument of documentation, analysis, and design. Working in groups and utilizing ‘montage’ modeling methods, students will transform and alter the building and site in ways that explore modes and degrees of interiority. In NYC, students will refine their montage work and develop a sectional model of their designs. The final work will be showcased during Pratt’s opening day.
*Students interested in additional credit may be eligible for an independent study upon confirmation by the instructor.

-All GAUD students
-Industrial Design, Interior Design, and GCPE students with architecture degrees
-Students from any equivalent Master of Architecture program.