The School of Architecture has initiated international programs that have proven beneficial for all students and faculty members involved. The first formal program was organized by Mario Gandelsonas as a joint design studio with the School of Architecture of TongJi University. The program started in 1996 and concluded in 2012. As part of the program, Princeton students traveled to Shanghai for a week of exchange and discussion.
In 2005-2006, the School of Architecture established an ongoing Tokyo Studio, which is supported by a bequest from the estate of Jack Curtis, '51. Begun under the guidance of Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, and Florian Idenburg, Jesse Reiser now directs the studio with Nanako Umemoto. Graduate students travel as part of the studio work and visit numerous architectural sites in Tokyo and Kyoto, including the site of their design project. They participate in a joint midterm review with students and faculty from Nagoya Institute of Technology and Tokyo University from Japan, and Tsinghua University from Beijing, China. In May, almost 50 students and faculty from these schools travel to Princeton for a combined final review. At a time when the practice of architecture is global in its reach, this studio offers an unparalleled educational opportunity for our students.
In 2013, the School expanded its international programs by piloting a research and teaching partnership with the faculty of Architecture at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. Through close collaboration with PLAS (Program in Latin American Studies) and the Spanish and Portuguese Department as well as USP, the Brazil studio has established a diverse network of connections with individuals and institutions in Brazil. While in Brazil, the undergraduate students will not only experience the city directly, they will also meet with local architects, planning officials and community groups, as well as working closely with their counterparts in USP. Travel to Brazil will offer Princeton students exposure to the urgent issues associated with modernization, urbanization and globalization facing Brazil. This program will be directed by Mario Gandelsonas.