International Programs

NYIT has overseas programs and campuses in the United Arab Emirates and China. Presently, the School of Architecture and Design administers an Interior Design program in Abu Dhabi.

The School of Architecture and Design also enjoys an international reputation for its summer abroad programs. Under the direction of one or more full-time faculty members, as many as three diverse programs are offered during the summer, depending upon interested students, and faculty availability. NYIT has offered programs in China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, where students and faculty come in contact with foreign students and architects while living in another culture, enabling them to understand first-hand the range, diversity, and power of living architecture as individual buildings or as entire cities and spaces. Summer study abroad course credit can be applied to a student’s specific curriculum and field of study. The summer programs are open to students enrolled in any degree program offered by the School of Architecture and Design.


    Profs. Paul Amatuzzo, Robert Cody – Co-Directors
This program in Italy has a clear and simple IDEA.  Participants will study a very wide range of Antique and Modern Architecture.  It will also examine the Urban Form of four  Italian cities – Venice, a city floating on the water, Bologna, a relatively prototypical Italian city complete with Roman origins, Medieval walls and doors, and Renaissance and Modern interventions, Florence, the quintessential Renaissance City and Rome – the Ancient and Modern Collage City.
On site studies / field trips will be documented via analytic freehand pencil drawings in Sketchbooks.
Venice, Bologna and Rome will serve as the central “railheads” for visits to architectural sites in Venice and Rome, the Veneto, San Vito, Asolo, Bologna, Possagno, Riolla, Florence, and Ferrara.  Such works will range from the ancients like Sansovino, Codussi, Longhena, Palladio, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, etc., to modernists like Scarpa, Aalto, LeCorbusier, Michelucci, as well as a number of lesser known but excellent contemporary architects.
**The IDEA and premise of this program is to make connections between the old and new that we examine on site and what we subsequently make in the Design Studio. It is intended that there be an inventive and transformative relationship between your sketchbook and what you design in studio.
Toward the above end, the subject of the studio design problem will be “Sacred Spaces / Profane Places”.
After analyzing many Places of Public Assembly (interior and exterior) and particularly many Churches, as diverse as San Zaccaria, Miracoli, Sette Chiese, Aalto’s Church at Riolla, Scarpa’s Chapel, Bologna’s Modern Churches, San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, etc., we will undertake the design of Religious and Secular Places of Assembly – specifically a Church in Venice and a Monastery in Rome.
It is expected that students transform their understanding and experiences with both Antique and Modern Churches into their own Future design proposal. The focus of the design studio will be a sensible integration of historic culture and context with contemporary practice and program.
The summer studio experience will be academically unique as intensive uninterrupted full day studio work mirroring the normal work life of an Architect. Our design studio space will be located and conducted in affiliation with the University of Notre Dame in Rome.
    Profs. Matthias Altwicker, Nader Vossoughian, Co-Directors
At the start of the 20thcentury, Berlin was a city unparalleled in Europe for its size and rate of development. Its relentless energy and dizzying growth stirred the imagination of philosophers (Simmel, Kracauer, Benjamin) and artists (Kirchner, Moholy-Nagy, Höch), architects (van Doesburg, Gropius, Behrens, Taut) and writers (Döblin, Heine, Fontane). A global center of industry, it thrived on the exchange and production of goods. It was, as Friedrich Engels noted, “a modern metropolis that presupposes a capitalist production.”
Thirteen years into the 21stcentury, Berlin continues to struggle with fundamental ideological, political and cultural changes. No other city remains so deeply haunted by the traumas and upheavals of the last century, e.g., by fascism and the Cold War. It continues to bear the scars left by the Wall. Today, it is as much a metropolis as it is a green archipelago, a city both at the center of Germany and Europe, a capital that is fundamentally different from any other capital city: although it attracts artistic and creative energy from the entire world, it is still struggling to come out from under the shadow of its problematic past, particularly in the hands of the National Socialists.
This summer program seeks to understand the vectors and trajectories that define Berlin, that shape where it has been and especially where it is going. Using the concerns of the 2020 International Building Exposition as our starting point, we will ask you as a group to imagine alternative possibilities (both urbanistic and architectural) for understanding and interpreting its distinctive fabric and dynamics.
Our belief is that the work of architects whose careers have spanned many of the changes within the city’s cultural development can and should inform your research. Architects whose work we will explore include Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Peter Behrens, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hans Scharoun, Josef Paul Kleihues, Hans Kollhoff and Axel Schultes. We will also consider buildings by David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, and Le Corbusier. Our view is that their structures and planning proposals should not be treated as isolated entities, but as bodies of evidence which can situate our research, both culturally and creatively.
  • 2014 Paris / Barcelona 
    Prof. David Diamond, Directors 
This program is about modern architectural and urban design. We will travel through France and Spain, spending most of our time in Paris and Barcelona, with visits to key 20th + 21st century projects by Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Raphael Moneo, Carlos Ferrater, Enrique Miralles, Herzog & De Meuron, Santiago Calatrava and others.
This summer program has three goals. The first is to provide a deep awareness of the evolution of the cities of Paris and Barcelona, including economic, social and political factors, in their respective transformations to the vital cities they have become, as well as the contributions made by successive generations of architects and urban planners, so that one may understand how they retain their unique, vibrant, enchanting qualities in spite of the ever evolving processes of renewal, of demolitions and insertions of new structures.
The second goal will be to develop a critical view of the historic and contemporary works we will visit to better understand their contributions to the canon of modern and contemporary architecture.
The third goal will be to develop expertise by conducting  critical  analysis of a canonical  project, to  be researched, documented, and diagrammed before our departure and during our tour, in on-site studies where the influences of physical context can be examined, experienced and assessed.
In addition to our visits to Paris and Barcelona, we will make briefer visits to key monuments and sites in Marseille, La Tourette and Ronchamp in France, plus Valencia and Murcia in Spain.
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Meet Our Students
Asjad Mamoon Dongula
Asjad Mamoon Dongula Campus: Abu Dhabi
Major: Interior Design
Class Of: 2015
Arifa Uddin
Arifa Uddin Campus: Manhattan
Major: Interior Design, B.F.A.
Class Of: 2015