Winter Break-Asia Study Abroad
This Asia Study Abroad Program takes students to unique regions of Asia – East, Southeast, and South Asia. Students experience cultures and places that are based primarily on Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Taoist, and Confucianist principles, and are strangely intermixed with European colonial influences, as well as with postcolonial globalization. Students explore non-western traditions of architecture, design, and urbanism (both historic and contemporary) in these countries, interact with both graduate architecture students and faculty in the host universities, and network with leading Asian design, engineering, technology, and construction companies.
Jae D. Chang, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas, has taught environmental control systems courses since 2002. He has worked with leading Asian architectural-engineering firms and conducts research in environmentally responsive design. He has lead study abroad programs in Asia since 2008.
Kapila D. Silva, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Architecture at KU, has lead study abroad programs in Asia since 2006, first at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and then at KU. He runs an architectural consultancy in Sri Lanka and researches into the cultural dimensions of architecture, urbanism, and historic preservation, with a special focus in the Asian context. He is the lead editor of Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns, and Prospects (Routledge 2013).