• Summer Session II 2017.
  • For all majors of Texas A&M University, priority given to USAR.
  • Satisfies University Studies-Architecture “Study Abroad” requirement.
  • Does not satisfy the College of Architecture “Semester Away” requirement.

The College of Architecture has established a new interdisciplinary program in China/Taiwan.

China—a country with more than 5000 years of history—has become the second-biggest economy in the world. China’s economic growth still maintains at a fast speed. In the meantime, China has and is experiencing dynamic development in all architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning sectors. Further, American business continues to invest in China; most of the leading design firms have or are establishing offices in China.

Taiwan is on islands near the southeast perimeter of China with 23 million population and a democratic political system. The culture of Taiwan is a blend of traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese aboriginal cultures. With its population consisting of mostly Chinese ethnic, colonization by Japan over a half century, and influences of modern American and European cultures and political systems, Taiwan provides our students an unique opportunity to experience diverse Asian culture. The region is also an economic power house featuring a very large number of multinational companies.

Objectives of the courses include: 1. Students will be able to recognize the concept of sustainable stormwater management, urban agriculture, public & nonmotorized transportation, recycling and renewable energy. 2. Students will come to understand the role of physical arrangement of facilities to promote sustainable community. 3. Students will be able to identify urban contexts and systems such as transit networks that promote sustainable community. 4. Students will gain understandings of the differences in Chinese/Taiwanese approaches to transportation and land use and United States approaches.

For more information please contact Dr. Elton Abbott, AIA, Assistant Dean in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University at

Summer Semester courses in China include:

CARC 311: Field Studies in Design Communication. Credit 3. 

This course emphasizes design communication in international and domestic environments away from Texas A&M University. Emphasis will be placed on the tools, methods and techniques for design communication. CARC 311 is oriented towards the communication of ideas and discoveries during the study abroad experience.  In coordination with the theoretical background of URPN 460 –China/Taiwan Sustainable Communities; this course will challenge students to communicate the complexities of sustainable design system of sites visited. Students will document sustainable practices in a digital diary and create a video document their reflection (and/or transformation) of before, during and after the 5-week living in China/Taiwan and other places they have visited. 

URPN 460: China/Taiwan Sustainable Communities. Credit 3.

This course examines multiple facets of sustainable communities in China/Taiwan, combining seminars/lectures and field visits and tours in the China/Taiwan region and beyond. It is an active learning course, where you will learn as much by experiencing the sights and sounds of urban spaces as well as discussions in the classroom based on the reading and review of relevant literature on sustainability topics. We will immerse ourselves in this environment by partaking in weekly field trips, tours, and excursions focusing on sustainable transportation, food/water/soil, energy and waste management. Our field experiences will reinforce the underlying principles of sustainable community evident in the design of China/Taiwan cities and regions. We will also be experiencing active transportation modes by walking, hiking, bicycling, and taking public transportation such as buses, trains, and trams. Perhaps most importantly, this course will allow you to gain a greater appreciation of the German people, culture, and lifestyle and help you understand the importance of sustainability from a global context. 

LAND 485: Directed Studies on China/Taiwan Sustainable Communities. Credit 1-6.
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