Summer architecture program in Rome for high school students delivers college admissions success

Jan 23, 2013, 12:21 ET from Center for Sustainable Urbanism

SUDBURY, Mass., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The CIAO! program in architecture for American high school students in Rome and Capranica, Italy begins its second year in 2013 with a session from July 6 to July 27. The CIAO! (Center for Introduction to Architecture Overseas) program immerses 12 students in the architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the living laboratory of Rome and gives them hands-on design practice in Capranica, a hill-town 39 miles north of Rome.

Students studying architecture at most American universities rarely get the chance early in their studies to experience what they are preparing to do. A former Fulbright Fellow in Rome, program director Gail Whitney Karn, AIA says, "Our purpose is to teach young adults about the built environment from a holistic and sustainable perspective through site-visits and studio work in order that they can make good decisions about their careers."  After three intensive weeks of classes, tours, studio work and dinner discussions, students considering architecture come away with sharpened capabilities and an understanding of architecture's possibilities and satisfactions. 

By partnering and working with faculty and connecting with students at La Sapienza, University of Rome, the CIAO! program delivers a cost-effective experience that is hard to match.  One student said, "the CIAO! program was one of the most profound experiences I've had in my young life."  Another student was admitted to Syracuse University's highly-ranked undergraduate architecture program.

CIAO! is run by the international Center for Sustainable Urbanism (CFSU), which was founded by Karn and her husband, Robert M. Karn, AIA, LEED (  The Karns, Harvard Graduate School of Design graduates, have practiced and taught architecture and urban design in Boston, Denver and San Francisco and in Italy and Germany.

Contact: Robert M.Karn
PO Box 233, Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: +1-978-760-1183

SOURCE Center for Sustainable Urbanism