International Exchange Program Cal Poly San Luis Obispo & Universidade Lusofona

International Exchange Program 2011

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo & Universidade Lusofona 

June 20 to July 22 -  2011


30 working days: 240 working hours


Pedagogical Objectives:

To contribute to the student’s understanding of planning from an international perspective;

To provide the student with an awareness of international job opportunities;

To enhance the student’s skills to work within an international intercultural context.

Cal Poly students (third and fourth years; graduates) from City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Architecture.

ULHT students (second year).


Classes offered:

Urban design studio (4 units): an urban design project for the redevelopment of an area (4 to 5 acres) within a consolidated district in Lisbon within the reach of an intermodal transit hub; the work is expected to be developed by small collaborative teams with students from both universities.

Seminar 1: Urban Design (4 units): study of contemporary practices and case studies; presentations and field visits; studies applied to the urban design studio.

Seminar 2: Environmental Psychology (4 units): seminar on concepts and methods of environmental psychology with emphasis on cross cultural studies; studies applied to the urban design studio.

Total: 12 units



Vicente del Rio, PhD (program coordinator).  Architect, planner and urban designer. Professor, CRP Department

Zeljka Howard, MSc. Architect and planner. Senior Lecturer, CRP Department.

Mario Moutinho, Doctor. Architect and urbanist. Rector, graduate director, and professor, Universidade Lusofona.

Diogo Mateus, Doctor. Urbanist. Director of the Urbanism program, Universidade Lusofona.

Joao Sequeira, Doctor. Architect. Director of the Architecture program, Universidade Lusofona.


Design studio: 5 hours/day from Monday to Friday

Seminars 1 and 2: each will have 4 hours/week to be distributed along the whole stay.

Field trips: distributed during the week and weekends along the whole stay.


Study Visits:

Visits and meetings at Camara de Lisboa (talks on Lisbon’s master and strategic planning)

Alfama (Lisbon’s Moorish castle and medieval area)

Bairro Alto (Lisbon’s historic hill mostly built in the XVI C.; roman ruins)

Bairro do Chiado (elegant renaissance commercial area; rebuilt after big fire of 1988; plan by Alvaro Siza)

Baixa Pombalina (Lisbon’s baroque area rebuilt after 1755 earthquake)

Encarnação e Alvalade (Lisbon’s planned modernist neighborhoods from early 1930s);

District developed replacing Expo 98’s original area; Santiago Calatrava’s Orient Station (intermodal)

Day trips: Algarve, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril and Obidos

Weekend trip: Porto (second largest city)

Weekend trip: Guimaraes