Experience architecture firsthand
SAH draws on its vast network of scholars and practitioners around the world to create a study tour program that focuses on the architecture and landscapes of different regions, periods, cities, styles, and architects. SAH offers study day programs in partnership with current exhibitions, collections at museums, and other institutions. The SAH Study Tour program is comprised of either one-day programs at one site both in the U.S. and internationally or 10-12 day programs that visit non-U.S. destinations covering multiple buildings and larger geographic areas.
Every SAH study tour program is the result of extensive scholarship and research, designed specifically for those whose interest in architecture goes beyond the standard guidebook. Our tours are not “canned” – each one is designed by a member whose expertise and knowledge are authoritative. Our tour leader’s connections allow for unprecedented access to significant structures, making SAH tours legendary for granting members access to buildings and places usually inaccessible to the general public. One of the greatest benefits of SAH Study Tour program is the company – the experience is always enhanced with debate and input from colleagues with expertise in a variety of disciplines. Study Tour Fellowships
are offered in conjunction with each study program to allow for a graduate student or emerging professional to participate in the tour. Read the Study Tour Fellow Reports
to learn more about SAH study programs from the perspective of the fellowship recipients.
Monday, August 18, 2014
FLY FROM USA
Tuesday, August 19
SARAJEVO, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Arrive Sarajevo and transfer to the Hotel Europa. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
Wednesday, August 20
In the morning we will visit Sarajevo's principal monuments, including the Begova Mosque (1531); the 16th-century Orthodox cathedral and museum; the Pasuca Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture; the Ulica Vase Miskina, the most typical Austrian street in the old town; and the Svrzo House, an outstanding example of 16th-century Turkish domestic architecture. In the afternoon is a walk to and discussion of the National Library, a rare case of the major "cross-cultural" neo-classicist building at the periphery of the Austro- Hungarian Empire, followed by some exploration on your own. Dine at a local restaurant.
Thursday, August 21
SARAJEVO | MOSTAR | DUBROVNIK, Croatia
Mostar was carefully restored after the conflict of the 1990s and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a tour including the famed Stari Most (“the Old Bridge”), originally built in 1566, and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the walled hill town of Pocitelj and the nearby ancient Roman settlement of Narona, where we will discuss a small village contemporary museum within the framework of the Croatian School of architecture. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Dubrovnik and check into the Grand Villa Argentina. (B, L)
Friday, August 22
DUBROVNIK | EMBARK
Tour Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, and understand many forms of adaptive reuse for modern life. We will walk the city walls discussing major architectural moments, view palaces, the Franciscan Monastery with 13th-century pharmacy, the Rector’s palace, and the Dominican monastery. Embark Corinthian this evening. (B, D)
Saturday, August 23
DUBROVNIK | CAVTAT | KOTOR, Montenegro
Explore and enjoy elegant Cavtat. Sail the deep, fjordlike Bay of Kotor to reach the port town located at the head of the bay beneath towering mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor’s fortifications and most of its monuments date from the time of Venetian rule. A tour will showcase magnificent walls, palaces and churches, including the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral, which contains a rich collection of artifacts. Many palaces and churches have found a new use including the Naval Museum and the Lapidarium. (B, L, D)
Sunday, August 24
KORCULA ISLAND, Croatia
The medieval city of Korcula was a unique urban organization of its time. Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasury, the Bishop’s Palace, the Church of All Saints, the Icon Museum, and Marco Polo’s home. Visit a family farm in Lumbarda, for a local experiencee, known for its production of white wine from the indigenous Korcula Grk ("greek") grape. Taste the local wines as well as dry-cured ham, goat cheese,olive oil, and vegetables, all produced on site. Visit the nearby site of the first considered Greek settlement in the Adriatic. (B, L, D)
Monday, August 25
PLOCE | THE MAKARSKA COAST | PLOCE, Croatia
Coastal drive from Ploce to Makarska, where the Franciscan Monastery museum founded in 1400, displays a collection of shells. After lunch at a local restaurant, and some leisure time, drive through the stunningly beautiful Biokovo mountain range. Stops off the beaten path will reveal architectural transformations of small towns through centuries. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, August 26
VIS & HVAR ISLANDS
Vis is one of Croatia’s most unspoiled islands. Drive from Vis to quaint Komiza, which has retained its medieval character. Explore Komiza on foot, and later travel to Hvar, where the architecture is unmistakably Venetian. Tour includes a visit to the 17th-century Municipal Theater, the Franciscan Monastery and its small gallery, the city’s Loggia, and St. Stephen’s Square. Continue by bus to the 16th-century fortress for spectacular views of Hvar Town’s panorama. Time permitting we will visit Stari Grad Plains, an agricultural landscape from 4th century designated as UNESCO heritage site. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, August 27
Split is an ancient city centered around the formidable Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295-
305. Much of it well preserved, it contains Split’s medieval town, making it the only palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times, an adaptive reuse at a unique scale. Joined by prof. Marasovic, the tour includes a visit to its underground cellars, the Mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Northern Gate. Also view how a modern building was added in the historic fabric, and how Riva, the city’s main promenade, was redesigned in a contemporary style. Tour includees a visit to the gallery of famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. (B, L, D)
Thursday, August 28
CRUISING THE KORNATI ARCHIPELAGO | RAB ISLAND
Sail by the Kornati Archipelago In the morning, a national park of about 100 uninhabited islands, en route to Rab. Perched on a peninsula overlooking a spacious bay, Rab is one of the most beautiful towns along Croatia’s coast. A walking tour visits all its landmark sites, including the Cathedral of Sveta Marija (St. Mary the Great), and the magnificent Bell Tower, a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. Rab will provide an excellent comparison to Hvar and Korcula, each distinctly different jewels of larger island settlements. (B, L, D)
Friday, August 29
VENICE, Italy | DISEMBARK
Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights. Or transfer to your hotel to rest and do some self-exploration of Venice. (B)
Saturday, August 30
VENICE, Italy | VENICE BIENNALE
A study day at the Venice Biennale. Join Ken Oshima for an overview and the best way to experience and navigate the Venice Biennale. Admission tickets are included in the tour price for August 30 only. Hotels, transportation, meals in Venice are not included. Additional admission fees to the Venice Biennale for dates other than August 30 will apply.
(B=breakfast included; L=lunch included; D=dinner included)
* this Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
A deposit of $1,500 per person will be due upon confirmation of your space by Travel Dynamics International (TDI). SAH will contact you so that you may submit your deposit.
Final payment is due by May 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. CST.
If you have questions regarding SAH Study Programs, please contact Director of Programs Kathy Sturm, at email@example.com
Earn AIA/CES Learning Units
The Society of Architectural Historians currently offers AIA/CES learning units for this program. SAH is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.