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Study Tour Program & Expo Milano

International study tours are a unique opportunity for designers to enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for a particular geographical area or topic. Appreciating this fact, DIA member, magazine editor and passionate Italophile Kate St James, has again curated a tour to Italy especially for designers.

This tour focuses on architecture and landscape in several locations in Italy, including but not limited to the beautiful Cinque Terre, Carrara marble mines, Venice and Vicenza, offering a program in partnership with exhibitions and institutions, culminating in a personalised study of Expo Milan 2015.

It is Kate’s personal experience living in and travelling through Italy that was the catalyst for these tours that she creates specifically for the design industry in conjunction with trusted colleagues in Italy.

“For our 2015 study tours we offer two departure dates in July and October. Our program draws on our wide network of scholars and colleagues, who have tailored the tours to the interests of our participants,” said Kate. “This 14 day program is the result of extensive research by our Italian partners and is designed for those who have an interest in architecture and design which goes beyond the standard guidebooks, visiting destinations covering multiple disciplines, structures and geographic areas. Of course we include pauses for leisure and personal exploration of la dolce vita too, as no visit to Italy should be purely academic.”

You will also have unprecedented access to significant sites and you will be in great company, enhancing your experiences with debate and input from your co-coordinators, hosts and study colleagues with a wide expertise in a variety of disciplines.

This special study tour focuses on gems of architecture, presenting rich layers of urban history with on-site visits offering insight into urban changes and the challenges of historic preservation and adaptive re-use of landmark structures to resolve contemporary urban difficulties in a country overflowing with superb cultural monuments.

Combining the Study Tour with Expo Milan 2015 offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey spanning not just Italian and European, but international architecture with exhibition pavilions and interiors by architects from a host of countries which are spending millions of euro to competitively present and exhibit the best of their country under the provocative theme: Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life.

For more information, itinerary and pricing contact Kate St James,