Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’


The first question every architecture student is asked in an interview is “How much experience do you have doing Construction Documents and using CAD?” The second question asked is whether you have “any experience using Revit?” For most  Masters students seeking their first summer or full-time position, these questions are tricky as the majority of Masters programs do not explicitly teach CAD/Revit. Where as an undergrad or college architectural education does normally provide courses in CAD.

What is concerning is the emphasis some firms place on students and graduates knowing these programs and at the same time the lack of emphasis Masters programs have in teaching the basics in a structured way. In the realm of higher education, there appears to be a snobbish outlook on the technical skill set needed to meet the minimal level of readiness for the workforce. Is technical skills training the purvey of only Colleges?

I have met graphic/digital course teachers who take a very hands off approach in teaching programs, rather lecturing from the podium while students follow along on their laptops. This is of course highly ineffective. For students who have not had an undergrad or college education in architecture, it is the responsibility of the Masters program to either dictate that students seek external help prior to entering or provide a basic skill set workshop to bring students up to speed. Architecture students should not leave graduate school without learning to draw plans, reflected ceiling plans, sections, and elevations all in CAD and if possible Revit. That being said, firms need to realize that if they are looking for “CAD Monkeys” then stop hiring Masters students. Colleges are cranking out technically proficient graduates who want to produce Construction Documents. Masters students are taught to be designers and understand the formal qualities of architecture in a way that is not taught in college or undergrad. The value added of a Masters student is his/her comprehension of design.

Registered Architects have a responsibility to the profession to take on students and train them. This is a very important commitment as the sunken cost into a student is normally never recovered. Yet years ago, every registered architect was in the same position as the student today. For students worried about their lack of skills, don’t be! Go into an interview, be honest about your deficiencies, yet always return the conversation to your strengths. Talk to the potential employer about your best studio projects, ask them if they have any questions, push your interests in architecture and sell them on you, not your technical skill set.


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I had the opportunity to research and write a thesis paper on the effects of nationalism on architecture in my undergraduate History degree. This is an important topic as still today it is somewhat of an uncharted territory for historians. We living in a built environment are constantly bombarded and influenced by the architecture around us. We should be more cognizant of its effect. Select the link below to be redirected to where the document lives on ISSUU, an online publication website.

Nationalism & Architecture – Online Reader

Introduction / Summary

The built environment we inhabit is a strategic tool in the negotiation of national identity. The citizen cannot avoid the nation space due to the reality that citizens inhabit cities that are part of the national discourse. This discourse is directed by the hegemonic power of a nation that can influence the design and construction of our environments. Thus a federally constructed cityscape can enhance the power of the nation. Numerous case studies have analyzed the relationship between nationalism and architecture which have concluded that nations use architecture to reinforce identity. Haim Yacobi analyzed the Israeli-Palestinian use of architecture in nation-building. Paul Baxa shed light on Fascist Italy’s attack on Catholic Rome to develop a pagan Roman identity. These two cases are just a sample of the many that concluded that the built environment reinforce national identity. A nation’s conscious effort to manipulate architecture for nationalistic reasons can simply be called architectural nationalism. The authors of the sample case studies do not agree on all aspects of architectural nationalism because it is a relatively new debate on the varying theories of “how architecture is used” and “what does it represents subconsciously.” The debate encompasses the instigators, origins, place, time, governmental structure, and symbolization of architecture and identity. The issues in the debate are the ingredients needed to create a program of architectural nationalism. However, the mix of ingredients can be quite different in each state.

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So back in 2009-2010 as President of the Environmental Design Students’ Association, the Executive decided to make some architecture swag for our students. Unfortunately due to the controversial message on the clothing, we were unable to ever make our dream a reality. All we wanted to say was that Architecture students are skilled at building models. Some people took this out of context.

Special thanks goes to the designer of the swag and fellow graduate of the Architecture  program at the University of Calgary, Cameron Ashe.

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So after approaching and applying many of the well known firms in Toronto for an Intern Architect position, I wanted to share some of the lessons I have learned. I wish I had learned some of these lessons before I started applying, however I hope this advice will help my peers who are applying concurrently. Although the worst of the recession is over in Canada, some architecture firms are still struggling to recover. At the end of the day many firms are still affected by the lack of new loans for building projects, the lack of Federal infrastructure money, and other various factors. The AIA has actually indicated that the Architecture Billing Index has fallen below 50 which likely means that the industry will slow down even more. So people looking for a job must be strategic.

With all that said, I wanted to share any advice for us job seekers.

1. Decide what you want to do with your architecture degree and write down your goals and aspirations!

What are your short term goals, 5 year plan, and 10 year plan? Do you want to get registered? Do you want to be partner or own your own firm? What type of architecture do you want to do: civic, institutional, residential, commercial, retail,  urban planning, art, or competitions? Be specific, this is your chance to tell everyone what really excites you about architecture and what your are driven to accomplish.

2. Re-focus your resume and cover letter to emphasize your goals and aspirations in a way that shows a specialization in architecture!

If you want to do competitions, what experiences, skills, and projects have you done to make you the perfect candidate? Include a professional development section that captures all the conferences, competitions, certifications, publications, reports, and other preparation for your specialization in architecture. If you have previous work experience, include a selected projects list of work completed. Write a short cover letter that includes a couple sentences in a separate paragraph that focuses on your specialization.

3. Research what type/size of firm wants your experience!

Don’t apply for just any firm, do some research and figure out what types of firms need your expertise and leverage those expertise to get a job. For example, if you have a previous interior design degree and have some experience in the field, then I would suggest that you go after firms who do not have interior designers on staff. Those particular firms likely want to add those skills to their practice however cannot afford to hire an interior designer. It really is a give and take relationship between the firm and a potential candidate and in the end, the firm gets your expertise and you get in the door to start work as an Intern Architect. One caveat with this strategy is that you are clear with your intentions that you want to become an Architect and wish not to be pigeon holed.

4. Network and build relationships before you ask for a job!

Talk to your friends in the industry that you wish to enter, make new friends, go out for drinks, go out for lunch, and build relationships with people. Creating an intimate relationship with persons of interest in the industry will lead to timely advice and help in approaching the firms you are interested in. People within the field can offer insight to who is hiring and possibly offer an introduction. Remember the Iceberg metaphor when it comes to careers, most jobs are not advertised and just under the surface. That means we must network and build relationships to find the unadvertised ones. Only after have you built a relationship of trust and mutual respect with friends, partners, and principals should you ask for a job. You want that person to feel completely comfortable with you. This could take months, however it is a rewarding educational experience. And remember your please and thank you’s after every meeting.

5. Apply for the job!

After you have identified partners of firms looking to hire your specialization and have their contact information in hand, go after that job with a strong cover letter and resume. Consider emailing a portfolio sample or link your portfolio from a website, blog, or FTP. Follow-up with a call within a week. Ask for an interview or drinks. Even if there are no job opportunities, maintain that contact for the next quarter and keep in touch. Sometimes it can take months to develop a relationship to a point where it becomes a career offer.


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Barcelona Urban Interventions

I participated in the Barcelona Study Abroad Program for the fall 2010 semester. Our class was situated in the heart of Barcelona’s Barri Gotic off of Las Ramblas and challenged with a contextually Spanish problem of how to place an intervention in the Eixample. Our project brief required the development of a secondary school program within the context of Barcelona’s Eixample and integration of the educational program beyond the normative typology of a secondary school. We  wanted to reinterpret the schools urban condition to facilitate public usage concurrently with student usage and design a formal logic which reflects the functional aspects of a school without classrooms. The classroom was transformed into studio space where faculty, students, and external public dialoged. The education system was based on a Spanish Baccalaureate program that was composed of core classes and a specialization of the students’ choosing.

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MASS show boards

Growth in population and suburban subdivision sprawl has left our cities burdened with ever increasing urban  footprints that hinder our ability to live sustainably. Subdivisions create low density developments that are only accessible by the automobile and far from places of work or retail. The desire to live in a single family dwelling in a safe suburban setting makes it attractive, yet unsustainable to continue building this way. There is a dichotomy between suburban living and higher density mixed-used developments. The Dalhousie community exemplifies the suburban single family subdivision that is increasingly unsustainable yet attractive to live in. Is it possible to rethink suburbia and increase the density of the population while maintaining the character of the neighbourhood?

Re-Programming Territories is a proposal for Dalhousie and many other communities that resemble it. This prototype laneway infill attempts to re-program laneway garage space and foster a new alternative urban habitation grafted onto the existing laneway infrastructure without interrupting existing residences. The design strategy calls for the compensation and annexation of whole lengths of laneway to infill and add to the suburban fabric, increasing the density to approximately fifteen units/hectares. What was a monolithic empty back alley, becomes activated with occupation.

Pedestrian laneway activation is accomplished through the addition of enclosed public green corridors which are both a greenhouse and circulation spine for the residents where urban farming occurs year-round and lush vegetation warms the coldest winter days. This corridor is accessible to the whole community and operates as a year-round pedestrian promenade. It acts as a mitigating inbetween space for the laneway and existing houses. Existing houses now look onto a glazed year-round greenspace instead of monolithic garages. Activation is happening both in the green corridor and outside on the lane. Residents balconies overlook the public spaces and lane. Both laneway residents and existing residents share the same carports in the lane. The size and layout of the units will attract new demographics to Dalhousie to live in the lane. Units are designed to be a modular compact design perfect for bachelors, students, low income, and small families that are more inclined to use the community shuttle system. At the end of each block live-work and commercial unit anchor the lane to provide valuable services to the community within walking distance.

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My first memory of arriving in Barcelona (BCN) was one of excitement and exhaustion, Erin and I got lost down in the Placa Catalunya Metro Stop and no one down there spoke English. Luckily I am planner and spent countless months preparing for BCN, so after a little bit of sign language and frustration, we found our way to Barcelonetta where Erin was staying. For the most part, living in BCN for three months was the most rewarding and fun experience of my Master of Architecture degree and hope one day to revisit the city that I called home for that brief period. To help out future students planning on studying BCN, especially my peers at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design, I thought it might be helpful to create travelers guide for BCN.

NB: This is an ongoing project and I will add to it when I can, please leave some comments on things I should add and treat it as a living document that anyone can nurture and add to with your inputs. ENJOY!


1. Learn Spanish and some basic words in Catalan.

We were told before we left that we didn’t need to know Spanish because we could get around with a rudementary understanding. However, to have a more COMFORTABLE and easier experience I would suggest  you pick up a Rosetta Stone language software or take some classes to learn some conversational Spanish. It is too easy when travelling with a big group of students from Canada to insulate yourself and have trouble talking to locals. To really impress people in BCN, learn some of the basics of Catalan like Sisplau.


2. Find a Place to Live – Duh!

Check out the accommodations section for some suggestions.

3. Book your Flights early and with only one airline alliance

Book your flight on one round-trip ticket into and out of Europe before you leave as chances are you will find the best prices in the summer, and booking a round-trip ticket normally saves some money on taxes over the price of two one-way tickets. More importantly avoid booking connecting flights on different airline alliances in Europe. Unions in Spain tend to go on strike often (there was at least 3-4 subway/transit strikes in three months we were there) and this happened to us with the air traffic control workers when most of us were leaving at the end of the semester. My friends who had booked connecting flights from BCN to another European country to catch their return flight to Canada had problems, and some people missed or had to reschedule on their own dime the return flight because of the strike. Using one airline alliance for your complete return trip can help to avoid the hassle of rebooking connecting and returning flights. Erin, Mady, and I ended up taking a 14 hour bus ride to Paris to catch a flight from Paris to Dublin to make it in time for our three day Ireland tour. Check out the flights section to find great prices on flights.

4. Get Travel Accident, Cancellation, and Baggage Insurance at the same time you book your flight.

The university dictates that all students must have this insurance, so pick this insurance up on the same day that you book your flight as you will save money from whichever company you decide. Insurance companies offer discounts when you book within 24 hours of buying your flight. I am not sure of the reasoning behind this. Shop around for this insurance using Kanetix, CAA, the airline you fly with, or your automobile/home insurer.


5. The GSA Health & Dental Plan comes with out-of-province travel insurance coverage which is just as good, if not better for Health Insurance

Contact the University of Calgary GSA Health & Dental Plan officer before you leave to sign the waiver stating that the reason for your travel is for academic purposes and need to have 365 day travel insurance. Every graduate student unless they opt-out pays for health coverage and there is no point in buying extra coverage, just use the GSA’s and get the travel insurance card.


6. Buy quality tough travel bags, pack light, and bring good walking shoes

You will be travelling a lot so leave the school backpack and duffel bag at home. Go out and get a good piece of checked luggage such as something with rollers and is light or an 80-90L expedition/travel pack that could take the beating of the cobble stone roads and is easy to carry. Next purchase a good day/weekend pack for your short haul trips on weekends and for carry-on. Something that maximizes the dimensions of carry-on luggage and is comfortable that carries 5-10 kilos. I prefer a weekend camping backpack with padded straps and waistband as they are normally not scrutinized for size on the low cost airlines in Europe. They’re are some really cool packs available made for carry on and perfect for laptops during weekday classes. Avoid school backpacks as these become very uncomfortable when loaded with 5-10 kilos. While you are at it, find a laptop shoulder bag as this separates the weight issue of traveling with a laptop in carry-on luggage. You will be surprised how fast 20-30 kilos of checked luggage goes so pack light on your way to BCN because chances are you will buy 5 kilos worth of clothes, souvenirs, books, and gifts. Along the same lines, buy comfortable and durable walking shoes for all the walking you will do in BCN. One suggestion is that you avoid running shoes as they are a dead giveaway that you are a tourist and target for pick pockets.

7. Plan for Oktoberfest & La Merce

Everyone will have a great time in BCN, however there was one trip in particular that I personally enjoyed. I would highly recommend that everyone should go  going to the original Oktoberfest in Munich which is mid-September to beginning of October as it is everything you have ever imagined a beer festival should be. Book early in May or June as hostels book up fast and hotels are expensive. Three friends and I ended up having to book a hotel room which was fairly expensive, however well worth it. Remember to check out the date of La Merce which is a huge festival in BCN, you do not want to book a trip to Oktoberfest when La Merce is happening. A suggestion for La Merce is to participate in the fire run, it is incredibly fun.

8. Buy a Money Belt

These little security devices might seem stupid, however many people in our class had money stolen during the trip. If you plan on carrying large sums of money, use a money belt, its a great place to put your passport and other valuable documents.

9. Bring a Watch

Personally a good watch that is waterproof is incredibly useful to know what time it is so you don’t miss a flight or class.

10. Bring your Smartphone and Download Lonely Planet Guides or Bring Guide Books

I brought an old PDA for quick internet access, however I regretted not bringing my smartphone. Smartphones are incredibly useful, turn off your data and wireless plan so you do not incur charges and just use your smartphones Wi-Fi and GPS. It is possible to buy lonely planet guides online for $5 and use them right on your phone with GPS to locate points of interest. A smartphone with Wi-Fi makes for the perfect weekend travel companion when making weekend trips without your laptop.

11. Buy a Power Adapter / Leave the Hair Iron and Blow Dryer at Home

Avoid power converters, your laptop only needs a power adapter which takes a North American plug and changes it to European. You can buy these when you arrive in Europe in the airport so it is possible to wait till you arrive. Many women in the class brought blow dryers and hair irons, however their power converters, fried them. These items are bulky to pack and are relatively inexpensive in Europe. Save yourself some grief and buy these when you get into town.



It is important to plan how much money you are going to spend to make sure you have a good time and don’t run out of money. Factor in cost of flights, food, accommodations, travel, and fun. It is reasonable to expect to spend on top of tuition, anywhere from $7,000-$12,000. The biggest expense for me was clothes and gifts, flights for weekend travel, hostels for weekend travel, and partying. Food can be cheap if you prepare your own meals.


Scotiabank is one of the best banks to have an account with while you are traveling. They’re part of something called the Global ATM Alliance with partner banks across Europe where you can withdraw money free of charge from their partner bank’s ATM. People with RBC, CIBC, TD, and other accounts will incur a 5-10 Euro charge each time they withdraw. There is a Deustche Bank ATM (Alliance member) near the studio in Placa Catalunya and on Via Laietana.

Global ATM Alliance

While at it, make sure your credit card has a chip and pin code system, most machines in Europe require a chip and pin credit card from Mastercard or Visa to work.


There are three places I highly recommend living in:


El Borne (Boutique Shops and Bars)

Borne and in general La Ribera is an amazing place of boutique shops, trendy bars, the Picaso Museum, and close to the beach /main park. The area is less tourist trekked and attracts many students due to its proximity to the university.

Barri Gotic / Old Gothic Quarter (Clubs, Culture, & Studio Location)

I personally lived in Barri Gotic and love the area as its the oldest part of Barcelona, within the Roman Walls and is the central place for many of the festivals. Three times while living in there was I awoken by marching bands and twice by people celebrating with musket shots during a festival. This area is exciting, full of culture, churches, small shops, and all the coolest places to drink, shop, and party. This area is closets to studio, near Las Ramblas and 10 minutes from the beach, and has some of the coolest apartments.

Barceloneta (Near the Beach)

Closes to the beach and beach bars, this area obviously has its attractions. Expect to live in something a little more expensive for the opportunity to live on the ocean.

September to November is considered low-mid season for short term apartment rentals and prices for accommodations vary. We personally had one of the best deals, for four people, we had a two bedroom, four bed, 75 square meters apartment in Gotic for $1450 CDN each for the total of our stay of 84 days. This is a fully furnished apartment (a must), including dishwasher, TV with cable, air conditioning and heat (rare), utilities included (also rare), and internet included (super rare). Plus we didn’t have to put down a deposit which is unheard of. Apartments are not insulated in BCN, they are brick and concrete so they do get cold and super hot, heating is predominantly electrical so look for places that include utilities. Putting down deposits can be complicated because they are large sums of money, normally a months rent and owners can take their sweet time getting it back to you. The person you are probably paying money to is likely a broker and the person who owns the apartment or is the super could be somebody completely different who doesn’t speak English which complicates they whole process.

Three websites stood out for finding places to live:


Rented a Flats by Days apartment through this website and we had an amazing experience, they have a set of apartments right in Barri Gotic on Belafilla that they do not ask for a deposit and provide utilities and internet included. Beautful places with high ceilings and all the amenities included with a great price.




To fly into Europe, it is cheapest to fly out of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal and into London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Paris and then connecting with a low fair airline to Barcelona (be cautious of strikes). Provide yourself with a couple days in your layover city in case of a strike and to tour. If you are diligent at checking prices or use an agent/flight booking website you can find deals direct from Calgary. I found Air Transat to be the cheapest flight from Toronto. Erin and I were able to land a week early in Greece to hit the beaches and then spend an extra ten days in Ireland and London at the end of the semester for less then $900 CDN. Air Transat is somewhat no frills with no free alcohol, economy class seating is comfortable but tight, and the planes don’t have in-seat entertainment units. Use Expedia and CheapTickets websites to search for tickets using flexible dates. Pay attention to checked luggage allowances as not all airlines are created equal. When booking your flight into and out of Barcelona, remember that there is one major airport and another in Gerona 70 minutes away.

When traveling in between European countries use these websites:

http://flights.traveleurope.com/ (cost comparing website that does not include normally easyjet or ryanair)

http://www.ryanair.com/en (Some flights out of Gerona, airport 70 minutes away)

Ryanair is incredibly cheap, expect to not depart on time, and for them to try to charge you for every little thing. That all being said, they can get you around Europe on a shoestring budget. Print your boarding pass as they charge 40 Euros if you forget. Make sure your carry-on fits the dimensions, they tend to be very forgiving for backpacks.

http://wizzair.com/ (Eastern Europe Carrier)

http://www.easyjet.com/asp/en/book/index.asp?lang=en (Some flights out of Gerona, airport 70 minutes away)

For the most part book your flights directly from company websites, only use Travel Europe as a cost comparison site as it charges a $20 fee for booking. Ryanair, Wizzair, and Easyjet normally has great sales close to departure date so keep checking these low cost airlines for sales of $5-$10 one-way tickets before taxes. These are the sales you want to jump on. Veuling is the Spanish low cost airline, keep an eye out for sales on their homepage too, their sales normally happen a couple months in advance like more traditional carriers.



BCN metro

The BCN metro system is amazing and fairly robust. A 10-ride one zone ticket costs around 7-8 Euros and covers most of Barcelona proper. Purchase these tickets using the machines found at all metro stops. You can change the language to English on these machines and only need to select an Adult 10-day zone one ticket. The remaining zones you will likely not need unless you are traveling to the suburbs or on one of the field trips with studio. Metro stops at around 2am at night and then restarts at 4am in most areas. This works out perfectly as people tend to go clubbing until 4-5am in the morning in BCN. The transfer between lines at Urquiano and Passieg de Gracia are super long walks of a block or two underground, this is sometimes unavoidable. To orient yourself down in the Metro look for the signs that say the end of the line to tell direction of train. Keep an eye on your stuff as its a prime place for theft.


The train system in Spain is in my opinion, one of the worst systems in Europe. RENFE the national carrier does not run high speed trains, their website has an English side, however the website train search tool is complicated and half the time does not work. The network is based on all trains going to Madrid and then exiting the country so I wouldn’t recommend anyone buying a Eurorail pass. If you plan to go to Zaragosa to see the Zaha bridge then the train is probably the best way to get to there. Montserat also requires you use the RENFE train

Getting to and from the airport


Taxi is the easiest way and can cost around 20-30 Euros from the airport to Gotic. If you have large baggage and they need to put it in the trunk, they will charge you so carry your packs with you in the back seat. The convenient Aeroport Bus leaves from Placa Catalunya to the airport regularly and visits both terminals. It costs around 5-6 Euros and is the best bang for your buck to get to the airport. You can buy your ticket right on the bus. The cheapest way to get to the airport and my favourite for all those weekend trips is to use the Metro and RENFE Train. Purchase a 10-ride zone one ticket and you can get to and from the airport. The train goes to only Terminal 1 (the terminal that low-fair airlines flight out of), however you can take a free shuttle to Terminal 2. Take the metro to the stops Clot, Passeig de Gracia, or Barcelona Sants (otherwise known as Sants Estacio) Then transfer to RENFE train heading to Aeropuerto. RENFE train lines have a different symbol then the M symbol for the subway.

To get to the Gerona airport 70 minutes away where the majority of the low cost airlines fly out of, use the Barcelona Bus that departs and arrives from Barcelona Nord bus station near the Arc de Trimof (you will soon realize that all major European cities have an Arc similar to Paris). One-way and Return tickets can be purchase from the bus station for 20-25 Euros. The bus ride is the only way to reach Gerona Airport but is fast and is timed around Ryanair flights.

The 90 Day Limit – Schengen Area


You can’t get around the Schengen Area 90 day limit, although many students by no fault of their own due to the air traffic controller strike have overstayed their 90 day limit and not been penalized. Erin and I were able to stay in Europe for 102 days by flying out of Barcelona on the 90th day to Ireland and then London. Ireland and the UK are outside of the Schegun area and we planned to spend the last 12 days here. Spending a weekend or longer in Ireland or the UK is a great way to extend your trip.


Theft is a problem in Barcelona that you can avoid. Women should only use purses that zip up, avoid purses that only partially close with a latch that someone can sneak a hand it. Keep your purse and laptop case in front of you with a hand on it. Men should avoid putting their wallet in their back pocket. If some stranger comes up to you and puts his hand on your person, this is likely a distraction while they reach for your money so push them away and yell at them. Thieves likely will run away as they tend to only want your money. Watch your backpacks on trains keep them in front of you, the Metro is a great place to get robbed when you are entering and leaving the train. During our stay in Barcelona we had people get robbed after visiting the ATM because they are being watched, people lose their purse after putting it down, and backpacks when they were not watching it in train stations. Beware of the area around our studio and on Las Ramblas, especially chicken corner and Placa de Orwell. Everyday someone was robbed including people in our program, fights break out at chicken corner all the time. This is because drug dealers are always at this corner. You will see tons of cops, however it does not seem to stop the crime.


Buy a small map of the city and metro which you can pick up when you arrive. Metro maps are free at the main stations. They are incredibly useful to have while traveling during the day.

Museum Card
The Articket BCN card is the must have card for museum and art lovers in BCN. You pay a lump sum fee of around 20-30 Euros to get into seven museums including the Picasso Museum and one of Gaudi’s houses. Its great bang for your buck if you plan to go to at least three museums.


You can buy pay as you go phones for fairly cheap local calls and text which is a great way to stay in touch with your class or call friends you make in town. I paid around 13 Euros for my phone and spent about 20 Euros a month on phone cards. This was the best way to stay in touch with our class and if you make friends in the city. If you want to call back to Canada, stick with Google Phone or Skype, it is the cheapest.

Some Advice

What I regret most about the trip is that I traveled every weekend I was in BCN. I only spent 4 weekends in BCN and because of that I did not have much of a chance to make friends with the locals or other exchange students at the local universities. There is a ton of students at the BCN universities that speak English, try to make friends with as many as you can. It is always fun!


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Football – FC Barcelona

Traveling for Architecture

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