INTBAU Summer Schools in Traditional Architecture, Building, Crafts, and Urbanism

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Living Traditions
for the Future

Immerse yourself in a transformative summer experience and join a growing community of building professionals committed to creating a future rooted in tradition.

Every year, INTBAU partners with leading institutions to offer innovative education opportunities in the built environment, hosting students from around the globe. In 2024, we continue to grow our offer, with programmes in the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Australia, Belgium, Mexico and Norway.

Our programmes cover a wide range of topics and activities, spanning from lectures and round tables on traditional construction techniques and styles, natural materials, urbanism, and aesthetics, to site visits, studio practice and hands-on workshops on drawing, stone carving, carpentry, ironwork, tile making, brick masonry, and more, guided by leading experts from around the world.

2024 INTBAU Summer schools in Traditional Architecture, Building, Crafts, and Urbanism

Registrations now open.

Summer School of Traditional Architecture and Urbanism of Mexico

By INTBAU Mexico


The programme aims to address the shortcomings of contemporary architecture and urban planning in Mexico by focusing on local traditions and sustainable practices. Through a comprehensive curriculum, participants will learn to design affordable housing solutions that meet the needs of communities, employ carbon-neutral building techniques, develop models for sustainable urban growth, and implement protective measures for vulnerable UNESCO heritage sites.

Learn more about the INTBAU Summer schools in Traditional Architecture, Building, Crafts, and Urbanism

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: 24 MAY 2024: Visit the school’s official website.

Summer School for Architecture Students in Traditional Architecture and Building Techniques

By INTBAU Norway

This programme is an extension of the successful European summer school model, now brought to Norway by the local INTBAU chapter. Food, accommodation and courses free.

To apply, please send email to

‘Let’s Build a Beautiful City’ Summer School

By INTBAU Netherlands

In an era marked by housing crises, environmental vulnerability, and the looming threat of climate change, it’s imperative to rethink our approach to city-building. The school aims to address today´s challenges by reintroducing livable urban design and traditional building knowledge. Its mission is to create more attractive, livable spaces where people can thrive, fostering a deeper connection between communities and their built environment.

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Bruges Summer School of Architecture & Crafts

By La Table Ronde de l’Architecture, host to INTBAU Belgium

Participants will discover the rigour of drawing by hand using the rules of composition. You will exercise your eyes and your judgement on ancient architectural forms and discover their constructive qualities. Using the city of Bruges as a resource, you will observe, measure, and draw its streets and building elements that over the centuries have made it an inspiring example of a beautiful, humane and durable place to live.

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The Alsace Summer School of Architecture & Crafts

By La Table Ronde de l’Architecture, host to INTBAU Belgium, in collaboration with INTBAU Germany and INTBAU France

Established in 2024. Building on the success in Bruges, the Alsace Summer School is conceived to be a dynamic platform and a centre of excellence in the field of architecture and crafts.

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Spain & Portugal Traditional Architecture Summer School

By the Traditional Building Cultures Foundation in collaboration with INTBAU Spain and INTBAU Portugal

Established in 2014, this school aims to disseminate the best practice and notable experiences of new traditional architecture at the intersection with sustainable development and heritage preservation of the Iberian Peninsula, integrating each region’s cultural legacy and the materials and knowledge that have allowed the creation of beautiful and sustainable places and buildings.

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Enduring Design Masterclass

By the University of Queensland and the Prince’s Trust Australia, host to INTBAU Australia

An intensive accredited Masters-level programme to provide built environment students, apprentices and professionals with a practical understanding of traditional building techniques and knowledge: from traditional trades and drawing skills to Indigenous perspectives and enduring design philosophies. The programme reconnects participants with the time-tested, enduring design traditions to create valuable stores of knowledge for how to build well; both for today and for all ages.

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