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    Academy online faculty’s architectural firm PRÁCTICA has won multiple awards for its unique designs and fresh perspective

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    The Green City Block project in Malaga, Spain. View of pedestrian public spaces, among energy-efficient mixed-use buildings. Photo courtesy of José Ramón Sierra y Gómez de León.

    Three Academy of Art University School of Architecture (ARH) faculty members have made a name for themselves this year as the international architectural firm PRÁCTICA. Jaime Daroca Guerrero, José Ramón Sierra y Gómez de León and José Mayoral Moratilla head the firm, which has been awarded multiple prizes for architectural excellence this past year.

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    Creating Timeless, Contemporary Architecture

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    An image from De Moura Castro’s Lygia Pape Pavilion presentation. Image courtesy of Maria Paz De Moura Castro.

    School of Architecture (ARH) instructor Maria Paz De Moura Castro has had her work accepted into the 2018 Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious architectural exhibition (the parent organization has roots in the 19th century). Her 2012 build, the Lygia Pape Pavilion, will be featured as part of a young Latin American architect’s competition in the Biennale.

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    Living and Learning in an Historic Environment

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    Façade detail of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Photo courtesy of Braden Engel.

    The Summer Semester in Florence Study Abroad Program is gearing up for its 2018 trip. The program will offer students the opportunity to reside in Florence, Italy for seven weeks. Students can take six units worth of courses in painting/drawing, six units of photography or three units of liberal arts/art history. Additionally, students may take an additional three units online if they are taking liberal arts/art history for a total of six units.

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    Stories from Florence

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    Florence Streets by Laine Renfro. 12 x 14, oil on canvas.

    There might not have been any gelato served, but the amorous sights and sounds of Florence, Italy, came to life at the 688 Sutter Gallery on the opening of the 2017 Study Abroad Exhibit. For more than 10 years, the summer study abroad program at Academy of Art University has been influencing the life and art of students.

    In the dimmed lighting of the gallery on the evening of Dec. 7, guests circulated around the art that was on display. The works included photography, fine art, printmaking and book arts. Attendees looked at scenes of bustling piazzas on a hot summer day, romantic gondola rides down a river, and the soothing pastels of the Tuscany countryside. Each piece told the story of the students’ unique experience spent at the birthplace of the Renaissance.

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    Living One's Dream

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    Raffaela Lan Pellegrini. Photo by Roberto Palermo, professional photographer, Florence, Italy.

    Raffaela Lan Pellegrini completed her B.F.A. in painting with a double minor in etching and art history at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. This school was founded in 1784 as a result of a reformation of the former Accademia delle Arti Disegno, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I dei Medici. Pellegrini’s B.F.A. degree was followed by a year and a half specialization at the private international printmaking school Il Bisonte, also in Florence.

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    Summer Study Abroad Program in Florence Welcomes Students From All Majors

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    Each year, Academy of Art University’s School of Fine Art organizes a summer study abroad program welcoming students from all majors to become immersed in the history, culture and art of one of the world’s most historically stunning Renaissance cities—Florence, Italy. While the seven and a half week program is centered upon instruction, coursework, day trips and three-day weekends, there’s plenty of room for spontaneity.

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