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Architecture Student Exchange

Baltimore-Rotterdam / Spring 2019

In spring 2019, graduate students at Morgan State University of Architecture + Planning (MSU S+P) and the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst are doing an exchange. Students are focusing their work on Hillesluis in Rotterdam and Pigtown in Baltimore and travelling to each other’s cities to do intensive workshops together. This is a pilot exchange and is intended to lead to more collaborations in the future.

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Studio Design Brief

An environmentally and socially just city


  • MSU: Cristina C. Murphy, Dr. Jason Charalambides
  • RAvB: Wouter Veldhuis, Rowin Petersma


  • Baltimore, a city with tremendous potenial working to overcome a legacy of injustices.
  • Rotterdam, originally blue-collar working class and rated the the poorest city in The Netherlands, today blossoming into one of the most influential global cities.

The design of the city is often the exclusive right of investors and wealthy people who hire architects. There is another city that can be imagined, a city where you as a resident have the right to develop yourself partly by giving shape to the city in which you live in. Through a parallel exploration of two cities, this studio creates space for citizenís self-development, and buildings that substantially contribute to a JUST city.

Within the framework of a collaborative studio between the two institutions, the students explore urban and architectual strategies that give citizens more relevance in the development of their own living environment.

The studio looks at energy efficiency in housing. It investigates how environmental, urban and social challenges can be dealt with together: how the transition to renewable energy can act as a lever to promote a more inclusive form of urban and social development.

Studio flyer (PDF)

Studio flyer with cityspaces of Rotterdam and Baltimore

Related events

Student travel

  • March 15-24: MSU students & professors travel to Rotterdam. Site visits include: De Rotterdam, Rebel Group, De Urbanisten, MVRDR, GroupA, Ingenieursbureau Rotterdam, RAU lecture.
    AIA Baltimore article about the trip
  • April 15-27: RAvB students & professors travel to Baltimore and several other US cities.

Redlining and Gentrification in Baltimore

April 18 in Baltimore

A one-day academic workshop takes place Thursday, April 18, 10am-5pm at Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning. The workshop explores how redlining and gentrification shaped neighborhoods in Baltimore. It is part of Morgan State University / Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst joint graduate studio project exploring the concept of a "Just City" in Baltimore and Rotterdam in the spring 2019 semester.

Free and open to the public.

More information & registration

Symposium includes:

  • Keynote: Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City
  • Lecture: Wouter Veldhuis and Rowin Petersma (RAvB)
  • Lecture: April de Simone (Designing the WE)
  • Panel discussion: Lori Rubeling (Stevenson University), Zevi Thomas (AIA Baltimore), Colman Jordan (Morgan State University), Jerome Gray (jerome c gray architect llc), and others
  • Exhibition: Undesign the Redline

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