A Visual Diary of Paris, Lyon, Marseille


A Visual Diary of Paris, Lyon, Marseille


These three major cities will be explored across five centuries, 17th, 18th 19th 20th and 21st centuries. The students will discover these cities through their political, social, economic structures that have brought them to exist as the three major cities of France.

The capital city of Paris, the Mediterranean border city of Marseille and the UNESCO heritage city of Lyon will be explored through their landscape, urban and architectural qualities which make them
unique and worthy of architectural significance.

The three cities are witness to a large and significant portfolio of the work of Modernists such as Le Corbusier, Auguste Perret, Fernand Pouillon, Oscar Niemeyer, Bernard Zehrfuss, Edouard Albert,
Zumbrunnen as well as more contemporary architects such as Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, Stefano Boeri, Coop Himmelblau, Norman Foster and
many others.

There is no other better way to understand buildings than visiting them by walking and discussing their urban landscape, socio political and geographical contexts that have contributed to their existence.

3 July to 31 July, 2020
– Students will be asked to arrive in Paris on 2 July, 2020
– Class schedule: 3 July -24 July France; 27 July -31 July HK (TBC)

Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Hong Kong

Non-HKU students: Postgraduates only
HKU students: Graduates or undergraduates (year 3 or above) from Faculties other than Faculty of Architecture

Number of Credits
9 credits*
*Please contact your home institution about issues relating to HKU credits recognition. Note that HKU students cannot take this course for credit.

Programme Fee
* The programme fee excludes accommodation and travel cost.
10% discount is offered to HKU students and students from HKU’s partner institutions.
Early-bird 10% discount is applicable to students who completed the application procedure on or before 15 March 2020, this is not applicable if students have already claimed the partner discount.

Application Deadline 
Non-local students: 31 March 2020 (student visa application takes 10-12 weeks to process)
Local Students: 31 May 2020