An innovative travel program called Architectural Adventures, was recently launched by the American Institute of Architects,for travelers with a serious interest in building design.
The institute will begin offering small-group trips to 10 global destinations that are designed to help everyone from dedicated architectural buffs, art and photography enthusiasts to other intellectually curious travelers discover and appreciate the world’s architecture.
“The tour guides will offer an up-close view of not just the iconic landmarks and buildings in the various cities, but also an explanation of how the historical, political and cultural events helped shape the cityscapes,” the organisers said.
The first two destinations feature the cities of Havana and Barcelona. Havana is the Cuban capital that spans treasures ranging from the 16th century stone fort that guards Havana Bay to the city’s early twentieth-century Art Deco buildings. Barcelona tour will focus on the city’s many charms, like its medieval Gothic Quarter and Antoni Gaudí’s imaginative structures.
The village of Castle Combe, between the Cotswolds and Wiltshire in the UK is a stop on the new tour offered by the American Institute of Architects.
Other destinations include:Chicago, known as the first city of American architecture, which will spotlight the work of Frank Lloyd Wright; Northern Italy, for an exploration of the area’s many Renaissance jewels; and a trip Along the Danube, which highlights some of Central Europe’s signature cities, like Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Tours to London, Portugal, Northern Spain, and China are also scheduled.