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August 29, 2013 . For Immediate Release

Maria Aiolova, Co-founder of Terreform ONE and Chair of the ONE Lab New York School for Design and Science, has been appointed Academic Director for Global Architecture and Design of CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange. Aiolova is an award-winning educator, architect, and urban designer. She has developed new interdisciplinary study abroad programs for U.S. college and university students focused on exploring the creative uses of technology in design. Through the resulting Global Architecture and Design programs, students now have the opportunity to study with faculty who are leading experts in the field; complete hands-on design projects with the potential to positively impact future generations; and work in state-of-the-art studio space located in architecture and design hubs.

Beginning in Spring 2014, Global Architecture and Design will be offered to advanced architecture and design students as a semester program at CIEE Study Centers in Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic. A four-week version of the program will be offered in New York City in summer 2014. This interdisciplinary study abroad program is open to U.S. College and University students focused on exploring the creative uses of technology in architecture and design using the host city as a living laboratory.

The Global Architecture and Design program seeks to generate a new platform for distributed knowledge and collective action. It is designed around the idea that in the future, cities will grow to be self-sufficient in their critical necessities through massive public works and infrastructural support. With the help of today’s experts and innovators in the fields of architecture, material science, urban design, and civil and environmental engineering, students will study the emerging discipline of global “urbaneering” from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Students will study and design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments for occupants, and reduce the environmental impacts of the build environment on future generations.

According to CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, “The quality of CIEE’s study abroad programs is our number one priority. By working with the leader in research and education into the crossover of design and science, we can offer architecture and design programs that meet the unique academic requirements and needs of today’s students.”


A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available. Today, CIEE offers more than 200 study abroad programs for U.S. college and university students in more than 40 countries and 60 cities worldwide.
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