About This Project

RAW went to France!

In June of 2013, RAW hosted the first-of-its-kind 3-week design/build workshop in Aix en Provence, France.

Provence 2013 was offered in partnership with the Institute for American Universities (IAU), one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe, and the Marchutz School of Art . Founded 40 years ago by French artist Leo Marchutz, the school is internationally known for its interdisciplinary and holistic approach to art education. It’s main studio building was designed by the French architect Fernand Pouillon.The RAW design/build architecture studio took place at Marchutz, just outside of Aix, on the famous and now protected “route de Cezanne.”

At RAW Provence 2013 students were immersed in the rich architectural, artistic and cultural traditions of Aix, Marchutz, and the surrounding environs, while exploring their architectural intuition and their personal, authentic approach to design. Working at multiple scales, students gained a broad understanding of the historically rich context of Provence, while focusing on the specifics of design at the material level. Students designed and built a classroom and studio prep area to expand the school’s facilities. The new buildings are fantastique!