Greek Island Architecture, Culture and Identity (Naxos, Amorgos, Santorini, Tinos)

NEW CYA Course

NOTE: This course starts on the island of Naxos and ends on the island of Tinos.  Students should arrange to arrive in Athens the day before the start of the program, and to depart from Athens the day after the end of the program, in order to have time for their ferry connections between Athens and the islands.  

This four-week course (Greek Island Architecture, Culture, and Identity) is a voyage into the life and architecture of four Cycladic islands aiming to offer students an opportunity to consider questions of dwelling, belonging, and identity through an investigation of their practices of making sustainable architecture. The overarching aim of this course is to explore the meaning of unique island spaces: the private, the public, and the communal. We aim to understand what “dwelling” really means when it is fully engaged with the environment, histories and local practices.

The course “Greek Island Architecture, Culture and Identity” will take place on four different islands, each revealing a unique history and tradition. We will spend five days on each island sketching, observing, writing, interviewing, studying, and exploring what everyday life is like in these communities. The final seven days will be spent on Tinos where students will be invited to work collectively and suggest solutions to the various challenges they observed. The course will conclude with a two-day forum on these matters, a forum joined by artists, researchers and architects.

Course Details


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 18.


60 contact hours

Fee Discounts:

•  $100 per course for students who submit their application with full payment postmarked on or before March 1.
•  $100 per course for students who enroll and participate in two CYA summer  courses.
•  $250 per course for students from public universities.
•  $100 per course for CYA semester students who enroll in a summer course.

Essential Information

The course starts on the island of Naxos and ends on the island of Tinos. Students should make international travel arrangements accordingly.  Transportation between destinations of the course, as well as during day excursions, is included in the course fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course involves extensive travel.  Be wary of overpacking.  Pack only what you can carry comfortably, because you will be required to check- in and out of accommodations for each stay / travel segment of this course. It will also be useful to bring with you travel-size cosmetics.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed arrival information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about residing in Athens. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and

Housing & Meals

Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, in air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included. A welcome and a farewell dinner is included in the course fee.  No other meals are included.

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