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The Alsace Summer School of Architecture & Crafts

Barr, Alsace

1st to 15th July 2024


Application deadlineApril 7, 2024 

La Table Ronde de l'Architecture trains the next generation of builders, students (18+) and professionals from all around the world in the Art of Building: the traditional building crafts, architecture and urban planning.

The Alsace Summer School is a place of transmission and learning, a haven for the preservation of knowledge and a centre of excellence in architecture, nourished by the crafts and knowledge of history. The participants will discover the rigour of drawing by hand using the rules of composition. They will exercise their eyes and their judgement on ancient architectural forms and discover their constructive qualities. Using Alsace villages and cities as a resource, they will get to observe, measure and draw their streets, squares, buildings and constructional elements which over the centuries have made them inspiring examples of beautiful, humane and durable places to live.

The Alsace Summer School of Architecture & Crafts

is a collaboration between

La Table Ronde de l'Architecture and

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Discover the architectural traditions of Alsace 

A glimpse of the 2023 Bruges Summer school of Architecture & Crafts...

" My experience in the summer architecture course was an enriching adventure that allowed me to explore my passion for building design and construction. I am excited about what the future holds for me in the field of architecture and am grateful for this transformative experience."

Paula Mariscal Romero, BSSAC 2023

The Alsace Summer School of Architecture & Crafts
at the heart of the city of Barr

Course Programme
Alsace Summer School of Architecture & Crafts



Observe, remember & draw


Lectures & round tables

  • The Architecture of Communities

  • Introduction to traditional construction techniques and natural materials in Alsace

  • French architecture in the Middle Ages (XI-XVI)

  • Gothic Cathedrals and geometry

Study visits and walks

  • Barr

  • Mittelbergheim

  • Obernai

  • Bouxwiller

  • Strasbourg

  • Bergheim

  • Ribeauvillé

  • Riquewihr

  • Sanctuary of Mount Sainte Odile

  • Walk in the Vosges - Discovering the castles

Drawing sessions​​

  • Streets, squares and building blocks

  • Facades, sections & plans

  • Roofs

  • Measured drawings windows and doors

  • Gothic geometry

  • Classical proportions

  • Landscape, trees, leafs, flowers, etc 


Think, draw and create


Lectures & round tables

  • Lithic materials (geological formation, stone carving & decay processes)

  • Limestone and lime cycles of calcium lime, NHL, natural and pozzolanic cements

  • Clays and ceramics in construction

Study visits and craft workshops​​​

  • New constructions and transformation sites

  • Project sites

  • Carpenter workshop

  • Joiner workshop

  • Sandstone quarry

  • Stonemason workshops

  • Lime quarry and factory

  • Bricks and tiles factory

Drawing sessions

  • Measured drawings - stonework, carpentry, joinery and ironwork

  • Naturalistic ornamentation

Embellishment projects

  • Draw plans, facades, sections and construction details

*A number of activities will be added to the programme over the coming months.


The teachers

Noé MorinWriter, founder and research Fellow of La T.R.A, Belgium
Nadia Naty EverardBuilder, founder
of La T.R.A. and chapter Chair of INTBAU Belgium
William PessonArchitect, architecture hitsorian and director at Arcas Paris, France
Nicolas Duru - Architect, Montpellier, France
Bruno Schindler - Chair of Architectural History and Research Assistant at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Julia Treese - Architect and partner at Sebastian Treese Architekten, Germany

Workshops and study visits 

Jean Rapp - cabinet-making workshop, Rangen, Alsace
Thomas Probst - stone carver, Knoersheim, Alsace
Thomas Vetter - stone carver, Neuwiller-lès-Saverne, Alsace
Niderviller tiles factory, Alsace
Pierre Lanter bricks and tiles factory, Hochfelden, Alsace
Loegel Rothbach quarry, Rothbach, Alsace
Chaux Michel Boehm, lime factory, Dahlenheim, Alsace
Brenner Tradition, traditional carpentry, Hochfelden, Alsace

in Bouxwiller with Jean Christophe Brua - architect, Strasbourg
Jacques Bruderer - stone carver and specialist in local building techniques, Niedersoultzbach


Dates⎟ 1st to 15th July 2024 - participants' arrival on 30th June

Application deadlineApril 7, 2024

Course locationBarr in Alsace, France 

Course language English

Course timetable9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

Saturday ⎟10 am to 1 pm

Saturday afternoon and Sunday⎟Free time (study session, group visits, etc)

Course fee (2 weeks)⎟720 EUR

The course fee includes lectures, studio sessions, workshops, site visits (tickets), drawing and crafts materials, train tickets for the visits outside of the course location and a daily afternoon snack.

A number of course scholarships will be offered thanks to the support of Ralf Schmitz Exceptional Homes, the Arcas Paris architecture and urban planning office and Xavier Bohl's architecture and urban planning studio. If needed, you can apply for a course scholarship.


If so, you should explain the reasons in a separate letter when you apply and add supporting document(s). 

Accommodation fee for 15 nightsLe Temps des Cigognes

Single room ⎟580 EUR

Shared room ⎟420 EUR

The accommodation fee also includes access to a kitchen, a large dining room, small lounges and reading rooms, a sauna and a garden.

Minimum age to apply to the course18 years old

How to apply

Please submit ALL the information requested below before April 7, 2024 by email at:

with the following e-mail title: Application ASSAC 2024 - Full name

  1. Personal information: full name, postal address, phone number and date of birth.

  2. Title (e.g. carpenter, student of architecture, student of the history of architecture, architect, urbanist, historian, high school student, lawyer, doctor, etc) and associated information.

  3. Motivational letter in English or French (max two pages in pdf)

  4. Three hand drawings/paintings (one pdf)

  5. You can also add to this application any piece of writing that you feel is relevant (poem, opinion piece, essay on architecture, etc) and craft work(s) (Jpeg images with captions).

IMPORTANT: Only complete applications will be considered.


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