2013 Overseas Study

Brought out of retirement, Professor Duane Mezga led the 2013 oversees study program.

Photo of oversees study gang.
The 2013 Overseas Study gang.

Brought out of retirement, Professor Duane Mezga led the 2013 oversees study program. The students began their experience by traveling to Istanbul, where they and MSU Professor Trish Machemer collaborated on a project with Turkish students from Istanbul Technological University.

From there, the students were off to Paris to spend the next seven weeks working with Duane on a variety of projects. For two of these weeks, the students worked with Agro-campus Quest Students and Dr. Vincent Bouvier.The remaining weeks were spent completing projects related to Chenonceaux, Loire Project Artilisation of the Loire, and ecology of landscape inspired by Dr. Veronique Beaujouan and Dr. Herve Daniel. The program concluded with one week of study in Rome, Italy.

According to student Ben Clone, “The trip itself was the single greatest experience I have had in my life. I was able to collaborate with students in Turkey and professors, as well as students in France. Working with them allowed me to see how landscape architecture (students) from other countries thought and worked through a similar problem.”

He continued, "Not only did I learn about landscape architecture while abroad, but the experience taught me about myself.”


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