Last July, a group of ten Interior Design students, accompanied by our director, José Antonio González, and Interior Design professor Mª José Durán, participated in the first Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) in Turkey, as part of the Erasmus+ program, in which ESADA was one of the participating schools. This BIP was organized by RITM Design & Research, the research team of the Department of Interior Architecture at Yaşar University in Izmir, Turkey.
The students of Interior Design from ESADA who participated in this BIP were:
- Lola Andreu (1st year).
- Aitana López (2nd year).
- Cristina Trigueros (2nd year).
- Fátima Rivero (2nd year).
- Isabel Rivero (2nd year).
- Marta López (2nd year).
- Rosa María Company (2nd year).
- Delia Villegas (3rd year).
- Laura Mula (3rd year).
- Marta Terrón (3rd year).
Prior to this, they participated in online seminars led by educators and professionals from the different institutions of the summer school, including our director, José Antonio González, and Interior Design professor Mª José Durán.
Once they arrived in Turkey, they engaged in a week-long immersive project at the ruins of İsa Bey Baths, nestled in the historically charming backdrop of Selçuk. Our interior design students shared this remarkable experience with a diverse team of fellow students and professors from the University of West Attica (Athens, Greece) and Yaşar University (Izmir, Turkey).
The summer school unfolded at the STOA Center for Body Arts and Studies, situated in the village of Şirince within Selçuk (Izmir, Turkey). STOA is designed as an international hub for research, artistic creation, and performance. The village of Şirince is located in close proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.
Throughout the week, all participants collaborated on this captivating project. As the week came to an end, following days of dedicated work, the students presented their projects, yielding truly remarkable results.
Moreover, participants of this BIP had the privilege of enjoying their Erasmus experience to the fullest. For instance, they had the chance to explore the ancient Roman city of Ephesus and relax on the stunning beaches of the Izmir coast. The closing day was marked by a shared dinner, offering an opportunity for all to bond and celebrate the unforgettable moments of this enriching encounter. Undoubtedly, this week was brimming with learning, creativity, and indelible memories.