We have an enviable track record of having arranged architectural study tours to destinations such as the USA, Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Scandinavia with many more destinations to come.
Below you will be find links to the previous tours which might inspire you join any of our future tours, or contact us to arrange a similar tour for your organisation.
All architects should visit China and this tour will be a really wonderful introduction into both the ancient world that is China’s architecture of ancient palaces and urbanity and the new world of architecture, both periods due to extraordinary flowerings in economic activity. China has seen a groundswell of architectural exploration, where for the last 20 years the best of international architects have been commissioned to design schools, Universities, Public Buildings and ground breaking commercial buildings.
The beautiful island of Sri Lanka has inspired the work of Sri Lanka’s modern architects such as Geoffrey Bawa. The ancient capitals of Anaradaphura and Polonnaruwa are landscaped cities of immense beauty and order that included complex water supply systems, pleasure gardens and hierarchical planning.
In June 2017, Impact teamed with BDAV to run a study tour to Japan. The touring program visited many examples of traditional and modern Japanese architecture as well as experiencing exciting, dynamic modern Tokyo and traditional Kyoto, with its numerous World Heritage listed architectural sites.
In September 2017, Impact in conjunction with BDAV ran a tour to New York and Chicago to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City was presenting Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engaged his multifaceted practice. This was followed by visits to many of his famous projects in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin. Amongst the many highlights, a private cocktail function was held at the magnificent Robie House
In August 2018, Impact designed and organised the BDAV Study Tour to Scandinavia. The trip begun in Stockholm where the group had five days to explore the unique architecture attractions via a variety of walking and coach tours. The trip then proceeded into Finland where the focus of the trip shifted to the work of Alvar Aalto. Visits were made to Aalto House, Aalto Studio, Villa Kokkonen, Saynatsalo Town Hall, Muuratsalo Experimental House and many more. The final destination of the tour was Copenhagen where the group had four nights discovering the city’s significant architecture with the highlight being a visit to the architecture district of Copenhagen called Copenhagen S.
The 2019 BDAV Study Tour headed to South America for 14 nights of jaw-dropping architecture, bucket-list group excursions and centrally located accommodation. The first destination of the tour was Buenos Aires which according to Architect Le Corbusier, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cities, characterised by a nostalgic, old-world beauty where diverse architectural styles contrast, yet blend in miraculous harmony. Its sweeping avenues and narrow streets with ornate cupolas, the intricately ornamented facades and balconies, tree-lined boulevards, parks and gardens with impressive monuments and lovely statues, are like a touch of Paris set against the deep blue sky of the Southern Hemisphere.
The tour then headed to Brazil with their gorgeous beaches, rocky peaks and urban jungles which tend to dominate the perceptions of Brazil. For architecture lovers, Brazil was full of fabulous representations of different architectural styles offering a rich and diverse palette of construction. Home to one of world’s most famous modernist architects and one of the first global ‘starchitects’, Oscar Niemeyer was architect we focused on for the tour.