Study tours 2012

As well as running a European tour, as we have done for the last few years, we're reviving the long weekend UK tours that used to be so popular. These normally sell out fast, so if you'd like to reserve a place, please e-mail, giving your telephone number and postal address. And be warned – you'll be busy. As one member on June 2011's tour of Palladio buildings in the Veneto puts it, "It's great fun and you learn a huge amount but I keep trying to persuade my friends that this wasn't a relaxing holiday!"

From Prague to Vienna takes place from Wednesday 6 to Wednesday 13 June 2012, lasting for seven nights and eight days. There will be two nights in Prague, three nights in Brno and two in Vienna. The likely cost is £600.

We'll explore these fascinating cities, looking at examples of the Baroque and Gothico-Baroque architecture of the Counter-Reformation, including the work of the Dientzenhofers and Giovanni Santini Aichel. We'll also examine surviving works of Czech Modernism, including buildings by Adolf Loos, and examples of socialist housing and town planning from the inter-war and post-war periods.

Our tour leaders are David Robson and John and Mary McKean. David has been a visiting professor at Brno University of Technology and is an expert in the work of the maverick 18th century Czech architect Santini Aichel. Mary McKean has been director of the British Council in the Czech Republic.

The lowlands of Scotland
takes place from Thursday 13 September to Monday 17 September 2012, lasting four nights and five days, with two nights each in Edinburgh and Glasgow. You'll travel by train to Edinburgh and from Glasgow, with coach excursions during the tour. The likely cost is £350.

In Edinburgh, we'll explore the New Town and visit the Scottish Parliament and Museum of Scotland. Our journey to Glasgow will take in the Forth Bridge. In Glasgow, we'll see the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander "Greek" Thompson, as well as recent buidlings by Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster.

Our tour leaders are John McKean and David Robson. John was at school in Edinburgh, studied architecture in Glasgow and is an expert on the work of both Mackintosh and Thompson.

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