UW Rome Center

Renovation


December 4, 2020

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

As the well-known adage goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the last six months, significant progress has been made on the first floor and we’re pleased to report that the project is nearing completion! Since we last updated you, the electrical systems have been completed, beautiful new tile floors have been laid, kitchens have…


September 22, 2020

UW Magazine recalls the visionary UW architecture professor Astra Zarina

Highlighting the personality and panache of UW architecture professor Astra Zarina, who launched the first UW Architecture study abroad program in spring 1970 and who later led renovations of the largely abandoned Palazzo Pio, which became the home to the UW Rome Center in 1985, this article walks us through the life and legacy of our…


July 20, 2020

A (very different) summer in Rome

Needless to say, life as we knew it has transformed in the last four months since I last provided you with an update on the situation in Italy and at the UW Rome Center as it relates to COVID-19 and the subsequent global pandemic. Back then, the situation was grave in Italy, and, if you’ll…


April 24, 2020

From a classroom to the city: Alondra’s story

At a time when most of us are sheltering in place because of the pandemic and our worlds can feel rather small, we wanted to connect with some of the wonderful students who have studied at the UW Rome Center. On that note, we’re pleased to introduce you to Alondra Rodriguez. She’s a UW junior…


March 20, 2020

UW Rome Center & COVID-19

Dear friends, In these extraordinary times, community and human connection are more important than ever. In that spirit, I wanted to reach out to you, our UW Rome Center community, to share an update from the Palazzo Pio. As you well know, Italy was among the first nations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the past month…


January 29, 2020

A terrace for all!

We are making progress! We reconfigured and swapped some classroom and apartment spaces in order to create quieter bedrooms (many complained about the Campo de’ Fiori noise levels in the bedroom of faculty apartment C). Walls for the new bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom of faculty apartment have been built, and the living room will be located in…


December 18, 2019

UW Magazine highlights our renovation

Featuring memories from alums and a great interview with Professor Alain Gowing, this month’s article gives nice background on the birth of the UW Rome Center and why renovations are necessary.


November 15, 2019

Our first-ever distinguished lecture

Tonight we were delighted to host the first-ever UW Rome Center Distinguished Lecture on the UW campus in Seattle. Kane Hall was packed, with over 240 people in attendance. Professor Alain Gowing shared his fascinating talk, “Ghosts of the Palazzo Pio”, and then Professor Steve Muench gave an update on the renovation project. Afterwards, we…


October 15, 2019

Historical grace… and paperwork

We have been enjoying the work of selecting flooring and lighting for our updated classrooms. These features of course must be complementary to the existing design (e.g., marble doorways) and decorative features, as well as to the historical grace of the building. They also need to stand up to heavy use by our study abroad…


September 12, 2019

An end to Roman holidays…

Thanks for checking in with us! September and the promise of fall weather brings renewed energy to the construction process. In July, workers were diverted to tackle some emergency repairs on the roof. August holidays meant that we took a break from construction work for a few weeks. Our team of workers is now back…



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