The Caribbean WinterSchool is an international annual workshop founded in 2010 by Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Technological University of Habana José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba. 

The design workshop is focused on development of innovative concepts for urban design strategies for Havana in the context of future changes. The workshop is open for students graduated with bachelor degree from a school of architecture.

The 3-week workshop combined with a scientific preparation phase will be rewarded with an international certificate upon completion of the program. The course is allocated with 12 Credits in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System ECTS.

The Caribean Winterschool 2021 will be taught online. Students will work in combined teams from participating universities in an intensive 3 weeks design workshop. Supported by a group of up to 10 Professors and Tutors students will be able to explore and develop ideas for one of the most special urban areas in the city of Havana.

Teaching will take place via videoconferencing and ideas can be shared via online whiteboards. A typical day will start with a joint session at 9:00am CET, followed by group tutorials and individual group work. A minimum of 8 hours daily team work is expected.


During your period of residence you will be faced with various cultural discussions about Havana as an expanding city of change. Thereby your subject-specific skills will be strengthened in context of contemporary issues as mentioned before.

The focus of the workshop is the development of an urban design concept in an authentic way of working with the help of conventional and even digital tools.

To focus on the international idea of the workshop groups should reflect a certain kind of diversity. Therefore each working group consists of participants from different schools and countries to create an unique environment.

Related to the old history of sugar trade in Cuba, the workshop will be located on a historic site of a former cane plantation. An old mansion offers great space to work on the objective together in a very special atmosphere.


Preparation Phase

The first task is focussed on a self-organized scientific analysis on common architecture literature, which leads to a first short presentation as a foundation for the subsequent workshop. Literature references will be announced soon after your successful application.



The workshop concentrates on different areas of Havana every year. The Teams in the Caribbean WinterSchool 2021  are expected to develop architectural and urban strategies for Regla, once an important part of Havana that is now disconnected and dominated by industrial use. 

Students will look at Regla in the larger urban context, find ways to reconnect and integrate Regla to the larger city fabric of Havana and then design at least one transformative building.

Projects can look at the potential of the waterfront of Regla with the aim to reconnect the urban fabric to the water, transform and strengthen the heart of Regla or look at mobility and highly flexible building types.

The design process will be accompanied through inspiring lectures by international renowned professors.


Prof. Fernando Ramos ETSAB Barcelona

Prof. Jordi Sutrias UIC Barcelona

Prof. Ulrich Blum MSA Muenster

Prof. Dr. Rubén Bancrofft CUJAE Havana

Prof. Joiselen Cazanave CUJAE Havana

Prof. Dr. Jorge Peña CUJAE Havana

Prof. John Lee MSA Manchester

Prof. Jens Ludloff University of Stuttgart

Prof. Martin Weischer MSA Muenster

Prof. Gavriela Nussbaum Technion Haifa

Barbara Schudok Technical University Munich

Piotr Gajewski Technical University Cracow


Caribbean WinterSchool 2021 will take part from March 1st to March 20th.

Applicants are advised to contact the WinterSchool until 20th February 2021.


One week prior to the winter school we will offer software tutorials: Rhino, Grasshopper, Blender, Space Syntax


Starting date Monday, March 1st, 9.00am (CET)

1st Review Saturday, March 6th 

2nd Review Saturday March 13th

Final Review Saturday March 20th


Applicants are advised to contact the WinterSchool until 20th February 2021.

The workshop is focussed on students graduated with a bachelor degree from a school of architecture.


Students of cooperating schools can apply for the Caribbean WinterSchool directly online or by their local contact. If you are a student from another school of architecture and like to participate in the workshop, please get in touch with us!

The number of participants is limited. Applicants will be considered according to the order of application.


Registration also requires to send in a short CV along with the Entry Application Form. The form can be downloaded from the workshops website. Submission is preferred online.


General Information

Team Caribbean WinterSchool | Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Blum MArch (AA DRL)

Tutor | Dave Pauls

Leonardo Campus 5
48149 Muenster
Room 130.307
Mail teamblumfh-muensterde

Cracow University of Technology

Piotr Gajewski

Warszawska 24

31-155 Kraków, Polen

Manchester School of Architecture

John Lee

Chatham Building

Cavendish St

Manchester M15 6BR, Vereinigtes Königreich

Technical University of Munich

Barbara Schudok M.A.

Arcisstraße 21

80333 München

Muenster School of Architecture

Team Caribbean WinterSchool | Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Blum MArch (AA DRL)

Tutor | Dave Pauls

Leonardo Campus 5
48149 Muenster
Room 130.307
Mail teamblumfh-muensterde

University of Stuttgart

Institute of Sustainability, Building Construction and Design - Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jens Ludloff

Kirsten Thiel M.A.

Lisa Breiner M.A.

Keplerstrasse 11

70174 Stuttgart

Tel: +49 (0)711 685 829-11

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Gavriela Nussbaum


3200003, Israel


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