The Land of Light


Name: Sneha Sridhar
Home University:
Rhode Island School of Design
Architecture and Design Session Courses:
Interior Architecture Design Studio, plus Corequisite, Visual Journal

It’s 2 a.m and the party looks like it’s only starting at the club outside. Sounds of heavy music and laughter float into my room as I sit on my bed with my laptop. The night has just fallen and the sun will be out again soon. It’s already been a week and I still can’t believe that I’m living in Copenhagen.

Enjoying the view on a canal ride

It’s been only a week and I feel like I’ve been here for ages. The streets, with its musicians and bicycle stands, are becoming familiar. The faces I see every day feel like those of my dearest and oldest friends. I believe I’ve experienced all the seasons in the span of a day let alone a week-sunshine, rain and hail. I’ve slowly abandoned the map and let myself get lost a couple of times. With the seemingly endless days and the quaint charm of the city, I have to remind myself that I’m here to study.

Picture perfect Nyhavn
Picture perfect Nyhavn

I’ve always loved traveling and experiencing new cities. So when the opportunity to study at DIS came with the admission offer from RISD, I jumped at it. I’ll be studying interior architecture at RISD in the fall and I’m taking the corresponding studio course here with DIS during the summer session. The syllabus is what really excites me – learning in the studio and on study tours manages to cover both theory and the practicality of design. Additionally, I look forward to studying Scandinavian design and how it may influence my future work.

I’m surprised how quickly everything took off. We were introduced to the course work right away and it’s been quite an intensive week. As daunting as that sounds, I should also mention that it’s also been fun studying in a
new environment. Walking around in this beautiful city with sketchbooks, drawing inspiration from the architecture all around, it doesn’t really feel like your average homework. I look forward to what’s in store for the rest of the term.

I just hope that it will start to feel like summer soon!

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