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tion was going abroad because it shot my life trajectory off into a totally different direction. It was an incredibly deep, rich learning experience for me, which solidified in my mind the absolute importance of regular travel to learn about other people and cultures, politics, religion, art, and languages.” Steven returned home and shared the experience with then-girlfriend Cathi, and the two made a promise to each other that as soon as they were financially able, they would spend a year abroad. They married in 1974, moved to Philadelphia and lived on one salary, saving the other for 18 months to make their dream a reality and then had, in Steven’s words, the “most intense study abroad experience we could possibly have had.” “We didn’t know how long our money would last,” he says. “We bought a Eurail pass and traveled initially for four months throughout central and northern Europe, and then wound up living on the Greek island of Santorini for five months. We didn’t realize the true impact of that experience, but that time in the Greek Islands became the beginning of a life-long dedication to studying and documenting indigenous cultures throughout the world.” Cathi House agrees. “We had studied the classical architecture and the famous buildings everybody knows, but rarely does anyone teach you about indigenous architecture,” she says. “That was where we found our inspiration—we always return to simple places where people built the buildings themselves, without the help of architects, using the sun and the breezes to heat and cool or illuminate their homes.” The Houses arrived on Santorini in December of 1975, intending to spend just a few weeks. “At that time in the winter we were the only tourists on the entire island,” Steven remembers. “We didn’t speak Greek, the hotels were all closed, so we ended up renting an amazing house hanging on the edge of a 1,000 foot cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea.” “We have realized the value that our travels have had on our careers,” says Steven. “We wanted to give back to the university in a way that was meaningful to us, so we established the Steven & Cathi House Traveling Scholarship at Virginia Tech, giving someone in their third year the opportunity to travel for several months.” Currently, that scholarship is given to three students every year, and the Houses say the goal is to give those young adults the same awakening they had on their first trips.

Steven and cathi House, above and left, meeting with students from their Mexico Study abroad Program. Below, students pose for the class portrait.

“There was a moment in that time in Greece that change d who we are,” says Cathi. “For me, it feels like the soul of the architect I’ve become was born then. We went back to Greece every year for many years.” International travel became a priority for the Houses, and they have traveled abroad for four to six weeks every year, visiting Greece frequently—until they stumbled upon the historic, colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. There, they bought property and built a second home for themselves, inviting old classmates, friends, and teachers to come and visit. About 10 years ago, the two—who were then serving on the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech School of Architecture—first voiced the idea of starting their own school for U.S. students in Mexico, where their second home was located. “We started talking about creating a study abroad program in San Miguel where students from Virginia Tech could come two or three times a year and immerse themselves in the architecture and culture of Mexico.” Cathi says. “Virginia Tech at the time had no presence in Latin America.” From there, they met with—and got the rousing approval of—Virginia Tech administrators, and started building their school, known as CASA,The Center for Architecture, Sustainability + Art. It will launch this summer, and the Houses

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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
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