Geodesic Dome Construction Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Second year BSc Architectural Technology students enrolled on Building Design 2 (ARCH2072) and third year BSc Architectural Technology students enrolled on Integrated Design Project (ARCH3067) module are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


A Geodesic Dome is a semi – spherical structure made from different materials. The shape helps distribute the structural stress throughout the structure. It is a perfect example of low cost construction. The advantages of a geodesic dome in construction are that it is lightweight, easy to construct out of component parts, is resistant to wind and shocks, and can be built in almost any size.

The 8 days hands-on experience at Ierokipio, Cyprus will offer the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of geodesic domes construction where students from BSc in Architectural Technology will learn how to design and build a 4 mts high Geodesic Dome using timber and recycled materials.

The workshop is an immersive learning experience that offers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of geodesic domes construction and sustainable living, while engaging in a unique self-inquiry in the company of an international team of trainers and skilled assistants. The workshop will take place in Kofinou, south Cyprus in a dynamic international community
committed to sustainable living, radical experimentation and personal development.

The hands on experience will require from participants, active and team work collaboration, which will be supervised by trained builders and two faculty members of the Leicester School of Architecture. In addition, this workshop will be aimed to explore several aspects of sustainable living. Part of this experience will focus on expanding self-awareness, exploring how “inner” space relates to the world we construct “outside”. BSc students will
receive knowledge and skills as well as awareness of and practice in utilizing alternative and sustainable construction solutions. This workshop includes one day visit to Nicosia.

Cultural activities

Students will visit two permaculture facilities in the zone, one visit to the rural community of Mitsero and the city of Nicosia.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Cypriot immigration requirements.

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Cyprus and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 13 October 2019
  • Return date: Monday 21 October 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, transfers, accommodation, programme fees/materials and lunches on site: £700-850
  • Students will also be required to pay for any other additional cost food & drink, visa and vaccinations (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 26 June 2019 9am