DSN S 546 is a studio combining upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from different departments in the College of Design to collaborate on a project that involves the United States Department of State, the US Ambassador’s Residence Casa Carlucci in Lisbon, Portugal, and preservation experts, fostering international partnerships and advancing cultural heritage protection globally. More specifically we will utilize cutting-edge technology such as LIDAR scanning, 3D photography, digital photogrammetry and other historic preservation methods to develop a web- and video-based narrative about the Casa Carlucci, a neoclassical residence built in 1878 by the Count of Olivais e Penha Longa, who lived there until the early 1920s. In 1927, the Count’s heirs rented the building to the U.S. Government. In 1939 the building was used solely as the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. The property was purchased by the U.S. Government in January 1964.

The studio includes a study-abroad component to travel to Lisbon, Portugal to measure and create 3D/2D representations of the exterior courtyards/terraces, and interior public spaces of the Casa Carlucci.

The Department of State’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and to foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.This mission is consistent with Iowa State University’s goal of developing good citizens and fostering effective global leaders, who seek collaborative means to enhance the lives of all people. The College of Design supports this objective through preservation and cultural heritage studies.