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School of Architecture
Architecture Building
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0450

Phone: (269) 471-6003
Fax: (269) 471-6261



8435 East Campus Circle Drive
Berrien Springs, MI 49104

(269) 471-6003

The architecture faculty aspires to teach sound thinking, practical skills, and rigorous scholarship in the discipline of architecture; and promotes students who: Craft buildings that are dignified, durable and purposeful; Design communities that foster civility; Serve mankind in accord with their professional and Christian vocation; Seek the virtues of joy, beauty, wholeness and moderation in their lifelong pursuit of learning. All this for God's honor and His glory until the risen Christ comes again.


Waldensian Tour

Walking among the early reformers


For 15 years the Waldensian tour has brought students to the roots of our faith. From only a few students, Special Topics in Waldensian Beliefs has grown to an eager group averaging about 20 students. The Waldensians were a distinct people who kept true to God's Holy Word, they helped preserve and spread the true good news to everyday people searching for Bible truth. 

Often martyrs for their faith, the people hidden in the mountains spread out as missionaries, planting the seeds of reform. Walking in the footsteps of these early reformers, students are drawn to the courage and hope that draws each heart still toward its true and only Savior. The everyday lives are reflected in their homes, their churches in the caves, and the cathedral of nature surrounding them.

To the Waldenses the Scriptures were not merely a record of God’s dealings with men in the past, and a revelation of the responsibilities and duties of the present, but an unfolding of the perils and glories of the future. They believed that the end of all things was not far distant; and as they studied the Bible with prayer and tears, they were the more deeply impressed with its precious utterances, and with their duty to make known to others its saving truths. They saw the plan of salvation clearly revealed in the word of God, and they found comfort, hope, and peace in believing in Jesus. As the light illuminated their understanding and made glad their hearts, they longed to shed its beams upon those who were in the darkness of papal error.
— Ellen G. White, Spirit of Prophesy Vol.4

Take a Religion Class and Travel to the ancient home of the Waldenses in the Piedmonts of Northern Italy.  All costs for the trip are covered by registration for this summer course RELG360 (the cost is the same as a 3 credit class on AU campus, plus a $250.00 travel fee).

Students will meet with Professor Demsky for 7 class periods * during spring semester in order to study the history and have a background on this ancient people of faith. This is a summer class and registration takes place at the end of the spring semester.
(*These times will be determined according to student preference/schedules.)

This elective course (RELG360) is conducted annually by Kathleen Demsky and includes a 9-day trip which takes place in the month of June. The trip takes students to the Piedmonts in Italy to study the history, faith and culture of the Waldenses. 

The course compares the simplicity of the Waldensian homes and villages with the display and flamboyancy of other architectural developments of the same period. This, in essence, contrasts the belief of a Christ-centered life versus a life based only on human traditions and doctrines.

The study of the Waldensian history is to give students background in a community of faith.  The purpose for the study of this topic is to bring to the student not only the historical and spiritual perspective, but also a personal experience of faith.  

The student will be challenged to assess his or her own spiritual development and courage throughout life. The trip to the Piedmonts follows a series of classes at Andrews University. Among other places, the trip visits an ancient abandoned village that was inhabited at one time by the Waldenses.  This village is located in the Piedmont Alps in Northern Italy, the homeland of the Waldenses.  In addition, the trip visits other sites and museums in order to enhance first-hand knowledge of the area and its people, both past and present.

Special Thank-you to student and photographer, Nathan Lindstrom.

Where We Go

What We See


Kathleen Demsky
Director, Architecture Resource Center
p: (269) 471-2418

Mrs. D is responsible for collection development, organization, retrieval and public interpretation of the collection; supervises ARC personnel; coordinates the annual book display for the Environmental Research Association (EDRA); provides communication and liaison between the EDRA organization and Andrews University