Architecture is a major component of what we think of as culture. The public and private spaces we use reflect our needs, both functional and aesthetic. An understanding of the relationship between the landscape and the buildings in a city context can lead to a better understanding of the culture of those who use the spaces. It is one thing to read or watch such material in books or on the Internet. It can be quite another, more exciting, activity to experience the works in person and develop a knowledge of how one interacts physically with a space, a building, or a work of art. The field of design and human behavior, as explored by Edward T. Hall in his book The Hidden Dimension, provides the stimulus for this project. People use space in various ways, and it is culturally dependent. The field of proxemics examines the interrelated observations and theories of people's use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture. People from different cultures not only speak different language, but also inhabit different sensory worlds. Not only does personal distance vary among cultures, but social distance and public distance also vary. Cities and towns in the Spanish-speaking world generally have a central, public square, or plaza. The cathedral or a prominent church is generally located along one side of the plaza. In addition, many homes have a central courtyard, as do public spaces like museums. The concept of the plaza has been transferred to the museums and municipal buildings in Spain. As a scholar and teacher of Spanish language and linguistics, I am always looking for ways to improve my understanding of culture. However, a linguist/language teacher cannot learn significantly about architecture by simply teaching herself. My husband, Terrence L. Uber, teaches all levels of interior design lecture courses and studios, as well as history of design in the Program in Interior Design in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. This proposal requests a stipend and travel funding for Diane for three-weeks of travel in central and northern Spain during the Summer of 2012, to visit museums, churches and cathedrals in three Spanish cities: Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona. This would be an opportunity for both participants to explore a new intellectual path, yielding a cross-disciplinary source of professional renewal. Engaging the methods and data from each of our fields (Spanish language and culture for Diane, and history of interiors and architectural history for Terrence) has been a source of shared interest to both of us for decades. With this project, we propose to focus more systematically on combining our areas of expertise, in order to expand our intellectual understanding of Spanish architecture and culture.