by Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D. aka @DocArchitecture and author of Becoming an Architect.
2018 Summer Programs in Architecture
Do you want to study architecture? Are you ready to start your path to becoming an architect? If so, consider attending one of the over 150 summer architecture programs across the country and abroad. Participating in one of these exciting, hands-on programs is a great way to learn more about architecture as a major and as a career path.
Below are some factors to consider as you research which program may be best for you.
Audience: Grad School, High School, College?
While many summer programs are intended for elementary, middle, and high school students, there do exist some for college students looking to pursue architecture.
If you are younger than high school age, there are programs for you. Below are two:
- Andrews University offers Renaissance Architecture Kids Camp https://www.andrews.edu/said/renaissance-kids, programs for kids age 5-16.
- Southern Illinois University http://conferenceservices.siu.edu/camps-youth-programs/architecture-camp.php offers programs for students in grades 4-6 (Kids Architecture and grades 7-9 (Middle School Architecture); both are a single week in length.
If you are currently in college or recently graduated, here a few programs for you:
- INTROARCH http://www.arch.iit.edu/study/introarch is the program of the College of Architecture of Illinois Institute of Technology; the course is designed for those without prior architectural studio experience who are interested in pursuing future architectural graduate studies
- Summer Studies in Constructed Environments https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/summer-studies-in-constructed-environments/?show=program-schedule, the program of Parsons, is designed for applicants to graduate programs in architecture, interior design, lighting or industrial design.
Length of Program & Format
One factor to consider is the length of the program. When you look at the full listing on StudyArchitecture.com you will notice that programs range from a week or less to as long as a full six weeks.
Many summer programs offered by a college or university provide overnight housing in q residence halls; activities are offered during the evening hours. Some programs are offered only during the day, typically from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Obviously, you would need to reside near the program in order to participate.
- Design Matters, the program of the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville https://archdesign.utk.edu/study/design-matters-camp/ is Sunday through Saturday available on-campus or commuter. Many other programs are a week long, including Auburn University, Clemson University, and Penn State University.
- At the other end is the program of Cornell University: Introduction to Architecture https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/programs/index.php?v=178 which is a full six weeks; through the program, students earn six credits through two courses. Other programs of similar length include Harvard University, Columbia University https://www.arch.columbia.edu/programs/2-intro-to-architecture, and UCLA
Cost & Scholarships
A critical factor to consider is cost; summer programs will vary in cost. Some programs may cost more than others because they provide college credit. Also, some programs charge a single program fee but that is all inclusive (program fee, housing, food, supplies, etc.), while others charge only the program fee and other costs are add-ons. Be sure to read carefully and if you have any questions, contact the program directly.
Also, be sure to check if there are scholarships and/or financial aid available. Many summer programs offer scholarships plus they may provide financial assistance.
Find the Perfect Summer Architecture Program for You
In addition to summer programs, many chapters of the American Institute of Architects and other institutions sponsor programs and events targeted at aspiring architects; these programs may include workshops, tours, design competitions, etc. For more details, visit the following: