Architecture Career Discovery


Monday, July 6 Friday July 17, 2020

Course Objectives

This two-week class, taught entirely online, is designed to expose students to the experience of enrolling in a high-quality undergraduate architecture program.

Course outline: 

This two-week class, taught entirely online, is designed to expose students to the experience of enrolling in a high-quality undergraduate architecture program. The core of this course is studio work. In studio, students are immersed in a rigorous creative process that starts with an idea, the development of abstract models, and ultimately leads to the design of an exciting and innovative architectural building proposal. Critique and evaluation of studio work is continuous, occurring in one-on-one discussions with the instructor and in larger group reviews with invited architec- tural critics. Studio work is complemented by a series of lectures and presentations, which explore the broader context of architectural practice, contemporary projects and practitioners, as well as more technical concerns such as drawing and model making. High school students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade in the fall, who are interested in future careers in architecture or design related fields and have a curiosity about the world, are encouraged to apply. The first week of the course will focus on building models and making drawings by hand. The second second week will focus on using the computer. Students will learn 3D modeling in Rhinoceros and 2D drawing and image editing in Adobe Creative Suite. This exciting immersive workshop will not only open your eyes about architecture as a future career but provide you with an impressive portfolio essential to be accepted into a premier program like Rensselaer.

The first week of the course will focus on building models and making drawings by hand. The second second week will focus on using the computer. Students will learn 3D modeling in Rhinoceros and 2D drawing and image editing in Adobe Creative Suite.

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis


 Daily schedule

Monday 7/6

9:00 12:00 Lecture, Intro; Set-up workspace; Introduce Exercise 1, Material Practice; Model making tutorial

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Studio work on Material Practice

Tuesday 7/7

9:00 12:00 Studio work on Material Practice

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 4:00 Portfolio presentations by Teaching Assistants; Studio work on Material Practice

Wednesday 7/8

9:00 12:00 Studio work on Material Practice

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 4:00 Pin-up/group discussion of Material Practice; Introduce Exercise 2, Drawing, Diagram

Thursday 7/9

9:00 12:00 Lecture, Drawing, Diagram; Drawing tutorial; Studio work on Drawing, Diagram

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Studio work on Drawing, Diagram

Friday 7/10

9:00 12:00 Studio work on Drawing, Diagram

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 4:00 Intermediate review of work

Week Two 

Monday 7/13

9:00 12:00 Introduce Exercise 3, Body, Site

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with Dean of the School of Architecture (TBD)

1:00 4:00 Studio work on Body, Site

Tuesday 7/14

9:00 12:00 Studio work on Body, Site

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Lecture, Contemporary Buildings and Projects; Studio work on Body, Site

Wednesday 7/15

9:00 12:00 Studio work on Body, Site

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Lecture, Current Work; Studio work on Body, Site

Thursday 7/16

9:00 12:00

Studio work, prepare for final review

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Studio work, prepare for final review

Friday 7/17

9:00 12:00 Studio work, prepare for final review; Document models and drawings

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

1:00 4:00 Final review of work with invited guest critics, parents welcome to attend


- Required Equipment and Materials

  • -  Laptop (Minimum specs should be confirmed by Robert Wosley. Will be used to connect to lab computers in Greene Building)

  • -  Printer (black and white, 8.5x11)

  • -  8.5x11 plain printer paper

  • -  Sketchbook (any size or type)

  • -  Workable fixative

  • -  Bristol pad (20 sheets, 19”x24”, smooth, 100lb)

  • -  Small t-square (24”)

  • -  Drafting triangles

  • -  Drafting tape

  • -  Tracing paper (12” roll)

  • -  Cutting mat (18”x24”)

  • -  Metal ruler (24”)

  • -  No.1 X-acto knife

  • -  No.11 X-acto blade, 40 count

  •  White clear drying glue (Elmer, Sobo, etc)



United States

United States
United States


  • Tuition

$5.00


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