The College of Environmental Design offers several introductory summer programs for those interested in exploring the fields of architecture and sustainable environmental design. We also offer workshops in the basics of fabrication as well as techniques and technologies that push the boundaries of making.
embARC Design Academy [Pre-Baccalaureate]
embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). embARC brings together students from diverse backgrounds to CED to study architecture, urban design, and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and studio sessions. embARC students work on real design projects in a studio environment, and engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a process to develop solutions to authentic problems. Learn more.
Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities [Baccalaureate]
Guided by faculty, entrepreneurs, and professional practitioners, DISC students will learn to how approach some of the most pressing global urbanization challenges through sustainable and innovative solutions. Through lectures, field trips, and design studios, students will propose and test their ideas while working with some of the most forward thinking researchers and practitioners. Graduates of DISC will have a strong understanding of urbanization challenges, a broad toolkit to create more sustainable cities, and artifacts for their academic portfolio. Learn more.
Summer [In]stitute in Environmental Design [Post-Baccalaureate]
The Summer [In]stitute consists of three introductory programs in architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable city planning for post-baccalaureate students or senior-level undergraduates, and one advanced studio for students who have undergraduate degrees in architecture or who are senior-level architecture majors. Students in the Summer Institute explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of design and planning studios, connect to top faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application. Learn more.
Design Frontiers Workshop Series
The Design Frontiers Workshop Series gives design practitioners an opportunity to work in an immersive, collaborative and multidisciplinary setting at the cutting edge of design. Each one-week workshop is designed by an expert in a topic that is pushing the boundaries of making, and features a combination of informational lectures, structured hands-on learning activities and self-directed open-ended experimentation. Workshop participants have the opportunity to gain exposure to new technologies. Learn more.