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 is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design. 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 about embARC.
Disc*: Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities is about the present and the future of global urban environments, their challenges, and the potential of design and innovation as catalysts for change. Students will attend lectures and talks, partake in interactive demos and workshops, experiment in the digital fabrication lab, conduct field work and site visits, and be immersed in design studio culture throughout the five weeks. Learn more about Disc*.
The Summer [IN]STITUTE consists of [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND and [IN]CITY, three introductory programs in architecture, landscape architecture and city planning for post-baccalaureate students or senior-level undergraduates, and [IN]ARCH ADV, an advanced studio for students who have undergraduate degrees in architecture or who are senior-level architecture majors. Students in the Summer [IN]stitute 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 about the Summer [IN]stitute.
Set in the Cal Design Lab, 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 about the Design Frontiers Workshop Series.