Each summer, the College of Environmental Design holds a series of programs for students and practitioners that introduces and furthers their formal education in the design and planning fields:
- embARC Design Academy, a four-week program for high school students who want to get a taste of what it's like to major in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban studies.
- The Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities program, a four-week program for college students interested in design-based solutions to the challenges of global urbanization.
- The Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design, a six-week program for post-baccalaureate students interested in testing their enthusiasm for studio culture and graduate work in architecture, landscape architecture, and sustainable city planning.
- The Design Frontiers Workshops, a series of collaborative, one-week programs for design practitioners to develop their skills and capabilities in emerging domains.