Summer Programs

Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

July 3 - August 11, 2017

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Our six-week summer programs give participants the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design.

The Summer Institute, offered by the College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley, consists of four cohorts:


an introductory program in architecture for post-baccalaureate students with no previous experience in environmental design.


an advanced program in architecture for students who are in their final year of a B.Arch program, or have already earned a B.Arch degree.


an introductory program in sustainable city planning for post-baccalaureate students with no previous experience in environmental design.


an introductory program in landscape architecture for post-baccalaureate students with no previous experience in environmental design.


Summer Institute students explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of design and planning studios, connect to faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application.

Each program includes a lecture series, a design or planning studio, a seminar or media course, and site visits. After fulfilling the program requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion and an official UC Berkeley transcript. All classes are held in Wurster Hall, CED's home on the UC Berkeley campus.

Scene from an [IN]ARCH critique

The summer I spent at Berkeley was a perfect beginning to my career and academic pursuits in architecture. Not only was the program fun and engaging, but it was extremely motivating. My section teacher played a huge role in motivating and inspiring me. His constant energy and positive attitude were contagious in the studio and had a big impact on the level of my work.

Andrew Piotrowski, [IN]ARCH alumnus

guest critics offering feedback at an [IN]CITY group presentation


"This program helped to reassure me that I can take my passion for social and environmental issues and have a successful and satisfying career in planning. It also gave me the confidence and experience needed to apply and get accepted into grad school."

Debbie So, [IN]CITY alumna


Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions, and if you have additional questions or require assistance, contact:

Summer Programs Office, College of Environmental Design

Storied Wurster Hall