Our six-week summer programs give students the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design.
The Summer [IN]STITUTE, offered by the College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley, consists of [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND, and [IN]CITY, three introductory programs in architecture, landscape architecture and sustainble city planning for post-baccalaureate students or senior-level undergraduates, as well as [IN]ARCH ADV, an advanced studio for post-baccalaureate students who have a degree 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.
Each program consists of a lecture series, a design or planning studio, and either a seminar or media course, taught by faculty from the Departments of Architecture; Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; and City and Regional Planning. Students enroll in the program under a Pass/No Pass option and, after fulfilling the program requirements, receive a certificate of completion. All classes are held in Wurster Hall, CED's home on the UC Berkeley campus.
For detailed program descriptions and academic lead bios, visit the following pages:
"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."
Nearly 90% of Summer Institute students surveyed from the 2013 program who applied to graduate school were admitted.
"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."
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