Academics

Summer Programs

The College of Environmental Design offers several introductory summer programs for those interested in exploring the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning and sustainable environmental design.

See the links and descriptions below for Summer Programs offered in 2018. 

 

Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

ENV DES 2, 001 [Orkand]

[IN]ARCH

[IN]ARCH is an introductory studio course designed to cross the threshold into the world of architectural thinking and design. The architecture studios are formal, intensive, and structured for experimentation with physical ideas. We create through models (physical and digital), drawing, photography, collage, montage, diagram, scanning, mapping, and writing as we work. The architecture studio will become a place of refuge to develop a new lens for seeing and understanding the world around you. In studio you will learn how to transform invisible ideas into form. [IN]ARCH consists of a multi-disciplinary lecture series, a design studio, and a media course, taught by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Architecture. Participants should expect to spend a significant amount of time working independently outside of formal instruction hours. After fulfilling the program requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted to the Summer [IN]STITUTE. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.

ENV DES 2, 002 [Plymale]

[IN]ARCH ADV

​[IN]ARCH ADV is an advanced architectural studio formulated to push the boundaries of architectural thinking and design. The architecture studios are formal, intensive and structured for experimentation with physical ideas. Participants will make models (physical and digital), draw, photograph, collage, montage, diagram, print, scan, map and write as they work. The studio becomes a place for participants to transform thoughts and ideas into form. 

Studio lessons establish and fortify links between architecture and the allied arts. While dealing with landscape, site, function and program, many pursuits reflect immediate and direct associations with music, painting, collage, literature, dance, theater, filmmaking and the human body, all of which exist in the sub-patterns of design.

The [IN]ARCH ADV studio places emphasis on an iterative process and deploys three recurring methods for making: analog drawing and photomontage, to connect the eye's critical observations to the hand's critical description; digital modeling, to explore conceptual ideas through 3D digital models; and physical modeling, to develop and embody material ideas in model form using the Digital Fabrication Lab.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted to the Summer [IN]STITUTE. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.

ENV DES 2, 003 [Ecker]

[IN]CITY​

The [IN]CITY program provides students with introductory skills in urban planning and policy methods, including data collection/analysis, physical planning, mapping and visual representation. Students will also gain a broad knowledge on sustainability planning and learn how to translate sustainability objectives into clear scopes of action. They will also develop the ability to express planning and policy matters in to clear verbal and graphic terms while learning how to work effectively with other students, professors and clients through hands-on team projects. Students will be introduced to land use policies and urban development processes and develop critical thinking, observation, and analysis regarding an understanding of cities. [IN]CITY consists of a multi-disciplinary lecture series, smaller discipline-specific lectures, a planning studio, and field work led by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Architecture. Participants should expect to spend a significant amount of time working independently outside of formal instruction hours. After fulfilling the program requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted to the Summer [IN]STITUTE. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.

ENV DES 2, 004 [Levy]

[IN]LAND

The [IN]LAND program introduces participants to the practice of landscape architecture as an active inquiry. Students engage in making and experimentation as research into site potentials, where initial ideas are developed and transformed through rigorous investigations. “Agile Territories ” describes the overall theme for the program, in which we will pursue inquiries that are agile in nature, seeking to uncover hidden aspects of processes, spaces and materiality.

The media course complements the studio course by allowing students to develop representation skills, both hand (analog) and digital. Space in the schedule is reserved for portfolio production, review and exhibition. Throughout the program, field trips enhance students understanding of the studio concepts. There are office visits to prominent Bay Area Landscape Architecture firms and an introduction to the professional practice. The lecture series consists of professors and practitioners who present a wide variety of professional and academic topics that can be pursued within the disciplines of landscape architecture and environmental planning. Students meet weekly to discuss the lecture and reading assignments, allowing them to develop their skills of critical discussion and knowledge sharing.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted into the Summer [IN]STITUTE. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.

 

Disc*2018

ENV DES 8, 001 [Kaprielian]

Disc*: Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities

  • Description: Disc* 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 four weeks.

Extended Course Description

Guided by UC Berkeley faculty, Bay Area urbanists, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs, Disc* students confront the most pressing challenges of global urbanization using innovative people-centered design. Through design and digital fabrication studio sessions, lectures and talks, demos and workshops, field work and site visits, students have the opportunity to develop and test their own creative ideas while working with some of the most forward-thinking researchers and practitioners from the Bay Area design community. 

Upon completion of the Disc* program, graduates have a strong understanding of urban processes and a broad toolkit with which to tackle "wicked problems". Disc* alumni are prepared to become the next thought leaders and game changers in the shaping of our built environment.

Participants should expect to spend a significant amount of time working independently outside of formal instruction hours. After fulfilling the program requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted to the Disc*2018 program. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.

 

embARC Summer Design Academy

ENV DES 9, 001 [Suczynski-Smith]

Introduction to Environmental Design: embARC Summer Design Academy

  • Grading option: Must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Description: 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 design studios.

Extended Course Description

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 urban planning questions. The program's four components together provide a comprehensive framework and multi-disciplinary approach to "placemaking."

Architecture and Urban Design Studio: Instruction in freehand sketching, drafting, model building and digital representation teaches students how to conceptualize and communicate two and three-dimensional design ideas

Sustainable Planning Workshop: Students engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a community change process by developing solutions to an authentic urban planning question

Lecture Series: CED faculty and professionals in the field of environmental design will introduce students to the history and theory behind current ideas in the realms of urban design, community development and sustainable city planning

Design-Build Project: Students work alongside trained shop staff to build full-sized structures for the benefit of a local non-profit community partner
Students who fulfill the course requirements receive 1 unit of credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript upon course completion. All classes are held at the College of Environmental Design at Wurster Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To enroll in this course, you must be accepted to the embARC Summer Design Academy. For information on how to apply, visit the CED Summer Programs website.