College of Environmental Design

Summer Programs

UC Berkeley summer programs in architecture, city planning, design


The College of Environmental Design offers several introductory summer programs for those interested in exploring the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and environmental planning, urban design and sustainable city planning. CED also offers workshops in the basics of fabrication as well as techniques and technologies that push the boundaries of making.

Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

Summer Program in architecture, sustainable city planning and landscape architecture

POST-BACCALAUREATE. 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 an undergraduate degree in architecture or who are senior-level architecture majors. Participants 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.

Disc*: Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities

Summer Program in architecture, sustainable city planning and landscape architecture

BACCALAUREATE. 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 attend lectures and talks, partake in interactive demos and workshops, experiment in the Digital Fabrication Lab, conduct field work and site visits, and immerse themselves in design studio culture over the course of five weeks. Learn more about Disc*.

embARC Summer Design Academy

embARC Summer Design Academy program for high school students at UC Berkeley

PRE-BACCALAUREATE. embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students. embARC brings together students from diverse backgrounds to CED to study architecture, urban design, and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, workshops, site visits and fabrication projects. embARC students work on design challenges in a studio environment, and engage as genuine participants in developing solutions to an authentic urban planning question. Learn more about embARC.