Current College Students
JULY 5 – AUGUST 5, 2022
DISC is an immersive five-week summer program for college students offered by UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. DISC participants engage in the discourses of urban innovation, and develop creative solutions to tackle the urgent challenges global cities face today.
DISC is open to eligible students from any college or university. No prior experience in design is necessary.
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 seminars and lectures, studio workshop sessions, site visits and fieldwork, 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.
The program is built upon four main platforms.
- The Urban Innovation Seminar and Global Cities/Global Challenges Seminar establish the program's theoretical framework.
- The Studio Sessions and Digital Workshops are at the core of the program, honing fundamental making skills and empowering students to craft their own design solutions. Working in teams, students develop a project from design conception to prototyping, and present the final results of their work to instructors and guest critics.
- Fieldwork and Site Visits will give students an opportunity to engage directly with the dynamic built and natural environments of the Bay Area, using it as a living laboratory for study.
- The Guest Lecture Series exposes students to some of the most renowned and forward-thinking researchers and practitioners in the Bay Area.
Benefits of Attending
- Identify and explore the major debates around global urbanization and sustainability.
- Understand the potentials and limitations of design and technology interventions.
- Construct a project that spans from concept to fabrication.
- Connect with a network of highly engaged peers, faculty and practitioners.
- Earn college-level credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript.
Upon completion of the DISC program, participants graduate with a strong understanding of urban dynamics and a broad toolkit with which to confront "wicked problems", as well as compelling artifacts for their academic portfolio. DISC alumni are prepared to become the next thought leaders and game changers in the shaping of our built environment.
His professional experience includes traditional architecture practice with award-winning firms, social focused architecture as a Design Fellow for Architecture for Humanity, urban design in the public sector, and as an Artist-in-Resident at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. In addition to serving as the Director of DISC in the College of Environmental Design, Gabriel has served as a lecturer at a Cal Poly, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gabriel holds a BArch from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, and MArch and MCP from UC Berkeley.
Licensure in hand, he moved to Barcelona to become part of its thriving design community. There he worked with prominent Catalan architects on numerous award-winning projects while also conducting research at the EtsaB School of Architecture and teaching at the ESDi School of Design. Based in the Bay Area since 2010, he has been a core member of the Rebar Art & Design Studio and more recently of the new San Francisco offices of Gehl Studio, where he continues to practice the profession. At CED, while serving as Program Director of Disc*, he also collaborates with the LAEP department as a lecturer and project researcher. Ghigo holds a BArch and an MArch from the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze, and an MSArch and PhD from EtsaBarcelona.
The application deadline has passed for the summer of 2022. We will open the application for next year in mid-December 2022. To receive a reminder, please add yourself to our mailing list