The Summer Institute is an immersive six week program that gives you the opportunity to test your enthusiasm for the material and culture of architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable planning while developing a competitive portfolio of design work. No prior experience in environmental design is necessary.
The Summer [IN]SITUTE consists of four cohorts:
[IN]ARCH, an architecture program for post-baccalaureates with no previous experience in environmental design.
[IN]ARCH ADV, an intermediate architecture program for undergraduates who are in their final years of an architecture program, or have already earned an undergraduate degree in architecture.
[IN]CITY, an introductory program in sustainable city planning for post-baccalaureates with no previous experience in environmental design.
[IN]LAND, an introductory program in landscape architecture for post-baccalaureates with no previous experience in environmental design.
After fulfilling the program requirements, participants receive a certificate of completion and graded credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript.
Recent Summer [IN]STITUTE alumni have been accepted to graduate programs at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Rice, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, UCLA, MIT, University of Washington, University of Illinois, Princeton, Cornell, and Yale, among others.
The Summer Institute was a life-changing experience. I would have never learned as much as I did without this course, met the people I met, and overall feel as inspired as I do. Not only do I have so many amazing things to add to my portfolio and my resume, but I've made friends and a great network.
Matthew Tauzer, [IN]ARCH 2020
"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."