Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


July 2 - August 10, 2018

Program Description

[IN]ARCH is an introductory studio course designed to help participants cross the threshold into the world of architectural design. The course will introduce students to the environment of architectural production and to help them prepare material for further study in the field. The program structure replicates the graduate school experience: an intensive design studio complemented by instruction in both analog and digital media tools, lectures by award-winning faculty and professionals, field trips, and introductions to recent developments in the discipline. No prior experience in design is necessary.

architecture summer program student work

"[IN]ARCH was an incredibly inspiring environment and community to be a part of. If anyone is unsure of where, how, or what within the real of environmental design they'd like to pursue, the Summer Institute is a great place to have those questions answered."

2017 [IN]ARCH student survey respondent


What is a Design Studio?

  • Introduces architectural thinking as a conceptual enterprise.
  • Provides methods for translating concepts into physical form.
  • Develops both digital and analog modeling and drawing skills.
  • Advances strategies for addressing site and environmental conditions.
  • Familiarizes students with the structure of group critiques and provides feedback from instructors and guest critics.
Summer Institute

Typical [IN]ARCH Weekly Schedule

* Please note that most students spend additional evenings and weekends in studio

11AM Media Lab: Rhino/Illustrator Lecture: Oblique, sciography Media Lab: Solid/Void Relation Reading Discussion: Literal/Phenomenal Site Visit: SFMOMA
1PM Break Break Break Break
2PM Studio Studio Pin-up: drawing (virtual limit) Studio
4PM Desk Crit: drawings/models (iteration) Desk Crit: drawings (iteration)
6PM Dean's Roundtable

[IN]ARCH 2017 Academic Lead

David Orkand


  •     M.Arch., Princeton University

  •     B.F.A., Otis College of Art and Design


David Orkand is director of Atelier DOA. Orkand returned to California to set up his architectural practice after having spent four years living in Tokyo as a Monbukagakusho Fellow in the Tsukamoto Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During this time Orkand worked with numerous Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, SANAA, Atelier Bow-Wow, Junya Ishigami, and Go Hasegawa. He spent the two years prior to this living in Madrid, working for Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos. Orkand has taught architecture and architectural theory at Princeton University, UC Berkeley, and California College of the Arts.

"David effectively articulates complex concepts in order to help us 'unlearn'. Very keen on visual communication and stretching your creativity to conceptualize outside the box."