Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


July 3 - August 11, 2017

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.

"The instructors did an amazing job passing on an incredible density of information on a compressed schedule. I feel I am taking away not only a set of technical skills but also intangible knowledge of the culture of the practice."

2016 [IN]ARCH student survey respondent

Design Studio Instruction

  • 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
  • Provides access to UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Library and other university resources

Overall Program Activities

  • Guided field trips take students to sites of urban and architectural significance in San Francisco
  • Lectures by celebrated faculty, local architects and critics provide insight on how architecture can transform its environment both in terms of form and performance. Past lecturers include Professor Susan Ubbelohde, an expert on daylighting, natural ventilation, and cutting edge research to provide architectural design solutions; Professor Paz Gutierrez, pioneering research initiatives that intersect architecture, biology, and engineering to create high performance buildings;  Virginia San Fratello, a designer at the cutting edge of new material technologies and their use in buildings, and many award-winning Bay Area practitioners such as Stanley Saitowitz, Jim Jennings, and Lisa Iwamoto.
  • Visits to Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment acquaint students with the latest thinking on energy efficient building technologies and design and operation techniques 
  • Portfolio Workshops led by instructors and students in Berkeley’s M.Arch programs provide assistance in creating strong portfolios for admission to graduate programs
Summer Institute

Typical [IN]ARCH Weekly Schedule

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

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11:00 Media Instruction Lecture Media Instruction Discussion Field Trips
1:00 Studio Studio Studio Studio

[IN]ARCH 2017 Teaching Team

David Orkand, [IN]ARCH Academic Lead


  •     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."