University of Oregon
Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Summer Architecture Academy (SAA) - Eugene

 

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The 2016 Summer Architecture Academy (SAA) dates are TBD  

The University of Oregon's Summer Architecture Academy offers prospective architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students a chance to investigate the field of environmental design in an intensive four-week experience. Workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and field trips complement the daily studio. Download the Summer Architecture Academy brochure for a portable reference document.

The academy is open to students who are interested in undergraduate or graduate professional education in environmental design. Many know little about the design process; some are interested in developing their skills in preparation for the application process.

The academy includes students of all ages: high school students, college undergraduate and graduate students, and people in career transition. The average age of SAA participants is 15-25 years old, so if you are in high school, your first or second year of college, or even a college graduate thinking about getting your masters, this is the perfect program to consider attending!

 

SAA Application Requirements - May 15 Application Deadline

Complete the Summer Architecture Academy SlideRoom application no later than May 15. The SlideRoom application has a $55 non-refundable application fee.

The academy is limited to 36 spaces and fills up quickly! Qualified students are accepted as long as space is available. After May 15, email archadms@uoregon.edu to inquire about possible academy openings.

 

Program Summary 

The University of Oregon Summer Architecture Academy is an intensive four-week experience that offers prospective architecture, landscape architecture, and interior architecture students a chance to “try on the field for size.” Download the Academy brochure for a portable reference document.

The academy is open to students who are interested in undergraduate or graduate professional education in environmental design. Many know little about the design process; some are interested in developing their skills in preparation for the application process. The academy includes students of all ages: high school students, college undergraduate and graduate students, and people in career transition.

Professional degree programs in the environmental design professions require a tremendous commitment of time and energy. Summer Architecture Academy offers students a chance to sample a professional program before applying to or entering a professional architecture school. The academy provides an excellent means of acquiring both the basic information and the practical experience needed to make an informed career choice and to begin planning for an environmental design career. Students gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials which can serve as aids to preparing an application to a professional school. Workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and field trips complement daily design studios.

 

Program Highlights

  • Broaden your understanding of architecture as an area of study 
  • Learn through a daily curriculum of design studio, media class and workshops
  • Visit significant architectural sites in Oregon
  • Earn 8 college credits for the successful completion of the three program courses
  • Develop high-quality work to include in your college application portfolio
  • Experience college life by living and dining on campus, and participating in a full range of extra-curricular activities

Classes and workshops

students reviewing architectural designsAcademy Workshop Series/Design Context (2 credits)
Design Context exposes students to issues and methodologies associated with professional design careers of varied scales from graphic design to landscape architecture. It also introduces contemporary design theories and stresses critical inquiry in exploring the reciprocal relationship between western culture and its designed places and artifacts. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.

Academy Media for Design (2 credits)
Introduction to visual inquiry for designers; use of freehand and drafted drawings and models in the design process. Demonstration and laboratory format. Complements Academy Workshop Series and Design Studio. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.

Academy Design Studio (4 credits) 
Intensive four-week introductory studio in architectural design. Series of design projects and exercises intended to familiarize students with fundamental concepts and principles of environmental design. Complements Academy Workshop Series and media for Design. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.

Monday through Thursday, classes start at 8:00 A.M. and last until 3:00 or 3:30 P.M. with a one-hour lunch break. There is one class on Friday mornings.

Studio-project work is often necessary in the evenings and on weekends.  Media stresses freehand sketching, technical drawing, and other media exercises in order to improve students’ visual and spatial understanding. The afternoon workshops are taught by faculty members, visiting specialists, and SAA's student staff. Each workshop focuses on a particular topic and includes lectures and practical exercises. Past topics include Design Process, Site Analysis, Sustainable Design, Computers in Design, and Spatial Composition. Principles learned in the workshops are applied in studio work.

While enrolled in the academy, students have access to the Architecture and Allied Arts Library and 24-hour access to the A&AA facilities and the Design Computing Lab. They may meet with and observe UO architecture students enrolled in advanced summer session design studios and sit in on selected A&AA courses.

Last minute changes do occur and the academy reserves the right to change the schedule at any time.

 

Required Field Trips 

There are two required, daylong, educational field trips related to the materials presented in the studio, media and workshop courses. The field trips will include visits to various key sites in the Willamette Valley. In the past students have visited the Ira Keller Fountain in Portland, The Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House, Alvar Aalto's Library at Mt.Angel Abbey, and the John Yeon Center. On-site sketching is an essential facet of the field trips. Students will also get to go on an afternoon tour of professional offices around Eugene. 

 

Faculty

The academy is coordinated by an administrative team, a faculty member who also acts as the program director, and assisting student instructors. The Program Director is Jim Givens who can be reached at jgivens@uoregon.edu. Instructors are selected from the UO faculty and other young professionals in the Architecture department. Faculty members and instructors offer insights into the career, while student instructors give students an idea of what it's like to be a UO Architecture student. In addition, admissions information on program selection and the application process is provided by the department for interested students.

 

Summer Architecture Academy Tuition and Fees

  • The tuition cost for the 2015 Summer Architecture Academy was $2,175. Tuition covers all instruction, field trip costs, photo ID and free bus pass 
  • There is a non-refundable $55 Architecture Departmental Application fee
  • Equipment and supplies are about $170 and are not included in the tuition cost
  • Final project printing costs are about $40-60 and are not included in the tuition cost
  • Room and board fees are not included in the tuition cost
  • Student Rec Center Access fee are not included in the tuition cost, students may purchase passes directly through the Rec Center

Registration 

Registration is done through the Academic Extension Office. Students can register for courses quickly and easily using the following simple, online shopping cart system and a credit card.  

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

(The course links below are from 2015--2016 dates are TBD at this time)

Please register for the following courses no later than July 1, 4:00 PM PST:

  1. ARCH 199 Academy Workshop Series/Design Context (2 credits) CRN 42195 - Design Context exposes students to issues and methodologies associated with professional design careers of varied scales from graphic design to landscape architecture. It also introduces contemporary design theories and stresses critical inquiry in exploring the reciprocal relationship between western culture and its designed places and artifacts. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.
  2. ARCH 199 Academy Series Design (2 credits) CRN 42196 - Introduction to visual inquiry for designers; use of freehand and projected drawings and models in the design process. Demonstration and laboratory format. Complements Academy Workshop Series and Design Studio. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.
  3. ARCH 199 Academy Design Studio (4 credits)  CRN 42197 - Intensive four-week introductory studio in architectural design. Series of design projects and exercises intended to familiarize students with fundamental concepts and principles of environmental design. Complements Academy Workshop Series and Media for Design. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.

Alternatively, students can also register by calling 541-346-4231 or e-mailing academicextension@uoregon.edu.

Questions regarding SAA registration should be directed to the UO Academic Extension Office.

Housing

UO Housing:  Academy students need to submit a separate online application to apply for summer housing at the UO along with a $25 non-refundable application fee that is paid directly to UO Housing. The Academic Extension office will send your UO ID number directly to UO Housing, so you can leave the UO ID number blank on your housing application.

If you plan on arriving in Eugene prior to July 6 and are staying on campus, you need to communicate your arrival and departure dates directly to UO Housing

For the most current information, online application link, and deadlines, see: 

UO Housing can be reached at housing@uoregon.edu or 541.346.4277.

Off-campus living Information and Resources.

 

Parking

Meters are located on 18th Avenue, Agate Street, University Street and Lot 36A. There are also Pay-to-Park spaces available in Lots 15, 17, 29A and on 15th Avenue.  Drivers are responsible for checking the signs and putting money in the meters as required. UO Campus Parking Map

Visitor parking permits may be issued for periods of time from one day up to three weeks. The cost is $10.00 per day. Parking permits are available from the Department of Parking and Transportation: https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/permits.

Parking on campus is limited, so allow ample time to locate parking.

Note that if you park in a spot designated as "reserved" or fail to add money to a parking meter, your car may be ticketed or towed. 

 

Newly Accepted SAA Student Information 

Dates for the 2016 Summer Architecture Academy are TBD at this time. 

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The Department of Architecture Office is open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 210 Lawrence Hall.

For more information about the UO Summer Academy Program, please contact the Department of Architecture at archassistant@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1740.

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1206 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Office: 210 Lawrence Hall
P: 541-346-3656
F: 541-346-3626

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