University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

UO Summer Architecture Academy (SAA) - Eugene

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Dates: July 10th - August 4th 2017
Nonrefundable Application Fee: $100
Tuition and Fees: TBD for summer 2017 (8 college credits)
Room and Board: $1,284 - $1,416 + $25 application fee
Equipment and Supplies: TBD for summer 2017
Printing Final Project Costs: varies

Ages: 15 - 25 (based on past years) 

Summer Architecture Academy.

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

Professional degree programs in the architectural 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 architectural design career. Students gain a broad view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to bolster an application to a professional school. Past academies included students of all ages: high school students, college undergraduate and graduate students, and people in career transition. 


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. Complements Academy lectures 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. Open only to Summer Architecture Academy students.

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.

Academy students will have access to the Computing Lab in Lawerence Hall, however, it is recommended (not required) that students bring available laptops, tablets, etc. as an additional resource.

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


Daylong, educational field trips (lunch provided) in the Willamette Valley complement the materials presented in studio, media and workshop courses. The field trips will include visits to various key sites in the Willamette Valley. In the past students 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.

Students will also get to go on an afternoon tour of professional offices around Eugene.

Last Year 

Program Schedule (2016)


Academy students under 18 must live on campus, where they will be supervised by Resident Assistants connected to the Summer Architecture Academy. UO Housing requires a separate online application for summer housing.

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

Academy students over 18 may choose to live on campus or find nearby housing in the Eugene/ Springfield area. 

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

UO Housing can be reached at or 541.346.4277.


The academy is coordinated by an administrative team, a faculty member acting as the program director, and assisting student instructors. The Program Director is Jim Givens, who may be reached at Instructors are selected from the UO faculty and other young professionals in the Architecture department. Faculty members and instructors offer insights into the career field, while student instructors give students an idea of what it's like to be a UO Architecture student. 


International Students

International students interested in applying to the Summer Architecture Academy are not eligible to be sponsored by the University of Oregon for an F-1 student visa. You are responsible for acquiring your own visa for entry to the US. If you are already in the US, please make sure your visa status allows you to enroll in the Summer Architecture Academy.



Summer Architecture Academy application will be available mid-February, with a priority deadline of early April.
The academy is limited to 34 spaces and fills up quickly! Qualified students are accepted as long as space is available. After May 15, email to inquire about possible academy openings.

Accessible Resources

If you need to coordinate accessibility accommodations, please contact the UO Accessibility Education Center at If you will applying for UO Housing, please coordinate specific housing needs directly with UO Housing and specify that you are a Summer Architecture Academy student. For accommodations related to the SAA Program (studio/classroom, field trips, etc.), please contact

You're In. Now What?

Students must submit an SAA application AND be accepted to the Summer Architecture Academy program BEFORE registering for any SAA courses.

Registration is coordinated for accepted SAA applicants through the Academic Extension Office. Accepted SAA applicants can register for courses quickly and easily using the following simple, online shopping cart system and a credit card.


Questions on registering for courses? Contact the Academic Extension Office directly at 541-346-4231 or 800-824-2714 or

Please register for the following courses no later than Thursday, July 6, 11:59 PM PST:

ARCH 199 Academy Workshop Series/Media Design Context (2 credits) CRN 42092 
ARCH 199 Academy Series Design (2 credits) CRN 42091 
ARCH 199 Academy Design Studio (4 credits) CRN 42090 


SAA Contacts

Interested in learning more about our degree programs? Sign up for an Architecture Info Session.

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 Architecture Academy Program (SAA), please contact Lisa Ahrendt, SAA Coordinator, in the Department of Architecture at or 541-346-8039.