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The 2017 Summer Architecture Academy (SAA) dates are July 10th- August 4th
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.
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 - March 15 Early Action Deadline; May 15 Application Deadline
Complete the Summer Architecture Academy SlideRoom Application. There is a March 15 Early Action deadline available. If you submit your application by March 15, admission notifications will be sent out in early April. Admission notifications for application submitted for the May 15 deadline will be sent out in early June.
The academy is limited to 45 spaces and fills up quickly! Qualified students are accepted as long as space is available. After May 15, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about possible academy openings.
The University of Oregon Summer Architecture Academy is an intensive four-week experience that offers prospective architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students a chance to “try on the field for size.”
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.
- Broaden your understanding of architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture
- Earn 8 college credits for the successful completion of the three program courses (these credits qualify as electives at the UO)
- Develop high-quality work to include in your college application portfolio
- Learn through a daily curriculum of design studio, media class and workshops
- Visit significant architectural sites in Oregon
- Tour professional offices in Eugene
- Experience life at the UO by living and dining on campus
- Participating in a full range of SAA activities
Academy 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.
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.
There are two required, daylong, educational field trips (lunch provided) 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.
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 may be reached at email@example.com. 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.
- The tuition cost for the 2016 Summer Architecture Academy is $2,175. Tuition covers all instruction, studio space, field trip costs, photo ID and city bus passes.
- There is a $100.00 USD non-refundable 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
- The Student Rec Center Access fee is not included in the tuition cost, students may purchase passes directly through the Rec Center
Students must submit an SAA application AND be accepted to the Summer Architecture Academy program BEFORE registering for any SAA courses.
To accept an admission offer to the SAA program, applicants need to complete the following items:
- Submit an online SAA Program Confirmation Form
- Register for SAA Courses (see below)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register for the following courses no later than Thursday, July 7, 11:59 PM PST:
- ARCH 199 Academy Workshop Series/Media Design Context (2 credits) CRN 42092 - 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.
- ARCH 199 Academy Series Design (2 credits) CRN 42091 - 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.
- ARCH 199 Academy Design Studio (4 credits) CRN 42090 - 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.
UO Housing: Academy students need to submit a separate online application to apply for summer housing at the UO along with a 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 early 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 Room & Board Summer rates
- UO Housing Application for Summer
- UO Housing Move-In Guide
- UO Housing Main Site
- UO Housing Contact
- UO Dining website
- Housing Resources and Services
- Dorm Map and Communities
If you need to coordinate accessibility accommodations, please contact the UO Accessibility Education Center at http://aec.uoregon.edu. 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 email@example.com.
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 purchases for periods of time from one day up to three weeks. Parking permits are available for purchase 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.
Dates for the 2016 Summer Architecture Academy are Monday, July 11 - Friday, August 5.
Monday, July 11 check-in time is 11:00 a.m. and the program will end on Friday, August 5, around 2:00 PM.
- First Day Schedule 2016 (tbd)
- Program Schedule 2016 (tbd)
- SAA Map 2016 (tbd)
- SAA Facebook
- Proposed 2016 Supply List and UO Duck Store
- Field Trip 2016 #1 Itinerary (tbd)
- Fields Trip 2016 #2 Itinerary (tbd)
2015 Information (Last Year's docs)
- First Day Schedule (2015)
- SAA Map (2015)
- Program Schedule (2015)
- Field Trip #1 Itinerary - IRA Keller Fountain, Garden tours (2015)
- Field Trip #2 Itinerary - Gordon House, Mt. Angel (2015)
- Department of Architecture
- Architecture & Allied Arts Library
- Department of Architecture Faculty and Staff
- UO Maps
- UO Card Office (Student ID Photo Card)
- UO Rec Center (visitor passes are available for purchase)
- Parking Passes & Bike Registration
- UO EMU
- Prospective Architecture Students
- UO Mobile App
- Accessible Education Center
- Student Conduct Code
- International Affairs
- Getting to Eugene/UO
- Things to do Around Eugene
- City of Eugene
- Eugene Lodging
- Eugene Climate
- Campus and Community and Eugene Local Events
- Campus Life
- Things to do in Eugene (TripAdvisor)
- EMX (LTD) Bus
- Gateway Mall
- Valley River Center (Mall)
- Target Springfield or Target Eugene
- SAA Rules & Regulations Form (All Participants)
- SAA Program Waiver (All Participants)
- SAA Waiver - Under 18 Housing & Medical Form
- FERPA Release Form (All Participants)
- Lisa Ahrendt, SAA Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541.346.8039
- Taylor Ashton, SAA Student Assistant, email@example.com, 541.346.8039
- Jim Givens, SAA Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kurea Delgado, SAA Registration Coordinator, Academic Extension, email@example.com, 541.346.1403
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-346-8039.