The 2014 Summer Architecture Academy will run from June 30 to July 25, 2014.
To apply to the Summer Architecture Academy, you must complete and submit your application and pay the application fee.
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.”
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 as aids to preparing an application to a professional school. Workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and field trips complement daily design studios.
Applications will be reviewed beginning in March 2013 and accepted after an initial basic screening for suitability on a space-available basis.
The academy is limited to 36 spaces. Qualified students are accepted as long as space is available. After June 15, call (541) 346-1433 for information about academy openings.
Applications are reviewed for evidence of the following:
- sufficient experience and achievement to ensure that the student is capable of college level work
- responsible conduct and social maturity that will allow the student to benefit from design criticism
demonstrated student interest in environmental design and ability to communicate this interest
The 2014 Summer Architecture Academy application will be available by January 1, 2014.
Please print out the application form and send to the address at the bottom of the application. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis. We begin processing SAA applications around March 15. Include the $15 application fee with your application form.
Classes and workshops
The weekday schedule is built around daily design studios—opportunities to engage in personal exploration and work on creative problem-solving exercises — supplemented by lectures and demonstrations. The studio experience is central to design education, and it is here that students can evaluate their motivation and potential for a career in design.
Monday through Thursday, classes start at 8:00 A.M. and last until 3:30 or 4:00 P.M. with a one-hour lunch break. There is one class on Friday. The curriculum includes three studio, two media classes, and two workshops per week.
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 and visiting specialists. 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 Computer 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.
Two day trips focus on planning, resource, and site issues related to the four regions of Oregon: the coastal dunes and headlands, the high desert and Cascade mountains, the Willamette Valley corridor, and Portland’s urban core. The Portland trip includes visits to large and small professional-design offices. On-site sketching is an essential facet of the field trips.
The academy is coordinated by two faculty members, one of whom also functions as the director, and additional instructors as needed. Instructors are selected from the UO faculty and other young professionals in architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture. Faculty members and instructors offer insights into the career. In addition, admissions information on program selection and the application process is provided by the department for interested students.
Successful completion of the academy’s curriculum earns 8 university credits for undergraduate students. These 8 credits qualify as architecture or landscape architecture electives at the UO, and they may satisfy electives or requirements at other schools.
Academy students may live in a UO residence hall where men and women are housed on separate floors. Students may choose room only or room and board, with two meal plan options, an 80 or 95 point plan per week. Mature students tend to seek housing off campus.
For the most current information, check the UO housing website.
When classes are over for the day, academy students can take advantage of the summer’s long afternoons and evenings, often returning to studios after the evening meal to work on projects. But there are other enticements: concerts and plays, both on campus and at Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts; sporting events and festivals; miles of bike and jogging paths; and numerous public parks. Students can paddle the Millrace in rented canoes or rent roller skates and bicycles. The UO’s extensive athletic facilities—including running tracks, swimming pools, and various courts—are open to students. The fees for the use of the facilities are included in the price of the tuition.
Tuition and fees
The academy is not subsidized by any public money or private gifts, so student tuition and fees must offset the full cost of the program. Tuition covers all instruction, a field trip fee, photo ID and free bus pass. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee (subject to change). Equipment and supplies are about $150. In addition, the student will want to budget for any additional personal expenses. Room and board fees can be found on the UO Housing website. The rates are updated the first of January each year.
Housing should be paid in full by the first day of class. Specific information on payments is included in the packet sent to admitted students.
The Academy will run from June 30 to July 25, 2014. Check-in will be Sunday, June 29th at 4:00 PM in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard. Housing check-in is anytime between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM at the Living Learning Center at 15th and Agate.
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