Summer Architecture Academy

The 2014 Summer Architecture Academy will run from July 7 to August 1, 2014.
 

Application Requirements

1) Complete the online appliation.

2) Pay the $15 non-refundable application fee here

3) Email copies of high school and/or college transcripts to archadms@uoregon.edu with subject line "Summer Architecture Academy."

For students under the age of 18, a waiver form must be completed and submitted by a parent or legal guardian. The waiver form can be downloaded here.

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.

Program Highlights

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

Applications will be reviewed beginning in March 15, 2014 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) 346-3656 for information about academy openings.
 

Classes and workshops

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 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.

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 3:30 or 4:00 P.M. with a one-hour lunch break. There is one class on Friday.  

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.
 

Field Trips

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.
 

Faculty

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.
 

Tuition and Fees

The tuition cost for the 2014 Summer Architecture Academy is $2,175. Tuition covers all instruction, field trip costs, photo ID and free bus pass. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee.

Equipment and supplies are about $150 and are not included in the tuition cost. A supplies list will be emailed to admitted students. Room and board fees are not included in the tuition cost. 

For groups of 3 or more students coming together, we offer group scholarships of $200 per student. If you are part of a group, you must email the names of your group members to archadms@uoregon.edu
 

Housing

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. 

2014 Summer Session Room & Board Rates

Room Rates Meal Plan Rates
double occupancy single occupancy 80 meal points (approximately 16 meals) per week 95 meal points (approximately 19 meals) per week
$560 $728 $664 $788

 

For the most current information, check the UO housing website and the UO dining website
 

Leisure Time

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.
 

For more information, contact: archadms@uoregon.edu.