Discover Architecture is a two-week program offered by the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides high school students and beginning college students the opportunity to be introduced to architectural graphics, design, and modeling. Discover Architecture students learn about the roles and responsibilities of architects in relation to design, the profession, and the environment. Discover Architecture exposes students to an university atmosphere, complete with dorm living, faculty lectures, and architectural studio.
Discover Architecture is a rigorous and involved program, and it requires students to engage in a mature and informed way. Instruction, lectures, films, and a Chicago field trip led by faculty are scheduled during the day. The evenings offer opportunities to explore the campus and recreation facilities with fellow students. Throughout the two-week session, students engage in a series of exercises including drafting, modeling, composition, design, and presentation, which lead to a comprehensive architectural design project. Students work with faculty, teaching assistants, and each other in one-on-one and group critiques to discuss and improve upon their individual designs. The final product is displayed in a gallery at the end of the session for students, parents, and faculty.
Visit the Discover Architecture Program Details webpage for full details, including online application and registration forms.