Architecture Discovery Program

  • Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
    Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
  • Model by Eva Liu for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Model by Eva Liu for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Drawing by Caleb Hillrich for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Drawing by Caleb Hillrich for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Senior lecturer Lindsey Stouffer works with a student in studio. Photo by Gina Grafos.
    Senior lecturer Lindsey Stouffer works with a student in studio. Photo by Gina Grafos.
  • Faculty member Pablo Moyano works with a student in studio. Photo by Gina Grafos.
    Faculty member Pablo Moyano works with a student in studio. Photo by Gina Grafos.
  • Work by Caleb Hillrich for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Work by Caleb Hillrich for 2016 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.

2018 Architecture Discovery Program
July 8-21, 2018
The online application for the 2018 WashU Architecture, Art, & Design Pre-College Programs is now available:

The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) is an exciting introduction to architecture and design for high school students. Our rigorous two-week program offers intensive individual instruction by Sam Fox School faculty. The explorations carried out in studio provide you with quality material to add to your design portfolios.

This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion, you'll earn 2 college credits.

Curriculum

The heart of the program, Design Studio drives creativity and discovery to foster passion and compassion in design. You'll learn how sustainability and the built environment are shaping the practice of architecture. Over the course of the program, you'll undertake a series of short design exercises that will introduce you to the design thinking process, culminating in an architectural project for review by faculty and guest critics.

Drawing studio engages you with the art of seeing, as you learn how to better observe the world around you and communicate what you see through drawing. Field trips across the WashU campus and throughout the St. Louis community provide multiple opportunities to practice drawing on site. Through observation and sketching, you will understand elements such as proportion, light/shadow, material and texture, spatial relationships, orthographic projections, and perspective.

Course work is complemented by additional events and activities, including:

- Field trips to some of the finest examples of architecture in the St. Louis region—including the Gateway Arch by Eero Saarinen, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation by Tadao Ando, and our very own Kemper Art Museum by Fumihiko Maki—as well as local architecture firms such as Axi:Ome, CannonDesign, and HOK.
- Guest lectures by architects and designers
- Presentations on topics such as research, portfolio preparation, and the college admission process
- A final exhibition of work

Faculty

Catalina Freixas
Program Director; Assistant Professor, Architecture Studio
For the past several years, Catalina Freixas, LEED AP, has served as the lead faculty member for ADP. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching design studios and seminars at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Sam Fox School, and has focused her research on sustainable design. As an architect, Freixas has worked for a number of national and international firms on a range of projects such as corporate office, housing, hospitality, educational, and residential facilities. In 2010, she opened laulab St. Louis, an office she shares with her partner, senior lecturer Pablo Moyano. As a two-time recipient of grants through The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, Freixas has researched issues of segregation in post-industrial cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit through the lens of sustainability, inclusion, and community resiliency. Full bio>>

*Additional faculty for summer 2018 are being finalized; please check back for updates.

Tuition, Room, & Board

The estimated cost of the 2018 Architecture Discovery Program is $3,310. These costs include tuition, room, board (3 meals per day), supplies, and field trips. An additional $100 should be budgeted as extra spending money for purchases such as snacks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. Upon acceptance to the program, a $250 nonrefundable deposit will be required by June 1, 2018, to reserve your space in the program. If you withdraw from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.

You will live in one of our modern residence houses on the WashU campus. Study rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, floor lounges, and a computer lab are available. Program Assistants are current undergraduates or recent graduates who live in the residence houses, assist in your classes, chaperone field trips, and guide you through the program. With your meal plan, you get to enjoy a variety of food choices available across campus.

Application

The online application for the 2018 WashU Architecture, Art, & Design Pre-College Programs is now available:

Students are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in January 2018. Early applications are encouraged.

International & Early Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Regular Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

The following materials are required:
1. 500-word essay answering about you and what you hope to gain from our program.
2. Your most recent high school transcript.
3. One letter of recommendation from an academic teacher, art teacher, principal, high school counselor, or artist/architect who knows you well.
4. (Optional) Copies of official PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores.
5. (Optional) Portfolio featuring up to 5 images of your work.
6. $45 nonrefundable application fee ($35 if you apply by March 15, 2018).

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance is available, up to the full cost of attendance. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. The program deposit is waived for students requiring scholarship assistance.
Download the scholarship assistance application form>>

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
*To be considered for a scholarship, your program application must also be complete by this date.

Questions?

For more information about the Architecture Discovery Program or application process, please contact:

Courtney Cushard
Coordinator of Special Programs
courtney.cushard@wustl.edu