Architecture Discovery Program

  • Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
    Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
  • Model by Peyton Fronpfel for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Model by Peyton Fronpfel for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Work by Zeke Eisner for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Work by Zeke Eisner for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Students working in the Design Studio with assistant professor and program director Catalina Freixas.
    Students working in the Design Studio with assistant professor and program director Catalina Freixas.
  • Drawing by Irene Choi for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Drawing by Irene Choi for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Trip to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Photo by Whitney Curtis.
    Trip to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Photo by Whitney Curtis.

Check out the online exhibition of student work from the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program>>

Architecture Discovery Program
2 weeks | July 12-25, 2020
2 college credits

The Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program are being offered remotely for summer 2020. Admitted students should visit the Pre-College Programs section of the Sam Fox School intranet for detailed information.

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 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:

- Virtual field trips to some of the finest examples of architecture in the St. Louis region—such as 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.
- Lectures by architects and designers
- Presentations and workshops on topics such as research, portfolio preparation, and the college admissions process
- A final online exhibition of work

Faculty

Faculty for the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program include Catalina Freixas (program director), Wyly Brown, L. Irene Compadre, Sung Ho Kim, Pablo Moyano, Kelley Murphy, Michael Powell, Micah Stanek, and Lindsey Stouffer. Get to know them and check out work their students have produced here>>

Tuition & Supplies

The cost of the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program is reduced because students are no longer living and eating on campus. The program fee is $2,920. Upon acceptance to the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required by May 25, 2020, to reserve your space in the program. If you withdraw from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.

Application

Applications for the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program are now closed.

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance has already been awarded for the summer 2020 program. No further scholarship is available at this time.

Questions?

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

Rachel Youn
Admissions Counselor
youn@wustl.edu

Tom Reed
Senior Lecturer and Master Printer, Island Press
treed@wustl.edu