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.

​2020 Architecture Discovery Program

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

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 16 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>>

Kelley Van Dyck Murphy
Assistant Professor, Architecture Studio
Kelley Van Dyck Murphy is a designer and co-founder in the research and design practice Van Dyck Murphy Studio. Her work is focused on merging ideas related to materiality, craft, and experiential narratives. She has practiced in the offices of Urban Improvement Company (UIC), Axi:Ome, and Fox Architects in St. Louis, where she worked on projects across a diverse range of scales and building types, including urban infill, adaptive reuse, and residential architecture. In the College of Architecture, Murphy teaches design studios and seminar courses in representation, digital media, and material studies. Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for Women in Architecture and Design at the Sam Fox School and a steering committee member for the St. Louis Women in Architecture Forum. Full bio>>

Lindsey Stouffer
Senior Lecturer, Architecture Studio
Lindsey Stouffer is a sculptor, as well as a senior lecturer in architecture and art in the Sam Fox School. Her practice includes public art, studio works, furniture design, and traditional and non-traditional media. She has earned several awards for public art including recognition from PAN-AFTA Year in Review for a project commissioned by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and a grant from Arts in Transit commissioning work for the St. Louis-area Metrolink. Her research explores pathologies of place, investigating the diverse ways places can be perceived and consequences of representation. Her artwork deals directly with site as context, protagonist, and generative source for the work. Full bio>>

L. Irene Compadre
Lecturer, Drawing
L. Irene Compadre is a registered landscape architect and founding principal of Arbolope Studio, an award-winning landscape, urban design, and public art practice based in St. Louis. Arbolope Studio works with a wide range of institutions, corporations, communities, and individuals across the region, including seving as the local partner for Michael Vergason Landscape Architects on Washington University's East End project. Compadre has a background in musical composition, architecture, sculpture, and scenic art, which inspires her novel approach to the design of landscapes for the 21st century. She teaches landscape representation in the MLA program; her innovative representational methods introduce students to freehand and mechanical representation as a means for developing and communicating design ideas. Full bio>>

Tuition, Room, & Board

The estimated cost of the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program is $3,559. Estimated tuition includes room and 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 non-refundable deposit will be required by June 1, 2020, 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

Applications for Summer 2020 will open December 1, 2019.
International & early application deadline | March 15, 2020
Scholarship application deadline | March 15, 2020
Regular application deadline | April 15, 2020

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance is available up to the full cost of tuition. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. The program deposit is waived for students requiring scholarship assistance. The scholarship application package must be received by March 15, 2020 in order to be considered.

Questions?

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

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

Rachel Youn
Admissions Counselor
youn@wustl.edu