High School Summer Academy in Architecture

For summer 2020, our traditional on-campus intensive Summer Academy in Architecture is moving online!

We will continue to offer a variety of studio, seminar, field experiences and extracurricular activities to high school students via the RWU interactive online platform. The Summer Academy allows students to understand architecture as a possible area of college study, and as a career.

2020 Summer Academy Dates

Sunday, July 5 (Introductory Meeting)- Friday, July 17 

Apply for Program by June 15 

Apply for Scholarship

Who can participate? 

The Academy is offered exclusively to high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year of study. The Architecture Summer Academy welcomes both qualified U.S. residents and international students to participate in our program. Applicants to the Summer Academy are highly encouraged to submit their application forms by June 15, 2020 so we can send enrolled students a materials kit and coordinate digital access and tools.

What is Summer Academy? 

For Summer 2020, Summer Academy students will work with SAAHP faculty members individually and in teams on design and drawing projects via the RWU interactive online platform. Assignments will expose students to basic architectural principles, digital drawing and modeling techniques, and contemporary practice. Mentoring by current undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants will allow Summer Academy students to learn about campus academic life directly from students. Team design challenges will give Summer Academy and RWU School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation students an opportunity chance to collaborate on a larger scale project. A series of keynote lectures, extracurricular events, and virtual field trips to exceptional built environments and buildings round out the curriculum. Students are also advised on the college admissions process and portfolio development in preparation for college applications. Participants gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their applications to professional school. Workshops, lectures, and demonstrations complement daily design studios.

Summer Academy Student Work

Program Highlights

  • Broaden your understanding of architecture as an area of study as a profession.
  • Learn how to communicate and conceptualize design ideas in two and three dimensions.
  • Receive a prepared “kit of parts” toolkit, shipped to your home, to make drawings and physical models of your design projects
  • Earn 2 college credits for the successful completion of ARCH 100 - Exploring Architecture.
  • Develop high-quality work for inclusion in your college application portfolio.
  • Meet and collaborate with prospective students, faculty members and current graduate and undergraduate students via the RWU interactive online platform.

Synopsis of the First Week Schedule for Summer Academy Students

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday

3-4:30PM
First Meeting

Welcome from Dean Steve White. Faculty, TAs and student introductions, digital tools and access.

Presentation and discussion of the First Design Assignment.

10:30AM – noon
Project 1 Skills Freehand perspective drawings

12:30 -1:15PM
Faculty Lecture

2-4:30PM
Design Studio Project 1

8-9PM
TAs available for extra help

10:30AM – noon
Project 2 Skills Model Making
 

12:30 -1:15PM
Field Trip


2-4:30PM
Design Studio Project 2

8-9PM
TAs available for extra help

10:30AM – noon
Project 3 Skills
Digital Modeling


12:30 -1:15PM
Faculty Lecture

2-4:30PM
Design Studio Project 3

8-9PM
TAs available for extra help

10:30AM – noon
Project 3 Skills Digital Modeling


12:30 -1:15PM
Field Trip

2-4:30PM
Design Studio Project 3

8-9PM
TAs available for extra help

10:30AM onward

One Day
Team Design Challenge

 

4:30-6PM
Team Presentations

Students work independently on current assignments

 

2-3PM
Portfolio Workshop

 

 

Cost

The 2020 Summer Academy tuition is $1,500 US. 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Poland by phone (401) 254-3681 or by email at saahp@rwu.edu.