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Summer Programs

Our summer programs offer students a glimpse into life at one of the leading public universities in the world, and the opportunity to earn college credit.

Structured around the experience of a design studio typically offered within the curriculum of a college-level architecture program, students focus on developing and advancing their design skills through space, form-making, and related 2-D and 3-D representation techniques.

Led by AUD Summer Programs Director Julia Koerner, both the JumpStart program and TeenArch Studio engage students in a wide range of activities, from intensive design exercises, individual feedback sessions, and small group discussions, to studio-wide presentations, and reviews. Students will be introduced to the conceptual and technical facilities essential to the study of architecture as a discipline and its practice as a profession. To supplement studio activities, weekly lectures from UCLA faculty and notable guest designers will explore the many facets of idea-driven design, as well as urban and design culture in Los Angeles.

Both programs culminate in final presentations of work to guest critics, offering students a chance to apply their skills and gain experience and poise with giving professional presentations. Students leave the programs with new design languages and insights, as well as a design portfolio they can use to apply to future design programs.

For Summer 2022, JumpStart and TeenArch will be offered in both in-person and remote formats, with specific details below.

“Through an intensive course offering studios that emphasized continuous iteration from precedent; sessions surveying sound theory and historical context; seminars that provided tools for communicating vision; and a genuinely inspiring guest lecture series, I was able to discover, articulate, and begin to refine a design language. Simply, the program was a valuable and memorable experience—would repeat!” (John Grimes, 2021 JumpStart participant)

JumpStart

Summer 2022: July 5 – July 29

JumpStart is a four-week summer studio for individuals contemplating careers in architecture, design, and related fields. The program is open to students from all backgrounds and carries six quarters of University of California credit. To participate in JumpStart, students must hold a high school diploma (or equivalent).

This year’s program will be delivered both in-person and online in a remote learning format.

Students who elect to complete the program in-person will be assigned to an instructor for a studio on campus, and will attend Technical Seminars, Theory Seminars, as well as group-work sessions in-person.

Students who elect to complete the program online will be assigned to a remote instructor and online studio space, and will attend Technical Seminars, Theory Seminars, as well as group-work sessions in-person.

Software and fabrication-tool tutorials will be provided each week as relevant to assignments within the Technical Seminars.

Over the course of the program, students will learn to:

The JumpStart schedule allows for concurrent enrollment in ARCH&UD 10B: History of Architecture and Urban Design-Baroque to Contemporary Moments (5 units).

Pending on enrollment, students will have the option to choose between morning (10:00 am to 12:00 pm, PST) or afternoon (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, PST) studio sessions, held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This schedule is designed to allow for participation across different time zones. Participants are welcome to join both the morning and the afternoon session each day, if desired. However, participants are asked to elect one time module–morning or afternoon–at the start of the program, and must then attend each respective session within that module. In other words, a student who elects the morning module may attend an afternoon session in addition to their morning session, if desired, but cannot attend that afternoon session in place of the morning session.

Lunchtime lectures, workshops, and seminars will be offered between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm PST. Lunchtime lectures will be recorded and offered asynchronously for those in different time zones.

“As a complete beginner in the field of architecture, I absolutely loved my experience with JumpStart. While all aspects of the program were fantastic, I particularly loved how personal it was, with significant amounts of time dedicated to simply talking to experts and peers. The amount of passion for architecture was contagious, and I think my attitude towards the subject has been incredibly enhanced by the enthusiasm of the program's amazing staff.” (Ben Apsley, 2021)

“This program was incredibly inviting and welcoming of all types of students. I had tons of fun and learned so much in the short amount of time we spent with our instructors and TAs. Most importantly, I made great connections!” (Jasmin Logrono, 2021)

STUDIO TOPIC: CASE STUDY HOUSE #8

“The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.” – Charles Eames

The Eames House, built in 1949 in the Pacific Palisades, is considered one of the most important post-war residences in the United States. The Eames House is also entitled Case Study House No. 8, and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It has served as a blueprint for homes for more than 70 years. It was built fast and economically to meet surging post-war needs. The house was erected in two days using materials ordered from catalogues, and it was a triumph of innovation for its time. Inspired by such a forward-thinking, experimental approach to the design of dwelling, this introductory design studio topic will challenge students to unfold new spatial and formal arrangements comprising reimagined parts that simulate creatively framed passages and transitions within the dwelling landscapes of today.

Syllabus, schedule, fees, and registration info are available at summer.ucla.edu/institutes/JumpStart.

Questions? Email us at summer@aud.ucla.edu.

TeenArch Studio

Summer 2022: July 11 – July 29

TeenArch Studio is a three-week architecture experience for high school students interested in exploring architectural and design thinking. The program carries three quarter units of University of California credit. TeenArch Studio is open to students who are 14 years of age or older prior to June 22, 2022, and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 during Spring 2022.

This year’s program will be delivered both in-person and online in a remote learning format.

Students who elect to complete the program in-person will be assigned to an instructor for a studio on campus, and will attend Technical Seminars as well as group-work sessions in-person.

Students who elect to complete the program online will be assigned to a remote instructor and online studio space, and will attend Technical Seminars, Theory Seminars, as well as group-work sessions in-person.

2021 TeenArch student testimonials

What I enjoyed the most from TeenArch was getting feedback on my projects in the same manner that a professional architect would. It felt as though I was immersed in an architectural environment more than I have ever.

I loved learning about the design process and initially beginning with an abstract idea and turning it into a pavilion. I also enjoyed hearing about the various possibilities of what it can mean to be an architect from the different lunchtime speakers.

I was able to experience a snippet of what a future in architecture would be like and it really solidified my choice in pursuing architecture into the future.

STUDIO TOPIC: FOLD TO FORM

From point to line to plane to volume – architecture takes shape – and it begins with a single sheet of paper. It has been said that there is nothing more terrifying for a designer than a blank piece of paper because it is the embodiment of limitless possibilities.

It has been said that there is nothing more terrifying for a designer than a blank piece of paper, because it is the embodiment of limitless possibilities. From point to line to plane to volume, architecture takes shape – and it all begins with a single sheet of paper.

In this year's TeenArch Studio, students will study 3-D digital techniques of working with sheet material–as well as physical model-making techniques of working with paper and how it can be folded, pleated, creased, and deforme–to explore how form and volume take shape through a series of deliberate operations. Through diagrammatic drawing, 3-D modeling,and hand model-making techniques, participants will learn how to generate codified systems in order to render inspiration and figuration from a seemingly abstract form, ultimately creating order in the form of a simple enclosure. Finally, students will design a pavilion on the UCLA campus, using their previous models and architectural drawings to inform their design.

Syllabus, schedule, fees and registration info at summer.ucla.edu/institutes/TeenArchStudio.

Questions? Email us at summer@aud.ucla.edu.

paper models
Work by Evan Bruetsch