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UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to present our 2017 Summer offerings that continue to engage students in rigorous and innovative design. Programs provide unique opportunities for college students and high school students to explore architecture and design with cutting-edge designers and practitioners, to learn and use the most dynamic software, work with fellow colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds, and to experience summer in Los Angeles on the UCLA campus. 

Open to prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students and working professionals. 

July 9 -  August 3, 2018
Registration will open February 15. 

Open to highschool students. 

July 8 - July 20, 2018 
2 quarter units of UC credit

This track covers two-weeks of exploratory design studio in which students will work alongside their studio instructors through several design exercises and projects.

July 8 - July 27, 2018 
3 quater units of UC credit

The PLUS track includes an additional third week to the standard two-week program introducing basic digital and computational tools.


The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers a four-week program exploring architectural education for individuals contemplating careers in architecture, design, and related fields. The program carries 6 quarter units of UC credit respectively. The program is structured around the experience of a design studio typically offered within the curricula of graduate programs. Intensive design exercises using the latest computer aided techniques in 3D modeling lead to complex and sophisticated architectural projects that ultimately conform a robust basis for applications to graduate programs.


  • - Focused on developing design skills using contemporary processes of production.

  • - Projects enhance the relationship between building and human scales, deeply rooted in a current social and cultural environment.

  • - Develop digital modeling and drawing skills subsequently deployed in design projects.

  • - Learn the latest techniques on digital design.

  • - Engage in demonstrations using digital and analog techniques.

  • - Participate in group and one-on-one instruction led by architects and designers.

  • - Participate in group reviews and critiques and present your projects to guest designers, critics, and instructors.

  • - Gain access to UCLA's Arts and Architecture Library.


Field trips of significant architectural and design sites in Los Angeles take place each week. 2015 Field Trip Guide

Lecture Series includes important local architects and critics who explore the central significance of Los Angeles for the future of American architecture and urbanism provide presentations within our weekly series. 2016 Lecture Poster 

A Portfolio Workshop and Career Symposium expose students to the latest developments in the discipline as well as information to assist them to strengthen their portfolios for application to graduate programs. 2016 Portfolio Workshop / Career Symposium Poster

This program is an intensive, full-time summer architecture experience. Before enrolling in the program, you should be fully aware of the time commitment and course workload inherent in a program of this nature.



The JumpStart Summer Institute Program carries 6 quarter units of UC credit. The curriculum includes Arch & UD 103: Introduction to Architectural Design to begin on July 9, 2017. See Course Descriptions for more information about the course. 2016 Sample Syllabus



Design Studio will introduce students to basic architectural design principles and problem solving. Students will learn to control point, line, surface and volume to shape spaces for human use. Visual analysis will be introduced as a tool for discussing and understanding organization. Students will learn techniques of repetition, variation, order, scale and rhythm. Students will use case study analysis to uncover disciplinary issues within a design problem and then produce an individual solution to the problem. The coursework will consist of two exercises. The first assignment will focus on the material morphology and the transformation from analog material to a tectonic organization of an object, the second exercise on the spatial morphology, leading from conceptual diagrams to a spatial organization. Students will learn to address conceptual concerns with material solutions documented in two and three dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on physical and digital modeling and measured orthographic and axonometric drawings. The digital modeling component within Design Studio will introduce students to techniques of spatial representation as it relates to architectural design. Students will learn how to communicate using two- and three-dimensional drawings and models. Two-dimensional drawing techniques will include orthographic projection and parallel projection. Three-dimensional modeling will be introduced as an extension of these regulating projection systems, enforcing rigorous construction of complex and curvilinear forms. All drawings will be executed in a digital environment, primarily using Rhinoceros 3D, or "Rhino." Rhino is a software package that can accommodate both two- and three-dimensional work, as well as providing an introduction to the commands and capacities of other industry standard modeling and drawing environments including AutoCAD, Maya, and 3D Studio.


Students will have the opportunity to explore the architecture of Los Angeles' diverse communities through field trips. Tours are guided by current UCLA Architecture and Urban Design graduate students including visits to landmark buildings such as Caltrans, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Eames House, Schindler House, Getty Center, Griffith Observatory as well as the architectural offices of prominent architects. 2015 Field Trip Guide


A one-day intensive session exposes students to convening an application to graduate programs as well as the specifics to the discipline's different career paths within architecture and design. Faculty members from our M.Arch.I program are invited to explore their expectations of the process of reviewing portfolios and statements of purpose, while current UCLA Architecture and Design graduate students offer tips and their personal experiences on their journey of applying to graduate programs. Local architects and designers present and discuss how their unique practices work and their trajectories from graduate school to current practice. This year the workshop will be held on Thursday, July 20 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and the symposium will be held the same day from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, both at Perloff Hall Room 1102. 2016 Portfolio Workshop / Career Symposium Poster


Local and visiting architects, designers, and talented professionals in related fields are invited to present their work. A Q&A session following each lecture gives students the opportunity to learn more about each guest through their own perspective.  2016 Lecture Poster


The last day of the program is dedicated to reviewing the students' work in the group demonstration format. Faculty members from different Los Angeles architecture schools are invited to contribute to the discussion of each individual student's work, promoting a dynamic conversation that enhances architectural production at large. An Exhibition of student work takes place on the final day of the program in the Perloff Hall Gallery. Family members and friends are invited to observe the final review and attend the exhibition opening reception. This year, the final review will take place on July 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in Perloff Hall. A certificates ceremony and end of program reception will follow immediately after, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS (documents will be available soon).


A supply list will be distributed to enrolled students via email. Please purchase all materials on the supply list before the start of the program. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to the JumpStart program. Access to computers for the completion of assignments may be limited. Due to the rapidly changing state of computer technology and to individual preferences, we do not provide specific computer recommendations but generally the faster the processor, the more memory, and the better the graphics capability of a computer, the better. 

Jumpstart 2017 Sample Schedule here


Registration: UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Summer Programs is offered through the UCLA Summer Institutes. Register here

Contact information:

UCLA Summer Institutes

1331 Murphy Hall

Box 951418

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418

Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528

E-mail: jumpstart@aud.ucla.edu

Financial Aid:
Financial aid for Summer Institutes session participants is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section.


Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls. You can view the various housing options and rates at the following link. You will need to obtain a UCLA Logon ID and Password in order to access the online housing application.

**For individuals opting to stay in the UCLA Residence Halls, please note that university housing is offered for the full four weeks (July 9 - August 3).


Program participants will earn units of credit and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. You can view more information about UCLA grading policies and how to acquire an official transcript.

Program Fee

(includes registration fees, course fees and excursions)     

Jumpstart (6 Unit Total)

UC Undergrad Students: $2,760
All other Students: $3,180

All fees are subject to change; additional fees may apply. Please visit http://www.summer.ucla.edu/fees for the most updated fee information. * A nonrefundable $150 deposit for U.S. students is required for registration and will be applied towards the program fee. A nonrefundable $400 deposit for International students is required for registration and will be applied towards the program fee, including I-20 processing fee.


Past lecture series guests include: 

Neil Denari: Principal, NMDA Architects; Interim Chair and Professor UCLA A.UD

Hitoshi Abe: Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe; Professor UCLA A.UD

Thom Mayne: Design Principal, Morphosis; Distinguished Professor UCLA A.UD

Greg Lynn: 
Principal, Greg Lynn Form, Professor UCLA A.UD

Heather Roberge: Principal, Murmur; Assistant Professor UCLA A.UD

Kevin Daily: Principal, Daly Genik; Lecturer UCLA A.UD 



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