Experience Architecture and Design

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design is pleased to present our 2016 Summer offerings that continue to engage students in rigorous and innovative design. UCLA A.UD Summer 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.

July 5 - July 29, 2016*

*International students [with a minimum requirement of 8 quarter units for visa purposes] and students interested in combining the program with a History component please enroll separately in ARCH&UD 10B: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN-BAROQUE TO CONTEMPORARY MOMENT (5 units) to begin on June 20, 2016. The JumpStart Program schedule is designed to include this course.


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. 2015 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. 2015 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.

A.UD Summer Online Information Sessions/Sign up today!
Learn more about the Summer programs by attending one of our Information Sessions.

Watch an archive of the Online Information Session



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 5th 2016. See Course Descriptions for more information about the course. 


A secondary course ARCH&UD 10B: History of Architecture And Urban Design is available for students interested in pairing a history course with design studio, or for international students who need to satisfy unit requirements for the F-1 Visa. ARCH&UD 10B begins on June 20,th 2016, two weeks prior to the start of the JumpStart program. This course carries 5 quarter units of UC credit, and combined with JumpStart carries a total of 11 quarter units of UC credit. The JumpStart Program schedule is designed to accommodate the Arch & UD 10B course times. Please enroll in this additional course here. 

**Due to visa restrictions, international students must enroll in Arch & UD 10B: History of Architecture And Urban Design to satisfy the minimum 8-unit requirement for the F-11 Visa. 



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.


**Due to visa restrictions, international students must enroll in Arch & UD 10B: History of Architecture And Urban Design to satisfy the minimum 8-unit requirement for the F-11 Visa. 

Survey of architectural and urban history from baroque to contemporary moment that covers significant buildings, spaces, artifacts, and theories of modernism. Architecture performs as reflection of cultural, sociopolitical, philosophical, and technological transformations in world history. Stylistic genres, applied terminology, seminal texts, and alternative historiographies that apply to design of built domain that ranges in scale from details to cities. While the canon of Western tradition remains overall focus, weekly thematic categories provide variety of conduits for addressing architecture and urban design in global context.

Please note that enrollment in Arch & UD 10B is separate from the enrollment for Jumpstart. Enrollment for ARCH&UD 10B can be found here.  


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.


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 21 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.


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. 


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 29, 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. 

Example of a week in JumpStart:



Design Studio Lab and Intro Rep Lab






103 Intro to Architectural Design Studio







History of Architecture (11 Unit Track)






102 Intro to Representation




Design Studio Lab and Intro Rep Lab



Lecture Series






103 Intro to Architectural Design Studio




103 Design Studio and Intro to Rep Lab






102 Intro to Representation




10B History of Architecture  (11 Unite Track)






103 Intro to Architectural Design Studio


10am-5pm    Fied Trip to Lo Angeles Landmark and or Architectural Offices


UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Summer Programs is offered through the UCLA Summer Institutes.

REGISTRATION is now open. Click here to register.


To register go to the following link:

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. http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/Architecture/housing.htm

This program can carry 6 or 11 quarter units of University of California credit:

Please note that ARCH&UD 10B is no longer a program requirement.

Students will have the option to select one of two tracks for the program during the registration process. Students interested in combining JumpStart with ARCH&UD 10B may select the [ARCH&UD 10B, 103] track.

Students that do not want ARCH&UD 10B may select [ARCH&UD 103] track. The program schedule allows for both tracks to run simultaneously.

6 Unit Track:

•    Introduction to Architectural Design (ARCH&UD 103, 6 units). Due to visa restrictions, this track is not open to international students.

11 Unit Track:

•    Introduction to Architectural Design (ARCH&UD 103, 6 units)

•    History of Architecture and Urban Design--Baroque to the Contemporary Moment (ARCH&UD 10B, 5 units).

This program is designed to be 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.

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)     

6 Unit Track:
UC Undergrad: $2,675
UC Grad Students: $3,083
Visiting U.S. Students: $3,083
Visiting International**: N/A

11 Unit Track:
UC Undergrad: $4,281
UC Grad Students: $5,029
Visiting U.S. Students: $5,029
Visiting International: $5,279

* A nonrefundable deposit ($400 for international students including I-20 processing fee; $150 for everyone else) required for registration applies toward the program fee.

** International students are not eligible to enroll in the 6 unit track.

All fees are subject to change; additional fees may apply. Please visit www.summer.ucla.edu for the most updated fee information.

Supply List
Please purchase all materials on the supply list before the course begins.


Past guests at the weekly  lecture series  include: 

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

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

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

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

Kivi Sotamaa: Principal, Sotamaa; Adjunct Associate Professor UCLA A.UD

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

Hadrian Predock: Principal Predock Fane Architects 


1) I know kids will have breakfast and dinner provided. How much pocket money should we give them for lunches and incidental expenses? 

Lunch on campus typically costs between $10-$15 dollars, including drinks, and students occasionally purchase snacks in the vending machines or local bookstore. The restaurants, cafes and vendors accept most major credit cards.  


2) When and where will our kid’s be able to get a Bruins Card?

The high school students will receive their Bruin Card the first day of the program, after which they can add money to the card. 


2) What drawing utensils do you recommend the students to bring?

They are encouraged to bring any drawing materials they would like, but we also make sure to provide for most of the necessary supplies. Anything outside the prescribed supply kits will be available for purchase in the Luvalle Bookstore, across the street from the department. 


3) Will there be homework assignments or is everything done during studio hours? 

All assignments will be completed in studio. 


4) If I have theater tickets for the Geffen on the 24th and wanted to stop by and either visit my child or have dinner with my child on campus, can I do that without filling out the Leave-of-Absence form?

No, any absence from the program during instruction hours requires a Leave-of-Absence form. Additionally, if student is in the housing component of the program and plans to leave to meet with family or friends, they will also need to submit a leave of absence for each time they are meeting their family. Please be advised that Leave-of-Absence forms are due minimum 3 days in advance of the planned activity. 


5) For the residential component, do most kids stay on campus or leave on the weekends? Students are expected to stay with the program during weekends, and any absence requires a Leave-of-Absence form. 


6) Do most kids bring an iPad or computer? Is it necessary for research or homework or is it better to just come without it? 

iPads and computers are not encouraged during instruction time and assignments will not require additional research, but students in the residential component of the program might prefer to stay in touch with friends and family. 


7) Will you provide transportation for Saturday's field trip?

Yes, transportation for the field trip will be provided. 


8) Will there be laundry facilities? Do you need quarters or does a credit card work? 

There are laundry facilities provided at the residential housing. Please check with UCLA Summer Housing (http://www.housing.ucla.edu/summer/) with questions regarding their facilities and services. 


9) I was wondering if there is an option to check-in earlier than the time allotted. 

Unfortunately, an earlier check-in is not possible. Please plan accordingly.