Discover Architecture is a two-week program offered by the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides high school students and beginning college students the opportunity to be introduced to architectural graphics, design, and modeling. Discover Architecture students learn about the roles and responsibilities of architects in relation to design, the profession, and the environment. Discover Architecture exposes students to an university atmosphere, complete with dorm living, faculty lectures, and architectural studio.
"I gained a strong understanding about the field of architecture and what it means to be an architect. A great experience all around!" - Student (2012)
Discover Architecture is a rigorous and involved program, and it requires students to engage in a mature and informed way. Instruction, lectures, films, and a Chicago field trip led by faculty are scheduled during the day. The evenings offer opportunities to explore the campus and recreation facilities with fellow students. Throughout the two-week session, students engage in a series of exercises including drafting, modeling, composition, design, and presentation, which lead to a comprehensive architectural design project. Students work with faculty, teaching assistants, and each other in one-on-one and group critiques to discuss and improve upon their individual designs. The final product is displayed in a gallery at the end of the session for students, parents, and faculty.
"The best part of the program was finally putting everything together in the last few days and being able to see my accomplishments. I was excited and proud to bring my parents into the gallery.” - Student (2012)
PROGRAM DATES - Summer 2016
Sunday, June 19 - Saturday, July 2, 2016
Deadline: May 6, 2016
Sunday, July 10 - Saturday July 23, 2016
Deadline: June 3, 2016
PROGRAM FEE: $1,500.00 ($100 non-refundable fee upon application)
Program fee for Discover Architecture includes tuition, housing, meal plan, all textbooks and supplies, and field trip to Chicago.
Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship: Provides partial tuition to students attending the summer program, Discover Architecture. Deadline: April 22, 2016.
Architectural Drawing Competition: Provides full scholarship to attend Discover Architecture 2016. Deadline: April 1, 2016.
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The design process in studio is the primary emphasis of the program. The design studio environment is a major factor in facilitating comprehensive design and interaction amongst the students and faculty. Each student receives his or her own desk, which is open to the rest of the studio. A sense of inclusion between the students is important in easing conversations about design. Afternoons are spent in studio where students apply information from the morning lecture session into their design solutions. Throughout the two weeks, students work on a series of short design exercises related to a single, comprehensive, architectural design project.
CHICAGO FIELD TRIP:
Outside of studio, students get to experience Chicago’s historic architecture on a daylong field trip. The trip consists of walking and boat tours of the city and concludes with a presentation and tour of a firm. This trip allows students to look at architecture critically and to experience what architectural opportunities are available in the work force.
SEMINARS AND FIRMS:
Each day the Illinois School of Architecture faculty and visiting professionals demonstrate and discuss architecture and the design process. These lectures introduce new topics that broaden students' understanding of architecture. An entire lecture on architecture as a career path, the processes involved with licensure, architectural education, and the application process enables students to understand the different outlets available to pursue architecture as a career.
During the evening, students view films and slides introducing architects, ideas, and architectural projects to further explore the field.
Sunday: arrival, dinner in the dorms, meet and greet, campus tour
Monday: lecture and project overview, drawing and drawing transformations, video
Tuesday: lecture, drawing in studio, video
Wednesday: lecture, begin to work at scale of site, guest lecture, video
Thursday: trip to Chicago, IL (CAF tour, lunch, boat tour, sketching, Gensler tour, dinner)
Friday: lecture, continuation of drawing exploration
Saturday: begin mock models, and night out at the Union
Sunday: morning free, continue with study models, computer lab, movie
Monday: lecture, critiques of study models, guest lecture, begin drawings
Tuesday: lecture, final production of drawings/model, guest lecture
Wednesday: complete final drawings (plan, section, and elevation)
Thursday: guest lecture, final model + drawing completion
Friday: final presentation wrap-up, gallery set-up, pizza dinner, movie
Saturday: final gallery presentation, certificate ceremony, slideshow, check-out/departure
“The tuition for Discover Architecture is some of the best money we have spent on our daughter's education! She learned that architecture is not what she thought it was. But learning this as a high school student gave her time to think it over without the pressure of already being enrolled in a college architecture program. Ultimately, she decided that she does want to pursue a career in architecture. She also got to know the University of Illinois up close and personal and found that she really liked the school, not because of her parents' opinions, but based on her own experience. She also learned that she can make new friends and the whole feeling of the unknown regarding going away to college has been greatly lessened for her. Thank you for offering this wonderful program. I highly recommend it!” -Parent of Student (2010)
Students from previous Discover Architecture Program have said:
“[Discover Architecture] showed me a lot about what architects look for in buildings and how much work goes into drawing a building. I also was very amazed to see the transformation from a drawn picture of somewhere in the architecture building into your very own building!”
“It went above and beyond my expectations. I love how we went through all the major steps of a final project and I really got the feel of what a college class would be like.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience because it gave me a nice outlook into what will be expected in this career. Although the studio hours were long, and it was different because it was a lot of drawing, I was able to realize that it was fun work and I could see myself doing this as my major.”
“This program was one of the best programs in which I have ever participated! The teachers really connected with every student and made them feel right at home.”
“I enjoyed the program and I really enjoyed the gallery of students’ work. It was a great way to view and appreciate others' skills.”
“Although the schedule gave early lectures and longs hours in studio, it was a great look at this career. Since the camp, I have been able to read the books given to us and I do find them interesting and helpful. All the TAs, professors, and RAs were friendly, helpful, and helped us have fun. The worst part was simply having to wake up so early.”
“This program opened up my eyes to architecture and it gave me a definite vision for my future. I will definitely pursue architecture as my major in college.”
“I feel like the two weeks I spent in the Discover Architecture program really helped me understand what being an architect is all about. It was a great deal of work, but it was all worth it in the end when I saw my idea come to life.”
“This program was a great experience and will really help me to decide my future plans. Thank you for this great opportunity!”
”It was a lot of fun and I made great friends. It was certainly the highlight of my summer and it taught me a lot about architecture as a practice and major in college.”
”The program was very well structured and the experience was one that I will always look back on with good memories!”
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Discover Architecture High School Competition. This is an exciting competition where high school students put their drawing skills to the test. All high school students in both public and private schools in grades 9-11 are encouraged to participate. The focus this year is on architectural drawing. Students are encouraged to draw from life; however, creative liberty is encouraged as well.
This competition is an excellent vehicle for students to explore an interest in architecture and design, as well as compete for an opportunity to attend Discover Architecture, the Illinois School of Architecture’s residential two-week summer program.
It is our hope that this competition will encourage a future generation of architects to enter the design field, and to promote the importance of architecture and design to all. Visit go.illinois.edu/FAAcompetitions for more information
The winning student will receive a full scholarship to Discover Architecture, summer 2016, at a value of $1,500. Discover Architecture is a two-week all-inclusive residential summer program. http://go.illinois.edu/discover
All high school students in both public and private schools in grades 9-11 are encouraged to participate.
All entries must be of an architectural nature, and must be authored by one individual. Students may submit one entry per year.
For detailed guidelines, please see below.
Step I – Register… go.illinois.edu/faacompetitionentry. Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis until 24 hours prior to each entry deadline. Upon registration, entry directions are provided
Step II – Registered student … inspirational cues. Connect to the FAA Facebook page for ongoing updates and inspiration
Step III – All registered students will … Seniors must upload entry by 5:00pm CST on Friday, November 6, 2015. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must upload their entry by Friday, April 8, 2016
Step IV - Senior winners will be announced by Friday, November 14, 2014. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior winners will be announced by Friday, April 10, 2015
PREVIOUS WINNING ENTRIES http://faa.illinois.edu/Admissions/Discover+FAA+Competitions/Architecture+Winners
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1. The content of the drawing must be architectural - a space, building, an urban formation and/or a landscape or garden.
2. Entries can be elevations, sections, or perspectives, and can be conceptual or final renderings. Exploration and innovation in unique techniques are encouraged.
3. Submittals are strongly encouraged to have been drawn in situ – at the location.
4. Either a single image or a page combining different views, diagrams, and conventions is acceptable.
5. All pieces must be drawn by hand. No computer generated images will be accepted.
Additional Characteristics Sought:
- Strong quality of line
- Accuracy of perspective
- Clear eye for detail
- Overall good craftsmanship and clean presentation
Design Drawing, Ching, Francis
Freehand Sketching: An Introduction, Lasseau, Paul
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Crowe, Norman
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Crowe, Norman and Lasseau, Paul