Architecture Discovery Program

  • Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
    Design Studio. Photo by James Byard.
  • Model by Peyton Fronpfel for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Model by Peyton Fronpfel for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Work by Zeke Eisner for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Work by Zeke Eisner for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Students working in the Design Studio with assistant professor and program director Catalina Freixas.
    Students working in the Design Studio with assistant professor and program director Catalina Freixas.
  • Drawing by Irene Choi for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
    Drawing by Irene Choi for 2017 Architecture Discovery Program section led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas.
  • Trip to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Photo by Whitney Curtis.
    Trip to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Photo by Whitney Curtis.

​We are currently accepting applications to the Summer 2020 Architecture Discovery Program in Slideroom. Apply by May 20, 2020>>

Architecture
2 weeks | July 12-25, 2020
2 college credits

The Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program are being offered remotely for summer 2020. Admitted students should visit the Pre-College Programs section of the Sam Fox School intranet for detailed information.

The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) is an exciting introduction to architecture and design for high school students. Our rigorous two-week program offers intensive individual instruction by Sam Fox School faculty. The explorations carried out in studio provide you with quality material to add to your design portfolios.

This program is for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion, you'll earn 2 college credits.

Curriculum

The heart of the program, Design Studio drives creativity and discovery to foster passion and compassion in design. You'll learn how sustainability and the built environment are shaping the practice of architecture. Over the course of the program, you'll undertake a series of short design exercises that will introduce you to the design thinking process, culminating in an architectural project for review by faculty and guest critics.

Drawing studio engages you with the art of seeing, as you learn how to better observe the world around you and communicate what you see through drawing. Field trips across the WashU campus and throughout the St. Louis community provide multiple opportunities to practice drawing on site. Through observation and sketching, you will understand elements such as proportion, light/shadow, material and texture, spatial relationships, orthographic projections, and perspective.

Course work is complemented by additional events and activities, including:

- Virtual field trips to some of the finest examples of architecture in the St. Louis region—such as the Pulitzer Arts Foundation by Tadao Ando and our very own Kemper Art Museum by Fumihiko Maki—as well as local architecture firms such as Axi:Ome, CannonDesign, and HOK.
- Lectures by architects and designers
- Presentations and workshops on topics such as research, portfolio preparation, and the college admissions process
- A final online exhibition of work

Faculty

Catalina Freixas
Program Director; Assistant Professor, Architecture Studio
For the past several years, Catalina Freixas, LEED AP, has served as the lead faculty member for ADP. She has more than 16 years of experience teaching design studios and seminars at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Sam Fox School, and has focused her research on sustainable design. As an architect, Freixas has worked for a number of national and international firms on a range of projects such as corporate office, housing, hospitality, educational, and residential facilities. In 2010, she opened laulab St. Louis, an office she shares with her partner, senior lecturer Pablo Moyano. As a two-time recipient of grants through The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, Freixas has researched issues of segregation in post-industrial cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit through the lens of sustainability, inclusion, and community resiliency. Full bio>>

Tuition & Supplies

The cost of the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program is reduced because students are no longer living and eating on campus. The program fee is $2,920. Upon acceptance to the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required by May 25, 2020, to reserve your space in the program. If you withdraw from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.

Application

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020; apply online through SlideRoom>>
All scholarship assistance has already been awarded for the summer 2020 program. No further scholarship assistance is available at this time. Applications are now closed for international students.
Extended application deadline | May 20, 2020

- The application fee has been reduced to $35
- The recommendation letter is now optional for all applicants
- The remainder of the SlideRoom application is the same

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance has already been awarded for the summer 2020 program. No further scholarship is available at this time.

Questions?

For more information about the Architecture Discovery Program or application process, please contact:

Courtney Cushard
Coordinator of Special Programs
courtney.cushard@wustl.edu

Rachel Youn
Admissions Counselor
youn@wustl.edu