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.

​Apply to the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program

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

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 recommended 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:

- Field trips to some of the finest examples of architecture in the St. Louis region—including the Gateway Arch by Eero Saarinen, 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.
- Guest lectures by architects and designers
- Presentations on topics such as research, portfolio preparation, and the college admission process
- A final 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, Room, & Board

The estimated cost of the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program is $3,559. Estimated tuition includes room and board (3 meals per day), supplies, and field trips. An additional $100 should be budgeted as extra spending money for purchases such as snacks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. Upon acceptance to the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required by May 1, 2020, to reserve your space in the program. If you withdraw from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.

You will live in one of our modern residence houses on the WashU campus. Study rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, floor lounges, and a computer lab are available. Program Assistants are current undergraduates or recent graduates who live in the residence houses, assist in your classes, chaperone field trips, and guide you through the program. With your meal plan, you get to enjoy a variety of food choices available across campus.

Application

Applications for Summer 2020 will open December 1, 2019.
International & early application deadline | March 15, 2020
Scholarship application deadline | March 15, 2020
Regular application deadline | April 15, 2020

If the application fee presents financial hardship, students may request a fee waiver by emailing Courtney Cushard at courtney.cushard@wustl.edu.

International students are welcome to attend WashU’s Art & Design Pre-College Programs. Previous students have come from many countries including France, Russia, China, Mexico, and Korea. Pre-College is a wonderful way to pursue your art and design while experiencing American culture and college life.

Student Visa

If you are not a US citizen or legal permanent resident, you are considered an international student and must obtain an F-1 student visa to participate in the Pre-College program.

You may not attend the program with a tourist visa (B1/B2) or visa waiver (ESTA) because while participating in the Pre-College program you will be studying full-time.

Student Visa & I-20 Process

• Apply to the Architecture Discovery or Portfolio Plus Pre-College program and be accepted for admission. Once you have been admitted, pay your program deposit.

• Once Sam Fox School receives your deposit, we will email you the forms required for I-20 application.

• Complete the forms and email them to the Pre-College program coordinator, along with bank documents that show that you have sufficient funds to support your education at WashU, a copy of the photo page of your passport, and English language test scores (see below).

• After the above materials have been received, reviewed, and approved, the WashU I-20 will be created. We will send the I-20 to the address you provide.

• Once you receive your I-20, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee (instructions will be included with your I-20) and make a visa appointment at the US Consulate closest to where you live.

• You will then take your WashU I-20, the I-901 fee receipt, the original bank statement(s), and your WashU letter of acceptance to your visa interview to obtain an F-1 student visa for entry into the United States.

English Language Proficiency

International students must have strong English language skills as the program is conducted in English only.

If you are applying from a country where English is not the primary language, you must submit test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test. A TOEFL score of 90 or higher is required, or the equivalent score on one of the other tests. Scores should be submitted with your I-20 required forms.

Scholarships

Scholarship assistance is available up to the full cost of tuition. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. The program deposit is waived for students requiring scholarship assistance. The scholarship application package must be received by March 15, 2020 in order to be considered.

Scholarship application process:

1. Submit scholarship application and program application by March 15, 2020.
2. If eligible, our team will be in contact to schedule a phone interview with the student.
3. Scholarship recipients will be notified before May 1, 2020.

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