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Summer Design Academy

The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or interior design to experience the profession and see firsthand the kinds of activities that take place in a university design program.

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include design exercises, hands-on building and model-making activities, and visits to an architecture office and a construction project, as well as lectures, discussions, and campus tours.

UMass Students at Yestermorrow

Yestermorrow Sustainable Design/Build

The Yestermorrow-UMass Semester in Sustainable Design/Build offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, whole-systems thinking while developing fundamental technical skills in architecture and construction.

The full-immersion, credit-bearing semester in green building and design complements architecture, building science, engineering, and environmental design majors and has wide application in liberal arts curricula.

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2023 UMass DesignBuild

The UMass DesignBuild program is back for a second iteration! A group of twelve students is currently designing a small house for OneHolyoke CDC, a community based affordable housing provider in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus

Learning Lab for Boston Students

The Department of Architecture offers two 4-credit introductory studios—Arch 100 and 101—to Boston Public School students and recent alumni. The studios are offered in partnership with Digital Ready, a Boston-based nonprofit that builds STEM-focused academic and job market pathways for underrepresented students.