The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Summer Design Academy

Date: July 7 - July 27, 2019

The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design the opportunity to experience the profession through the creative challenges of a university design program.

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include drawing and design exercises, hands-on building and model-making activities, a visit to a local architecture office and a construction site, as well as lectures, discussions, and design reviews with visiting architects and designers.

The three week intensive will be composed of two parts: Week One will provide an introduction to the design disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Building Design & Technology through a series of short design projects. Weeks Two and Three will focus on developing a conceptual approach to architecture through the design of a freestanding building; an Artist's Studio & Gallery. Students will build their own conceptual models out of wood and concrete, develop a concept for the design of their building, and learn how to draw, model, and present their ideas.

To see examples of last year's work, visit our Facebook page: UMass Amherst Pre-College Summer Design Academy.


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Rachael Chase

Lecturer, Department of Architecture