The University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

Summer Design Academy

Date: July 5 - July 25, 2020

The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and urban design the opportunity to experience the professions 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, visits to local design firms and construction sites, 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 Urban Design through a series of short design projects. Weeks Two and Three will focus on developing conceptual approaches to particular design disciplines, through hands on exercises. All students will learn design thinking, drawing, modelmaking, and presentation skills.

Reviews will be held with visiting design professionals and faculty. Workload is intense! Six hours in class per day plus additional studio time is required. Three (3) credits will be offered.

In the personal statement, students should rank their areas of interest from the list below. (1=highest, 3=lowest, blank=not interested)

Interior Design + Furniture Design
Students will explore the relationships between interior components and movement within spaces. In the foundation project, students will design and fabricate an intervention that modulates light and shadow. After documenting their work through photography and drawings, students will develop a design language that they will then use to design a downtown cafe space. They will draw floor plans and interior elevations, and make physical models of their space. Students will design lighting and furniture that create spaces with different levels of privacy, light, and shadow.

Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Students will learn the principles of shaping space within and around buildings. In the foundation project, students will design and fabricate an intervention that modulates light and shadow. After documenting their work through photography and drawings, students will develop a design language that they will then use to design a cabin on a chosen site. They will build a site model, cabin massing models, and draw floor plans and sections of their proposed design, incorporating paths, entries, living spaces, decks, and docks that respond to the landscape effectively and sustainably work with water, light, and people.

Urban Design + Planning
Students will explore city form and the ways communities change through site observations, research and the development of an authentic urban planning question. In the foundation project, students will design and fabricate an intervention that modulates light, shadow and form. After documenting their work through photography and drawings, students will develop a design language that they will then use to plan and design a neighborhood in a small city. The work will culminate with a pop up installation that students will design and build.

 

Faculty

Rachael Chase

Lecturer, Department of Architecture

Michael DiPasquale

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning