The studio curriculum is designed to allow you to move freely between physical and virtual spatial investigations. Work alternates between theoretical projects represented through image and model, and installation projects created at full- scale. Installations are produced collaboratively and will immerse you in hands-on making, approaching the work in terms of material behavior, tectonic systems, and perceptual experience. These full-scale projects allow you to learn from physical engagement with the spaces you have designed; this experience and spirit of experimentation will inform and strengthen your individually created theoretical work.
No prior design, drawing or computer experience is necessary; if your skills in these areas are more advanced, our faculty and program will challenge you to develop them further. The ratio in the design studio is 1:12. At the conclusion of the summer program, you will have a private consultation with your design professor and receive a written letter of evaluation regarding your progress and aptitude in all courses. You will also receive 9 units of elective credit at Carnegie Mellon should you later enroll in the School of Architecture as an undergraduate student.