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.
The Pre-College Architecture Program is exciting, fun and rewarding. It is also challenging, serious and rigorous. You can expect intense interaction with experts. The faculty:student 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. The products of this program can be used as portfolio material for future applications to college architecture, art or design programs. You will also receive 9 units of elective credit at Carnegie Mellon should you choose to later enroll in the School of Architecture as an undergraduate student.