SoA Summer Design Academy

UNC Charlotte - School of Architecture
Summer Design Academy 2017: Sunday, June 11 to Saturday, June 17.
Introduction to creativity, abstraction and imagination in architecture


Architecture is about ideas in the first place. You don’t get to design until you have an idea.
Lebbeus Woods

Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.
Daniel Libeskind

The UNC Charlotte – School of Architecture Summer Design Academy 2017 is a one-week program that will introduce high school students to the discipline and study of architecture. Students will work in a studio setting in the School of Architecture and will explore a variety of contemporary architectural issues through a series of design projects. 

The 2017 edition of the program will focus on the role of creativity, abstraction and imagination in architecture. This theme will allow participants to gain a comprehensive introduction to these specific elements and the role they play in contemporary design education and practice as well as throughout architectural history.

The Program
Participants will be introduced to a wide range of topics and ideas in architecture through a series of presentations, workshops, projects, and discussions. Each of these activities will help participants learn what it’s like to study in the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte and will aid in the development of a design portfolio.

Daily lectures and presentations will be given by SoA faculty and invited guests (local architects, designers and artists) in order to introduce participants to the different elements and opportunities in architecture and design. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work in groups led by current SoA students to prepare and give their own presentations in both large and small group formats.

Hands-on workshops that focus on introducing and developing frequently used analog and digital skill sets will occur in a variety of formats throughout the program. These sessions will take place in the SoA studios, workspaces, computer labs and seminar rooms depending on their content. Each workshop will help participants become familiar with the wide range of methodologies that are used in an architectural education.

Group and individual projects will focus on ways to explore specific architectural concepts utilizing an array of analog and digital media. Participants will work with faculty and SoA students to make drawings, models and constructions at varying sizes, scales and levels of complexity.

Participants will be encouraged to engage in frequent formal and informal discussions about the program themes, selected readings and their projects. These conversations will help develop a basic understanding of the vocabulary used to discuss design while introducing important historical and contemporary works of architecture.

The Faculty
Faculty members from the School of Architecture, assisted by camp instructors in the undergraduate and graduate program at the school, will lead the design studio sessions. The camp instructors will work with a maximum section size of 10 students to insure opportunities for individual instruction and discussion.

Living and Dining Facilities
The students, along with their camp instructors, will live in a University residence hall and will eat together in a University facility. Students will have access to the many cultural and social activities that take place during the summer session.

Students must be at least sixteen years old by June 1, 2017, to be eligible to attend the camp. There are no specific prerequisites, students will receive instruction and guidance in areas that are required to pursue the program. Any student who is willing to make a conscientious effort will be able to complete the course assignments successfully. Enrollment is limited to 40 students, preference will be given to rising seniors. If the enrollment limit is reached prior to the closing date for applications a waiting list will be established.

Application Procedure & Program Cost
The total charge to each student is $600.00 This includes the cost of tuition, room, board, and a studio fee. Completed applications are due by April 15, 2017, accompanied by the $600.00 fee. Refunds will not be made after May 10th.

To download an application please click here.

For more information, please contact the Office of The School of Architecture at 704-687-0101 or

School of Architecture 
College of Arts+Architecture, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard    Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

UNC Charlotte does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.