SoA Summer Design Academy

June 14-20, 2020

The details are not the details. They make the design.
Charles Eames
Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.
Louis Kahn

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Program Description

The UNC Charlotte School of Architecture Summer Design Academy 2020 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 (SoA) and will explore a variety of contemporary architectural issues through a series of design projects.

The 2020 edition of the program will focus on details in architecture by interrogating the role of the detail in the design process and how they affect the experience of a place. This theme will allow participants to gain a comprehensive introduction to critical issues in contemporary design education and practice as well as throughout architectural history.


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 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.

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, 2020, 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 deadline for the application and payment is April 22, 2020. The total cost to each student is $600.00 (plus an additional $20.00 for parking if you plan to have a car on campus). This includes the cost of tuition, room, board, and studio fee. Refunds will not be made after May 13, 2020.

Financial Assistance is available for the program in the form of full and partial scholarships. Scholarships are rewarded to students who have applied and been accepted into the program.

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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.