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.

The 2020 edition of the program will be held entirely online/remote. Participants will gain a comprehensive introduction to critical issues in contemporary design education, practice and architectural history.


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

Online presentations will be given by SoA faculty and invited guests (local architects, designers and artists) each day of the program 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 on multiple design projects throughout the week.

Workshops will introduce various analog and digital skill sets that SoA students use on a regular basis. These sessions 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 role in design 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.

Computer Requirements and Delivery Methods

The entirety of the program and all content will be delivered in an online/remote format. Participants will engage in group discussions with current SoA students and faculty using Cisco WebEx and digital content will be shared via Google Drive.

Cisco WebEx supported operating systems and web browsers are:

Windows 7 or later – Internet Explorer 10 or later, Edge 25, Chrome 65 or later, Firefox 48 or later

Mac OS X 10.13 or later – Safari 11.0 or later, Chrome 65 or later, Firefox 48 or later

Any computer using one of the operating systems and web browsers listed above should be sufficient to participate in Design Academy. If you have any questions about whether your computer will suffice please contact the SoA office.


Students must be at least sixteen years old by June 1, 2020, to be eligible to participate in 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. 

Application Procedure & Program Cost

The deadline for the application and payment is June 1, 2020. The total cost to each student is $185. Refunds will not be made after May 20, 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. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship please indicate as such on the registration form and answer the scholarship questions. You will be notified by June 5, 2020 if you have been awarded a scholarship.

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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.