Residential and day sessions
Campus life at the University of Pennsylvania
Choice of Saturday trips
Offered by the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, this architecture summer program for high school students prepares students for college admission as you experience college life and create your portfolio.
The architecture studio introduces the fundamentals of design through two-dimensional and three-dimensional exercises. Assignments in freehand drawing, technical drawing, and model building will allow students to explore various techniques and materials. A rigorous sketchbook will also be kept to further observational skills and record ideas. The studio begins with an abstract exercise to familiarize the students with the essentials of critical thinking and their creative strengths. The initial exercise is followed by a project in which each student designs a space on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
Express your personal ideas as you go from basic architectural design process to hand drawing to creating digital models you can include in your portfolio. Then, you'll go beyond design and look into future career opportunities and what it means to be an architect. With a limited number of students per studio, you'll receive one-on-one personal attention from experienced architects and Penn faculty every day. The curriculum is taken from undergraduate Penn courses, giving you a head start in this field while you are still in high school. Plus, you will visit local architecture firms so you can speak with today's industry leaders. Finally, all student work is displayed in a final exhibition in Penn's art gallery which takes place on the last Friday of the session.
Visit our student gallery.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design is dedicated to promoting excellence in design across a rich diversity of programs including Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts. They believe in the centrality of design to all aspects of creativity. A dual challenge is offered to our students: explore a broad range of possibilities through both practice and theory.
The architecture department is housed at Meyerson Hall, in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus, at the corner of Walnut Street and 34th Street. In addition to design studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms and offices, this facility includes state of the art laboratories for computing and fabrication, and two advanced research labs.
Students enrolled in the Architecture: Summer at Penn program learn from world-renowned faculty from Penn's School of Design. Classes are kept small to ensure you will receive personal attention from each faculty member.
Live in Penn’s famous Quad with students from across the country and around the world. Experience the University City District and its dozens of restaurants, shops, recreational facilities and entertainment venues.
Evening Activities – Students who reside on campus participate in evening activities. Each evening students participate in either an on-campus or off-campus activity. Typical activities include:
Movies or the Mall
Saturday Trips – Residential students can choose between two Saturday trips. Students leave in the morning, travel in an air conditioned coach bus and spend the day at their destination of choice. Students will visit the attractions in small groups and a counselor. You can download the 2014 summer weekend trip schedule here. Typical weekend trips include:
New York City
New Jersey Beaches
Sunday Trips – students also participate in visits in and around Philadelphia to many of the most famous destinations such as:
7:45 A.M. — Wake-up. You’ll be living in the famous Quadrangle dorm on the Penn campus.
8:15 — Breakfast. Use your Summer Penn Card for breakfast on campus at 1920 Commons, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels or 3C.
9:00 — Morning Class.
12:00 — Lunch. Join your fellow students at one of Penn’s dining facilities.
1:00 — Afternoon Class.
4:00 — Afternoon Activities. Your choice of activities. The studio is open on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4 – 7. You can use this time to work on your projects or any other activities like play Frisbee in the Quad, email friends, hit the gym, or visit the bookstore and area shops.
6:00 — Dinner. Most evenings we eat together in the dining hall.
7:00 — Evening Activities. Scheduled activities on campus or in town like: movies, dances, bowling, sporting events, and more!
Residential Tuition $5,975
Residential Dates July 6 – August 2, 2014
Day Tuition $3,550
Day Dates July 7 - August 1, 2014