Experiment in Architecture

A Summer Program for High School Students

2015 Sessions
Commuter: July 6 - July 17 
Residential: July 19 - August 1

If you are finishing your sophomore or junior year of high school, and looking to the future, you may be interested in IIT’s summer architecture program: Experiment in Architecture. This two-week program is designed to introduce high school students to the profession of architecture.

In 2015, the Experiment in Architecture program will be offered in two sessions, with both commuter and residential versions available. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week (Monday-Friday).

"Experiment in Architecture"

Students will tour the city of Chicago, complete a series of design projects, and attend lectures by IIT faculty. The program is intended to inform students about the study and practice of architecture, and will assist participants in making an informed decision about pursuing an architectural education and career. All individuals interested in pursuing a career in the design and building professions are encouraged to attend.

Format

Experiment in Architecture is held on Illinois Institute of Technology’s historic Main Campus, offering unique access to the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings anywhere. Teachers and students take advantage of Chicago as a dynamic laboratory of architectural speculation and discovery. Since enrollment is limited to 30 students, students can expect individual attention from their studio instructors.

Projects, Lectures and Seminars

The program includes field trips to Chicago's architectural landmarks and architectural offices, instruction in freehand sketching with an emphasis on interpreting and visualizing the world around us, studio classes with an emphasis on design through two-dimensional (2-D) representations and three-dimensional (3-D) constructions, and a session on developing and focusing career plans. The program concludes with an exhibition of student work and a reception for students and their families.

The work is rigorous and students will need to respond with enthusiasm and maturity. Each day includes a demanding schedule of projects. No prior expertise in drawing or model making is required.

Participants who complete the program are awarded certificates. Teachers keep records of performance and may write letters of recommendation as requested. The drawings and models that students produce can be used in application portfolios for college-level architecture programs.

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Program Cost

We are pleased to offer both a commuter and residential version of the Experiment in Architecture program.

The cost of the commuter program is $875. The program fee covers all studio materials, readings, and museum admission. The program will also provide CTA passes for use on our off-campus tours and office visits. Daily lunches will be provided either at our field trip site or at IIT’s Commons cafeteria.

A residential version of the program is available at a cost of $1,500. The additional cost includes a 13-night stay at an Illinois Institute of Technology residence hall and meals at the Commons cafeteria. Summer program staff will supervise residential participants and organize evening and weekend activities.



Application Procedures


Applications are due by April 1, 2015

Please send us the following items together in ONE envelope:

  • 1. Experiment in Architecture Application Form (PDF)
  • 2. Official high school transcript 
  • 3. Letter of recommendation (from a teacher or counselor) 
  • 4. Short essay of 250 words (one page, double-spaced) describing why you are interested in architecture and your goals for Experiment in Architecture. 

Financial aid is limited and available on the basis of demonstrated need. In order to be considered for financial aid, please download and complete the Financial Aid Petition. Only applications that are submitted by the deadline with a completed Financial Aid Petition will be considered for assistance.

Please mail all materials to:

IIT College of Architecture
ATTN: Experiment in Architecture
S.R. Crown Hall 3360 S. State Street
Chicago, IL  60616

Questions?

arch@iit.edu
312.567.3260