Experiment in Architecture

Experiment in Architecture is a summer program for high school students.

The 2024 Experiment in Architecture summer program will now be offered in one session.

Dates: July 8–19, 2024
Workshop schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Experiment in Architecture is a two-week studio designed to introduce high school students to the architectural profession. By shedding light on the rigorous and innovative nature of the practice, students learn to see challenges and constraints as opportunities and advantages.

Through iterative exercises and informed seminars, students will be immersed in design-oriented thinking that introduces them to architectural terms, concepts, and forms of visual representation — all the while building towards a final project. Students will engage in daily discussions with practitioners and faculty, complete design charrettes through hand drafting and 2D/3D modeling software, and be exposed to design critiques through formal reviews.

The program will provide an awareness of the diversity of career paths available to architects. Students will produce portfolio worthy projects that will be displayed in an online exhibition at the conclusion of the program.

Program Cost

2024 program cost: $2,450, $100 deposit due at time of registration (residential, on-campus room and board included)

Application Requirements

Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents in order to complete the online application:

  1. High school transcript
  2. Short essay of 250 words (one page, double-spaced) describing why you are interested in architecture and your goals for the Experiment in Architecture program

Resources for Participants

Please contact the Elevate College Prep team at precollege@iit.edu or by phone at 312.567.3015.