IntroArch: Grad Prep Workshop



For incoming students:

This workshop is designed to prepare students for the graduate architectural studio sequence at IIT Architecture. It is highly recommended for students embarking on the 3-year professional Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees (those without prior architectural studio experience) and is recommended for students embarking on the 2-year M.Arch with Advanced Standing (especially those who have not recently completed their UG studies).

For prospective students:

This workshop is also open to those not currently seeking a degree at IIT Architecture, but who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in architecture in the future.

The workshop is comparable to a design studio in sequence and rigor. It will give inexperienced students a working familiarity with the strategies, concepts, and techniques that form the backbone of architectural design studio work, and refresh the skills of the experienced. Individual instruction will accommodate each student’s level of expertise.

The emphasis of the workshop is on the fluid integration of manual and digital modes of representation into a cohesive process – a skill set essential for navigating the architectural studio. Concepts and techniques covered will be the foundational skills of the architect; the various modes of freehand drawing, imaging, descriptive and analytic orthographic projection, and architectural model-making.

The workshop is built around a series of design studio projects that integrate skills workshops, drawing and discussion sessions, concept and process tutorials, and reviews with visiting critics. Supporting components of the program include visits to local architectural offices, faculty guest lectures, and field trips exploring Chicago’s rich architectural milieu.

2019 Schedule

29 July -10 August
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Thursdays until 7 pm
Program Fee: $1,000

Includes instruction, faculty-led walking tours, local office visits, sketchbooks, drawing paper, most modeling supplies, and group events. Please note – IntroARCH students will need to supply their own drawing and modeling tools (around $200 purchased new).


For more information contact Jaucinta Burt,