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Discovering Architecture 

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Discovering Architecture 

A Summer Program for High School Juniors (July 13th - 26th, 2014)




About the program

A look inside Architecture's summer program for high school students.

Learn It: For two intensive weeks, while living on campus at Drexel University, you'll experience what it's like to study architecture in college. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel Architecture faculty members in studios and computer labs used by Drexel architecture students. You'll go on field trips to significant architectural sites in Philadelphia, hear lectures by distinguished speakers, and, working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at architectural design.

Try It: Our program will introduce you to this fascinating profession. During the summer, while Drexel architecture students are on vacation, we're opening their studio and other facilities to a group of high school students who want to experience what education and work are like in the field of architecture.

Test It: You will visit several prominent architectural offices and meet architects on the job. You'll have a chance to see first-hand the types of projects architects work on, how they go about it, and the environment of an architectural office.

Live It: With the historic city of Philadelphia at your doorstep, you'll be practically living in an architectural classroom. Almost every day you'll explore some part of the city. You'll discover magnificent buildings, squares, parks, museums, and theaters. And along the way you'll also see Philadelphia's traditional houses and neighborhoods, learn about its history, and tune into the rhythms of city life.



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Program Format 

A look inside Architecture's summer program for high school students.

Studio: Design studio is at the heart of the program. Most afternoons will be spent in studio, developing design projects through drawings and models. It is expected that students will spend some evenings at work in the studio as well. We will take advantage of being in Philadelphia by focusing on a topic currently relevant to the city. The session will culminate in a formal presentation by the students to faculty and invited professionals.

Computer: Students will be introduced to computer design. Using the latest technology, students will learn to model three-dimensional forms on computer and see the role of the computer in design.

Lectures: Lecturers from Drexel's faculty and visiting professionals will speak about architecture and related topics. There will also be informal lectures related to studio work.

Field Trips: We will visit an off-campus destination almost every day. Students will sketch important city buildings and sites, visit museums, architect's offices, and explore the urban environment. An all-day field trip outside of Philadelphia is planned for the weekend.

Cultural Events: Philadelphia in the summer is alive with music and art. We have scheduled supervised trips to concerts, performances, and exhibits.

Special Activities: It is July after all! There will be opportunities to cool off in the Drexel pool and play volleyball in the evenings. We'll picnic in the park and enjoy other social events as a group.



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General Information 

A look inside Architecture's summer program for high school students.

Faculty: Students will be taught by Drexel faculty members. In the design studio a faculty member and teaching assistants will work closely with each student.

Housing & Facilities: Students enrolled in the program will reside together in a Drexel residence hall (Separate facilities for males and females). We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and many cultural and historic sites. Around-the-clock staff supervision will be provided. Most meals will be served in Drexel student dining facilities; some meals will be provided during field trips. Students will have access to the Drexel library and use of computer resources.

About Architecture at Drexel: Drexel offers an excellent and innovative program for students who wish to pursue a career in architecture. The Two + Four Option combines two years of full-time studies with a four year part-time program, allowing students to enter the work force early and gain a head start on their professional careers. The program leads to an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree required by most states for licensure.

Registration and Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,700 must be paid by June 20th, 2014. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made after June 20th, 2014. Apply online or use the PDF Application.

Send Items to:

  • ATTN: Summer Program Coordinator
  • Drexel University
  • URBN Center #71-1A10C
  • 3501 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104


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Tuition Registration 

A look inside Architecture's summer program for high school students.

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their junior year by July 2014 are welcome to apply. Enthusiasm and seriousness about work are the only prerequisites.

Tuition: The tuition of $3,000.00 covers everything, including:

  • Supervised accommodations in residence halls
  • Three meals a day
  • Classes, seminars, and architectural office visits
  • Supplies and materials
  • Field Trips
  • Use of computer resources and library
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Cultural events and planned leisure activities
  • The opportunity to interact with professional architects and architecture faculty
  • The opportunity to meet other high school students interested in architecture

Application, Registration, Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,700 must be paid by June 20th, 2014. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made after June 20th, 2014. Apply online or use the PDF Application.

Questions? Call 215-895-1834 or E-mail Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu.



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