Hartford, University of – Architecture Summer Institute

Since our launch of the listing of Architecture Summer Programs, we have been providing mini profiles of a handful of the programs.  Today, we share an article from one of the newest programs — Architecture Summer Institute at the University of Hartford.  Unlike many programs being offered, the program at Hartford is in person although they may need to shift to remote learning.  Do act fast as the deadline is May 15, 2021.  Plus, attending the Architecture Summer Institute provides you with three credits*.


Hartford, University of – West Hartford, CT – Pre-College Architecture Summer Institute


July 12 – 30, 2021 – (3 weeks) High School rising Juniors / Seniors – Commuter


University of Hartford Launching New Pre-College Architecture Summer Institute

The University of Hartford and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are launching a new pre-college summer institute program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in architecture and design. Students with an interest in design, art, architecture, construction, graphics, or related interests will greatly benefit from this program. This will be the first of its kind of program related to UHart’s architectural design + technology pre-professional undergraduate degree program, opening up a new kind of opportunity for local students.

The program was founded by Stephen Smith, adjunct faculty and woodshop and digital fabrication lab manager, who will serve as the instructor for the program, as well as James Fuller, Department of Architecture chair, undergraduate program director, and associate professor.


“This exciting new program allows high school students to channel their creativity to design innovative projects through hands-on experiences and advanced digital technology. They will work on team projects as well as individual creations. Guest critics, speakers, field experiences, and visits to architecture firms provide a strong link between studio work and the profession.”

James Fuller, Department of Architecture

Over three weeks, students will be immersed in a range of content focused on the practice of architecture, including design, history, theory, structures, construction, and technology. The program is planned to be taught in person in the well-equipped architecture studios on the University of Hartford campus with additional opportunities outside of the studio, including field trips, architecture firm visits, and more.

During the program, you will:

  • Participate in engaging lectures with our experienced faculty
  • Expand your creativity during our dedicated design studio time including collaborating with others
  • Learn skills in model making, hand drawing, digital drawing tools, digital fabrication, laser cutting, 3D printing, and more
  • Visit local architecture firms, construction sites, and tour significant buildings in the area
  • Earn (3) college credits that can be applied to the University of Hartford per the discretion of school or College.
  • Gain a genuine college experience

*Credits may be accepted at other universities/colleges but are subject to their institutional review for transfer eligibility based on their program and review of your portfolio.

Please note, the program is intended to be taught in-person on campus, with the highest level of safety precautions planned for participants. We have prepared a remote program as well so you do not miss out on this opportunity.


When: July 12–30, 2021 | Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: University of Hartford (with full-time remote option being considered)

Cost: $3,000 (includes digital text and architecture kit. The kit includes a sketchbook, drawing materials, scales, drawing instruments, and model tools and materials.) Need-based scholarships are available.

Deadline: Apply by May 1, 2021 for scholarship consideration (you will indicate this on your application). General deadline: May 15, 2021

Apply: https://go.hartford.edu/register/CETA_ArchSI

Questions? Contact Instructor Stephen Smith or Department of Architecture Chair James Fuller.

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