Have you ever thought of taking an architecture course in college while still in high school?  If so, check out these options — There may be others available across the county, but we know of these offerings.


Cornell University

DEA 1110 Making a Difference by Design

This course focuses on how leaders in a variety of fields use design as a social change agent. It interweaves theories of leadership and creative problem-solving through case study examinations of a wide range of design innovations in technology, communication, business, education, medicine, human development, and ecology. Students learn how design affects their daily lives from the person to the planet. Additional topics include nurturing creativity, visual communications, values-led entrepreneurship, and designing across cultures.

Outcome 1: Demonstrates a basic understanding of creative design process – information gathering, idea exploration, iterative feedback loops, prototyping and testing – and an awareness of key factors affecting creativity and teamwork (innovate in research, design or practice).

Outcome 2: Recognize design as both a leadership and strategic business planning tool with both tangible and intangible outcomes and impacts across a variety of stakeholders (apply multi-disciplinary perspective).

Outcome 3: Understand the concept of whole systems designing as an integrative system of leverage points, decision-making and impact (critical thinking).



Section ID: DEA 1110 001-LEC

Number: 1131

Session: 3 week Winter Session

Dates: January 3 – 21, 2022

Day: Monday – Friday

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Format: Online

Cost: $1,620 per credit


Massachusetts Amherst, University of – Amherst, MA

Winter Design Academy

In this three-week program, high school students will enroll in a regular UMass introductory architecture studio course offered online.

The Winter Design Academy (Arch 100) is an immersive, foundational design studio course that explores the vital effects of architecture as both a way of thinking and understanding the world around us, and as a professional practice engaged with proactively shaping our built environment.

Coursework is project based and will challenge students to acquire and improve on a wide range of studio skills including physical and digital modeling, sketching, drafting, verbal presentation, and portfolio layout and design. Topics will include techniques and conventions for visual analysis and graphic storytelling, diagramming, design drawing, materials and methods, structure and tectonics, and passive solar design strategies.

At the completion of this course, students will have a portfolio of work that includes visual analysis of a historically significant work of architecture, design study sketches and design drawings, and a range of physical and digital models.

With significant time dedicated to one on one individual critique and discussion, Arch 100 is available to and appropriate for a wide range of students, from those seeking a first-time introduction to the study of architecture, to those seeking additional portfolio content for applications to architecture school.


Dates: January 3 – 24, 2022

Schedule: Online live sessions

Day:Every Monday – Thursday

Time: 3:00 – 6:00pm (EDT)

Format: Online

Cost: $2028


University of Washington

Architectural Studies

The study of architecture is an exciting multidisciplinary activity that synthesizes design investigation with an examination of history and social-ecological conditions. In this course, you’ll have a chance to explore architectural studies through a sequence of design prompts. You’ll investigate design issues through the traditional processes of model making and drawing and learn about the latest software tools. Course material will focus on developing your observation, representation and visual presentation skills, and we’ll top things off with an exhibit of student work to guests from the architectural design community. Come explore whether architecture might be the right path for you.


Dates: January 8 – March 12, 2022

Day: Saturday

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Remote

Cost: $2,028

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