Summer Programs in Architecture: Introduction to Architecture
The Cooper Union’s Introduction to Architecture is an intensive 4-week program that offers an immersive experience into the study of architecture as a discipline and profession. The program will familiarize the college-level student with architectural design, thought, and practice, in the context of downtown Manhattan - a vibrant neighborhood of art, music, culture and commerce.
The core of the program, the Design Studio, is taught by faculty of the School of Architecture and is supplemented by visiting critics and lecturers. Every morning begins in the studio spaces designed by renowned architect John Hejduk in the landmark Foundation Building . In the afternoons, students will participate in seminar and/or workshops that draw on what makes education at The Cooper Union unique, with its strong emphasis on design and making, and a close reading of architectural texts.
Weeklong afternoon sessions begin with an introduction to shop techniques, including instruction on working with a variety of materials and tools; followed by a freehand drawing session, in which students explore and refine their observation and representation skills; and concluding with a variety of sessions introducing students to the domains of knowledge practiced in the architectural profession today, such as digital analysis and representation, and 3-D modeling and fabrication.
Weekly lectures will introduce key topics in architectural history and theory pursued by practitioners and researchers alike. Throughout the month walking tours will explore the urban fabric of New York City and office visits will allow students to meet architects with local and international practices.
Over the course of the program, the students will be able to develop a body of work: projects, models, and drawings. The design faculty will work with each student, individually and as a group, to review and edit those accomplishments, culminating in a portfolio in book format.
Students from all academic fields are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Prospective students must have completed 30 college credits by the start of the program. They need not be currently enrolled in an academic institution.
Applicants will fill out an application form including a statement of no more than 300 words expressing her/his interest in the program and one letter of reference. Admission is on a rolling basis; successful applicants will be accepted based on previous academic work and the written statement, as space allows. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Applicants may access the online application here.
|Cost and Fees|
Program Cost: $3,400: Includes access to computer labs, plotters and printers, fabrication shop, and studios. Students will be responsible for purchasing supplies and printing fees as applicable.
Application Fee: $40*
Successful applicants will be responsible for paying the program cost in full upon acceptance.*
Housing is not available during the summer sessions through The Cooper Union. Applicants will be responsible for securing other housing options. Please visit here for potential housing options.