Imagine Architecture is an online program for teens interested in design, architecture, and building a portfolio. There’s still time to register for any of the three one-week LABs in July. Want to know what to expect? Read the messages below from members of the teaching team.
Looking for a little clarity? Everyone deserves to feel confident about their career choice.
Prof. Zachary Colbert, 2020 Curriculum Director
Choosing a career in architecture is a big decision that will have impacts lasting for many years. Imagine Architecture participants will discover if architecture is the right fit while simultaneously generating materials suitable for use in their applications to undergraduate architecture programs. Exploring architectural working methods and abstract thinking is fun and intellectually stimulating. Students will leave the program feeling empowered with new skills and confidence in their decision to pursue architectural studies.
YOUR TIME TO SHINE
Think creatively, solve problems, and shine like the star you are.
Maya Jarrah, Instructor
Many students who participated in the Imagine Architecture LABs last summer, came with the misconception that they should be able to draw perfectly to enjoy the program, or to succeed in architecture. Imagine Architecture, being an exploratory program, made them realize that drawing is not the only skill they need to become future architects. If you are a creative thinker, a problem solver, like to play with materials, forms, and lines – whether digitally or manually, and willing to work hard, you will likely be a successful designer or architect.
Convey your ideas and connect with the group.
Liane Lanzar, Instructor
Imagine Architecture provides an opportunity for students to express their ideas and develop their understanding of architecture. They will start to examine, analyze, and challenge the built environment. The program creates content for an architecture application portfolio and teaches students the tools and skills to represent their creative ideas while continually questioning the world around them.
Teaching an online studio has been an inspiring experience. The instructors have been amazed at how well the students have responded to the online platform. We’ve been able to recreate an environment for large lecture presentations, small group discussions, and individual conversations with the students all within an afternoon studio session. With the studio work at our fingertips, we can comment, leave examples, and even draw beside students’ work.
Being able to interact with students every day has been an exciting aspect of the course. As projects develop, students have started to engage each other about their work and share techniques and ideas with the group.
CURIOUS & CREATIVE
Qualities we love. Did we mention fun?
Shelby Hagerman, Instructor
This will be my first time as an instructor in the Imagine Architecture program, and I am incredibly proud and excited to share my knowledge and passion for design with you. We are committed to fostering a sense of community within the group and will strive to get to know you and how best to support your goals. Throughout each LAB, we will nurture your creativity while developing your skillset and creative design thinking. We will exchange ideas, share insights, and constructive feedback. Whether you are looking to build your portfolio, sharpen your drawing and modeling skills, try digital programs, or are simply wondering what architecture school is like (or all of the above), Imagine Architecture is the program for you. Join us, with your curiosity and open mind… let’s have fun and learn together at home!
CHANGE the WORLD
Positively influence the places people carry out their lives.
Connor O’Grady, Instructor
As someone who came to architecture without participating in a program such as Imagine Architecture, I see tremendous value in the orientation it can provide before completing design portfolios and university applications. I am excited to be part of the team that will introduce you to some of the many elements explored in architecture school.
Personally, this goes beyond the essential technical skills we will teach and wades into the realm of expanding our architectural imagination. This program — and architecture school beyond — is a place to be creative and to challenge the preconceived notions of what architecture means, and what architecture can be. Together, we will work to teach you the foundations of architectural design while striving to empower your own creative voice within such an environment.
Several years ago, a friend gave me a mug that asks, “What if Architecture can Change the World?” For me, it is a call to find ways to positively influence the places that we all carry out our lives and a personal guide for teaching and practice. Let’s have fun, make a mess, and get inspired!
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