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Imagine Architecture

Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
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Imagine Architecture  

Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

  • Type:
    Day camp, Virtual Camp/Program
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  • Cost:
    $600 to $730/week
  • Ages:
    15 to 18
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  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 2 TBD
  • Summary Profile

    Imagine Architecture answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    A career exploratory program for Grade 10-12 students interested in architecture, design, urbanism, and building a portfolio. Taught by instructors from Carleton’s architecture school, the fun and intensive workshops introduce students to the culture of design studio. Participants will gain experience and skills in design thinking and making and representing creative ideas.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    This information is not available.

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

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    What do families need to know about registration?

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Imagine Architecture currently has 0 program available; 2 TBD.

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    Ages: 15 - 18
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|3D Design|Technology|Makerspace|Architecture
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    Ages: 15 - 18
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    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Mixed Media|Painting|Photography|3D Design|Technology|Makerspace|Architecture

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  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Imagine Architecture

    our take

    Programs that mimic real-world experiences are definitely more engaging and interesting for kids. Imagine Architecture is a unique program for high-school aged kids, held at the Architecture building at Carleton University and taught by professors, giving kids that “university experience”. Focused on architecture, design, and urbanism, this program fosters design thinking and creativity in the architecture space. Whether kids are interested in architecture or design as a career choice, or just want this experience for fun or a challenge, Imagine Architecture’s program prepares kids for university and helps foster personal growth. The workshops can be intensive, but there is an element of fun. In the end, kids can develop a portfolio, and teaching staff are willing to help with applications and answer questions around admissions. Kids come out of Imagine Architecture well prepared and knowing what to expect after high school if they were to pursue architecture as a career. 

    Three Things: Imagine Architecture
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Imagine Architecture

    Insider's Perspective(s) of Imagine Architecture

    Peter Georgopoulos, Parent

    • 00:32 - What's unique about the program at Imagine Architecture that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 00:54 - Was this your child's first experience with camp?
    • 01:28 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after time at camp?
    • 02:17 - If you hadn't sent your child to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that they would've missed out on?
    • 02:51 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 03:26 - What does your child say about the camp, either to you, or that you may have heard them say to friends or others?
    • 04:10 - Any final thoughts?

    Review(s) of Imagine Architecture

    Read all 41 reviews

    Shela, admitted to Carleton University’s architecture school and starting in September 2020 (Alum)Imagine Architecture helped shape a winning portfolio

    My experience at the Imagine Architecture LAB 103 confirmed how much I wanted to pursue architecture for post-secondary. Through LAB 103, I experienced a glimpse of the studio culture and met new friends. We were introduced to technical concepts such as scales, axonometrics, and drawing in perspective. I enjoyed having time after each lecture to practice what we learned and to collaborate with the other students. My favourite part of LAB 103 were the end-of-the-day pin ups because we got to present our creations, communicate our ideas, and receive constructive criticism. One lesson that I learned from LAB 103 that heavily influenced how I curated my portfolio submission for architecture school was the importance of storytelling. From my final project for LAB 103 to all of my art until now, I have been incorporating deeper meaning to all of my pieces. Whether it’s about the environment or social justice issues, I made sure that there was a statement or an intention behind each art piece. LAB 103 gave me the unique opportunity to immerse myself in the design field and learn a bit more about architecture. ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)Amazing Design Tools

    “With quarantine it was nice to finally do something with my free time. It was also my first time working with Illustrator, and Rhino so not only was I introduced to these amazing design tools, but I also got more familiar with them as the week progressed.” ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)Better time than I expected

    “I took Lab 101 as a way to explore architecture and enjoyed that course so much I decided to take Lab 103 as well. I signed up for the labs expecting it to be an enjoyable experience, but I learned so much and had a better time than expected! The instructors were great too and made the experience more enjoyable as well!� ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)"More prepared to produce my portfolio!"

    “I feel more prepared to produce my portfolio! I’m so glad I took this course because what I initially thought schools would want as a portfolio, is not actually what they are looking for.”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Now considering applying to architectural schools"

    “I took this course to get a feel for what architectural school would be like. I loved the course, so I am now considering applying to architectural schools for my post-secondary education."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Recommend to anyone planning on applying to architecture school"

    “I would recommend this course to anyone planning on applying to architecture school. I learned so much about portfolio prep, which will help immensely in applying. Also, the connections I made with the instructors were great, and they all are open to answer questions in the future if I have any, which is so kind of them and will be helpful too.” ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Amazing to have access to this course"

    “I know this course was online this year because of COVID, but I don’t think I missed out on much because it was online. I am from Vancouver, and wouldn’t have been able to participate if it was in person, Many students were from the U.S. and some were from Switzerland and other places around the world, and it was amazing to have access to this course.” ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Assignments very interesting"

    “I found the assignments very interesting and was given a lot of ideas for how to incorporate these assignments into a portfolio."

    2020 online participant (Camper)Helped solidify career choice

    "I was already considering a career in architecture but this course has helped solidify the fact that it is something I will enjoy doing.”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Learned something new every day"

    "I learned something new every day in terms of skills for developing unique portfolio work.”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Instructors did a great job"

    “I went into these courses have never taken art classes, and because of that I expected the work to be challenging, and it was. That being said, it was not too hard to complete; I learned so much and the lessons built on each other in a very complementary way. The instructions also did a great job at teaching and helping where I had questions.” ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)"I loved the assignments"

    “I loved the assignments. There was free-range to dive into my creative side while also having a theme and list of what my teacher expected of me.”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Thinking outside the box"

    “I enjoyed learning new techniques and thinking outside the box."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Loved the atmosphere"

    “I loved the atmosphere and the work we did.”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Thank you for an amazing experience!"

    “I had a wonderful time and am happy with the projects I created throughout the week. Thank you for the amazing experience!”

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Super fun"

    “It was super fun and the instructors were very helpful. "

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Able to expand my skills"

    "I enjoyed the lab I participated in more than I expected because I was able to expand my skills and knowledge of architecture, and also get valuable information about the Carlton architecture program and how to make the best application portfolio." ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Discussions were very informative and helpful"

    "I enjoyed it as some activities were great exercises and the discussions were very informative and helpful. It was also very cool to hear from people from different parts of Canada and other countries."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Learned so much more than I thought I would"

    "I learned so much more than I thought I would and gained so much knowledge throughout the week that I know will be helpful for my future."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Helpful to know if it was the right career path"

    "I found it helpful to have an introduction to architecture to know if it was the right career path for me. I also loved the help and advice I received from the instructors."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Teachers made it easy to understand"

    "I knew the material I would learn would be new to me so I expected it to be somewhat difficult. On the other hand, all of the teachers made it easy to understand and clarified everything."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"The people were amazing"

    "I already knew I was gonna like the class but it was better than I thought it would be because the people were also amazing."

    2020 online participant (Camper)Teachers "engaging and helpful"

    "Maya, Liane, and Shelby were also really engaging and helpful! They were responsive on Slack after class if we had questions, and would also go into rooms for one on one sessions. Their lectures were very engaging too, and they would post them after, so we would have access to them later in the day, which I found to be very helpful. It was nice to get their opinions on master's school, and they were very open to answering other questions; I talked with some of them about their experiences in firms, and they always gave honest answers. In their feedback of our work, they were all always encouraging, and would make critiques nicely to not overwhelm us with things to change; but, if we asked for more criticism, they would always give more. They also gave us their emails and told us to reach out if we had any more questions." ... Read More

    2020 online participant (Camper)Helped understand area of interest

    "It helped me understand I am more interested in the urbanism side of architecture as compared to the design side of it."

    2020 online participant (Camper)"Had an amazing time"

    "I took the lab to get a better understanding of what going into an architectural program in university would be like, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not. However, I had an amazing time."

    2021 participant (Camper)"Very fun"

    "I found it very fun to imagine a project, draw it and then recreate it in a 3D world."

    2021 participant (Camper)"Learned a lot in a short time"

    "They explained everything in a way that was clear and taught us how to do a lot of different things in a relatively short amount of time."

    2021 participant (Camper)"Unique assignments"

    "They challenge you to think in a creative way and to apply needs and reasons to anything you put in a piece. All of the assignments were also very unique, unlike high school art projects."

    2021 participant (Camper)"Prepared to make a portfolio"

    "I feel after this course that I am prepared to make a portfolio that will help me reach my goals when applying for university."

    2022 participant (online) (Camper)"Look forward to signing up again next year"

    "It was a great experience. I loved my week learning and I know I want to pursue a career related to architecture. I am looking forward to signing up next year again for this workshop."

    2022 participant (Camper)"Spatial thinking is something I will carry with me forever"

    "The three different weeks each shaped my experience and learning in the program in different ways. I learned a lot about materiality and how the use of light, texture, and shadow affect the feel of a space. Spatial thinking, in particular, is something I will carry with me forever after this course. ... Read More

    2022 participant (Camper)"Taught to use imagination"

    "We did projects that taught me to use my imagination a lot more and all the ways to explain architecture were done really well."

    2022 participant (Camper)"Definitely recommend"

    "I plan to do Architecture 102 next summer as I love technology and want to see the computer aspect of architecture. Thanks so much. I would definitely recommend the program to others."

    2022 participant (Camper)"Learned a lot"

    "Learned a lot of very useful information about portfolios and got to experience what architecture at university would be like."

    2022 participant (Camper)"Incredibly informative"

    "I really enjoyed the lectures about different aspects of architecture as they were incredibly informative and will definitely help me in my future in this field."

    2022 participant (Camper)"Community feeling"

    "I loved the community feeling which only grew during this time."

    2022 participant (online) (Camper)"Confirmed my interest in architecture"

    "I was able to gain a clear understanding of what is required in the admissions portfolio and the experience confirmed my interest in pursuing architecture. The exercises we did were not only helpful, but enjoyable. I would definitely recommend! ... Read More

    2022 participant (online) (Camper)"I would do it again"

    "It was a great introduction to working in a studio environment and I enjoyed every day. The course work was appropriately spaced and was the right level of difficulty. I would recommend the program to aspiring architecture students and I would do it again if I had the chance. ... Read More

    2022 participant (Camper)"A very cool experience!"

    "Before doing LAB 102 on the Carleton campus, I had previously attended LAB 101 over Zoom the summer before. I thoroughly enjoyed both. The instructors very clearly knew what they were talking about and were able to keep the class well engaged. Overall, I think the program was well run and provided insight for students both planning to go into architecture, or figuring out what they want to do. It was definitely a very cool experience for me! ... Read More

    2022 participant (Camper)"More confident"

    "I feel much more confident in what to make for applications into architecture school. Thank you so much for creating this course!"

    2022 participant (Camper)"Wonderful experience"

    "I had a wonderful experience with Imagine Architecture. All three labs thatI took were interesting and were taught perfectly."

  • Location & Site Details


    Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


    More details about accommodations: Out-of-town students have the option to stay on-campus in a student residence. If they are under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Imagine Architecture technology free? Students are introduced to digital design programs.

    Property Details


    • Lake/Pond/River

    More details about property: Building 22 at Carleton University is much more than a fine example of the late-1960s Brutalist architecture. The Architecture Building contains dynamic spatial relationships that display a clear commitment to the exchange of ideas, vitality of community, and democratic ideals. As a purpose-built architecture school, it acts both as a pedagogical tool and a model environment for creative learning.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Johan Voordouw, 2023 Academic Advisor
    Associate Professor, Associate Director, Undergraduate, Carleton University School of Architecture & Urbanism

    Choosing a career in architecture is a big decision. Imagine Architecture introduces participants to our school and some key architectural working methods. It uses design thinking in a fun and intellectually stimulating manner to bring the imagination to a designed project. The work developed in Imagine Architecture can be used in your portfolio when you apply to an architecture program or any other design-related discipline. Students leave the program feeling empowered with new skills and confidence in deciding whether to pursue architectural studies at Carleton University or elsewhere.

    In the News

    July 24, 2023
    Last chance to register for Imagine Architecture LAB 101 Online!

    This week-long workshop will focus is on multi-media drawing techniques, architectural conventions, and physical modeling. ... Read More

    July 13, 2023
    Last chance to register for Imagine Architecture LAB 102!

    LAB 102 introduces students to essential digital skills used in architectural design. These skills will help them develop a portfolio.... Read More

    May 8, 2023
    Imagine Architecture: Register now for Summer 2023!

    Imagine Architecture is a career exploratory studio for grade 10-12 students who are interested in design, architecture, and urbanism.... Read More


    • Meet the 2023 Imagine Architecture Team!


      Johan Voordouw
      Faculty Advisor

      Associate Professor Johan Voordouw teaches at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and serves as the Associate Director, Undergraduate. He is a registered architect in the UK. Before his appointment at Carleton University, Johan taught at the Leicester School of Architecture and London Southbank University in England. He has worked in professional practice in London, most notably at Foster + Partners, and in Canada and the Netherlands. His visual work has been extensively published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, England, Austria, and the Netherlands. Venues include the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Royal Academy Summer Show London, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

      Stephanie Murray
      Coordinator and Instructor

      Stephanie Murray holds a post-professional Master of Architectural Studies and a professional Master of Architecture degree, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After finishing her degree in Fine Arts, she moved to Whitehorse, Yukon, where she worked for Northern Front Studio and Kobayashi + Zedda Architects, while continuing her art practice. She has exhibited her independent artwork across Canada, as well as overseas in Australia and Iceland. She has also led digital and analog projects at two research labs associated with the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism: the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) and the Carleton Sensory and Liminal Technologies Lab (CSALT). Her research interests are grounded in the effects of representational conventions on material and spatial imaginations in the construction of social and political narratives. She will start doctoral studies this fall at Concordia University.  

      Harrison Lane

      Harrison Lane is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Carleton University, having previously earned a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Laurentian University and a Diploma in Cabinetmaking from Algonquin College. Harrison is interested in making things, material science, and philosophy. He also explores the influences of furniture on spaces and how we interact with furnishings, especially in relation to unconventional modes of living.

      Connor Tamborro

      Connor Tamborro obtained his Master of Architecture degree at Carleton University in 2023. He is preparing to become an intern architect as he begins his career in practice and design education. During the transition from undergraduate studies to the master’s program, Connor worked for two years with a+Link Architecture in London, ON, where he worked on many new projects in the schematic and design development stages.

      Jack Dawson
      Studio Assistant

      Jack Dawson is pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in the design stream offered at Carleton University. He is interested in brutalist architecture and how modern parametric designs can transform dated utilitarian forms. His appreciation of the built world and interest in the ever-evolving technology and software that architects have at their fingertips made him choose architecture. He participated in Imagine Architecture when he was in high school.

    • Meet the Imagine Architecture 2022 Team


      Johan Voordouw
      Faculty Advisor

      Associate Professor Johan Voordouw teaches at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and serves as the Associate Director, Undergraduate. He is a registered architect in the UK. Before his appointment at Carleton University, Johan taught at the Leicester School of Architecture and London Southbank University in England. He has worked in professional practice in London, most notably at Foster + Partners, and in Canada and the Netherlands. His visual work has been extensively published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, England, Austria, and the Netherlands. Venues include the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Royal Academy Summer Show London, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

      Stephanie Murray
      Coordinator and Instructor

      Stephanie Murray is currently pursuing a Master of Architectural Studies and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a professional Master of Architecture degree. After finishing her degree in Fine Arts, she moved to Whitehorse, Yukon, where she worked for Northern Front Studio and Kobayashi + Zedda Architects, while continuing her art practice. Her current research interests are grounded in representations of site that generate identity and spatial narratives. Her work probes at the thresholds of ethical imaginaries through acts of making while looking at questions of authorship, inherited practices, and more than human actors. Stephanie has also led digital and analog projects at two research labs associated with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism: the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) and the Carleton Sensory and Liminal Technologies Lab (CSALT). 

      Yana Kigel

      Yana Kigel is a Master of Architecture candidate at Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies graduate from the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, majoring in design. Her thesis explores architecture as a tool for connecting wildlife with humans via a suburban neighbourhood expansion through an addition of a nature-oriented retirement community. She is currently working as a research assistant at the Carleton Immersive Media Studios focusing on projects that aim to re-imagine digital assets and processes produced from digitization into a storytelling narrative. 

      Petros Kapetanakis

      Petros Kapetanakis is a Master of Architecture candidate at Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies graduate from the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, majoring in design. Their thesis explores architectural representation through storytelling, particularly through the mediums of digital and physical drawing, modeling, and virtual reality. Currently, a research assistant at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio with work focused within the Digitally Assisted Storytelling stream, Petros has partaken in multiple unique projects which require the extensive use of game engines and digital modeling.

    • Save your spot for 2021!

      Imagine Architecture brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture and design in the creative atmosphere of the online design studio.

      LAB 101 offer participants an opportunity to learn multi-media drawing techniques, physical modeling, and architectural conventions. LAB 101 focuses on digital representation with Rhino 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, including a workshop on portfolio layouts. LAB 103 emphasizes diagrams and abstract architectural thinking, urban space, and portfolio preparation workshops.

      For those who want to explore a range of media and scales, Labs 101, 102, and 103 are designed as a sequence, to build skills and confidence, prepare students for application to undergraduate programs in architecture, and generate portfolio material.

      For those who prefer to take only one LAB, each is designed independently and requires no previous training.

      You can register for any one of them or you can register for all courses without repeating projects. Projects will allow the maximum exposure to creative design skills that will be helpful in creating a design portfolio.

      Comments from 2020 participants:

      I learned so much and had a better time than expected! 

      I am so glad I took this course because what I initially thought schools would want as a portfolio is not actually what they are looking for.

      I took this course to get a feel for what architectural school would be like. I loved the course, so I am now considering applying to architectural schools for my post-secondary education.

      Each class is limited to 36 participants. Register now to avoid disappointment.

      More: https://architecture.carleton.ca/non-degree-programs/imagine-architecture


    • Meet the Imagine Architecture 2020 Team



      Zach Colbert is an assistant professor at the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. He is an award-winning architect and a licensed practitioner in Ontario, New York, and Arizona. Zach is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the American Institute of Architects, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects, and the Urban Land Institute (Toronto Chapter). He was previously on faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Parsons New School for Design School of Constructed Environments. His work has been published in magazines, including Art Forum, Architect, and Architectural Record, and showcased in galleries and museums in New York City, Los Angeles, Dubai, Santiago de Chile, Rotterdam, Ottawa, and Beijing. Before practicing independently, he worked for SHoP Architects and Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York City. His externally funded research program at Carleton University focuses on using architectural thinking to productively engage intersections of politics and infrastructure within a changing climate.

      Zach’s professional practice, Zachary Colbert Architects Limited, is a full-service architectural firm dedicated to design research and creative architectural practice. Operating in the realms of architecture, urbanism, and landscape, the firm has built projects for institutional and private clients alongside a portfolio of speculative projects that critically engage infrastructure, nature, and politics.



      Connor O’Grady is a registered intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. Connor has almost 10 years of experience working at leading firms in Toronto, New York, and Edmonton. He has worked on all phases of design and construction on a large range of building types, including ecclesiastical, light industrial, multi-unit residential, commercial office, and single-family homes. He has also garnered substantial urban design experience in the form of urban masterplans, residential subdivision layout, development of municipal built form guideline documents, transit-oriented development, and land-use/built-form portions of environmental impact assessments for aviation infrastructure expansion.




      Liane Lanzar is completing a Master of Architecture candidate at Carleton University. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. By contributing to the design and organization of events and publications at the architecture school, she developed a keen interest in the graphic representation and communication of architecture. Liane went on to receive first prize in the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards for her work with the student publication, Warehouse Journal 23. She also placed second in the 2013 International Student Video Competition at the Urban Architecture Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen, China. Liane currently works with the Azrieli School’s communications team and has been the editor of the school’s annual student publication, Building 22, for the past two editions.


      Shelby Hagerman is a Master of Architecture candidate at Carleton University, where she also completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies.  Shelby fell in love with architecture and design when she was in high school, planning and painting sets for theatre productions.  She participated among three of her peers in the OAA Shift 2019 Infrastructure Architecture Challenge with Professor Zachary Colbert and Antonio Gioventu. Their project entitled Urban Energy Shift won the competition, envisioning new methods to generate renewable energy in high-rise multi-family unit dwellings. She continues to conduct research on this project with Professor Colbert, also embracing multi-disciplinary collaboration.  Shelby has also worked at the Parliamentary Protective Service, Indigenous Services Canada, and GRC Architects in Ottawa.


      Maya Jarrah has recently completed her Master of Architecture degree at Carleton University. Her thesis, Against Gravity: An Exploration in Post-Conflict Aleppo, explored ways in which designers could instrumentalize architecture as a tool to bring back joy and lightness to a post-war context, contributing to the re-emergence of the social and urban fabric of the city. Maya has an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture from Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She worked at one of Germany’s leading architecture and design firms, where she contributed to multiple phases of local and international projects like the new stock exchange building in Tehran and a residential-commercial ensemble in Frankfurt.



      Abbi Belliveau is currently entering her second year in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Design Stream program at Carleton University. She is also studying for a minor in History and Theory of Architecture at Carleton. Throughout high school, Abbi always had a love for the arts, completing her AP Studio Portfolio in May 2019. She kept her love for painting and developed an interest in videography through her first-year projects. Abbi is the Vice President of the Azrieli Architecture Student Association and is heavily involved in organizing and planning events for the student body. She will also be a teaching assistant to Professor Roger Connah in August 2020 for a one-week workshop on digital medium exploration for incoming first-year students.




      If you want to get into architecture school or any other university or college design program, you will need a strong portfolio. 

      "Your portfolio is the tool you should have as a creative individual to present yourself and your work to architecture schools, and in the future, to your potential employers," says Imagine Architecture instructor Maya Jarrah. "The purpose of the portfolio is not only to show that you can use a certain software, but most importantly to represent your creative process, how you see the world, think critically and how you interpret your ideas."

      Imagine Architecture LABs 101, 102, and 103 will help participants generate portfolio material by teaching creative design skills and providing guidance.

      "The Imagine Architecture LABs aim to teach you ways of preparing a portfolio, by explaining what work you should show, how to curate your work, and by showing examples of successful portfolios," says Jarrah.

      For those who want to explore a range of media and scales, LABs 101, 102 and 103 are designed as a sequence, to build skills and confidence, and to prepare students for application to undergraduate programs in architecture. For those who prefer to take only one LAB, each is designed independently, and requires no previous training.

      "As someone who was excited yet overwhelmed by the creation of a portfolio application to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) at Carleton, I am certain that I would have appreciated the insights that the Imagine Architecture Program provides on the process," says Shelby Hagerman, part of the Imagine Architecture teaching team.

      "We will review the portfolio and other application requirements for the program as well as successful portfolio submissions," says Hagerman. "However, what is most important and valuable about Imagine Architecture LABs are the hands-on design exercises that aim to engage and spark the kinds of thoughtful drawings and models that portfolio reviewers search for." 



      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.

      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.

      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!

      For more information:
      Website: https://carleton.ca/architecture/programs/imagine-architecture/
      Email: [email protected]



      Working from home is an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in their surroundings. Facing a new reality, how do we observe and interpret the world around us? Although we are living in a socially-distanced world, working in the space you have can be a creative opportunity.

      Students should set-up a studio spot at home to have a designated work area. Provide space to spread out, but also stay organized. The workspace can get messy quickly, so we want to be sure to put tools away properly and manage the space well. 

      Supplies to work with throughout the course can be purchased online as well as scavenged throughout the house. An assortment of material is encouraged. 

      Shopping list: sketchbooks, large and small, basswood sticks, glue stick or glue, felt-tip pens, Prismacolor pencils or oil pastels, drafting kit.

      Scavenger list: Twine, thread, wire, string, Small wood blocks, Ephemera (sheet music, book pages, newspaper bits, pieces of packaging), cardboard, small objects (machine pieces, figures, spools), measuring tape, scissors, etc.


    • WELCOME TO THE VIRTUAL DESIGN STUDIO: Projects, Pin-Ups, and Peers


      Here's a peek at Imagine Architecture online, where you will experience the culture of design studio and get a feel for architecture school. The  program's expert and empathetic instructors will expand your knowledge and skills, get you started on a portfolio, and guide you in exploring architecture as a potential field of study.

      Instructors will use accessible digital platforms such as Zoom and Conceptboard, to create a virtual studio space in which students can interact, share their work, and receive one-on-one instruction.

      Online Schedule - LAB 101 and LAB 103
      Every morning will start with a presentation to introduce the day’s exercises. Students will then have studio hours to work, while the zoom room remains open for questions and advice for the group. The studio setting is an opportunity to show one’s work and learn from each other.

      In the afternoon, a new activity typically builds off of the morning exercise but challenges the students to apply it to another drawing, model, or context. Students will be working on their projects while still connected to the class.

      Once the projects start to develop, small group discussions will take place in another room. Students have the opportunity to share their ideas on how their projects are developing and get feedback from the group.

      Studio pin-ups will take place on Conceptboard. Here, students will share their screens, and peers will be able to give feedback. At the end of each week, an online exhibition will be available to share the work with everyone, including friends and family. 

      Digital program - LAB 102
      Each day will focus on understanding a variety of software used in architectural design. You will learn how to construct 2D architectural drawings and basic geometric models with Rhino 3D. You will also learn proper workflow to move work between drafting, illustration, and image modification programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Finally, you will use InDesign to construct portfolio pages in a professional way. Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) software will be provided free of charge. Students will be able to download a trial version of Rhino 3D for free.


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