Discover the fundamentals of architecture in this hands-on program

Introduction to Architecture is a rigorous six-week program that introduces high school and college students to architectural ideas, principles, and methods of exploring architectural problems in a studio setting.

You'll spend mornings in lectures and integrated workshops exploring architectural principles including composition, history, preservation, landscape architecture, planning, and urban design.

In the afternoon studios sessions, based in the Rem Koolhaas-designed Milstein Hall, you'll put into practice what you’ve learned in the morning lectures and develop a series of design projects culminating in a final architectural proposition.

The program incorporates field trips, regular studio critiques by teaching associates, and formal reviews by invited faculty and guest critics. Intensive individual instruction, small design seminars and discussion groups, and frequent progress reviews will prepare you for your final project presentation and portfolio review.

No specialized knowledge or background is needed, beyond a serious interest in architectural design. (College students must register for ARCH 1110 and 1300 through Cornell University Summer Session.) This program requires a design tool kit at an additional cost of approximately $350, as well as the purchase of art supplies as required along the way.