This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online offering comprising two courses: ARCH 1110: Introduction to Architecture: Design Studio and ARCH 1300: An Introduction to Architecture: Lectures.

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this six-credit course will run June 22–August 4, 2020.

To enroll, review the course descriptions ARCH 1110 and ARCH 1300, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

In addition, we are excited to announce a new online architecture course:


Please contact us if you have questions.

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Discover the fundamentals of architecture in this acclaimed 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.

In ARCH 1300, you’ll attend lectures and workshops exploring architectural principles including composition, history, preservation, landscape architecture, planning, and urban design.

In ARCH 1110, you'll put into practice what you’ve learned in the lectures as you develop skills in freehand drawing, architectural drawing, and model making, and experiment with software programs and emerging technologies. You'll also work on a series of design projects culminating in a final architectural proposition.

The program incorporates studio critiques by teaching associates, and formal reviews by 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 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 $400, as well as the purchase of art supplies as required.