SoA Summer Design Academy

June 12-18, 2022

The details are not the details. They make the design.
Charles Eames
Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.
Louis Kahn

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Program Description

The UNC Charlotte David R. Ravin School of Architecture Summer Design Academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to the discipline and study of architecture. Students work in the studios of the School of Architecture (SoA) and explore a variety of contemporary architectural issues through a series of design exercises and activities.

In 2022, the program focuses on the question of public space: how can design create community and promote social activity? This theme introduces participants to a critical issue in contemporary design education and practice, and one with a rich history that helps us to better understand what design can do today.


Participants will be introduced to a wide range of topics and ideas in architecture through different  types of instruction and learning: presentations by SoA faculty, alumni, and local professionals;  design exercises steered by current students; discussions of historical examples; and constructive critiques. Together, these activities simulate the culture of architectural education today, and provide participants with an invaluable opportunity to develop a design portfolio to use in their college applications.

Presentations will be given by SoA faculty and invited guests (local architects, designers and artists) each day of the program in order to introduce participants to the different elements and opportunities in architecture and design. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work in groups led by current SoA students on design projects throughout the week.

Workshops will introduce various analog and digital skill sets that SoA students use on a regular basis. These sessions will help participants become familiar with the wide range of methodologies that are used in an architectural education.

Group and individual projects will focus on ways to explore specific architectural concepts utilizing an array of analog and digital media. Participants will work with faculty and SoA students to make drawings, models and constructions at varying sizes, scales and levels of complexity.

Participants will be encouraged to engage in frequent formal and informal discussions about the program themes, selected readings and their role in design projects. These conversations will help develop a basic understanding of the vocabulary used to discuss design while introducing important historical and contemporary works of architecture.

Program Schedule

The 2022 program runs from Sunday, June 12, when participants arrive on campus, to Saturday, June 18, when participants celebrate the completion of the program.

Sunday, June 12:

         3-4pm - Check in at the dormitory:

Student TA's will greet you in the lobby of dorm

Students get settled as parents depart.

4:30pm - Meet TA's in the lobby of dorm

Students will meet the teaching assistants in the dorm lobby to walk to the Storrs Architecture Building.

5:00 pm - Introductions & Studio Assignments

Each day Monday-Friday is broken up into two, sometimes three segments; a morning, afternoon, and evening session where students will log in to a Zoom meeting with the program instructors. Each session will last between 30-90 minutes.

Saturday, June 18

      2--3pm - Reception in the Salon (Storrs Architecture Building) for parents/students

Parents will pick up students and luggage at Storrs Building

More detailed information will follow closer to the program start date.


Students must be at least sixteen years old by June 1, 2022, to be eligible to attend Design Academy. There are no specific prerequisites, as students receive instruction and guidance in the skills that are used during the program. Any student who is willing to make a conscientious effort will be able to complete the course assignments successfully. Enrollment is limited to 40 students; preference will be given to rising seniors. If the enrollment limit is reached prior to the closing date for applications, a waiting list will be established.

Application Procedure & Program Cost

Application and payment are due by May 6, 2022, and applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted to the program no later than May 9, 2022.

The program cost for the in-person format is $700.00, which includes the cost of tuition, room, board, and studio fee. Refunds will not be made after May 13, 2022, unless there is a change to an online format after that date. The SoA encourages payments through its online system, but participants may also pay with a check (made payable to the David R. Ravin School of Architecture).

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For more information, please contact the office of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture at 704-687-0101 or

David R. Ravin School of Architecture 
College of Arts+Architecture, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard    Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

UNC Charlotte does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.