Architecture Career Discovery Program

Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 9-20, 2018 | Duration: Two Weeks
Commuters: $1300.00 Residential: $3270.00
Application Information: 

This program reviews completed applications (online application and supplemental information) within 7 business days and admits on a rolling basis. 

  • All Architecture Career Discovery applications are welcome to include supplemental information such as SAT or PSAT scores, GPA, Class Ranking, HS Transcript, etc. These items are not required for acceptance, but are highly encouraged.
  • Original/official documents are not required- Copies and unofficial documents are acceptable
  • Architecture Career Discovery applications will not be reviewed if they are incomplete. Please follow the directions on the application carefully.

Prerequisites: Students who are considering studies in architecture or design with a curiosity about the world in which we live as well as an interest in art culture and new ideas are encouraged to apply. 


High school students will experience the rigors and rewards of a college-level architecture studio first hand. The program provides specific architectural training and enables students to make more informed decisions regarding their college careers. 

What You Will Learn: 

This two-week program, focuses on an intruduction to the theory of architecture, computing and simulation, freehand and extreme drawing, building ecologies and design. Students will be individually critiqued and tutored in design studios, group and individual projects, reviews, and public presentations. 

The core of the experience is studio work. Critique and evaluation of studio work is continuous, occuring in one-on-one discussion with instructors and in larger group reviews. Studio work is complimented by a series of lectures discussing the broader context of architectural practice, contemporary projects and practitioners, as well as more technical concerns such as drawing and model making.

The structure of the program follows three exercises that build upon each other. The first two exercises deal with abstract forms and concepts; they are accomplished through modeling and drawing by hand. The final exercise deploys the abstract work in developing a novel architectural proposal- a small pavillion sited on the Rensselaer campus. This exercise introduces two and three-dimensional digital tools, and the final deliverables of this program are produced using computer software.

At the end of the program, students will have beginning proficiency in the following software: Rhinceros (3D modeling), Adobe Illustrator (2D drawing), and Adobe Photoshop (image editing).

Students who have completed this program have gone on to apply to the Architecture major offered by Rensselaer's School of Archiecture. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, in a place where your individual contribution truly matters, visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer and check out this Flip Book!

Faculty Profile: 

Adam Dayem is an architect and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the principal of actual/office, an architecture and design studio founded in 2004. Mr. Dayem received a bachelor of Arts in architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University where he was awarded the McKim Prize honoring the year's most outstanding graduate in Architecture. He subsequently worked at Bernard Tschumi Architects on competitions and projects worldwide, including the New Acropolis Museum. In addition to his courses at RPI, Adam has taught at the Pratt Institute of Design, Columbia University, Parsons, The New School for Design, and UPenn. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost is $1300.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. 
Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus. Check in would be from 8:30-8:45am, class would begin promptly at 9am on Monday and end at 4pm daily (unless otherwise specified-field trips). Friday will conclude with a presentation and student are free to leave at the conclusion of the studio presentation.

Residential Cost is $3270.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted.
The cost includes room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

Important Dates: 
January 1, 2018 – Application Opens
March 31, 2018 – Application Deadline 
January 1- April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis until program reaches capacity.
June 1, 2018 – Final day to submit Health Info
June 1, 2018- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students.

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.


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