For High School Students

Drawing student
Students receive in-depth instruction in drawing and architectural composition. William Staffeld / AAP
Student and faculty
Luben Dimcheff, left, consults with a student during open studio hours. William Staffeld / AAP
Studio work
Students work on their projects during open studio hours. William Staffeld / AAP
A student with faculty and teaching assistant in the Introduction to Architecture Summer Program working on the L. P. Kwee studio plate
A student with faculty and teaching assistant working on the L. P. Kwee studio plate. William Staffeld / AAP
student and faculty talking
Students work closely with instructors, including recent Cornell architecture alumni. William Staffeld / AAP
Students collaborate on a project
Students work individually or in teams on weekly projects. William Staffeld / AAP
Introduction to Architecture Summer Program students drawing during a field trip to Corning Museum of Glass
Introduction to Architecture Summer Program students drawing during a field trip to Corning Museum of Glass. William Staffeld / AAP
Drawing during field trip
Students sketch during a field trip. William Staffeld / AAP
Weekly reviews
Faculty provide feedback on projects during weekly reviews. William Staffeld / AAP
Weekly project review
Every week, students present their designs to instructors and teaching assistants. William Staffeld / AAP
Introduction to Architecture Summer Program students preparing presentations
Students preparing presentations for the final project reviews. William Staffeld / AAP
Introduction to Architecture Summer Program students and faculty participate in final reviews
Students and faculty participate in final reviews for the Introduction to Architecture Summer Program. William Staffeld / AAP
Milstein exhibition
Final projects are exhibited in Milstein Hall. William Staffeld / AAP

The Introduction to Architecture Program is an intensive six-week class that introduces high school students to ideas, principles, and methods of exploring architectural problems in a studio setting. Through a graduated sequence of exercises culminating in a final project, students study architectural concepts of space, form, function, and technology. Field trips investigate contemporary architecture within the context of Upstate New York sites of production, fabrication, and resources.

High school students spend mornings in lectures and integrated workshops exploring architectural principles including composition, history, preservation, landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. The afternoon studio puts into practice the information learned in morning lectures. The studio is taught in the Rem Koolhaas–designed Milstein Hall, by Department of Architecture faculty members and recent graduates of Cornell's esteemed bachelor's and master's programs, and also incorporates periodic reviews by invited faculty and guest critics. Intensive individual instruction and regular progress reviews prepare students for a final project presentation.

Concurrent with the studio, drawing classes provide additional support in experimental architectural drawing and pragmatic drafting, while small design seminars and discussion groups contextualize the design process in relation to contemporary architectural practice.

The final portfolio review prepares prospective architecture students for their futures in the field.

Students can expect to learn the fundamentals of the architectural program including:

  • The art of making and the importance of craft
  • The relationship between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional design
  • Drawing as a means of discovery and exploration
  • Analog and introductory digital representation
  • Conceptual clarity and expression
  • The basics of architectural composition

The program is open to high school students who are interested in a career in architecture — no specialized knowledge or background beyond a serious interest in architectural design is required.

High School Student Work
 

  • Joseph Kim Choong-Il
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  • Joseph McGranahan
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  • Christina Xie
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  • Jian (Davis) Kun Zhu
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Testing 123