•      Summer 2020 will now be ONLINE!

Experiences in Architecture

The Experiences in Architecture program at The Catholic University of America is an intense two-week, pre-college workshop for students interested in architecture or other design-related fields. Students are exposed to both the academic and the professional sides of the architecture arena as the city of Washington, D.C., becomes their classroom.

This year Experiences in Architecture launches a new online experience! We have phenomenal instructors that are experienced in creating a successful online studio environment with small groups and individualized focus. As students in the program, you will still have access to all of our best lecturers and get to experience virtual tours of museums, firms and our campus. You will recieve your own set of tools and we look forward to working through this tool kit with you to give you the foundational knowledge you need for drawing, sketching and model making. 

The instructional structure for the program will remain the same, with lectures and tours primarily taking place in the morning session and assignment/studio time taking place in the afternoon session. We encourage students to block off 9 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday for the program dates. Some assignments and sketches will require extra work in the evenings. Optional social activities will also take place on the evenings and weekends. Please check back regularly for an updated version of our tentative schedule. 

The Experiences in Architecture program will better prepare you for the rigors of architecture school, giving you a head start, as well as acquainting you with campus life at the university level. Students who have participated in EiA’s summer workshop, or a similar pre-college program, are better prepared for success at the university level.

Dates for Summer 2020

 July 6 – 17
First Week: Seeing / Making / Drawing
Second Week: Design Thinking

July 20 - 24 (Optional)

Third Week: Digital Tools

Tentative Schedule

Find the tentative schedule here

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition (includes supplies): $1,300
  • Tuition Week 3 (optional): $600

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"I just wanted to let you know how thankful and appreciative I am for the Experiences in Architecture Program. After going through those three great weeks of hands on experience, I now know that I really want to delve into the discipline of architecture. The program you put together was both very informative and very fun at the same time, which is quite the accomplishment; I never had a dull moment over the course of the three weeks. I have a much better handle on what it actually means to be an architect, and how hard it is to become one. Once again, I want to thank you for a great experience while at Catholic University, and perhaps I will be in contact with you later about applying there! Thanks!" – Justin Heil