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Young Architects Summer Program

This unique week-long program is for students in 7th – 9th and 10th – 12th grades. Each week, students are introduced to the architectural history of La Jolla, concepts of community character, principles of sustainability, Critical Thinking and the Design Process. Participants are challenged with a design project of their own, providing the opportunity to contribute their “Big Idea” of what should come next. In addition to learning field drawing, quick sketching, hand drafting and the principals of orthographic projection, the students are introduced to a 3-D modeling program to help communicate their design concepts. They visit local buildings that exemplify the work of extraordinary architects from different eras, learning different construction methods and various architectural styles. Students also visit the studios of local architects and active construction sites. The program prepares participants for possible higher education interests in architecture, architectural history, interior design, engineering, and construction-related careers.

Tuition covers all materials required: learning packets that includes drafting equipment, sketchbooks, and sketching supplies (for them to keep), the use of a laptop computer with architectural CAD (computer-aided design) software, Sketch-Up, for use during the program, transportation during the program, lunch and refreshments every day.

The course structure and curriculum have been developed by local architects, designers, and engineers led by La Jolla architect and La Jolla Historical Society Board Member Laura DuCharme Conboy, AIA.

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