Explorations in Architecture and Design is a three-week residential summer program at the University of Miami, which offers students the opportunity to build familiarity with design processes and the role of architects and designers in society.
The Explorations in Architecture and Design program at the University of Miami is a pre-college course designed for students who intend to pursue an education and career in architecture and design. Gifted high school students frequently dismiss their interest in the design disciplines because they lack exposure to the professional context of designers or confidence in their media skills. This overnight summer program builds familiarity with design processes and the role of architects and designers in society. Students enrolled in Explorations receive three (3) college credits.
By using the School of Architecture curriculum as a model, specially designed courses, including Design, Graphics, and Theory, will engage various exercises. Interrelated aspects of architecture including design, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning, will assist the student in combining learned information with actual experience.
The intensive three-week residential summer course couples "laboratory" experiences in the design studio with lectures by distinguished faculty and guest professionals. These "laboratory" experiences will include excursions to the local historic landmarks of architectural and urban design; the Miami, Florida areas serves as a unique backdrop in comparison to any other urban setting in the United States.
In the studio, high school teens and young adults will explore and gain working familiarity with the techniques and concerns of designers by conceptualizing, drawing, model making, and developing ideas for an architectural project. Resources made available through the School of Architecture include drafting supplies, computer aided design programming, and photographic equipment. Studio courses will encourage intuitive action and rapid visual analysis. At the close of the program, a school wide exhibition will display the students' work.