My daughter (junior in HS) wants to be an architect---or thinks she
does.... There are several universities that offer brief summer
programs in architecture for high school students. Anyone have any
experience with 'em and can comment on their utility?
Best -- Terry
Boston isn't a big bad city and she'd probably do just fine there, but
I think something along the lines of what Yestermorrow has to offer
might be preferable. http://www.yestermorrow.org/courses.htm They're
located in northern Vermont and have a superb staff. Art Schaller, a
design professor for 30 years at Ball State, is a square guy.
Yestermorrow and get his email/phone and ask him directly for his
And don't worry about the 14,000 population thing - Warren, VT has a
bit over one tenth of that number but they're okay with "big city"
girl's like your daughter. ;)
The majority of the people writing on this newsgroup don't have
architecture degrees. Is there a computer assisted drafting course your
daughter could take? Could she get a part time job in an architecture
or engineering firm?
Nothing wrong with sending a small town gork to Cambrige for a summer
program designed for people her age. Before he was Supreme Court
Justice, Judge Breyer used to bike to work daily from Cambridge to
downtown Boston. Should give you a concept. Most of Cambridge is
walkable and doesn't require a world class course in street smarts.
Other parts of Boston aren't much worse.
Please note that the newsgroup is alt.architecture, not
alt.architects, alt.AIA.architects, etc. Newsgroups bring people
together that share a common interest. Architecture is not just for
architects, nor is it created solely by architects.
So, that being said - what is your point about architecture degrees
and this newsgroup?
I would imagine that would be one of the surest ways to kill someone's
fledgling interest. Staring at a monitor for the summer is hardly a
way to stoke someone's interest. Architecture is not designs on paper
or monitor. It is the built form. If it doesn't get built the design
is just art - kind of lame art, but art.
The best architects/designers understand how things are built. The
easiest and most interesting way to learn how things are built is to
watch them being built and participating in the building. That's why
I recommended Yestermorrow to the OP.
For the summer? Doing what - folding plans and running off copies?
A gork?! Before you trot out a word that's incredibly offensive,
first find out what it means.
Thankfully I don't have to respond directly to each of your comments
or points to make one.
I will just add my experience as an example;
My summers during high school (between sophmore/junior and junior/
senior years) were spent @ Tuft University's Summer Study.
I knew I wanted to be an architect then, even applied to Wentworth and
others in that pursuit. But the experience of living on campus
and taking college like course meant more to me than building models
or creating drawings (however the format). Fortunately the second
summer there I got to partake in their creative writing and
Architectural technnology courses. Both advantageous to my academic
Did I end up going to Tufts? No
Did I end up going to Wentworth? No
Did I also look into the Yestermorrow School? Yes
But I landed @ the BAC. Whose campus includes 3 buildings and a
limited core faculty/staff.
So, if you and your daughter want a place for her architectural
education you may want to start locally/at home.
Try these schools for there programs-
Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green
Lexington Community College
Spencerian College - Lexington
Louisville Technical Institute
Also should she/you be interested in seeing what the curriculum,
courses , etc. surrounding this sort of education from your own
comuputer without so much travel or investment look into the
I would also recommend the BAC summer high school program if you have
friends, family, or a trusting sponsor in this city....otherwise,
reconsider. I am a native Cantabrian (born in Cambridge, went to high
school in Waltham, and live in 'wonderful' Dorchester) should you need
real advice about the area in due time feel free to ask.
Good luck to you and your aspiring scholar.
The Center for Architecture Foundation in NYC offers a two-week intensive
program for high school
students interested in exploring architecture from June 28 - July 9.
Director of Programs@theCenter
Center for Architecture Foundation
Thanks but it's a bit late. The daughter who was a junior in HS when
I posted this orginally is now finishing her first year majoring in
On Sun, 09 May 2010 17:39:44 +0000,
cteegarden_at_cfafoundation_dot_org@foo. (CFAF) wrote:
Rensselaer used to have a summer program which, iirc, was a good intro
to what school was like in terms of "doing architecture stuff". It
combines with the living on campus aspect (see David Brioso's post).
It looked pretty good from where I sat but that was long ago and all
you need to do is change a dean or director and those programs can
become entirely different beasts even if they look exactly the same on
paper (when frequently they don't even do that).
A small office I worked for once took a high school junior in
(daughter of a friend of a principal) for a summer. Gave her a
computer and some light AutoCAD intro and said "learn how to draw" and
"oh yeah, go hold the other end of this tape out in the field" and...
all that interny stuff. Got to build a model. Turned the field
measurements into CAD. Earned a few bucks. Came back the next year and
is in archie school last I heard. Not the kind of job people advertise
for "Wanted, useless peon. willing to train then lose at the end of
summer once it figures out how to make coffee". You've got to go
shmooze one up. And more often, as others have noted, the kind of
entry level work that can be done usefully is "make coffee, run
prints"... It's where most people start so it's good to get on the
road early ;-). And you do get to see the inside of an office from
there and get a feel. Many of the architects I have run up against
have been eager educators and it would likely be somebody of that sort
who would take on your daughter under the circumstances. So she might
get better exposure for the time than somebody already a student and
looking for "something in an office for the summer".
The thing is, office experience shows what working in an office is
like. Summer programs show what architecture school and Architecture
are like. These things can be fairly exclusive of each other.
If she thinks she might want to be an architect, then office
experience may be the best thing. Find out what it's like now.
If she thinks she might want to go to architecture school, and so many
of those who go don't end up being architects, then a school summer
program may be the best thing.
If she knows full on she wants to be an architect, then a construction
job may be the best thing.
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