Architecture Summer Immersion Program 2019

July 22 – August 16, 2019

Portland State University offers those interested in architecture as a potential career and/or field of study the opportunity to explore the subject in this intensive 4-week experience. Participants accepted to the Architecture Summer Immersion Program will:

  • Gain valuable insight into architectural education and practice
  • Learn foundational design, drawing, and making
  • Participate in workshops in skills such as model-making, sketching, and drafting
  • Create work that is ideal for a portfolio required by most architecture programs
  • Interact with design professionals in studio and receive feedback
  • Be exposed to a broad range of architecture
  • Learn about strategies in the field of public interest design
  • Attend lectures and events at the PSU School of Architecture
  • Visit architecture firms and speak with professionals in the field

Program Details: The Summer Immersion offers an intensive course that mirrors a real studio experience, similar to that of early graduate school studios. The program centers around several short but intensive design projects. Students will have project reviews at the end of each project, presenting work and getting feedback from faculty, graduate students, and professionals. Classes run Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm. This time will include individual work on studio projects, lectures, skills workshops, discussions, and field trips such as visits to firms and significant buildings. Due to the demanding workload of the program, students should expect to dedicate substantial time outside of these hours and on weekends in order to complete projects successfully.


Early Application Deadline: April 30, 2019, Apply by this date if you will need housing on campus.
Regular Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Tuition (6 undergraduate credits): $1,950*, Course and University Fees: $531*
*Tuition covers the 6 credits earned, including use of studio space and facilities. Course and University Fees cover all primary materials for course, and required fees including health services, recreation facilities, incidental, university building, and registration fees.

Housing on Campus: A limited number of PSU dormitories are available for Summer Immersion students. Students coming from outside of Portland are encouraged to consider staying in the dormitories, as finding temporary accommodations in Portland can be difficult, and the close proximity is ideal for meeting the demands of the program. Summer Architecture Immersion Program housing is first-come, first-served, so we recommend registering for housing as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Students utilizing campus housing should plan to move in no later than Sunday, July 21 and move out on Saturday, August 17. Housing rates for the 4-week duration of the program are $1,428 for a single room ($51 per night) and $1,064 for a double room ($38 per night), under the Internship Housing rate offered by PSU’s Summer Housing & Conferences office.

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