Call for Submissions // 2021 CED Summer Programs in Architecture & Environmental Design

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UC Berkeley’s top-ranked College of Environmental Design is now accepting applications to its virtual summer programs incorporating architecture, landscape architecture, city planning and urban design, crafted for participants of all ages and backgrounds.

In the spring of 2020, the College was compelled to ask, “Can a program with studio at its core be taught in a virtual space?” Faculty and participants in the summer 2020 intensive courses answered with a resounding YES, and their work speaks for itself.

We hope you’ll join us in 2021 with questions of your own, and you, too, will have an impactful experience exploring answers with like-minded classmates from around the world.

Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities)

July 6-August 6, 2021Currently Enrolled College StudentsArchitecture experience welcome but not required

Disc is an intensive five week summer program that takes an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment, incorporating elements of architecture, landscape architecture, digital fabrication, urban design and city planning into its curriculum. Disc* participants engage in the discourses of urban innovation, acquiring the tools and expertise necessary to craft design-based solutions that meet the increasingly urgent challenges of global urbanization.


July 6-August 13, 2021Rising college Juniors/Seniors, Post-BaccalaureatesExperience in Architecture Required

[IN]ARCH ADV participants come from architecture programs across the globe to spend six weeks strengthening their design portfolios, connecting to faculty and practitioners, advancing their conceptual ideas, building an international network of like-minded peers, and learning to see their work, their practice and their world in clearer focus.


July 2-August 10, 2021College Seniors and Post-BaccalaureatesNo Architecture Experience Required

[IN]ARCH is an intensive program designed to immerse students in the foundational theories and practices of architectural design. The program is structured as an introduction to studio culture and architectural discourse, and serves as a vehicle for further academic pursuits in the field. [IN]ARCH participants find themselves making, representing, discussing and thinking in new ways, and encounter faculty enthusiastic about introducing new students to this demanding and rewarding field.

embARC Summer Design Academy

July 6-August 6, 2021High School StudentsNo Architecture Experience Required

embARC brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through integrated components: an Architecture + Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable Planning Workshop, a Digital Design Workshop, an Environmental Design Conversations Series, and a Tools + Materials Workshop.


July 6-August 13, 2021College Seniors and Post-BaccalaureatesNo Architecture Experience Required

The [IN]LAND program introduces participants to the practice of landscape architecture as an active inquiry. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of landscape architectural practice through the process of making and experimentation as research into site potentials. Initial ideas will be developed and transformed through rigorous investigation in a collaborative studio environment. Students will develop a landscape vocabulary that engages with the concepts of ecology, public space, sustainability and multiple scales of design.

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