ARCH 100: Summer Studio

We are still accepting applications for Summer 2015!

ARCH 100: Introduction to Architecture Summer Program is an introductory 8-credit design course for students contemplating architecture as a field of study or as a career. In this program undergraduate students and college graduates with degrees in other fields can learn more about architecture and the experience of design education. ARCH 100 will take place on the University of Washington campus in Seattle during the 9-week, full summer quarter from June 22 – August 21, 2015.



ARCH 100 is comprised of a design studio that meets 3 afternoons a week and is augmented by morning lectures, workshops, and fieldtrips. Each studio of 12-15 students is taught by an instructor and a graduate student assistant who guide the students in a series of 2D and 3D skill building exercises and building design projects. Studios are central to a design education, where students learn to work collaboratively and independently and are supported by group and individual critiques with the instructors and guest critics. The lectures, presented by members of the faculty and the local design community, introduce the history, theory, design methods, and practice of architecture. Field trips include visits to significant buildings and public spaces on campus and throughout Seattle.


Class times are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:50 to 11:50 am and 1:10 to 5:45 pm. Morning sessions are devoted to lectures and demonstrations, drawing instruction, and field trips. Students are in design studio during the afternoon sessions where they work on design projects and meet with the faculty. We will occasionally gather in the evening for an optional film or workshop. Morning field trips and lectures occasionally extend through the lunch hour so students should avoid scheduling other classes between the morning and afternoon sessions of ARCH 100.

Attendance and participation during all regularly scheduled class meetings and completion of all projects are required to receive credit for the course and to gain the maximum benefit from this experience. The studios spaces are accessible outside of class times and each student is allocated a personal workspace for the quarter. Many of the projects require substantial work outside of class time during evenings and weekends, and most students find it helpful and enjoyable to work in the studio at all times.


ARCH 100 is an 8-credit course offered through the University of Washington, College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture. ARCH 100 is open to college graduates, current college students, and high school graduates. Candidates should be at least 18 years old. Because the course is designed to accommodate students of varying experiences and backgrounds, prior training in architecture, design, or drawing is not necessary. Candidates should nevertheless be prepared to undertake a demanding academic program involving individual and group projects during and outside of class meeting times. ARCH 100 can serve as an important stepping stone to an undergraduate or graduate program in architecture, and each successful participant will receive a written evaluation from the studio instructor.


The Applicant Questionnaire is available hereApplication review will begin in March.

Directions for submitting the application: 

  •  All applications must be submitted by email. Download the file by right clicking and selecting "Save link as"  and complete the questionnaire. Do not convert to a word .doc. 

  •  To send the form via email, you must click on the "Submit Form" button at the top right of the form. You will then be prompted to use either your desktop email client or your Internet email. If you choose Internet email, you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive. Email the file as an attachment to Judith Swain,

Following our review and approval of the Applicant Questionnaire, the applicant will receive an add-code to be used to register for ARCH 100. Note that it is also necessary to register for the UW Summer Quarter. You will find important information about the UW Summer Quarter registration procedure and tuition here.

Some studio materials will be provided and students should expect to spend $150-$250 for equipment and supplies needed during the quarter.

For additional information about the ARCH 100 / Introduction to Architecture course content please contact Judith Swain.