Experiencing Architecture


The University of Pittsburgh Architectural Studies Program is proud to have launched a new summer studio for local high school students in July 2021, and we look forward to welcoming the second cohort in July 2022!

Are you interested in studying architecture or design after high school and thinking of architecture as a career? Are you curious how things are designed and built? Do you enjoy observing the city fabric around you? If yes, join us and build on your passion for making and for imagining the environments and places of tomorrow!

Over the course of the 4-week program, you will be immersed in the various facets of architecture and design. You will develop foundational skills for architecture including sketching, drawing, and model making. You will work on your own design projects, using Pitt’s architecture studios and maker spaces, and get a sense of what it is like to study architecture. You will gain insight into the practice of architecture and related professions through office tours, construction site visits, and walking tours of notable buildings in and around the city.

For questions about the program, please email Sara Pettit at stp85@pitt.edu.

Pitt’s summer design studio for high school students is largely made possible by a seed grant from the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh. The program has been developed in consultation with other high school engagement and immersion programs, including the highly successful INVESTING NOW pre-college STEM program created at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering in 1988.

The program is also supported by:

  • IKM, Inc. 
  • Rothchild Doyno Collaborative
  • MCF Architecture
  • Strada 
  • MGA Partners Architects
  • PJ Dick Construction
  • Phipps Conservancy
  • Fallingwater Institute
  • Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
  • Architecture Learning Network
  • ACE Mentoring
  • National Organization of Minority Architects