Experiencing Architecture Program


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 welcomed the second cohort in July 2022! The Experiencing Architecture program will not be offered in summer 2023. We hope to be able to offer it again in 2024, and we thank our students, families, and professional supporters!

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 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.

Program Supporters:

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