Experiment in Architecture

Eligibility Requirements

Rising ninth through 12th graders. To participate in the residential experience, students must be at least 15 years old.

Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents in order to complete the online application:

  • High school transcript
  • Short essay of 250 words (one page, double-spaced) describing why you are interested in architecture and your goals for the Experiment in Architecture program


Mies Campus


Session Four­–Five: July 8–19

This session will take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Residential: $2,450; a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration


Program Description

Experiment in Architecture is a two-week studio designed to introduce high school students to the architectural profession. By shedding light on the rigorous and innovative nature of the practice, students learn to see challenges and constraints as opportunities and advantages.

Through iterative exercises and informed seminars, students will be immersed in design-oriented thinking that introduces them to architectural terms, concepts, and forms of visual representation — all the while building towards a final project. Students will engage in daily discussions with practitioners and faculty, complete design charrettes through hand drafting and 2D/3D modeling software, and be exposed to design critiques through formal reviews.

The program will provide an awareness of the diversity of career paths available to architects. Students will produce portfolio worthy projects that will be displayed in an online exhibition at the conclusion of the program.


Questions about the application process? Email them to precollege@iit.edu.