Teen ArchStudio

Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute


The Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute program is offered by the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and open to current high school students.

This program is an intensive, full-time summer architecture experience to high school students interested in exploring architecture and design thinking. Two tracks are offered for interested participants:


July 11 - July 22, 2016
2 quarter units of UC credit

This track covers two-weeks of exploratory design studio in which students will work alongside their studio instructors through several design exercises and projects.


July 11 - July 29, 2016
3 quarter units of UC credit

The PLUS track includes an additional third week to the standard two-week program introducing basic digital and computational tools.


NOTE: Before enrolling in the program, you should be aware of the time commitment and course workload inherent in a program of this nature.


This program exposes high school students to the architecture discipline, giving them a sense of the life of a college student and the chance to experience the profession through the design of a project, field trips to landmark buildings and Los Angeles architectural offices.

Participants will:

  • Receive mentorship from current UCLA Architecture and Urban Design students, alumni, and faculty.
  • Have the opportunity to utilize the renowned facilities of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design including the campus at large, as well as experience the urban life of Los Angeles.

Both tracks are structured around the experience of a design studio typically offered within the curriculum of an undergraduate program. Studio focuses on developing design skills through space making and its drawing representation. Individual and group projects generate a dynamic and productive environment designed to help students in their decision making process to consider studies in architecture or other design related fields.

If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact Teen ArchStudio directly.



Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute is open to current high school students. Participants will complete a brief questionnaire and personal statement at the time of registration. Admission into this program is by instructor consent only.


Registration is conveniently done online here. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 15 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If applicable, the document and IEI fees must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. For more information, please refer to FEES AND PAYMENT in the left column.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.

Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program

If you would like to switch into a different program or add additional programs, please contact our office at institutes@summer.ucla.edu with your five-digit registration number, the students first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.



The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community. Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes academic honesty, treatment of others, health and safety, use of resources, and use of alcohol and controlled substances. UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.


Program Dates

JULY 11 - JULY 22, 2016

JULY 11 - JULY 29, 2016

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 1: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

MAY 15: Payment Deadline for Teen ArchStudio and Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Teen ArchStudio and Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute

JULY 10: Teen ArchStudio and Teen ArchStudio PLUS Check-in (Students with Optional Residential Plan ONLY)

JULY 11-22: Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute - Residential students only, check-in on July 10

JULY 11-29: Teen ArchStudio PLUS Summer Institute - Residential students only, check-in on July 10