Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute


Studio Topic: Fold to Form

From point to line to plane to volume – architecture takes shape – and it begins with a single sheet of paper. It has been said that there is nothing more terrifying for a designer than a blank piece of paper because it is the embodiment of limitless possibilities. A single point could become a line in infinitely many directions, branching then again in infinitely more directions. But every design has a through line – a way to describe from beginning to end the process taken to arrive at the final product.

Students will begin by studying the ancient Japanese art form of origami. They will understand how form and volume take shape through a series of deliberate operations. Through diagrammatic drawing and modeling they will learn how to generate codified systems in order to abstract inspiration and figuration from a seemingly abstract form to create order in the form of a simple enclosure. Students will then develop a pavilion dedicated to the courtyard plaza in front of Perloff Hall, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s home on the UCLA campus. They will use their origami models and architectural drawings to inform their design, taking into consideration feedback they have received over the course of the studio.

Schedule and Syllabus


All studios will meet Monday to Friday, from 9 AM - 5 PM Pacific Time (PT), with some flexibility for work sessions that are encouraged but optional. Lunchtime lectures will be from 1-2 PM Pacific Time (PT), but will also be recorded and offered asynchronously.

Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute 2021 Syllabus and Schedule

Faculty and Instructors

Julia Koerner

Julia Koerner Director, Summer Programs, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Julia is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design. She is internationally recognised for design innovation in 3D-Printing, Julia's work stands out at the top of these disciplines. Her designs have been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, VICE, WIRED and the New York Times among other publications. Museums and Institutions which have exhibited her work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Museum of Applied Arts MAK Vienna, Ars Electronica, among others. The constantly intriguing aspect of Julia’s work is its embodiment of a beautiful organic aesthetic.

Julia is founder of JK Design GmbH, specialising in digital design for 3D-Printing. In 2015, Julia launched an entirely 3D-Printed ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘Sporophyte’. Her collaborations involved 3D-Printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion week and 3D printed costumes for Hollywood entertainment productions such as Marvel’s Black Panther in collaboration with Ruth Carter which recently won an Oscar for Best Costume Design. She further collaborated with Swarovski on a showpiece which displays Swarovski’s continued strive for innovation and the early developments of 3D-printing technology with glass.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, Julia received master degrees in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Architectural Association in London. She is currently based between Los Angeles and Salzburg and has previously practiced in London and New York. Julia is the Director of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s Summer Programs Jumpstart and Teen ArchStudio and has been a faculty member since 2012. She previously held academic appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting Schools in France and Jordan.

Julia will lead a team of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design students and alumni to deliver the Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute program.



Participants of the Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute will be awarded 3 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better)
NP Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


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Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.










Program Dates

JULY 6 - JULY 23, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 6-23: Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.