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Summer is when buildings shine. Especially historic buildings. Does a column ever look better than on a summer day, when the valleys of its curves are drenched in symmetrical shadows? What’s more refreshing than cooling your bare feet on a tile floor? Rose windows, atriums, open Mediterranean-style architecture, these elements all peak in beauty in the summertime. There are many architectural summer programs that will help you hone your skills and bring you face-to-face with structures designed by the old masters. Here are some excellent programs from the United States and around the world.


Historic Preservation Field School

Presented by the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Clatsop Community College, this hands-on four-day workshop takes place in Astoria, Oregon. Through expert-led workshops, visits to regional historic sites, walking tours of Astoria, and a boat tour of the Columbia River waterfront, you’ll learn the vital craft of historic building. You’ll learn about the importance of preservation as well as the basics of the crafts that make it possible, including woodworking, plaster repair, stained glass fabrication, and window restoration.

College credit is available. The fee for the program is $575, which includes all workshops, tours, morning coffee, and lunch.
Program Dates: June 18-21, 2018
To register: contact Emily Falleur at (503) 338-7670 or

Academy of Classical Design

Learn from nature. Cultivate a sense of sight. These are the tenants of the Academy of Classical Design. With a focus on small studios of practicing artists, their summer program is an abbreviated version of their full-time curriculum allowing each student to experience the fundamental thesis behind the academy’s work. Through study of ancient and modern resources, you will be taught the classical foundations of drawing and will attend illustrated lectures weekly.

Program Dates: July 2 - July 18
Full-time Summer Program Tuition: $2,000

Marvão Traditional Architecture Summer School 2018

Travel to Marvão, Portugal and get up close and personal with Old World traditional architecture. Through courses in hand drawing, building measurement, local building techniques, hands-on workshops, and visits to active building sites, attendees will learn a vast array of applicable skills culminating in the program’s final project: creating upgrade proposals for real public places in the town of Marvão. This course features accomplished, expert instructors from all over the world and, don’t worry, is taught entirely in English.

Program Dates: July 16 - 29
To Register: Fill in the Application Form and send it to
Registration fee: 320 euros

Marvão, Portugal 

Marvão, Portugal 

26th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Course

This long-standing program introduces participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic, and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes, and communities. Through lectures and field trips, attendees will examine the history and philosophy of the conservation movement. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1924 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, historic downtown Los Angeles, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

This course is open to students, design professionals, community leaders, preservationists, planners, and developers. Classes may be taken in themed clusters or as a sequence, and the entire course can be taken for academic credit. Some classes also earn professional continuing education units.

Program Dates: May 14-25
Cost: Prices vary depending on participation.

Students at Rancho los Alamitos

Students at Rancho los Alamitos

Engelsberg Summer School

This Swedish summer school teaches techniques ranging from three-dimensional modeling to detailed drawing. During this four week intensive program you’ll learn the conventions of classical composition in architecture, complete two design projects, and spend four days exploring historic Stockholm. Engelsberg’s internationally renowned faculty and guest lecturers will lead discussions concerning technology, symbolism, and modern architectural debates, such as modernism itself.

Program Dates: July 1-29, 2018
Cost: 1500 euros

Students drawing architectural elements in Sweden

Students drawing architectural elements in Sweden

Boston Leadership Institute - Architecture

Learn from some of our nation’s most iconic buildings and structures with the Boston Leadership Institute’s summer architecture program. Draw a plan, construct a model, and learn what it feels like to contribute to a city’s skyline. This program is designed for undergraduate students.

Program Dates: July 16-20, 2018
To Register:

The Institute - New York Summer Program

This summer program is designed to benefit attendees of any and all education levels. Their main goal is to develop students’ understanding of the built environment’s engagement with broader social, political, and environmental systems. The program is split into two phases: the first, in which students learn the tools of architectural representation and analysis while investigating a specific building or site in New York City, and the second, where an architectural proposition is developed for the site’s transformation.

Program Dates: Early June - Early August
To Register:

Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

This intensive immersion studio offers participants the opportunity to generate portfolio material and explore the architectural landscape of Montreal’s Capital Region. Through field trips to prominent landmarks, lectures from “major thinkers”, and workshops in digital applications, attendees will be equipped with modern tools to combat traditional problems. STUDIO FIRST is open to all graduates of a Bachelor’s degree program from a University or equivalent, including mature students. It is also open to upper year students currently enrolled in a degree program. International students are eligible to apply; the application process is the same for all applicants.

Program Dates: May 23-June 27 2018
To Register:
Cost: $2,960

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