YArch (pronounced "why-arc") is an intensive, non-credit architecture program held each summer for current undergraduate students, recent graduates, and adults who have an interest in architecture and design.
For those considering a career in architecture, YArch is a way to test the waters before jumping in to graduate study. For those who simply wish to explore a lifelong interest, YArch's challenging curriculum equips participants with new ways of thinking, seeing, and making.
YArch 2018 will be July 9-August 3. The program cost is $2,200, which includes one to two meals per week, various supplies and materials, all required readings, and costs associated with field trips or tours. To be considered for the program, all participants must submit a brief application. Our priority application deadline is May 1, 2018. The final application deadline will be June 15, 2018. Learn more about applying.
What YArch includes:
- Faculty-guided studio work
- Visits to architecture firms in Chicago
- One-on-one portfolio tutorials with a UIC faculty member
- Guest lectures
- Weekly theory and history discussions
- Weekly field trips around the city
- Reviews with guest critics
- 24/7 access to the studio throughout
YArch's curriculum mirrors the structure and rigor of graduate education at UIC. The program's core is a studio project that immerses participants in the discipline of architectural design.
Beyond the studio, tutorials and discussions introduce participants to the basic history, theory, and practice of the field. A special emphasis on the graphic presentation of architectural work provides participants with the skills to create a portfolio for graduate applications.
The program capitalizes on its location, mining Chicago's rich architectural history while examining the metropolis as a site ripe for contemporary design speculation and experimentation. On sketching trips, walking tours, and visits to architecture firms, YArch participants apply new ways of seeing and thinking to their urban surroundings and gain exposure to architecture practices in Chicago and beyond.
YArch instruction is led by a core group of School faculty, with additional faculty serving as guest lecturers and jurors in studio critiques. Participating faculty have included Sarah Blankenbaker, Grant Gibson, Andrew Moddrell, Thomas Kelley, Bob Somol, Kelly Bair, David Brown, Sarah Dunn, Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer, Clare Lyster, Alexander Eisenschmidt, and Aura Venckunaite. (For bios, visit the School's faculty page.)
What former participants say about YArch:
What participants do after YArch:
Former YArch participants have gone on to enter graduate programs (in architecture and otherwise) across the country. Since 2008, YArch participants have been admitted into architecture programs at the following schools:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Parsons The New School for Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin