YArch runs for four weeks during the summer. The program has an intensive and rigorous, full-time schedule that includes weekdays 10am - 6pm and some evenings. Outside of meeting times, additional work is expected to be completed during open studio time or over the weekends. YArch activities are coordinated to provide a well-rounded experience; for this reason, no one may participate in less than the entire program.
Typically, mornings consist of tutorials, discussions, and portfolio development. During these sessions, faculty will introduce students to key concepts in the history and theory of architecture as well as analog modeling and digital graphic techniques. Most afternoons are dedicated to working in the studio. During the week, students attend lectures by School faculty, visit design firms, and enjoy lunch as a group. Field trips include architecture tours in and around Chicago. Participants are expected to work on projects and readings over the weekend.
Studio Supplies: Upon arrival at YArch, each student receives a set of studio supplies. These materials equip students for basic drawing and 3D exercises. (Please note that students may find it necessary to purchase additional materials for individual studio projects.)
Computing: Students must have access to a laptop on a daily basis for the duration of the program. The School will provide printers necessary to complete digital work.
Books and Readings: A required and recommended reading list will be made available to students before the program begins. During the course of the program, YArch professors will issue required or optional readings as handouts or provide access to these materials through the UIC library.
Events: YArch tuition also includes tickets to all scheduled tours, events, and lectures. Lunch or dinner will be provided in conjunction with these activities twice each week.
Additional Costs and Considerations
Sketchbook: YArch requires students to purchase a sketchbook for drawing exercises and notetaking. The sketchbook should be securely bound, have plain paper pages, and measure no larger than 8.5"x11" and no smaller than 4"x6". Moleskine sketchbooks are popular with both students and faculty.
Transportation: Participants should expect to travel to lectures, tours, and events via public transportation. Although parking is available on campus, YArch cannot waive parking lot or garage fees. A monthly pass for campus parking currently costs $94 (subject to change). Additional information about parking on campus is included in the packet of information sent to each accepted student.
Materials and printing: Participants may need to pay for some additional printing costs and materials as needed
Software: Participants will need to purchase Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to use for the duration of YArch. Other software may be required. Participants will receive further details after admitted to the program. Student discounts are often available.
The UIC School of Architecture is located just southwest of Chicago's downtown, the "Loop." The campus is easily accessible via the CTA's Blue Line (UIC/Halsted stop) as well as many city buses.
Housing: YArch does not provide housing, but YArch participants often take advantage of UIC's on-campus Intern Housing Program. Applicants who would like guidance for finding other housing in Chicago should contact YArch administration as soon as possible in the application process.
Meals: YArch provides lunch or dinner to participants one or two times each week. Dining options on and around the UIC campus are plentiful, and a refrigerator and microwave are available in the studio.
Withdrawl and Refund Policy
The School will give a 50% refund to YArch participants if they wish to withdraw on or before July 11, 2018.
After July 11, 2018, no refunds will be given.
Frequently Asked Questions
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