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HiArch Summer Program
Week 1: July 16-20
Week 2, Model-Making Workshop: July 23-27
HiArch is UIC's introductory summer architecture program for current high school students. The program introduces students to architectural ways of thinking and making through class tutorials, studio time, one-on-one desk critiques and group discussions. Students will develop both analog and digital skills, from drawing and building models by hand to digital drafting and computer modeling. They will also gain exposure to the field of architecture through guest lectures and panel discussions with faculty and local designers. The program concludes each year with an exhibit of students' work and celebration of their achievements with family and friends at the School of Architecture.
HiArch registration for 2018 is available now
! Participants may choose to attend one or both weeks of the program. Students who are new to HiArch should attend week 1, and may attend the week 2 Model-Making Workshop as well. Only students who have previously participated in HiArch have the option to attend the week 2 Model-Making Workshop without attending week 1, although returning students may also attend both weeks of the program. The program cost will be $400 for one week, or $600 for both.
Participants will work through a series of studio projects using handmade and digital media, as well as digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting. There will be time at the end of the day to discuss each student's efforts with fellow participants and the faculty. There is no homework—instructors will assign only what can be completed by the end of each day in studio.
Week 2: Model Workshop
Started in 2017, this new model-building workshop is open to high school students who have participated in HiArch in previous summers, as well as new students looking to enroll in the program for a full two weeks. Utilizing UIC’s state of the art wood, metal, and digital fabrication facilities, participants in this advanced studio will learn a variety of model-making techniques. In-depth workshops, demonstrations, and experimentation sessions will help students become familiar with the types of tools and technologies that are used in the field of architecture. The Model Workshop also includes guest presentations by local fabricators and designers. There will be time at the end of the day to discuss each student's efforts with fellow participants and the faculty. There is no homework—instructors will assign only what can be completed by the end of each day in studio.
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What former participants say about HiArch:
"HiArch was a great learning experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in architecture."
"The lunch lectures were very informal and they changed my idea and perception of what I thought architecture was. I really enjoyed everything about this camp."
"I loved this program and I've already started telling my friends!"