HiArch is UIC's introductory summer architecture program for current high school students. New in 2017, UIC is also offering HiArch: Model Workshop, an additional summer workshop for students looking to spend an extra week expanding their knowledge of digital and analog fabrication techniques.
HiArch, July 10–14, 2017, 9am–4pm
HiArch 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 via guest lectures and panel discussions with faculty and local designers. On the final day, family and friends are invited to the School of Architecture to view an exhibit of work and celebrate the students' achievements.
Over the course of one week, 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.
HiArch: Model Workshop, July 17–21, 2017, 9am–4pm
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 for a full two weeks in both HiArch and HiArch: Model Workshop
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. HiArch 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.
HiArch is also on Facebook! Check out photos from past years.
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!"