HiArch Summer High School Program
HiArch 2022 has concluded. If you are interested in receiving information about HiArch 2023, please fill out this form.
HiArch is a summer architecture program designed to introduce high school students to the culture of architecture, design, thinking, and making.
Taught by faculty members and graduate students in the UIC School of Architecture, HiArch builds foundational skills in architectural drawing, design, and problem-solving. In the program, students work through design exercises, receive one-on-one feedback from instructors and current UIC students, and engage in group discussions and tutorials. HiArch is designed to be an introduction to studying architecture at the college level, though students do not need to have previous experience with drafting or model-making techniques.
The program begins with basic skills including hand-drawing, then students quickly take their work digital with introductions to drafting software and 3D-modeling. They continue to develop their projects throughout the week and finish the program with a completed project. Work produced during HiArch can be used in future application portfolios for college programs and internships.
HiArch is a non-residential program. See the FAQ page for more information on housing options on and around campus.