July 9 – August 3, 2018
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

Experience the Design Studio: Students explore a range of 2D and 3D modes of design and representation, under the guidance of award-winning CCA Architecture faculty. Daily exercises and weekly design projects culminate in a final review and exhibition of the work.

Experiment with Digital Techniques: Students are introduced to 2D and 3D design software (including Adobe Creative Suite and Rhinoceros 3D), and gain exposure to new technologies of digital fabrication: laser cutting, CNC routing, and 3D printing.

Explore San Francisco: The program includes visits to some of the city's most notable architectural landmarks, as well as office tours to see some of the city's top designers in action.

Build Your Portfolio: Workshops introduce students to techniques and strategies for designing and laying out successful portfolios for application to architecture graduate programs.

Be Immersed in Studio Culture: Students participate in critiques, pin-ups, and design reviews with guest critics. The program concludes with a public exhibition celebrating the student work.

California College of the Arts
Architecture Division

Making Architecture is a four-week, 3-credit, full-time summer program for college students, recent graduates, inspired professionals, and career changers considering graduate education or a career in architecture.

Priority application deadline is March 15th!

Under the guidance of CCA Architecture faculty, students participate in an intensive design studio that introduces techniques and skills in drawing, model-making, and critical thinking that are central to architectural design. Students enrolled in Making Architecture benefit from CCA Architecture’s signature expertise in technological innovation, digital craft, and creative experimentation with exposure to cutting-edge technologies of 3d modeling, digital fabrication, and robotic drawing. Making Architecture students can expect to complete a body of work that will help propel them into the next stage of their architectural careers—work that demonstrates both competency with basic principles of architectural design and an understanding of the latest experimental techniques of design and fabrication. 

Making Architecture is led by award-winning CCA Faculty with diverse disciplinary expertise in digital craft, design, and studio practice.  Last year, Clayton Muhleman, whose interests lie at the intersection of machine intelligence, digital fabrication, design and architecture, led Making Architecture. 2018 faculty will be announced soon and supported by advanced CCA Master of Architecture students.

The dynamic context of San Francisco and the Bay Area serves as a laboratory for creativity and innovation. The program features a series of guest lectures by CCA faculty and principals at local design firms (past guests included Andrew Kudless of Matsys, Janette Kim of All of the Above, and Clark Thenhaus of Endemic), in addition to portfolio workshops, field trips to notable architectural landmarks, and visits to some of the top design firms and maker spaces in San Francisco, such as Future Cities LabIwamoto Scott, and Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop.

Housing is available for early applicants.  Making Architecture students have the opportunity to stay at The Panoramic, a new, modern micro-apartment building located in the heart of San Francisco's South of Market district, approximately one mile from campus.  

Making Architecture runs from July 9 to August 3, 2018, with classes and activities Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Mornings typically consist of workshops, field trips, and site visits, while afternoons take place in the design studio with direction from CCA faculty. 2018 schedule coming soon. See this link for the summer 2016 schedule. 

No previous architectural experience is required—just an adventurous outlook, a desire to challenge yourself, and a passion for making.

For more information, please view our FAQ page.