Wonderworks: By Design

University of Houston

  • $1000

  • June 10 2019

  • May 3 2019

  • 9th - 12th

  • Yes


Architecture combines practical considerations of function and sustainability with a poetics of form and meaning. Although architecture may take years to master, those who study it in college have usually harbored an intense curiosity since at least their early teens. This introductory studio with accompanying lectures and field trips will give you a broader, deeper understanding of the subject and also the opportunity to develop a portfolio for use in applying to schools of architecture should you eventually wish to do so. The program presupposes no prior knowledge of architecture, simply a visual awareness and willingness to learn. You’ll travel back in time to some of the most interesting buildings ever and also make the acquaintance of some of the most accomplished architects of all time as well as today. You’ll visit some of the most extraordinary buildings and places in Texas, while also developing an appreciation for the architecture of the everyday landscape. Best of all, whether you decide to pursue architecture in college or not, you’ll gain a lifelong appreciation of the built world around you. The morning session typically begins with a slide-illustrated lecture on some aspect of architectural practice, history or theory or a case study of a building, given by a college faculty member or experienced practitioner. The rest of the day is devoted to the design of small buildings such as a food stand, studio house, pre-kindergarten learning center, café, bookstore, and other buildings of similar scale. Students work through two such projects of several weeks duration using a variety of techniques – especially study models. No computer-aided drafting or modeling skills are expected or required. Fridays are reserved for field trips – two in-town trips to visit architects’ offices and buildings of special interest and two longer out-of-town trips (San Antonio-Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth-Waxahachie) which depart early in the morning and return late at night.

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Opportunity Information

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Application Deadline

May 3 2019


Houston, Texas


June 10 2019

Financial AID


Grade Levels

9th / 10th / 11th / 11th / 12th / 12th

Last Updated on

February 21 2018

Opportunity Types

Summer Program

Important Dates

Start Date

June 10 2019

End Date

Deadline Date

May 3 2019


No multiple sessions

Arts & Design