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CED Summer Planning Programs Now Accepting Applications

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
May 15, 2021
Berkeley, CA



"Now more than ever there is a need for resilient design and planning in our cities in response to unprecedented challenges of climate change, global pandemic and social inequities. Virtual CED Summer Programs bring together students and practitioners from around the world in a virtual space to reframe these challenges as opportunities for innovation." 

- Disc* Program Director Gabriel Kaprielian 


CED's Summer Programs Office is now accepting applications.

As we continue the virtual learning format this summer, CED's Summer Program curricula will utilize immersive technology - including virtual and augmented reality - to explore the potential of digital platforms for creativity and collaboration. Our three intensive summer programs will combine online visual communication tools with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, to create a cohesive and rigorous learning environment that is accessible to every student. All participants who satisfy the program requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript.



  • Spend five to six weeks learning at a top public university alongside peers with similar interests and ambitions.   
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion and course credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript.
  • Develop a stronger college or graduate school application.
  • Hone your skills in the leading-edge technology you'll use in the studio, the classroom and the workplace.
  • Explore current methods and theories of environmental design.
  • Take the next step toward an education and a career that will empower you to create a built environment that is sustainable, affordable, healthy and accessible to all.



INLAND student Alice An rendering


Eligibility: post-baccalaureates/upper division undergraduates

Application Deadline: May 15

Register for the next Info Session.

  • [IN]CITY is a comprehensive introduction to the study and practice of urban planning through the lens of sustainability. [IN]CITY students develop in-depth recommendations, analyses and proposals for real client projects, which run the gamut of planning practice: housing and design, bike mobility and transportation, public health and environmental justice, community development and gentrification, urban design, climate action and art in public spaces. In doing so, participants have an opportunity to influence planning in the Bay Area by exploring institutional, political, social, economic and environmental policy challenges.[IN]CITY is geared towards post-baccalaureate students who are considering graduate study in city and regional planning. No previous planning or design experience is required.


  • [IN]ARCH ADV is an intermediate architecture studio within the Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design formulated to push the boundaries of architectural thinking and design. The studios are formal, intensive and structured for experimentation with physical ideas. With support from faculty mentors, participants spend six focused weeks refining their skills and developing their portfolio, emerging from the program with a competitive application for applying to graduate architecture programs. An undergraduate degree in architecture or current enrollment in an architecture program is required. 


  • [IN]LAND introduces participants to the practice of landscape architecture and environmental planning as an active inquiry. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of landscape architectural practice through the process of making and experimentation as research into site potentials. Initial ideas are developed and transformed through rigorous investigation in a collaborative virtual studio environment. Students develop a landscape vocabulary that engages with the concepts of ecology, public space, sustainability and multiple scales of design. No previous experience in design is required.
  • [IN]ARCH is primarily concerned with fundamentals, investigating what it means to "speak" architecture through representation. It is designed as an introduction to studio culture and architectural discourse, and serves as a vehicle for further study in the field. No previous experience in design is required.


"The instructor and the TAs truly made the program. I never expected to feel so connected with a class that was being taught remotely, but this course has totally subverted this expectation. Michael is truly an amazing mentor and teacher - he's patient, generous with praise when warranted, and works to push students towards producing their best work. His extensive knowledge and experience in the field of planning and architecture made every conversation gave me much deeper insights into the field and have really increased my interest in it.

I also really enjoyed the focus on social justice throughout the class. The built environment is deeply connected with communities and a broader political landscape, and I really appreciate that the course took the time to address this while still taking the time to teach us a lot of the research and design skills needed in the field."

- 2020 [IN]CITY alum


Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities)

Eligibility: currently enrolled undergraduates/recent alumni

Application Deadline: May 15

Register for the next Info Session.

Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to the design and analysis of urban space. Throughout the five weeks of studio sessions, lectures, seminars, and workshops, Disc* students engage in the discourses of sustainable urban innovation and gain hands-on experience in design. Upon completion of the Disc*program, graduates will have a strong understanding of urban dynamics and a broad toolkit to tackle the increasingly urgent challenges of global urbanization. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and represent their design ideas, preparing themselves to become the next thought leaders and game changers in the shaping of our built environment. Currently enrolled undergraduates and recent graduates with all levels of experience in design are welcome.

"My experience with DISC* was amazing. I do not have the words to express my gratitude towards Gabriel, Reagan, Lindsay, and Dewi. They teach with dignity and grace.

As a recent graduate from a Urban Studies/Planning program, I truly believe that I have learned more about architecture, urban design, and Rhino during my five weeks in DISC* than in my entire college career! 

I loved how hands-on (virtually, of course) the program was and although it was online, the knowledge gained from the program outweighed that. Upon completion of my final project, I am excited make finishing touching to add into my portfolio as I begin looking for full-time positions and, eventually, apply to graduate school.

It was truly an amazing experience and I thank you all for the work and thought that was put into the program!"

- 2020 Disc* alum


embARC student at work

embARC Summer Design Academy

Eligibility: rising high school juniors/seniors, gap year students

Application Deadline: May 1

embARC is a four-week summer design intensive that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds in a virtual space to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at UC Berkeley through interlocking components: an Architecture + Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable City Planning Workshop, a Digital Design Workshop, and a Tools + Materials Workshop. 

"I loved the exposure to the various design disciplines and my biggest takeaway was the overlap between these different fields. I shouldn't move on in life thinking that the job of creating a sustainable future lies in the hands of a few, separated professionals. I'll apply my knowledge from embARC and my college education to work towards this goal, no matter what path I choose in college."

- 2020 embARC alum

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April 2, 2021 - 2:02pm
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