Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields
University of California, Berkeley
Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design
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The Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design gives participants the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design. Summer Institute students explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of design and planning studios, connect to top faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application.

This intensive six week summer program consists of [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND, [IN]CITY, three introductory programs for those without a background in environmental design, and [IN]ARCH ADV, an advanced studio for those with an undergraduate degree in architecture or extensive environmental design experience.

[IN]CITY is a comprehensive introduction to the study and practice of urban planning through the lens of sustainability. By attending daily lectures and engaging in studio work, students acquire the skills necessary to inform planning proposals. [IN]CITY students develop in-depth recommendations, analyses and proposals for these 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]ARCH is an introductory studio course designed to help participants cross the threshold into the world of architectural design. The course will introduce students to the environment of architectural production and to help them prepare material for further study in the field. The program structure replicates the graduate school experience: an intensive design studio complemented by instruction in both analog and digital media tools, lectures by award-winning faculty and professionals, field trips, and introductions to recent developments in the discipline.

[IN]ARCH ADV is an advanced architectural studio formulated to push the boundaries of architectural thinking and design. The architecture studios are formal, intensive and structured for experimentation with physical ideas. Participants will make models (physical and digital), draw, photograph, collage, montage, diagram, print, scan, map and write as they work. The studio becomes a place for participants to transform thoughts and ideas into form.

[IN]LAND introduces students to the different scales and aspects of landscape architecture and environmental planning. “People and Processes” describes the overall theme for the program, in which students investigate how to evince and design for social and natural processes in an urban environment.

Each cohort attends the lecture series, a design or planning studio, a media seminar, and site visits. All classes are held in Wurster Hall, CED's home on the UC Berkeley campus. Upon fulfillment of the program requirements, students receive a certificate of completion and an official UC Berkeley transcript.

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