Judson University

Architecture and Interior Design Discovery Camp 2021

The Judson University Architecture and Design Workshop is based on the exploration and discovery of design and architectural foundations, while gaining an understanding of what it means to become and architect.

The week is filled with visits to downtown Chicago, architectural firms, presentations from Judson faculty, and foundational design projects. The students are exposed to formal and spatial exercises and multi-step projects focused on divergent thinking and creative problem solving.

In the University’s architectural studio, students create two-dimensional motifs that are developed into patterns and ultimately, various three-dimensional compositions, allowing for the “play” and discovery of new and more exciting compositions as the design process unfolds with every new step.

Beyond the hands-on experience of the studio and the downtown field trip, the architecture workshop at Judson University strives to present the aspect of our accredited program that makes us unique from all others: our evangelical Christian mission, presenting Christ at work in our school and the architectural field. It is our hope that the lessons of this week will result in participants learning to think in new ways and to discover a better understanding of God’s will for their lives.

JULY 11-16, 2021

CAMP LOCATION:

JUDSON UNIVERSITY

1151 North State Street, Elgin, IL 60123

TUITION: $600

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Judson is providing a summer camp to help students experience what it might be like to pursue a degree in architecture and/or interior design.

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Judson University’s unique architecture and interior design programs represents the Church at work in higher education and aspires to be a global leader in architectural education and Christian service. Founded in 1997 and fully accredited, Judson’s architecture program is widely acknowledged for its innovative approach to architectural education.

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This Workshop Enables Prospective Architecture and Interior Design Students To:

  1. Be exposed to creative architects who honor Christ as Lord.
  2. Discover more about the disciplines of architecture and interior design.
  3. Explore various roles of architects and interior designers in culture and society.
  4. Understand the various processes that lead to professional work and licensure.
  5. Learn the common components of design curriculum and engage in a design charette.
  6. Experience the architecture and design of Chicago.
  7. Interact with other prospective students who are interested in design professions and Judson University.
  8. Meet and work with recent college graduates

A Word From Professor Alan Frost

Alan Frost
Alan Frost
Architecture Professor, Judson University

The goals of the Design Discovery Workshop at Judson University are to expose high school students to a meaningful experience with design education, the design profession, and life at a premier Christian university. In this week-long workshop, we introduce the foundations of Architecture and Interior Design, including actual college-level projects that are taught in our design courses.

In the University’s design studios located in the world-class Harm A. Weber Academic Center, workshop students explore formal and spatial exercises and multi-step projects focused on divergent thinking and creative problem solving. We take advantage of Judson’s close proximity to Chicago – the best architecture city in the country – by spending a day touring historically significant and compelling contemporary buildings in the Loop.

We also walk students through the process of becoming an architect or interior designer, and give them experiences of what it’s like to work in a design firm. We schedule visits from multiple designers and alumni of our accredited program to come and talk about life as a design professional. This past summer, we also took students to visit the office of Perkins+Will during our trip to the Chicago Loop. Perkins+Will is one of the most prestigious design firms in the world; our visit was an opportunity to see amazing work and meet practicing architects and interior designers at the top of their field.

And it’s not all about architecture and learning. From sleeping in the dorms to eating in the dining hall, we want to give a full experience of what it’s like to be a student at Judson University. We give plenty of free time to explore the different amenities on campus, and provide opportunities to explore off-campus entertainment as well. And while our campus and location is excellent, the best thing about Judson is the people. Our sincere hope is that students build meaningful relationships at Judson University – with the faculty and staff, with our current students, and with other Design Discovery students.

Beyond the all of the experiences above, the Design Discovery Workshop at Judson University strives to present the aspect of our accredited program that makes us unique from all others: our Christian mission. Our honest endeavor is to present Christ at work in our school and the architectural field. It is our hope that the lessons of this week will result in participants learning to think in new ways and to discover a better understanding of God’s will for their lives.

Tentative Camp Schedule

SUNDAY
Arrive on Campus
(Transportation from regional airports will be arranged.)
Cookout
Meet the Faculty
Movie Night

MONDAY
Studio Work: Project Introduction (2D Motif Studies)
Revisions
Pin Up Review
Lecture from Guest Professor

TUESDAY
Studio Work: Site Design/Space Planning
Guest Faculty Presentations
(Art & Design, Architecture, and Interior Design)
Evening of fun at Brunswick Zone

WEDNESDAY
Visit Chicago Architecture Firms
Millennium Park Architecture and Design

THURSDAY
Studio Work: Continue 3D Exploration and Fabrication
International Carry-Out Dinner
Discussion with Architecture Graduates

FRIDAY
Studio work: Wrap Up Model/Drawings
Final Student Presentations
Awards and Concluding Remarks
Farewell