Summer Design Workshop

Summer Design WorkshopAll incoming students (Freshmen and Transfer) are required to attend KSU Ignition Orientation and it is strongly recommended that all incoming Architecture students (Freshmen, Transfer, and Major Change) consider attending the Architecture Summer Design Workshop.

Photos from the 2016 Workshop

2017 Program Overview

The Summer Design Workshop is designed to offer students a transitional experience from high school or other degree programs to the Department of Architecture’s B.ARCH program. The program is intended to help students integrate into studio culture and to introduce them to basic design concepts, tools, techniques and resources.

The program focuses on first-year success. Students spend three weeks listening to lectures on architecture and doing design studio work. Members of the three architectural student organizations, AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi and NOMAS provide peer mentoring in studio. Social events are offered exclusively to the Summer Design Workshop community. The program culminates in an exhibition and reception of student work in the Architecture Gallery on the final day of the workshop.

Participants will:

  • Learn the ins and outs of being a college student
  • Discover what it means to be an architecture student
  • Explore the fundamentals of design, composition and drawing
  • Take introductory lectures on topics related to architecture and Design Workshop projects
  • Learn lab resources available to them, including the Wood Shop, Digital Fabrication Lab, Media Resource Center and Materials Library
  • Learn about developing a portfolio
  • Be introduced to the architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi and NOMAS
  • Work with the CACM professional advisor
  • Meet with fellow incoming architecture students

All participants will receive an architecture starter kit that includes basic design tools and supplies and will be assigned an individual workspace in a design studio in building N- the Architecture Building.      

    • July 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th
    • July 17th, 18th and 20th
    • July 24th, 25th and 27th (last day, the 27th, is the exhibit and reception of student work)

    * Please note, the dates in this 3-week period are subject to change.     

  • Opening Day: Monday, July 10, 2017

    • Welcome: 10:00am | Design II Auditorium
        • Welcome from Department Chair, Meet + Greet with Architecture student organizations
    • BBQ: 12:00pm
    • Marshmallow Tower Competition: 1:00pm
    • Studio Assignments + KIT Pickup: 2:00pm
    • Group Activities + Movie: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

    All Regular Program Days:

    Morning Sessions: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Morning sessions consist of lectures on architecture, films, discussion sessions, college 101, portfolio development, curriculum and time management.

    Lunch: 12:00 - 12:50pm

    Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Afternoon sessions are studio-based workshops with project assignments, desk crits and presentations. 

    Exhibition + Reception: Thursday, July 27, 2017

    The 2017 Summer Design Workshop Exhibition + Reception in the Architecture Gallery (N Building) from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

  • Workshop: $325.00

    Participants have the following options for an additional cost:

    • Campus housing*
      • $560.00 - Single Occupancy
      • $510.00 - Double Occupancy
    • Meal Plans*
      • $380.00 – 40 meals (recommended if staying on campus)
      • $200.00 – 20 meals
    • Parking** 
      • $10.00

    *Please see below for further information on campus housing and meal plans.

    ** Parking permits can be obtained at the Card Services Office and are required for all participants needing to park on campus during the duration of the workshop.


  • Participants who choose the workshop housing option will be housed in the Hornet Village Suites, located on the west part of the Marietta Campus.

    Please note that a KSU Student ID is required at time of check in. Student IDs are issued during the KSU Ignition Orientation. It is highly recommended all incoming Architecture Students attend a KSU Ignition session prior to the workshop. However, if the student has not attended a KSU Ignition session, he/she must visit the Card Service Office at the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (Building A) to have their picture taken and receive their KSU ID Card prior to housing check-in.


    • Date:  Friday, July 7, 2017
    • Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Housing Office, Building R -10

    The KSU Housing Office is happy to announce that starting Fall 2017 they will offer an Architecture Theme Community.

    Theme Communities (TCs) are a group of students who share common interests. The goal of a Theme Community is to create and extend student learning opportunities outside of the classroom that enhance their intellectual and personal growth. All of the Theme Communities are residentially-based, which means that participating students live in the same residential area. Students who choose housing for the duration of the workshop and also choose to reside in the Architecture Theme Community starting in the Fall may keep their initial room assignment.

  • Purchasing a meal plan is not mandatory, however the Workshop registration does not include meals. Culinary & Hospitality Services recommends the following meal plans at a discounted rate for Summer Design Workshop students:

    • Block 20 – 20 total swipes
    • Block 40 – 40 total swipes (recommended if staying on campus)

    Meal plans are valid at both the Stingers (Marietta Campus) and Commons (Kennesaw Campus) dining facilities and participants will be automatically enrolled in the meal to-go program. Students who chose both the housing and the meal plan options will ride B.O.B. during the weekend to the Kennesaw Campus.

    Program Dining Hours

    Marietta Campus: Stingers

    Monday - Friday

    • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
    • Lunch: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday

    • Closed

    Kennesaw Campus: The Commons

    Monday - Friday

    • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
    • Lunch: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday

    • Brunch: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Marietta Campus Map

Kennesaw Campus Map


For information about the Summer Design Workshop, please contact Dorianne Gutierrez at or (470) 578-7253.         

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