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Register for the 2021 Workshop

2021 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 two 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 in the workshop will receive an architecture "starter kit" that includes basic design tools and supplies. Participants will be assigned an individual workspace in a design studio in the Architecture Building on the Marietta Campus.

Summer Workshop Registration is scheduled end at the close of business on Friday, June 25th.

It is highly suggested that workshop participants register soon and make plans immediately to attend New Student Orientation. See links below for New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation Registration

  • July 12 - 23, 2021

    *Please note, July 11th will be for housing move-in, if selected at time of registration.

    Face to face activities are being organized for best practices during this time and some activities may be modified as needed. Registered attendees will be notified of any modifications.

  • The standard registration fee of $560 covers the purchase of the required 1st Yr (ARCH 1001) design material 'KIT' at a discounted price. It also funds the various social events facilitated by the Department and our Architecture Department student groups (AIAS, NOMAS, APX) to include an exhibit reception open to family and friends of the participants at the end of the workshop.

    Register Here


  • The cost of the workshop, when including housing on the Marietta Campus, is $930.

    • Check-in date: July 11th
    • Check-out date: July 23rd"

    NOTE: This is for workshop housing only and is not your official move-in for the Fall Semester 2021. For more information on 2021 Campus Housing, please contact Kennesaw State University.

  • Meals are not included in your workshop registration; however, students are able to purchase tax-free food at campus eateries with Dining Dollars or a KSU Meal Plan.

    *For those students not interested in purchasing Dining Dollars or a Meal Plan, the Marietta Square which offers many dining choices is only located 2.4 miles from campus, the famous Marietta Diner is about 2.5, and there are plenty of other choices in the immediate surrounding areas of the University.


Marietta Campus Map

Kennesaw Campus Map


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