A deep dive into architecture: SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion Days (DID)

A deep dive into architecture: SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion Days (DID)

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Choosing a career straight out of high school can be somewhat difficult and even tormenting. Although it has been said that in the future it will be common to change careers or have various overlapping jobs, the fear of making the “wrong” choice causes many future graduates to lose sleep. It is important to have a good overview of what each profession entails to understand whether it is suitable or not, especially in creative fields or newer and more dynamic professions. Architecture, for example, is a well-known career for spanning multiple fields – from math to art history – but also for requiring many hours of dedication, critical thinking, and mastery of computer tools. To give future students a taste of the experience of being an architect or an architecture student, Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program allowing future high school graduates to discover the world of design. and architecture.

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Developed by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in Los Angeles, California, the main objective of the course is to inspire curiosity about the world of design, introduce basic knowledge and critical thinking skills and to familiarize students with architecture and culture. of Los Angeles design.

Participants will explore the different ways of seeing, thinking and creating that are essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in architecture or design. Throughout the program, students and potential future architects are exposed to design challenges and modes of production at all scales, from analog physical buildings and traditional design to various forms of digital experiences – augmented reality , 3D modeling, 3D printing and much more. Simulating a university architecture studio experience, students will participate in individual discussions and group work, as well as presentations in front of juries made up of instructors and colleagues, receiving advice and feedback that contributes to stimulate interest in the design process.

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The DID program is designed to articulate projects in three different formats and scales, from analog models to digital rendering, presenting scenarios in which students are challenged to think analytically, use different tools, and imagine non-traditional design approaches. Through projects with an emphasis on visual studies and a design and portfolio building lab, students are exposed to a series of skills essential for exploring, discovering, describing and producing design work.

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Guidance is also offered to improve visual vocabulary through techniques and tools that include freehand sketching, mechanical and computer design, providing participants with the resources to show their ideas and explore the possibilities of the profession.

Additionally, there are weekly portfolio workshops that feature layout design and material formatting strategies. These are an integral part of DID, equipping students with the knowledge and tools to present their work in an attractive and clear manner, which can become an important asset when applying to an architecture and design school.

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After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DID has finally relaunched a four-week face-to-face program for summer 2022. It presents architecture as a living, social and collaborative experience that captures the true collective spirit of the lesson.

Learn more about this immersive experience offered by SCI-ARC on its official website.

Abdul J. Gaspar