High school students considering careers in architecture benefit from rigorous, hands-on learning with experienced architecture faculty and practicing professionals. Tulane Pre-College offers architecture programs for high school students that are designed to introduce students to basic architectural ideas, methods, and issues and provide a strong foundation for their later college and professional careers.

Program Highlights

Learn from talented faculty in the heart of New Orleans

Explore potential careers in architecture

Receive college credit

Why Tulane Pre-College Architecture Program

High school students may not yet have been exposed to the visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation, and professional training that form an architectural education. Our students will explore architectural ideas, methods, and issues with Tulane faculty and local practicing architects. Lectures, digital workshops, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented with regular design exercises to be completed outside class time.

Explore Our Courses

The Tulane School of Architecture offers three online summer courses that introduce high school students to the study and practice of architecture. Each course is offered as a one-week virtual session, and students can enroll in one, two, or all courses. Upon completion of each course, high school students will receive one college credit hour and an official Tulane transcript. Students who participate in all sessions will receive three credits.

Observation and Drawing | July 13-17 - Conceptual observation drawing utilizes advanced rendering techniques and a variety of visual sources in order to explore the connection between representation and design. The emphasis in this course focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of formal, spatial and material principles in architecture, while obtaining a strong skill base in freehand drawing, descriptive geometry, material techniques, and visual and digital media.

Making and Design | July 20-24 - Introduction to the fundamentals of iterative design process. Students will analyze design problems at three scales; human scale, building scale and urban scale and will synthesize creative solutions through two and three-dimensional medium in the intimate student learning environment.

Digital Design | July 27-31 - This course will focus on visual and spatial communication through digital media. Students will learn the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, lnDesign) as well as 3d modeling software to express their design ideas. We will explore the realms of digital design, representation, and production as a means of communicating information in a visual and compelling way. You will work with innovative digital tools to compile a portfolio of work that is lively, relevant, and professional.

Students who pursue a degree in architecture at Tulane may use up to three credit hours toward major requirements in a Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Take the Next Step With Career Explorations in Architecture

Career Explorations in Architecture is a summer pre-college program for high school students interested in exploring the fundamentals of design and thinking at the architectural scale. This fun and rewarding architecture program encourages participants to explore the world around them from the design perspective. No specialized knowledge or background is needed beyond a serious interest in architectural design. Over the course of the program, Tulane design faculty will work with each student to develop a set of projects resulting in a portfolio of work they can use for college applications.

Where Learning Meets Innovation

The architecture programs for high school students at Tulane Pre-College are designed for students entering the 11th and 12th grades. Younger students who demonstrate the academic maturity to be able to thrive in a college environment may also apply. A completed application consists of an essay, transcript, and letter of recommendation. Apply for our architecture programs for high school students today.

Career Explorations Teaching Team

Emily Parsons, Director of Student Affairs

Director of Student Affairs Emily Parsons serves as the Program Director for the Career Explorations in Architecture summer program. During the year she works with the student body on all matters outside of that classroom including course planning, student organizations, and student health and wellness.

Emily received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University and her Master of Science in Education from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She is particularly interested in understanding the cognitive development of students in a studio based curriculum and how interventions in student affairs can impact success in Architectural education and the profession.

Nicholas LiCausi, Digital Fabrication Specialist

Digital Fabrication Specialist Nicholas LiCausi is fascinated by emerging technologies and the possibilities for using them to push the boundaries of architecture and design. LiCausi received a Bachelors of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he studied motion graphics, digital fabrication, and computational design alongside architecture. Prior to joining the Tulane School of Architecture, he worked in professional practice in New York City, where he specialized in 3D printing, virtual reality, and other digital technologies.

LiCausi moved to New Orleans in the Fall 2018 and looks forward to exploring the city by bike. As a FAA licensed drone pilot, he also hopes to explore the city from above.

Toni A. Dimaggio, Adjunct Lecturer - Preservation Studies Toni DiMaggio is an architect and preservationist who embraces the dialogue between historic and modern architecture. She believes preservation is an ideology that requires theoretical discussion simultaneously of the past and the present, and that the goal of a preservationist is to “inform progress,” rather than place a moratorium on new, innovative design. Her architectural design focus includes the adaptive reuse, expansion, and rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as the analysis of new construction within an historic context. Her 15-year professional career in New Orleans also includes specialization in materials conservation, historic tax credit applications, and research.

Iñaki Alday, Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture, Richard Koch Chair in Architecture

Iñaki Alday received a Master of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1992. Together with Margarita Jover, he founded aldayjover architecture and landscape in 1996 in Barcelona. The multidisciplinary, research-based practice focuses on innovation and is particularly renowned for its leadership in a new approach to the relation between cities and rivers, in which the natural dynamics of flooding become part of the public space, eliminating the idea of “catastrophe.”

He has taught at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the University of Navarra and the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, he was the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture from 2011 to 2018, and Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been the co-director and founder (with Pankja Vir Gupta) of the Yamuna River Project, a long-term, interdisciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area. The project involves an interdisciplinary team with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history and cultural studies. The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges of Delhi and the relation with its river.

Both in academic research and in practice, Alday promotes a new attitude towards the transformation of our environment and how architecture can contribute to the inhabitation of the most challenged areas of the planet. He utilizes a multidisciplinary global vision and social and environmental ethics to examine the role of architecture and architects.

Frequently Asked Questions

I do not have any architecture experience. Can I participate?

You do not need any prior experience in or have studied architecture to participate in CEA - just an interest in architecture and design.

Are there any specific math or computer skills necessary?

Students who wish to enroll in CEA are not required to have specific skills beyond basic math and general computer literacy.

Can I take both courses?

Yes! Students who complete all three sessions will receive 3 credits and a great introduction to the full spectrum of design and making.

For More Information

For more information, visit Career Explorations in Architecture or email Emily Parsons, Director of Student Affairs, at careerexplorationsarch@tulane.edu.

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