Summer Career Workshop

The Architecture Department offers an intensive 4-week in-residence workshop designed for high school students considering architecture as a career or developing a design portfolio. The Workshop provides an in-depth view of the career through hands-on experience in studio design exercises, lectures, projects and field trips. Activities cover architectural design and history, computer applications, structural engineering and site planning. Studios and lectures are taught by the faculty of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Education and career advising are integral elements of the program.

Participating students live in residence halls where they become familiar with the dynamics of campus life. The program typically runs mid June - mid July, and includes lodging, most meals, field trips and most materials.

2015 Summer Career Workshop Video

2011 Summer Career Workshop Video

2009 Summer Career Workshop Video


The Summer 2017 workshop will be held from June 25 - July 21, 2017; registration is now open. If you are interested, please see the following link: Architecture Summer Career Workshop Flyer (.pdf)

If you are interested in receiving more information, please provide your email through the Email Interest List web document. Emails will be sent as additional registration information becomes available, including the cost of the workshop.

If you have further questions, please contact workshop Director Mark Cabrinha at

Registration NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 2017

Registration is accepted on a first-come first-served basis through an on-line registration. Students must be a minimum of 15 years old at the time of the workshop, and must be in high-school. This means the majority of campers are rising Juniors and Seniors, as well as several rising Sophomores. 

The cost for this summer’s workshop is $4,650. The cost of the workshop includes all materials, room and board, as well as many social activities and study tours. See more information below.

For local area students not in need of room and board, there is a commuter rate of $2,600 which includes lunch and Tuesday night BBQ’s.

Admissions is handled by Cal Poly’s Conference and Event Planning office. The link below will take you to the on-line registration site. Payment must be made at time of registration, or can be split into two payments. If your child meets the age requirements, and your payment is received – then your child is accepted into the program, a second acceptance email will not be sent. 

Registration link:

If you have a question or an issue while registering, please Conference and Event Planning at 805.756.7600. 

Updated 03.06.17

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