Architecture Summer Immersion Program Wraps Up
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: August 30, 2018

After working diligently in the Shattuck Hall studios for four weeks, 22 students recently completed the 2018 Architecture Summer Immersion Program. Hailing from places near and far, including Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and Mexico, and ranging in age from 18 to 40-plus, the students in the program were united in a common goal, to immerse themselves in a true architectural studio experience for one month.

Under the instruction of Todd Ferry, Rosemary Hill (M.Arch 2018), and M.Arch students Bijeta Choudhury and Rebecca Taylor, the program participants learned all about the practice, craft, and theory of architecture through hands-on design exercises, drawing and model-making workshops, readings, and lectures.

Each week they tackled a different design assignment, creating tables, sleeping pods, new thresholds for existing PSU buildings, and a Willamette River swimming center. As is customary with architecture school, the students presented their work in reviews at the end of each project.

Asked about their favorite aspects of the program, one student answered, “Coming out of each week feeling like I’d grown more than in the past year.” Another student said “The studio vibe was amazing and getting to know the other students was comforting and inspiring.”

A third student shared, “The program has helped me develop a deeper understanding of how the materials and arrangement of our built environment shape our lives. . . . [It] solidified my falling in love with architecture.” After the immersive experience, several of the participants plan to apply to the 3-year Master of Architecture at Portland State University for the 2019 academic year.

View more photos from the program on the School of Architecture's Facebook page. Information on the next year’s Architecture Summer Immersion Program will be available starting in late fall 2018 at