High School Workshops

High School Workshops

The College offers three summer high school workshops: the Career Explorations in Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture camp, the Discover Landscape Architecture camp, and the Western Nebraska High School Workshop camp. These camps offer a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design, learn more about the design professions and what it's like to be a college student.

Career Explorations

Lincoln, Nebraska, June 4-June 10, 2017

This workshop, developed for high school students at all levels, provides a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design and learn more about the design professions of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The workshop provides learning opportunities in the form of discussions, design studio explorations, field trips and video presentations. The central focus of the workshop is a design studio where students explore design issues and nurture creative energies. As part of the workshop students will learn about architectural conventions, practice client/designer scenarios, explore various career opportunities, visit architecturally significant buildings and iconic landscapes and develop fundamental skills necessary for the study of design.

Discover Landscape Architecture

Lincoln, Nebraska, June 11-June 16, 2017

This week-long workshop provides high school students with a unique experience to explore and discover the design profession of Landscape Architecture. The workshop includes field trips, classroom discussions and design projects. As part of the workshop, students will visit professional offices and travel to various designed landscapes such as Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Nebraska's Centennial Mall and Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park to name a few. In addition, students will also explore preserved and enhanced natural landscapes such as the Elkhorn River, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Here the world is your canvas.





Landscape Architecture is "the art and practice of designing the outdoor environment." Landscape Architects collaborate with communities, architects and engineers to design campuses, parks, gardens, cities and large-scale land planning projects. To learn more about the profession, visit the website of the American Society of Landscape Architects at www.asla.org.

Western Nebraska High School Workshop

North Platte, Nebraska, July 10 – July 14, 2017

This workshop is a week-long, immersive design studio experience for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design. The workshop is structured like a college design studio, with projects throughout the week ranging in scale from objects to communities. Participants have the opportunity to explore the process of design in an active learning environment that will include problem solving through design thinking, drawing and model making. Students will learn about architectural conventions, practice real-world design scenarios, visit architecturally significant buildings and landscapes in the area, tour a professional design office and build fundamental skills necessary for the study of design.

Who Can Participate?

Students who have completed two or more years of their high school education and have an interest in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design are encouraged to apply. You do not need courses in art or drafting in order to participate. Applicants will be selected on the basis of a review of materials submitted with the application procedure. We have reserved space for 36 students in the Career Explorations and the Western Nebraska High School workshop and 15 in the Discover Landscape Architecture workshop.

How Much Will It Cost?

The fee for the workshop is $585 per participant for either the Career Explorations or Discover Landscape Architecture workshop. The Western Nebraska High School workshop is $365. This includes studio supplies, program fees, meals and lodging. Students participating in these residential programs are supervised overnight while in the residence halls by College of Architecture staff. Students in the Lincoln based workshops will be staying in a dorm on the UNL City campus and the North Platte based camp, students and staff will be housed in the Mid-Plains Community College residence hall.

How Do I Apply?

Each applicant must completely fill out this online form and include reference information from persons (other than family members) familiar with the applicant’s academic and creative ability. In addition, each applicant is to submit a 500 word essay which describes why you are interested in design and why you wish to attend the workshop. Please be specific.

All application materials for the Career Explorations or Discover Landscape Architecture workshops must be submitted to the College of Architecture office on or before April 10, 2017.  Those who are accepted must confirm attendance by submitting the $585 fee on or before May 8th. Those students not confirming by the deadline will be replaced by an alternate applicant.

However, the Western Nebraska High School Workshop application deadline is May 12, 2017. Those who are accepted must confirm attendance by submitting the $365 fee on or before June 2, 2017. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties signing up, please email skuenning2@unl.edu or call 402-472-7943. Also an alternative form is available here if the form above is not working.

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