Discover Architecture


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Discover Architecture

Discover Architecture is a one-week intensive program for aspiring architects from around the nation and beyond.

The 2024 program will be held July 14-20 in person on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The program is organized around the design studio and provides a studio-focused, design-intensive workshop over the course of the week.  Students learn such through making as they explore introductory drawing and modeling.  They also receive a picture of what to expect from life as an architecture student and an architect. This residential program introduces students to campus and includes travel to one of the Midwest’s most notable architectural landmarks.  If you’re intent on studying architecture or just wondering if the discipline might be for you, Discover Architecture will offer a foundational experience that assists prospective students to enter an undergraduate program in Architecture.

For further information please contact La Tanya Cobb, Associate Director for Student Services, at

Program Fee:  $1,100 (includes lodging and meals)
Application Opening Date: November 1, 2023
Application Due Date: June 14, 2024 (We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 summer program.  Please check back in November 2024.)

Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

The Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship provides partial tuition for two students attending the summer program, Discover Architecture, in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Established in 2011, The Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship is supported through funds from the Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Fund in honor of Kenneth Jacobs (BArch 1958).   Kenneth Jacobs graduated from the University of Illinois with his Bachelor of Architecture in 1958.  Ken loved art, culture and architecture and spending time with creative people.  He spent most of his career developing and designing shopping centers, always looking for new and interesting ways to collaborate with other artists.  Ken truly enjoyed helping young architects get started in the business, and he was a mentor and cheerleader for many.  Sadly, we lost Ken to pancreatic cancer in 2007, and we hope that his inspiration will live on through this memorial fund.


Students interested in participating in Discover Architecture are eligible to apply for the Kenneth Memorial Scholarship.  To be considered, students must first apply to the Discover Architecture summer program.  In addition, students must submit a one-page essay (double-spaced) explaining their reasons for becoming an architect and their goals for the future. For consideration students must have paid the $100 non-refundable fee and submitted their essay by the application deadline.

For consideration please submit the requirements by June 14, 2024 to:

La Tanya Cobb, M.ED, Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Services, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (

Cancellation Policy

Given the nature of our program, the University of Illinois School of Architecture incurs substantial non-recoverable costs and expenses in planning, preparing and pre-paying for the Discover Summer Program. There will be no refunds or credits offered for canceling, missed days or partial attendance. By registering for the camp, participants agree to abide by this cancellation policy.

2024 Discover Architecture Program Guide

This is the Program Guide for 2024 Discover Architecture.  It gives you a more detailed look into the program, including dates, times, what to bring, and expectations.

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