Rice Architecture
Summer Immersion

About Rice Architecture Summer Immersion Program

Architecture Student working on design project

The Rice Architecture Summer Immersion program is is offered in collaboration between the Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) and Rice Architecture. The program is designed for rising 9th through 12th grade students who have an interest in applying to architecture school. It is a hands-on workshop that introduces participants to principles of architecture and design. We will test design concepts through several media and exercises in two and three dimensions.

The goal is to explore architectural space at a variety of scales, and to produce creative works that can be integrated in a design portfolio, a necessary component in the college application process for architecture programs. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Rice faculty and current students, as well as practicing architects, to learn more about architecture.

Summer 2021 Rice Architecture Summer Immersion Program*

Applications are now open for the program. Rice Architecture Summer Immersion is offered in both an in-person and virtual format. Verify the program dates and expectations for each version below.

Applications closed on May 10, 2021. All documents were due by this day.

In-Person Program

June 21–25, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Rice Architecture Summer Immersion will provide transportation to and from the program. Exact pick up locations to be coordinated at a later date.

Virtual Program

July 12–14, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Virtual Rice Architecture Summer Immersion virtual program will be held through a Zoom interface. Therefore, expectations include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to a phone or computer with internet access;
  • Camera (can be on a phone) for documentation of work; and
  • Timely completion and submission of all assignments.

All other necessary materials will be provided free of charge.

Program Benefits

Rice Architecture Summer Immersion includes:

  • Hands-on experience and exposure to principles of architecture and design;
  • Experimenting with model making, freehand drawing, and other forms of creative production in both group and individual settings;
  • Building a network of peers;
  • Interacting with Rice faulty and students, as well as practicing architects;
  • Receiving instruction and feedback on applying to architecture school and portfolio composition from Rice faculty and currently enrolled students;
  • All necessary supplies and a t-shirt provided free of charge for each student participant.

Space is very limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program. Applicants must be rising (2021-2022) 9th through 12th grade students.

Applicants will be required to submit an unofficial transcript of grades or report card in addition to their online application.

If you are unable to upload the document to your application, you can email it stem@rice.edu.

Program Flyer

Below is copy of the Rice Architecture Summer Immersion flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

Rice Architecture Summer Immersion flyer

COVID-19 Protocol

Rice Architecture Summer Immersion will follow Rice guidelines and CDC suggestions for summer programs.

  • Students and counselors will be required to wear masks at all times (except when eating or drinking).
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Group size limitations. Academy groups will be limited to 15-20 students pending COVID-19 protocols.

Please click here to view the Rice policy for summer programs.

CDC summer camp suggestions can be found here.

Rice Architecture Summer Immersion Administration

If you have any questions about the Rice Architecture Summer Immersion program, you can contact the program leads.

Reto Geiser
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
School of Architecture
713-348-3377 | archimmersion@rice.edu

Kayla Bien
School of Architecture
713-348-3377 | archimmersion@rice.edu

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

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Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445