Notice: ARCH 100 will not be offered Summer Quarter 2021. Please check back in 2022! (Updated March 25, 2021)

ARCH 100 / Introduction to Architecture Study is a summer quarter design studio for college students and college graduates interested in exploring architectural design as a field of study or potential career. In this program, undergraduate students and college graduates with no prior drawing or design experience can learn about architecture and the unique experience of design education. ARCH 100 is recommended for all students who are seeking a comprehensive architectural studio experience before applying to a graduate or undergraduate program in architecture. 

Curriculum Overview

ARCH 100, offered through the University of Washington Department of Architecture, is comprised of an architectural design studio that meets 3 times a week and is accompanied by lectures, workshops, and field trips. Each studio of 12-15 students is taught by an instructor and a graduate student assistant who guide the students in a series of 2D and 3D skill building exercises and design projects. The studio is central to a design education, where students learn to work collaboratively and independently, and are supported by group and individual critiques with the instructors and guest critics. The lectures are presented by members of the faculty and the local design community, introducing the history, theory, design methods, and practice of architecture. Field trips include visits to significant buildings and public spaces on campus and throughout the Seattle area.


Class times are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:50 to 11:50 am and 1:10 to 5:45 pm. Morning sessions are devoted to lectures, workshops, and field trips. Students are in design studio during the afternoon sessions where they work on 2D and 3D design projects and meet with the faculty for design critiques.

ARCH 100 is an 8-credit course graded ‘credit/no credit’. Presence and participation during all regularly scheduled class meetings and completion of all projects are required to receive credit for the course and to gain the maximum benefit from this experience.

Application and program cost

ARCH 100 is open to college graduates, current college students, and college-bound high school graduates who are at least 18 years old. Because the course is designed to accommodate students of varying experiences and backgrounds, prior training in architecture, design, or drawing is not necessary. Candidates should nevertheless be prepared to undertake a demanding academic program involving individual and group projects during and outside of class meeting times. ARCH 100 can serve as an important stepping stone to an undergraduate or graduate program in architecture, and each successful participant will receive an evaluation from the studio instructors with suggestions for further learning.

The Applicant Questionnaire is available here. Application review will begin in March and applicants will be considered until the program commences.

Note that it is necessary to apply to and register for the UW Summer Quarter before you can register for ARCH 100. You will find important information about the UW Summer Quarter registration procedure, tuition, and deadlines at

Students should expect to spend at least $150-$250 for equipment and supplies needed during the quarter. 

Directions for submitting the application:

All applications must be submitted by email. Download the file by right clicking and selecting “Save link as” and complete the questionnaire. Do not convert to a word .doc.

To send the form via email, you must click on the “Submit Form” button at the top right of the form. You will then be prompted to use either your desktop email client or your Internet email. If you choose Internet email, you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive. Email the file as an attachment to Judith Swain ( Following our review and approval of the Applicant Questionnaire, the applicant will receive an add-code to be used to register for ARCH 100. 

For additional information about the ARCH 100 / Introduction to Architecture course content, please contact Judith Swain.