Frequently Asked Questions

We enthusiastically say, yes! We asked the compelling question whether architecture and design can be taught in a virtual environment – we learned through the pandemic that the work of our students was actually enriched through the virtual environment and that teaching design online was absolutely possible. Our classes are taught synchronously and we are keeping our classes small to give everybody a student centric experience. We hope you will join us in summer 2021 and have an impactful and enriching experience of your own. 

The virtual Architecture and the Built Environment Academy will be held daily from 10:00 am -3:00 pm EST. All classes are held online, live via Zoom.

Week 1 (Required): July 12 -16, 2021

Week 2 (Optional): July 19-23, 2021

Week 3 (Optional): July 26-30, 2021

Summer Architecture Symposium Day: July 31, 2021 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST)

All classes are held online via Zoom and internet access is necessary in order to participate. Week 1 is mandatory in order to participate in week 2 or 3. Students can choose between 1-week, 2-weeks and 3-weeks options.

Students will have assignments to be completed outside of class times during the week.

Offering of courses is contingent on minimum number of registrations.

This program is for creative problem solvers and out-of-the-box thinkers who seek a creative challenge. No experience needed!

Students who identify as underrepresented minorities including first generation college students, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The program is open to high school students who:

  • Will be a high school junior or senior by September 2021
  • Are motivated high school students with a sincere interest in the architectural fields

The program fee is $200 per week.

A non‐refundable deposit fee of $50 is required to apply to the Academy's summer program. Each student will receive a supply kit at no additional charge and shipped to the student in advance of the start of the program.

Partial and full scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.  

The $50, non-refundable deposit fee is due along with submission of application. The application deadline is June 15, 2021. Full program fee is due by June 28, 2021. If you require a payment plan, please contact Erike De Veyra at

    Please make checks out to Thomas Jefferson University, and mail to: 

    Attn: Sarah Bott
    Thomas Jefferson University

    College of Architecture and the Built Environment
    4201 Henry Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

Apply here for the Summer Academy Course

Interested students should submit the following information for consideration:

  • Application form
  • Upload copy of high school transcript 
  • or copy of most recent report card
  • $50, non‐refundable deposit fee 

Each student completing Jefferson's Architecture and the Built Environment Academy will receive a University Application Fee Waiver by email.

Make out check to Thomas Jefferson University. Add name of student and “Summer Academy at Jefferson 2021” Send check with $50 desposit fee to:

  • Attn.: Sarah Bott
    Thomas Jefferson University
    College of Architecture and the Built Environment
    4201 Henry Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

Apply here for the Summer Academy Course

For questions regarding the camp or application contact

    Classes will be hosted on Zoom and the Canvas platform, once registered you will receive login information to obtain any program materials. Additional programs may be used and will be introduced during the program