Architecture at Cal Poly

Gain appreciation of architecture through design problems, modeling exercises, and real-world exposure

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Develop a proposal for a new downtown building by working through all the steps in the process, from drawings to computer assisted designs.
Design buildings, select materials and analyze the sustainability impact as you perform hands-on design simulations.
Prepare a portfolio of your final presentation, including hand drawings and digital scale models.
Visit professional firms and tour behind the scenes of local attractions to see the best examples of various architectural styles.
Architect drafting blueprint

Residential Price: $4,998 USD

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD


Late June: June 28–July 10, 2020

Early July: July 12–July 24, 2020


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

Are you considering a career in architecture or design? Are you working on your college application and portfolio? Or are you simply curious about what it is like to be an architect? The Summer Springboard program at Cal Poly offers a hands-on approach with no previous design experience required.

Meet your instructor


Ansgar Killing, MS

Ansgar Killing is teaching Architecture and Interdisciplinary Design at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He has earned his Master of Science degree from Cal Poly and a Diploma in Architecture from Biberach University of Applied Science in Germany. Ansgar's professional experience includes leadership positions in design and technology firms in the US and in Germany, awards in architectural design competitions, and publications and presentations at international conferences.

Topics you'll explore

Workshop Highlights

Live the life of an undergraduate architecture student for two weeks; Experiment with materials, build structures, test professional design software, visit professional firms and city departments; Start developing your portfolio of creative work; Gain appreciation of architecture through design problems, drawing and modeling exercises, lectures and class discussions.

Cal poly - hands on learning

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program