Architecture + Environmental Design

A student seated at a table, viewed from the back. They are wearing a red shirt and sketching a design.

Investigate architecture and its surroundings through hands-on model-making, technical drawing and creative problem-solving in this practical studio course. You will consider buildings, spaces, and landscapes from a design perspective though intensive site analysis. You will become familiar with drafting tools and conventions and learn how to create plans, sections and architectural elevations as well as how to translate those drawings into scale-models. By the end of the program, you will have completed a site study and built a model for your portfolio.

The Architecture + Environmental Design studio runs on campus July 4-29, 2022, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9am-4pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7). This studio is offered through the Summer Institute for Teens 2022. Please visit the Summer Institute for Teens main page to learn more about the program and access the registration webforms.

Note: This studio is FULL. Waitlist available.

Learning outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design process and its application to architecture design
  • Employ architectural abstraction for the purposes of scale drawing, concept sketching and modeling
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of technical drafting tools, methods and techniques
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness and understanding of 3D space and design
  • Apply site analysis skills and demonstrate an appreciation for the contextual aspects of architecture design

Materials & Resources

Students participating in SIT will need to source their own supplies for their registered studio.

Estimate cost of supplies: $70-90

About the instructor

Colette Parras works at the intersection of Architecture and Communications, crafting design narratives that connect people and place. Multi-disciplinary by nature, she brings a broad range of international professional experience to her projects. For over a decade Colette Parras worked as an architect and researcher at an office based in the Netherlands before returning to her home city of Vancouver.

Having honed her creative problem-solving skills while working at international architectural practices deeply rooted in design, theory and experimentation, Colette now works as an independent designer and communications consultant since launching narrativist design in 2018.

Since 2014, Colette has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, teaching in the Bachelor of Environmental Design and The Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture program. In 2018, Colette accepted an appointment in the Communication Design Essential program at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.