London Summer School 2018

Summer Architecture Programme Ages 16-18

Imperial College London Summer School 2018
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge | St Andrews

An architecture summer course, residential in Oxford, Cambridge, London or St Andrews. The perfect study abroad programme for architects of the future.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Practical study of some of the UK's finest architecture
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The Summer Architecture Programme will introduce aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, whilst at the same time providing an insight into what future study or a career in architecture will entail. This summer course is two weeks in duration and takes place in the structurally fascinating cities of London, St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge.

On ORA’s Summer Architecture Programme students will learn the principles of design, mapping, spatial planning and analysis essential to portfolio development. They will also be introduced to the basic concepts of construction and engineering that will underpin their future careers in and studies of architecture.

Where could the Summer Architecture Programme course lead you?

Why choose Summer Architecture Programme for 16-18 years?

Students receive more than 20 hours of teaching per week, in classes of no more than 15. Lessons on architectural theory combine with skills-based workshops to allow students to learn about all aspects of architecture and gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject.

Students will learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. Through a variety of homework tasks, presentations and focus problems, students will develop their skills of communication (both written and verbal), problem solving and analytical thought. The course will include class visits to London to witness the latest innovations in modern architecture and design, and also to visit one of the UK’s foremost schools of architecture.

How will the Summer Architecture Programme help me?

Your attendance on the Introduction to Architecture course gives you another educational experience to talk about when you come to apply for university, showing admissions tutors that you’re self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning. As well as the specific practical and technical skills you’ll learn on this course, you’ll also develop transferable skills that can be used at school, university and beyond. This includes working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.

Is this course for me?

If you are interested in designing your own city skyline one day, and would like to learn best practices early, then this course is for you. Students will be exposed to a career as an architect, and will gain a wealth of knowledge of all the key theories and design terms.

Topics covered

Students will consider the modern role of the architect and space in our built environment, honing the key spatial thinking and verbal communication skills required for the creation and planning of all aspects of design projects. Students will also develop the practical and technical skills essential in the field: this course will introduce students to architectural drawing and model construction in manual and digital formats.

These skills will then be put to the test in a final group-based design portfolio competition, allowing students to pair their theoretical and technical understanding with team-oriented skills developed over the course of the programme.

What will you get out of the Summer Architecture Programme course?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Covered the basic principles behind design, planning and spatial mapping
  • Understood basic engineering and construction concepts
  • Produced a variety of architectural drawings for their own portfolio
  • Constructed models to illustrate their ideas
  • Presented their portfolio to their peers to gain feedback

Welcome to London - your home this summer

A view of the skyline of London, including the Gherkin and the Shard buildings, with a bright blue sky

The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

The front of Imperial College, London
Students posing for a photo in front of Tower Bridge
The entrance to the Apollo Theatre, with signs for Wicked the Musical

Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

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Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Summer Architecture Programme for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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