SCI-Arc’ Design Immersion Days (DID) summer program for high school students was awarded a 2012 Citation of Merit from the American Architectural Foundation, as part of the foundation's Accent on Architecture Community Program.
Coordinated by SCI-Arc faculty Darin Johnstone, SCI-Arc’s DID program is a 4-week, day session program that introduces high school students to careers in architecture and design as they explore how products, buildings, and environments are imagined and made. DID students experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a college level design studio. They are given rare access to prominent designers, learning what the study of design and architecture entails and creating substantial portfolios.
Through a series of lectures given by Los Angeles-based designers and field trips exploring the city of Los Angeles, students are exposed to examples of design and modes of production at all scales. In the classroom and in the city, students are introduced to fundamental ways of seeing, thinking and doing that are essential for anyone interested in pursuing a degree and/or career in architecture or design.