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Career Discovery Summer Program at the GSD

Career Discovery Summer Program at the GSD

The path to becoming an architect begins with the daunting decision to apply to architecture school. And for those of us who didn’t study architecture or design at college, the idea of taking on that very competitive, very intensive, and very time-consuming endeavor can be frightening. Many of us grew up in a circle of family and friends that included doctors and lawyers and businesspeople, but no architects. So how do you get the inside scoop about architecture school before you pull the trigger on 3+ years of grueling work and tens of thousands of dollars in tuition? The Harvard Career Discovery Program. This is a 6-week intensive summer program taught by Harvard GSD graduate students that simulates what the first semester or two of design school is all about. It’s hardcore, you work ALL day, and it all-consuming—basically, it’s a reasonably approximation of life at architecture school. If nothing else, it helps give you a sense of what it’s like to be asked to fly before you’ve been taught how to walk. That is how architectural pedagogy tends to operate: they ask you to elegantly accomplish sophisticated challenges without really telling you how to go about it. And that’s kind of the point. For many it’s anxiety-provoking and for others it’s thrilling. Either way, it’s better to know how you’re going to react before you’ve cut that check or taken out that loan. For me, first as a student and later as a teacher, it was an amazing and transformative experience.

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