Neighborhood Design/Build Studio

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In this course, participants will engage in a hands-on process of designing and building a full scale community project. Past projects have included public playground structures, village green bandshells, park pavilions, compost privies, footbridges, trail shelters, writers' retreats, and school bus stop shelters. 

Students will meet with the non-profit client, establish the program, work within a budget, propose and develop the design, schedule the work, and also construct the project, during the two-week time frame of the class. 

This course is open to architects and builders seeking to earn continuing education credit, as well as to students, non-professionals, and anyone with enthusiasm about design/build and giving back to the public realm. Previous construction experience is not required.


Limited scholarships are available for this program.


"I think [this] class is one of the most valuable classes I have taken during my architectural education process.  All the books and class lectures I have read and attended do not come close to the knowledge one can obtain from actually building a structure."


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AIA Credit Courses, Whole Structure Design/Build


All levels


  • Sterling College: 5 Continuing Education Units ($650 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 84 Learning Units

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