JumpStart Summer Institute: Introduction to Architecture


Studio Topic: Case Study House #8

“The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.” – Charles Eames

The Eames House, built in 1949 in the Pacific Palisades, is considered one of the most important postwar residences in the USA. It is the Case Study House No. 8 and a National Historic Landmark. The Eames House has served as a blueprint for homes for more than seventy years. It was built fast and economically to meet surging post-war needs. The house was erected in two days using materials ordered from catalogues, and it was a triumph of innovation for its time. Inspired by such a forward-thinking, experimental approach to the design of dwelling, this introductory design studio will challenge students to unfold new spatial and formal arrangements comprising re-imagined parts that stimulate creatively framed passages and transitions within the dwelling landscapes of today.

Students will speculate on architectural form, space, order, and material innovation, to study and transform a portion of this case study house in three distinct stages:

  1. Examine and Document: Students will analyze Case Study House No. 8 to explore and materialize formations and constituents of architectural thresholds as a kit of parts.
  2. Multiply, Array and Transform: Students will then multiply and situate those components within simple geometric arrays as a vehicle for further speculations on architectural space, form, order, and the inter-relationships of objects and fields. Concurrently students will transform a zone within that array (comprising at least two adjacent components,) and rethink construction logics through idea-driven model-making.
  3. Isolate and Elaborate: The isolation of that zone for final documentation. Each design phase will include both digital and analog two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation.

Schedule and Syllabus


Students will have the option to choose between morning (10-12 AM PT) or afternoon (4-6 PM PT) studio sessions, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This schedule is designed to allow for participation from multiple time zones, but if students are available and interested they are more than welcome to join both sessions each day. Lunchtime lectures, workshops and seminars will be offered between 10 AM and 6 PM PT, but will also be recorded and offered asynchronously for those in different time zones.

JumpStart Summer Institute 2021 Syllabus and Schedule

Participants of the Jumpstart Summer Institute will receive 6 units of UCLA credit for the following course: Architecture and Urban Design 103 – Introduction to Architectural Design.

The Jumpstart schedule allows for enrollment in ARCH&UD 10B: History of Architecture and Urban Design-Baroque to Contemporary Moments (5 units).

Faculty and Instructors

Julia Koerner

Julia Koerner Director, Summer Programs, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Julia is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design. She is internationally recognised for design innovation in 3D-Printing, Julia's work stands out at the top of these disciplines. Her designs have been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, VICE, WIRED and the New York Times among other publications. Museums and Institutions which have exhibited her work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Museum of Applied Arts MAK Vienna, Ars Electronica, among others. The constantly intriguing aspect of Julia’s work is its embodiment of a beautiful organic aesthetic.

Julia is founder of JK Design GmbH, specialising in digital design for 3D-Printing. In 2015, Julia launched an entirely 3D-Printed ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘Sporophyte’. Her collaborations involved 3D-Printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion week and 3D printed costumes for Hollywood entertainment productions such as Marvel’s Black Panther in collaboration with Ruth Carter which recently won an Oscar for Best Costume Design. She further collaborated with Swarovski on a showpiece which displays Swarovski’s continued strive for innovation and the early developments of 3D-printing technology with glass.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, Julia received master degrees in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Architectural Association in London. She is currently based between Los Angeles and Salzburg and has previously practiced in London and New York. Julia is the Director of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s Summer Programs Jumpstart and Teen ArchStudio and has been a faculty member since 2012. She previously held academic appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting Schools in France and Jordan.

Julia will lead a team of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design students and alumni to deliver the Jumpstart Summer Institute program.



As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the faculty.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix. In addition, the following grades are used to report the quality of student work at UCLA:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study)
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
S Satisfactory (achievement at grade B level or better; used only for graduate study)
U Unsatisfactory (used only for graduate study)
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
F Fail


Calculating Grade Point Average

Grade points per unit are assigned by the Registrar as follows:

A+ 4.0 B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3 F 0.0
A 4.0 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0 NP 0.0
A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7 U 0.0

The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of units attempted. For example, if you earn a B- in a 4-unit course and an A in a 5 unit course, your GPA would be 30.8 (2.7 x 4 units + 4 x 5 units) divided by 9 (total number of units taken). i.e., 3.42.

Note: DR, I, and NR are disregarded in determining the grade-point average. NR indicates that no grade was received from the instructor.

Transferring Credit

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

Grading Basis

Some Summer Institute courses offer P/NP grading as an option. If eligible, you may contact the UCLA Summer Sessions Office (info@summer.ucla.edu) and request to change the grading option from letter grade to pass/no pass (or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, if you have a bachelor’s degree) prior to the program start.

Courses taken on a P/NP or S/U basis might not count toward graduation requirements. Please be sure to consult your school if you are considering this grading option.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.








Program Dates

JULY 6 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

APRIL 1: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Becomes Available

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 6-30: Jumpstart Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.