JumpStart Summer Institute

JumpStart Summer Institute: Introduction to Architecture

PLEASE NOTE: The Jumpstart Summer Institute has been cancelled for 2020. It will be offered again in the summer of 2021.


Participants of the Jumpstart Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Architecture and Urban Design 103 – Introduction to Architectural Design (6 Units)

Course Description

Design Studio will introduce students to basic architectural design principles and problem solving. Students will learn to control point, line, surface, and volume to shape spaces for human use. Visual analysis will be introduced as a tool for discussing and understanding organization. Students will learn techniques of repetition, variation, order, scale, and rhythm. Students will use case study analysis to uncover disciplinary issues within a design problem and then produce an individual solution to the problem.

The coursework will consist of two exercises. The first assignment will focus on the material morphology and the transformation from analog material to a tectonic organization of an object, the second exercise on the spatial morphology, leading from conceptual diagrams to a spatial organization. Students will learn to address conceptual concerns with material solutions documented in two and three dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on physical and digital modeling and measured orthographic and axonometric drawings. The digital modeling component within Design Studio will introduce students to techniques of spatial representation as it relates to architectural design. Students will learn how to communicate using two- and three-dimensional drawings and models. Two-dimensional drawing techniques will include orthographic projection and parallel projection. Three-dimensional modeling will be introduced as an extension of these regulating projection systems, enforcing rigorous construction of complex and curvilinear forms.

All drawing will be executed in a digital environment, primarily using Rhinoceros 3D, or "Rhino." Rhino is a software package that can accommodate both two- and three-dimensional work, as well as providing an introduction to the commands and capacities of other industry standard modeling and drawing environments including AutoCAD, Maya, and 3D Studio.

Excursions and Field Trips

Students will have the opportunity to explore the architecture of Los Angeles' diverse communities through field trips. Tours are guided by current UCLA Architecture and Urban Design graduate students including visits to landmark buildings such as Caltrans, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Eames House, Schindler House, Getty Center, Griffith Observatory as well as the architectural offices of prominent architects.

Portfolio Workshop and Career Symposium

A one-day intensive session exposes students to convening an application to graduate programs as well as the specifics to the discipline's different career paths within architecture and design. Faculty members from our M.Arch.I program are invited to explore their expectations of the process of reviewing portfolios and statements of purpose, while current UCLA Architecture and Design graduate students offer tips and their personal experiences on their journey of applying to graduate programs. Local architects and designers present and discuss how their unique practices work and their trajectories from graduate school to current practice.

Lecture Series

Local and visiting architects, designers, and talented professionals in related fields are invited to present their work. A Q&A session following each lecture gives students the opportunity to learn more about each guest through their own perspective


A supply list will be distributed to enrolled students via email. Please purchase all materials on the supply list before the start of the program.

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to the JumpStart program. Access to computers for the completion of assignments may be limited. Due to the rapidly changing state of computer technology and to individual preferences, we do not provide specific computer recommendations but generally the faster the processor, the more memory, and the better the graphics capability of a computer, the better.

Final Review and Exhibition

The last day of the program is dedicated to reviewing the students' work in the group demonstration format. Faculty members from different Los Angeles architecture schools are invited to contribute to the discussion of each individual student's work, promoting a dynamic conversation that enhances architectural production at large. An Exhibition of student work takes place on the final day of the program in the Perloff Hall Gallery. Family members and friends are invited to observe the final review and attend the exhibition opening reception. This year, the final review will take place on August 2, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Perloff Hall. A certificates ceremony and end of program reception will follow immediately after, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Schedule and Syllabus


You may now view the program schedule and program syllabus for 2019 as a sample. If you have questions about the schedule or syllabus, please contact A.UD at summer@aud.ucla.edu.

Faculty and Instructors

Karel Klein

Karel Klein is an architect and director of Ruy Klein, a widely published and award-winning design firm in Los Angeles and New York. A member of the UCLA A.UD design faculty since 2016, Karel has recently taken on the role of JumpStart Design Studio Coordinator. Investigating craft, precision, and the evolution of design expertise in the digital age, Karel’s work foregrounds the persistence of the designer in contemporary culture. Karel’s work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France. Karel is the recipient of the 2011 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, and she has been a finalist for the Young Architects’ Program of PS1/MOMA in New York. In addition to degrees in architecture, she also received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Karel has previously held appointments at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Karel is a registered architect in the state of New York.

Jenny Meakins

Jenny Meakins joined the UCLA JumpStart design studio faculty in 2018. Jenny is an exhibition and environments designer in the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign in Los Angeles, working mainly on exhibition design and fabrication for museums in Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Her work focuses on the convergence of textiles, large-scale interior interventions, and traditional craft and the impact on spatial experience. Originally from Utah, Jenny recently moved to LA following many years in Chicago, Illinois where she received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously Jenny was a faculty and staff member in the School of Architecture at UIC where she taught undergraduate design studio and managed all program events and outreach.

Stephanie Odenheimer

Stephanie Odenheimer joined the UCLA JumpStart design studio faculty in 2018.Currently an architectural design and planning associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Stephanie is a key member of the LACMA team facilitating the redesign of the buildings for the permanent collection by Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor and assisting in various related capital projects. Interested in in the creation of intimate and unexpected spaces at the urban scale; Stephanie explores how these might relate to the past, present and future iterations of Los Angeles. Confident that architecture is a discipline uniquely positioned to provide its students with a variety of ways and tools to see and analyze the world around them, and uniquely experienced in the architecture of public cultural institutions, Stephanie brings progressive pluralistic views to education and practice. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York (2009) and is an alumna of the M. Arch I program at UCLA (2014). Prior to joining LACMA, Stephanie worked at Murmur in Los Angeles and The Manser Practice in London.

Guest Lecture Series

Past guests at the weekly lecture series include:

Neil Denari: Principal, NMDA Architects, Professor UCLA A.UD
Hitoshi Abe: Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Chair and Professor UCLA A.UD
Greg Lynn: Principal, Greg Lynn Form, Professor UCLA A.UD
Heather Roberge: Principal, Murmur, Assistant Professor UCLA A.UD
Elena Manferdini: Principal Atelier Manferdini, SCI-Arc Thesis Coordinator
Barbara Bestor: Principal Bestor Architecture, Faculty Woodbury University
Kivi Sotamaa: Principal, Sotamaa, Adjunct Associate Professor UCLA A.UD
Kevin Daily: Principal, Daly Genik, Lecturer UCLA A.UD
Hadrian Predock: Principal, Predock Fane Architects, Lecturer UCLA A.UD
Alvin Huang: Principal, Synthesis, Assistant Professor USC
Wil Carson: senior project designer at Michael Maltzan Architecture



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:

F Fail
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
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)


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 31, 2020

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

APRIL 1-30: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Available

JUNE 5: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JULY 6-31: Jumpstart Summer Institute

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