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Summer Studies in Constructed Environments

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constructed environments

The Summer Program in Constructed Environments is a five-week program for current college students and college graduates of any age interested in preparing for advanced studies in architecture, the architectural interior, and industrial design. 

This rigorous studio-based program immerses students in spatial and experiential design studies, including modes of design exploration and proposition, methods of design research along with contextual design history and theory, and introductions to hand and digital representation and making. Students develop a design proposal for a project of graduate design admissions quality.


The program's comprehensive curriculum is designed to prepare applicants for admission to professional degree programs (MArch, MFA in Interior Design, MFA Lighting Design, MFA in Industrial Design) at Parsons and other competitive graduate schools. 

In this full-day program, students attend three-hour sessions each morning that alternate drawing, digital representation, and fabrication with exploration of the history and theory of design practice in New York City. Students attend three-hour afternoon sessions working with the faculty on development and refinement of design propositions. In the program, New York City and its greater region, and the experiences of people within it, serve as a context for understanding designers’ expansive roles in the made environment, across scales and types of making, from the architectural and interior to product manufacture.

Parsons is located close to the Architecture Center; the Museum of Modern Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Storefront for Art and Architecture; and the Chelsea art gallery district. Site visits to these institutions, as well as local design offices, are an important part of the curriculum. Students participate in weekly site visits or walking tours of significant sites in New York City. 

You can view past examples of student work, faculty profiles, and course materials here.


The faculty is made up of respected professional architects and scholars drawn from New York City's international design community. All summer program instructors are members of Parsons' faculty and are supported by senior-level graduate teaching assistants.

Campus and Classroom

Located in Greenwich Village near Union Square and situated within Parsons School of Design, the School of Constructed Environments is an internationally recognized center for the study of the built environment. Its small size, atelier atmosphere, and urban environment provide a unique and collegial context for the pursuit of professional and pre-professional education in architecture, interior design, and lighting. Classes take place in our large open-plan loft studios located at 25 East 13th Street.

Students in this program may live in New School residence halls convenient to the Parsons Village campus. Visit Summer Housing for more details.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Summer Studies in Constructed Environments program earn four undergraduate college credits.


Students are expected to provide their own art supplies. A list of required and recommended materials is distributed by the faculty. Expenses for most courses are estimated at $400. Lockers are provided for storage during the program.


Registration for Summer Studies in Constructed Environments begins in late fall. Visit  Registration for more details. Early registration is advised.

Questions about the Summer Studies in Constructed Environments program can be directed to


Intensive Lighting Studio

Working alongside leading designers, you develop lighting plans and build fixtures that demonstrate the ways in which light defines architectural volume and space.

Contact Craig Bernecker at for more information about the Intensive Lighting Studio or visit Registration to enroll.