Pre-college Summer Programs

​​Summer Architecture + Design

* 2017 Coming Soon!

The College of Architecture and Design offers summer programs in a state-of-the-art university setting for exceptional high school students interested in architecture, digital design, industrial design, and interior design. The programs offer a full week of design exploration on a variety of scales organized around an introduction to each discipline. In the summer of 2017, the College will offer the following summer programs:


Students will design and develop projects by using cutting-edge design software, take a design-themed field trip and present their projects digitally to a jury that selects several winning designs and awards.

Design + Make

Be both artist and engineer by making beautiful things that work. This hands-on program will expose you to the various physical and digital media, design methods and state-of-the-art fabrication tools that will bring to life your own unique and functioning products. 

Video Game Design

A collaboration between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Computing Sciences, this program will teach coding and digital design principles to develop video games for mobile and desktop platforms. 


Activities are organized around group meals with students, faculty and professionals in a variety of settings. Students sample college life by staying in Laurel Hall, NJIT’s Michael Graves-designed co-ed dormitory, where they are accompanied by male and female chaperones made up of NJIT faculty and students.

The College has offered summer programs for over a decade and draws future designers from across the United States and Europe. Alumni of the program have gone on to study design and architecture at prestigious universities with many now employed in top design firms.

*2017 Registration information coming soon!

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Who is teaching?

Design + Make
Jose Alcala, College of Architecture and Design at NJIT 

Jose Alcala is a licensed architect, industrial designer, renewable energy specialist and educator. He has been awarded ten patents and one provisional patent and has received several awards for both his architectural and product design work. Alcala is co-founder of two companies that serve the industrial, architectural and sustainable fields of design - MADLAB, LLC (Morozov Alcala Design Laboratory) and RELAB, LLC (Renewable Energy Laboratory). Alcala is a registered architect in the State of New Jersey and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Design + Make
Martina Decker, College of Architecture and Design at NJIT 

Martina Decker has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects that represent a penchant for interdisciplinary work, including: art installations, consumer products, and buildings. She is known for her pursuit of design innovation through emergent materials, and works directly with various types of smart materials and nanomaterials.

Video Game Design
Augustus Wendell, College of Architecture and Design at NJIT 

Augustus Wendell is an educator, technologist and designer. As owner and creative director at kim.wendell design Augustus has directed visual imagery marketing campaigns for international real estate developments worth over $1B. As creative director at Versatile CGI Augustus has directed digitally augmented photo shoots for Google and GQ Magazine. Augustus has taught at several design schools and currently holds an appointment as University Lecturer and Coordinator of the Digital Design Department at The New Jersey Institute of Technology. Augustus has an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree from The School of Visual Arts.

Video Game Design
DJ Kehoe, Information Technology at NJIT

​DJ Kehoe is a software engineer and architect with experience in the financial, academic and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as an educator with over ten years of experience teaching in Computer Science and Information Technology. He pioneered CCS's Game Programming and Development curriculum. In addition he is working towards his PhD in Biomedical Engineering where he is applying computer science and game development to improve efforts at neuro-motor rehabilitation. Projects of note include Augmented Reality media, Virtual Reality interfaces for neurological rehabilitative robots and gamification of rehabilitation.