Build SF Summer Design Institute


Build SF Summer Design Institute
Registration for the 2024 AFSF Summer Design Institute is closed! 

Registration for the 2024 AFSF Summer Design Institute has closed

The Build San Francisco Summer Design Institute is a fun and fast-paced three week summer program for high school students interested in design and urban development.

The 2024 AFSF Summer Design Institute has begun, and enrollment in the program has ended.  Please sign up here to receive info on future programs.

The 2024 AFSF Summer Design Institute meets online Monday – Friday, 9am-noon (PDT), for two 3-week sessions: 

June 10 – 28

July 8 – 26

Tuition = $3,000.  A deposit of 1/2 the tuition is required to confirm registration.  Need-based financial aid is available. Cancellations prior to June 1st will receive a full refund, minus a $100 registration fee.  The $3,000 tuition includes all materials and supplies. 

Students receive instruction on multiple digital design software platforms, present their original work, receive feedback and guidance, and participate in group activities including collaborative teamwork.  Some individual work and the 1:1 individual mentoring with a professional architect or engineer will be outside of the 9am-noon hours.

The AFSF Summer Design Institute offers students an opportunity to develop their own design skills and to use professional tools to create a digital portfolio of work they can use for college applications and career opportunities.

In 2024, the Summer Design Institute will continue to be online, via Zoom.  Check out some highlights from participants in previous years presenting their team proposals for the summer’s final design challenge:

Learn Design Tools

In this unique program, students learn 3D modeling, video, animation and work with a range of computer aided design tools including SketchUp and the Autodesk family of modeling software.

Each participant will receive 1-on-1 mentoring by a professional architect or engineer, to experience the profession and receive guidance on career path.

Technology Requirements

Given the remote nature of the program this summer, each participant will need access to an internet-connected computer on which they can install the software programs we use. Most PCs/Windows and Mac computers (desktops or laptops) should work fine. We will provide instruction on acquiring all necessary software free of charge.

Contact with any questions.