The Catholic University of America


The School of Architecture and Planning offers students from high school to the graduate level opportunities to take part in unique study programs.


Education Abroad for Architect Students

Architecture studies at the School of Architecture and Planning are organized around the globe.  To accommodate the wide variety of interests within our undergraduate and graduate student-body, the School offers an extensive variety of architecture travel-study programs.
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Summer Institute for Architecture

Each summer, the School of Architecture and Planning conducts the Summer Institute for Architecture (SIA) featuring numerous undergraduate and graduate level courses. Among these are design studios and elective courses, including history of architecture, graphics, furniture design, theory and computer-aided design/fabrication.

CUA Design Collaborative (CUAdc)

CUAdc provides architectural services to nonprofit and community groups in the District of Columbia who could not otherwise afford architectural design services with the ultimate goal of repairing and improving the city, its neighborhoods and its buildings.



LEEDlab is an elective course offered within the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning as well as in other Schools at CUA. Since the LEEDlab course covers many disciplines we welcome students enrolled in other majors.


Urban Institute Studio

Enhancement of our urban environment, creating beauty and a sustainable public realm is an ambitious goal. We at CUA seek to provide opportunities for students to participate in community-based projects, and to fundamentally contribute to their communities as informed citizens and educated designers when they leave our university. Programs such as these efforts build positive relationships and help foster a commitment to community service.


High School:

Experiences in Architecture

The Experiences in Architecture program at The Catholic University of America is an intense three-week workshop for high school students interested in architecture or other design related fields.