Design Discovery

Design Discovery is a two-week summer program that introduces high-school students, college students, graduates, and second-career professionals to a potential career in design.

If you are considering a career in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or an allied design discipline, you can get a taste of it here at SALA. Throughout the program, you’ll immerse yourself in the studio culture and experience what education and work are like in the design professions. You will build skills, develop projects for a portfolio, and – most importantly – learn if a career in design is right for you.

Drawing and modeling are critical to help visualize, develop, and communicate your design ideas. You’ll develop foundational skills in both before taking on a more significant final project. SALA faculty members and professionals from Vancouver’s design community will review and critique your final project. Workshops delivered by current SALA students and alumni introduce you to life at design school. 

You’ll learn from SALA faculty member and practitioner, Bill Pechet. Bill has taught Design Discovery since its inception in 2017. In addition to regularly teaching design studios at all levels at SALA, his private practice engages in a wide variety of projects ranging from strategic urban planning studies, to residential and retail design, and public art installations.

You’ll also have the chance to learn more about our programs, find out what our faculty are working on, explore architecture and landscapes at UBC and around Vancouver, and go on field trips to local firms.

 "I had an incredibly informative and inspiring week. I feel much more confident going forward in the world of design."

2019 participant

"Great instructor. I enjoyed the introduction to the material that was representative of the typical course work in a design program."

2019 participant



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June 29 to July 11, 2020



The program fee covers instruction, course supplies, and field trips. Students are responsible for their accommodation and meals during the program. Accommodation is available on the UBC campus through Suites at UBC

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tara Deans
Manager, Student Services and Recruitment
379 – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4