Design Discovery

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

Through the program, you will build skills, develop projects for a portfolio, and – most importantly – learn if a career in design is right for you. This year, you will explore how designers can find room for experimentation and invention within the current social distancing restrictions. Online sessions with SALA faculty, current students, design professionals, and your peers will introduce you to what an education in design looks like. 

Prior to the course, you will receive a package in the mail with everything you need to complete the assignments. You’ll develop foundational skills in drawing and modeling through several activities before taking on a more significant final project. Throughout the program, SALA faculty members and professionals from Vancouver’s design community will give presentations about their practice, and their journey through a career in design. You will also be taken on virtual tours (by bike and on foot) through some of Vancouver's most remarkable spaces.

You’ll be guided through the program by 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 to public art installations.

"One of the best educative and explorative opportunities of my life."

2020 participant

"[Design Discovery] opened me up to a broader spectrum of architecture and the principles of design"

2020 participant



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July 5 to July 16, 2021



The program fee covers digital instruction, course supplies, and shipping. 

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tara Deans
Manager, Student Services and Recruitment