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TryArch Architecture Workshop

Ford Motors bomber factory by Albert Kahn Associates

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Spring 2020 TryArch: How to Draw Like an Architect

Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:00am – 6:00pm
Registration deadline: March 15
Workshop fee: $200 per person
(includes all supplies/materials, a light breakfast, and lunch)

What is TryArch?

TryArch is an intensive one-day workshop in which participants learn about drawing and fabrication, experience an architecture studio environment, and build content for a portfolio. TryArch 2020: How to Draw Like an Architect will offer the opportunity to understand the importance of drawing in architecture. Using architectural drafting implements like a compass, scale, and s-curve, participants will generate a small set of drawings describing objects, parts of buildings and the city of Chicago. This experimental workshop will introduce participants to actual drawing skills needed to become an architect while explaining how architecture can be found in varied forms and places.


Who teaches TryArch?

The 2020 workshop will be led by Grant Gibson. Grant is Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and founder of CAMESgibson.  Last year, AIA Chicago awarded Grant’s design of The Blue Room a Citation of Merit and his essay “Introducing the Black Bird” was published in Mas Context’s Character issue. Grant will be assisted by current graduate students. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Advisor.

Who can attend?

Anyone! No previous experience is required. The workshop is intended for any adult or current undergraduate student who wants to learn more about what architecture is all about, get to know the School of Architecture at UIC, or create content for a grad school admission portfolio. Anyone looking for a more in-depth experience should also consider YArch, the School’s month-long intensive summer design workshop. High school-aged students should consider HiArch, a summer program for high school students.

How do I sign up?

Participants must submit a $200 workshop fee. The fee will cover the cost of all supplies necessary for the workshop, a light breakfast, and lunch. The program fee is nonrefundable in the case of student withdrawal. Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is required to reserve a spot. Registration will close March 15 or when the workshop is full.


Contact Gwen Fullenkamp at or 312-669-7803.


Image: Ford Motors bomber factory by Albert Kahn Associates, view of the drafting room, 1942. Photograph by Hedrich-Blessing. CCA Collection.