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Imagine Architecture is a career exploratory program for grade 10-12 students who are interested in architecture and who would like to gain experience in creative design thinking and making. Taught by instructors from Carleton’s Architecture program, these fun and intensive workshops will introduce students to the creative culture of design studio, which is at the core of the Architectural Studies curriculum.

Three independent courses are offered: LAB 101, LAB 102, & LAB 103.

The three courses are stand alone programs. You can register for any one of them (i.e. there is no sequence/progression) or you can register for all courses without repeating projects. Projects will allow the maximum exposure to creative design skills that will be helpful in creating a design portfolio.


LAB 101

This week-long workshop will include thought-provoking lectures and hands-on design thinking and making activities. You will be immersed in a culture of imaginative creativity, inspired motivation and related skills-building techniques, methods and projects. Each day will be dedicated to a specific theme which will culminate to a final exhibition of your projects. There will also be the opportunity to learn about Carleton University’s application process.

Date Time Cost
Jul 6 – 10, 2020 9am – 4pm $650 + HST

LAB 101 Themes

Further details about the themes will be provided at a later time.

Pencil Drawing/Sketching Model Making
Architecture Photography Creative writing
Architecture drawing sets Observing the city (Field Trip)
Materiality in architecture  Curation (exhibition)


LAB 102

This 2.5 days weekend workshop is an intensive collaborative design and build session. Working in groups, participants will be taken through a series of exercises in creative design thinking, drawing, architectural detail, and model making that will culminate in an installation of the group project.

Date Time Cost
Jul 17 – 19, 2020 *5pm – 6:30pm (Fri. only)

9am – 5pm

$350 + HST

LAB 102 Themes

Further details about the themes will be provided at a later time.

Sketching Design Charette
Object Thinking Model Making


LAB 103

Lab 103 is a week-long immersive multi-media workshop, introducing participants to techniques of drawing, small model-building, and architectural and spatial representation. A series of choreographed exercises focus on drawing by hand, three-dimensional thinking, and abstract visualization. Topics including concepts of line drawing, plan and section, perspective, cut-and-fold, and composition. Particularly appropriate for those who want to study architecture at university, Lab 103 places emphasis on understanding the kinds of graphic representations suitable for a portfolio. A series of lectures will supplement the studio exercises, including a lecture by Associate Director Janine Debanne on what makes a ‘good’ portfolio when applying to architecture school.

Date Time Cost
Jul 20 – 24, 2020 9am – 4pm $650 + HST

LAB 103 Themes

Drawing techniques Mixed media
Abstract spatial thinking Portfolio graphics
Studio culture



2019 schedule will be released in June, 2019. For a sample of past activities, please check out the 2018 schedules below.

LAB 101 –  Sample Schedule

LAB 102 –  Sample Schedule

LAB 103 – Sample Schedule



2019 Curriculum Development Lead & Instructor (LAB 101 & LAB 102)


Photo of Johan VoordouwJohan Voordouw is an Assistant Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, Ottawa and a registered architect (ARB, UK). He has taught and practiced in the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands.

Johan’s work has been extensively published and exhibited including in the Kunsthal for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2014), Royal Academy Summer Show in London (2010 & 2011) and the Venice Biennale (2010). Prior to his current teaching position he worked at the Leicester School of Architecture in the UK and worked for Foster + Partners’ London office.

Johan’s research interests include digital/analog hybrids, new methods of architectural craft, emerging modes of digital design practice and its connection to fabrication. He has recently published a chapter on the interiority of topological space and intends to continue on the success of his Weerkas project in developing new modes of architectural representation merging computation and established graphic arts technique.

2019 Tech Instructor (LAB 101)


Photo of Ian DayagbilRomano Ian Dayagbil is the research coordinator for the Carleton Urban Research Lab and a graduate of Carleton’s BAS program majoring in Urbanism. In the last year he has been running workshops and tutorials for undergrad and graduate students on digital tools for design/visualization including 3d modelling, GIS, and animation.

2019 Curriculum Development Lead & Instructor (LAB 103)


Adriana Ross has been teaching for the last 8 years as a sessional instructor at our school. Her research, teaching and original work focuses on the translation of meaning from past tradition to a contemporary context in a way that incorporates the evolution of social values. Adriana has published and presented papers internationally on matters of the state and future of ecclesial buildings. Her personal work on the creation and preservation of ephemeral structures has been published in the international magazine DOMUS. Through her research and studies she has received several awards and grants. Adriana holds first place and honourable mentions from local and international architectural competitions.



Any student who has completed grades 10-12 and is interested in design/architecture is eligible to attend. There is no “application” process – receipt of your registration and payment will guarantee your spot in the program.



Imagine Architecture 2020 Online Registration Form

Registration is on a first come first served basis. Registration will remain open until all spots are taken. If the registration link is still active, then there are still spots left in the program. Register early as space is limited.

Your spot is not guaranteed until payment has been received. Payment by Visa or MasterCard only.


Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations received before June 9, 2020 will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. There will be no refund after that date.



A daily lunch will be provided to participants in our university residence cafeteria. The Caf is a nut free “all-you-care-to-eat” facility with multiple food stations and can cater to most dietary needs. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the registration form.


Transportation & Accommodations

All programs will take place at Carleton University’s Campus in Ottawa. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the campus as well as accommodations (if needed). If you are travelling from outside of Ottawa, our conference services offers summer accommodations on campus. Please Note: that any guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian in order to stay in the on-campus accommodation.

Check out our Visiting Ottawa webpage for a list of other local accommodations.

Note: LAB 101 will include a field trip to an Ottawa destination. Transportation for that trip will be covered by the program.



Visitor parking is available on campus. Some parking lots offer full day parking rates.


Frequently asked questions

Still have questions? See our frequently asked questions (FAQ) for more information.

See pictures from past Imagine Architecture programs on our Facebook page.


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