LAB 101, LAB 102, and LAB 103 – now in their fourth year!

NEW for 2020: LAB 104

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Well, that is the plan if you enroll in LAB 104. You will be set-designer, camera person, director, and producer, and may even win an Oscar! LAB 104 is a short version of a course in the first semester of our undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Click HERE to view some of the movies produced in that class.

Scroll down to learn about our exceptional summer programs for high school students interested in architecture, design, film, and building a portfolio

Click here to register for 2020


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.

Four independent courses are offered: LAB 101, LAB 102, LAB 103, and LAB 104

The four 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 that will culminate in a final exhibition of your projects. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Carleton University’s application process.

Date Time Cost
Jul 6 – 10, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $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 * 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Fri. only)

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

$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 9:00 a.m. to 4;00 p.m. $650 + HST

LAB 103 Themes

Drawing techniques Mixed media
Abstract spatial thinking Portfolio graphics
Studio culture

LAB 104

LAB 104 is a one-week immersive multimedia workshop, introducing participants to a variety of techniques such as digital photography, cyanotype, scanning, collage, and videos that lead to creative transformations. The lab is structured around two main themes, Traces in Time and Reveal and Conceal. Students will learn how to change original artifacts from one medium to another using a variety of processes. Through these processes, they will exercise their imagination to go beyond the given material and realize the dreams and potentialities that each student finds in the original medium.  A series of choreographed exercises focus on Photography-Identity, Collage-Transformation, Alternative Recording-Cyanotype and Scanning, Perspectival Transfiguration, and Motion. For the end of the week, the students will produce a one-minute movie, and the day will conclude with an Oscar awards celebration. The film is a reflection of the students’ “metamorphosis” during the five-day lab.


Date Time Cost
Aug. 17 – 22, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m. $650 + HST

LAB 104 Themes

Multi-Media Techniques Videos
Abstract Spatial Thinking

Studio Culture

Portfolio Material


For a sample of past activities, please see below.

LAB 101 –  Sample Schedule

LAB 102 –  Sample Schedule

LAB 103 – Sample Schedule




Zach Colbert is an assistant professor at the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. He is an award-winning architect and a licensed practitioner in Ontario, New York, and Arizona. Zach is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the American Institute of Architects, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects, and the Urban Land Institute (Toronto Chapter). He was previously on faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Parsons New School for Design School of Constructed Environments. His work has been published in magazines, including Art Forum, Architect, and Architectural Record, and showcased in galleries and museums in New York City, Los Angeles, Dubai, Santiago de Chile, Rotterdam, Ottawa, and Beijing. Before practicing independently, he worked for SHoP Architects and Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York City. His externally funded research program at Carleton University focuses on using architectural thinking to productively engage intersections of politics and infrastructure within a changing climate.

Zach’s professional practice, Zachary Colbert Architects Limited, is a full-service architectural firm dedicated to design research and creative architectural practice. Operating in the realms of architecture, urbanism, and landscape, the firm has built projects for institutional and private clients alongside a portfolio of speculative projects that critically engage infrastructure, nature, and politics.




Adriana Ross has been teaching for nine 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.


More instructor information coming soon!



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.



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 offer 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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